Katie McCarthy: Set a record by changing a cloth diaper at Saturday's Great Cloth Diaper Change

April 18, 2013 

It's all about the fluff.

That's how cloth diaper enthusiasts refer to their product. For example, a Facebook friend of mine ordered some cloth diapers online. When they arrived, she posted a picture with the caption, "Fluff mail!"

These aren't your grandmother's cloth diapers (or your mother's, for that matter).

No pins, no folding, no boring white -- we're talking Velcro, snaps, colors and patterns.

I know from experience -- I, too, am a fluff mom.

The decision to use cloth diapers was primarily an economic one -- it's cheaper to drop a few hundred dollars on cloth diapers that will (fingers crossed) last multiple years (potentially multiple children) than it is to drop a hundred dollars a month on disposable diapers for 2-3 years per child.

But there are other reasons to cloth diaper. It's better for the environment (no disposables filling up the landfills) and it's better for your baby (no chemicals next to her sensitive skin).

Cristina Castillo, owner of Cloth of Art, a cloth diaper shop located in the Fort Benning PX, said the reason for the renewed interest in cloth diapering is the same as mine -- it's cheaper.

"Our current economic situation is leading many folks to find alternative, viable forms of saving money and if you have kids you know how expensive it can be," she wrote in a recent email.

And she's more than happy to help spread the word.

"I love cloth," she said. "I love to buy it, sell it, discuss it and design them. I live and breathe cloth and with me it really is an obsession."

This is not an uncommon sentiment in the cloth diapering community.

Case in point: I ran into a mom in the waiting room at my pediatrician's office earlier this week. She noticed my daughter's purple fluff peeking out of her onesie and immediately started chatting me up. It's an instant conversation piece.

So if you're interested, but maybe a little nervous about going cloth -- Cristina said that people worry most about maintenance and "the poop issue" -- anyone with experience will be more than willing to dish all the dirty details (pun intended).

And there will be no place better to find a bunch of cloth momma's (and daddy's, too!) all in one place than The Great Cloth Diaper Change on Saturday.

The event, billed as a "Guinness World Records Diaper Changing Challenge," will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Indianhead Village Community Center on Fort Benning. In addition to helping break the global record for the number of cloth diapers changed at one time, you'll find tons of information about fluff.

There will be swag bags, door prizes and the opportunity to buy and sell cloth diapers.

Find more info at GreatClothDiaperChange.com or Facebook.com/Columbus.Fort.Benning.GCDC.

Katie McCarthy, kmccarthy@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8515.

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