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The great cloth diaper change

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Participants look to break Guinness World Record

BANGOR - A group of Mainers will be gathering at Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor this weekend to help break the Guinness Book of World Record's cloth diaper changing record. It's an international event where thousands of people will gather on the same day at the same time in an effort to change as many cloth diapers as they can in just 60 seconds. 

"It was started by an organization called the Real Diaper Association. So everyone around the world changes cloth diapers on babies and then they add up everyone's totals to see if they've set a new record," explained Betsy Lundy, owner of Central Street Farmhouse. 

The current record stands at 8,301 cloth diaper changes at one time among 182 qualifying locations. Central Street Farmhouse is just one of those qualifying locations and Lundy is hoping 2014 will be another record breaking year.

"People who cloth diaper get pretty excited about it," said Lundy. "We will have loaner diapers for those who aren't cloth diapering but want to participate in the event."

Kristen Erickson of Orono is thinking about attending this year's get together. Her family has become big proponents of cloth diapers.

"My son Collin started having allergic reactions to the disposable diapers because he's allergic to corn and corn is used as a filler in those, so now we only use cloth diapers and cloth wipes," said Erickson. "I haven't had a diaper rash on him in five months, so that's been a big selling point for us."

Lundy said more and more people are opting for cloth over disposables for a number of reasons.

"It is really entering the main stream again. I think seven, eight, even 10 years ago it was an environmental kind of thing," explained Lundy. "More and more people are doing it now and not just for environmental reasons. It's a big money saver and there's a lot of hype around diaper print. There's a fashionable collectable arm to it. The most recent launch by Cotton Babies was an Audrey Hepburn-inspired print and we were cleaned out of them within an hour."

This year's Great Cloth Diaper Change is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 at Central Street Farmhouse. Participants need to be 18 years of age or older, have a baby under 39" tall and are required to bring or borrow a commercially available 100 percent reusable cloth diaper.

"Whether a diaper needs to be changed or not, it's a symbolic gesture. We're lucky the event is set to east coast time. We could be doing it in the middle of night or wee hours of morning," said Lundy.

For more on the Great Cloth Diaper Change, log on to www.greatclothdiaperchange.com.

Last modified on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:37

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