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The Great Cloth Diaper Change: Changing the way we think, but not one baby at a time

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My sister Betty used cloth diapers with all her children. I admire that she did this.

Each of her little babies was neatly wrapped with a soft, cloth diaper that was pinned on each side.

I didn’t know it at the time, but she was being earth-friendly. She was “green.”

On April 21, the day before Earth Day, you can experience “The Great Cloth Diaper Change” beginning at 10 a.m. at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52 St.

There are hopes this event will be part of an even larger effort to break last year’s Guinness World Record for simultaneous diaper changing.

And, at the same time, Cloth Diaper Oklahoma and the Real Diaper Association will be bringing attention to the benefits of using cloth diapers, instead of disposable diapers that can take hundreds of years to decompose.

At the moment, more than 232 locations in 13 countries will be the sites of thousands of parents and caregivers changing their babies all at the same time, all using cloth diapers.

"The Great Cloth Diaper Change" event in 2011 -- Photo by Trevor Aagard
"The Great Cloth Diaper Change" event in 2011 -- Photo by Trevor Aagard

The April 21 event begins at 10 a.m. with the actual Great Cloth Diaper Change occurring between 11 a.m. and noon. Cloth diapers will be provided to those who need one.

The first 100 participating families will receive a goody bag. Activities during the event will include a baby-crawling contest, a toddler trot, cloth diaper mini classes, prizes and more.

If you’ve never changed a cloth diaper, click here for step-by-step instructions from babycenter.com.

–Linda Lynn

LLynn@opubco.com

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 "The Great Cloth Diaper Change" event in 2011 -- Photo by Trevor Aagard

"The Great Cloth Diaper Change" event in 2011 -- Photo by Trevor Aagard

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Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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