The Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC) is now in its NINTH year of fluffy-butt awesomeness!
This event aims to promote cloth diapers by uniting both the cloth-committed and the cloth-curious to change as many baby bums into cloth all at once, all over the world.
In 2019, there are events being held in Argentina, Australia, Chile, England, Finland, India, Japan, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, the US and of course, Canada. (Fellow Canadians: we need more hosts!! So far there are only three events in Canada, and they’re all in Alberta!)
I first participated in 2013, when I had only one bum to change. The event was hosted by the now defunct and sorely missed cloth-diapering trailblazer, Bummis. The following year I helped Bummis organize the event!
The one and only GCDC that I missed since having kids was in 2015, when it was held during our move from Montreal to Calgary.
We moved to Calgary for my husband’s job, but conveniently Calgary is also home to Karen Lord, the YYC GCDC host with the most since 2011 (and member of the global GCDC organizing committee), director of Alberta’s Babies in Cloth (a cloth diaper lending organization) and fellow mother of a third baby who turned out to be twins.
The GCDC is no longer a “Guinness World Record” event, as Guinness no longer recognizes this style of multi-venue event. Practically speaking, all this means is that the stringent requirements for organizers are off the table, and the event can be as simple as a community playdate or as elaborate as a green-living fair. You can even host one in your yard or your basement!
To count in the worldwide diaper total, the event must take place at any time on Saturday, April 27 or Sunday, April 28.
The GCDC is all about getting together with other cloth-diapering families and even welcoming those that are on the fence. Just borrow a cloth diaper and you’re in! Whether hosted by a local business or an individual, it’s a great chance to meet other families near you, make some friends and spread the word about cloth diapering as a viable and accessible alternative to disposables.