Katie McCarthy: Great cloth diaper change of heart

April 25, 2014 

Despite my constant support for almost a year and a half, I recently almost gave up on cloth diapers.

There were a couple of reasons for my wavering affection: 1) My daughter starting soaking through them every night, which led to wet bed sheets and more laundry, 2) they started to have a funky smell to them even after they were washed, 3) baby girl started getting a nasty diaper rash and 4) the local cloth diaper store closed down.

Plus, some days, spraying out dirty diapers feels more like a task for a riotous inmate than just another household chore.

But, at the behest of my husband -- who is very proud of and adamant about the cost-saving aspect of cloth diapering -- I dove into some research. This led to an entire weekend devoted to disposable diapers for the wee one while I "stripped" the cloth diapers.

I washed. I soaked. And I rinsed, rinsed, rinsed.

I probably used a couple of days' worth of hot water in a matter of hours.

But the diapers came out smelling better, absorbing better and they stopped giving my little girl a rash.

All of my issues were solved -- except the whole no-local-cloth-diaper store thing.

But, as of this weekend, I can check off that box, too.

In addition to the annual Great Cloth Diaper Change that will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Bottom Park band shell, a new cloth diaper store, Baby Elements Boutique, will open.

According to the news release, the Great Cloth Diaper Change will feature local vendors, information about cloth diapering, gift bags, door prizes, games for children and cloth diapering support. It's an international event with a goal of beating the Guinness World Record for the number of babies changed at one time. The change itself will happen at 11 a.m.

So if you're looking for information about cloth, or want to help break a world record, it's probably worth checking out.

Baby Elements Boutique, a sponsor for the event, will also be hosting their grand opening on Saturday. They're located in the Allendale Shopping Mall on Moon Road.

According to the release, the cloth diaper and all-natural baby store will carry several different brands of cloth diapers and baby accessories.

You can find out more information about the diaper change by calling 706-368-2850 or by visiting www.GreatClothDiaperChange.com.

Baby Elements Boutique also has a website, but it's still under construction.

While having a local cloth diaper store isn't essential to using cloth diapers -- and there are a few other places around Columbus where you can buy cloth -- it certainly makes it easier on a new mom to know there's a dedicated resource in the community. Plus they plan to host several baby-centered classes such as Cloth Diapering 101 and baby sign language, as well.

I'm glad I stuck it out and gave cloth another chance -- and so is my husband.

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

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