When I was a kid, I loved poring over Guinness World Records. I was always fascinated by the owner of the world’s longest fingernails.
Nowadays my interests have shifted. I want to set a record for the most baby bums put into a fresh cloth diaper! (A very difficult task if you are also trying to maintain your grasp on the “longest fingernails” title.)
The Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC) is now in its eighth year, and fear not, things will go ahead as planned despite the dissolution of the Real Diaper Association (who have been at the helm since year two). A committee of dedicated moms—with their fearless leader and fellow twin-mom Karen Lord (I know her! I know her!) at the helm—is making sure the GCDC goes off without a hitch.
What exactly happens at a GCDC?
In a nutshell? At exactly 11 a.m. local time on Saturday, April 21, all participants at a local event put their baby into a cloth diaper. One grown-up per baby, which means I’m bringing an extra grown-up so both twins can participate! Heck, if I can find a third, I can bring Miss Cub too! Since we’re going for an official record, witnesses sign off on exactly how many bums were changed. Beyond that, event organizers may have retail and information booths, entertainment, snacks, door prizes and swag bags. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning meeting other cloth-diapering families in your area! And, it’s free!
I want to host a GCDC!
Whether you’re a cloth diaper addict or part of the industry, you can become a GCDC host! You have until April 1st to register.
I want to attend a GCDC!
Find a location near you to participate. If you don’t see one listed, encourage your local cloth retailer (or yourself) to sign up as a host! Registration for participants will vary depending on your location. Check out the GCDC website starting April 2 to find links and information for local events!