Last year Guinness World Record officials verified that a 2012 record had been broken. This April 26th cloth diaper enthusiasts all over the world will gather to make history again. This year caretakers, parents, anyone who has a baby or toddler in cloth diapers will come together to change the most cloth diapers at once. There were 182 qualified locations in 15 different countries and the number to beat is 8, 301 diapers changed at the same time. So can it be done again? Will more than 8, 301 diapers be changed all at once?
You should join in the movement and help break the record at the Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC)! This year there are 240 registered change locations with 173 locations in the US. Regardless of whether or not the record is broken this year the main goal of the GCDC is to spread awareness that using cloth diapers is doable in today’s very disposable and quick fix world. The GCDC is put on by the Real Diaper Association.
I want to do it! How do I participate? First things first, visit the GCDC website and click on the link that says “Find a Location.” Easy enough, right? Yes, it really is that easy. Find the pin on the map that’s closest to your home and then sign up on that location’s website. The guidelines for participating is that one adult over the age of 18 must be paired with a child who is 39″.
What should my baby wear? Great question and if you’re like me you’ll want to have all of your ducks in a row, especially if you haven’t been to one before. Think about putting your child in something that’s easy to take on and off. If the weather’s cooperating grab your cutest onesie and a pair of leggings. I love these shirts from the Real Diaper Association, Kelly’s Closet and from Green Team Enterprises. I own the Hip Mom shirt from Green Team and be warned, it’s fitted but the length is fabulous and is so slimming.
As for the diaper? Well, there are a few rules to that one too; remember you’re breaking a Guinness World Record here so everything has to be verified and signed off. The easiest thing to do, of course, is to bring your favorite Thirsties’ diaper for the change but if all of those are in the wash because you use them all of the time then remember that the diaper must be one that can be purchased. This can mean a WAHM diaper, one that’s sold on Etsy or any retailer. You cannot bring a homemade diaper that is not sold in a store. It doesn’t matter what kind of diaper your child is wearing when you arrive at the GCDC. I was at a change once and the parent there bought her first cloth diaper for her child at the GCDC! Talk about a way to start out in cloth diapers, huh?
What actually happens at a change location? Some locations offer baby expos, swag bags, fun giveaway prizes, entertainment for the kids and adults attending, etc. On the world record front you’ll sign a form and then you and your 39″ or less child will go to a space that’s taped off for participants. At 11:00am the GCDC host will tell everyone that the change has started. From that point you’ll change your baby into the cloth diaper that you’ve brought with you and then you’ll hold your child up in the air (think Rafiki from The Lion King) and a photographer will take a picture to document the change.
That’s about it. The event is fun and it’s a great way to meet other families that are as passionate about using cloth diapers are you are. Have you gone to a GCDC before? What was your experience? If not, are you going to participate this year?
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Poopsplosion: A poop explosion, an eruption of poop
Is that really a word? It isn’t in the dictionary or on Wikipedia, but in the cloth diapering world, yes it is! This is not just a leak, or even a blowout, but an explosion that typically makes a lot of noise and a huge mess! There is no other word that describes it better, and when you have encountered one, you understand why it is called that. Sounds like something you want to deal with, right? Unfortunately, this may be an occurrence during the diapering stage, so please excuse the crudities and read on!
For those of you who have diapered for a while, I am sure you have your own story to tell. I remember one time in particular when this happened to me. We were on a road trip from Minnesota to Colorado. My smallest was less than a year old, still being breastfed, and had a huge explosion in her car seat. The explosion escaped the diaper at the legs and waist, went through her clothes, through the fleece I had between her and the car seat, and onto the fabric of her car seat. It was a mess!! This is one of those times that you stand there for a second to soak it all in, and to figure out where to start. I can’t imagine if I hadn’t had the fleece on the seat. The amount of poo that that child put out was phenomenal! It took a while to undress her (trying not to get the poo on her or anything else), and then to use my wipes to clean off what had made it through onto the car seat. After the cleaning was done, I layered the car seat with some more fleece fabric I had in the car (thanks sis!), and it was back on the road. Luckily, the odor was not noticeable, and we made it home without another mess. I can say that at least it was in the car seat, and not while co-sleeping in my bed!
So why did this poopsplosion happen? In my instance, I was breastfeeding, which makes the bowel movements more liquid. I was using eco-friendly disposables, which do not provide as much protection as cloth. I was also travelling, which can mess with digestion, and only checked the diaper at rest stops. Please see my list of possible reasons below:
- EBF (Exclusively Breast Fed) diet
- Soft diets (usually until more substantial diets are introduced)
- Changes in diet
- Allergy/sensitivity to a certain food
- Excess gas (newborns tend to produce a lot of gas)
- Bowel movement after constipation
- Disposable diapers
- Gaps at leg holes or waist of diaper
- Not enough absorbency in diaper
- Diapers are to small
- Diapers are to large
- Diaper is not checked often
- Diaper does not meet absorbency needs
- Medications/medical issues
There are some things you may be able to do to avoid a poopsplosion:
Ways to avoid:
- Cloth diapers (correct size and absorbency)
- Boost absorbency at nap/nighttime in the form of a doubler or insert.
- Two piece systems tend to help, since there are two barriers to the leak (such as a fitted/cover and a fastened prefold/cover).
- Leg and waist holes fit snuggly (Remember, when a child lies down, the stomach falls and there becomes a gap at the waist.)
- Check diaper every 1.5 – 2 hours for babies
- For travel, check diapers often, avoid foods that may affect digestion, and keep an extra layer on the car seat.
- Place a waterproof pad on the bed at night.
What do you do if it happens to you and your baby?
Remember, although you are the one cleaning it, your baby is the one sitting in it. Try not to make grimaces or expressions to show baby that changing their diaper is awful. Just start cleaning, and soon it will be done. Below are some ways that may make the cleanup easier.
- Give baby a full or sponge bath. If travelling, use wipes to clean baby as much as possible.
- Rinse everything affected with warm water as soon as you can (use warm water, as soil leaves the fabric at the temperature it was put in – do not use hot, as it will set the stain).
- Pretreat with a liquid detergent or stain remover (one with enzymes will help, but make sure to rinse well).
- Prewash on warm. You can check to see if the staining was removed. If not, feel free to treat again (hot water will set a stain).
- Wash on hot with a cloth diaper safe detergent.
- Add an extra rinse.
Additionally, you can:
-Use a diaper sprayer to aid in cleaning the diaper
-Use a stain remover and/or detergent with enzymes
-Use a detergent with oxygen bleach, or add oxygen bleach to the load (not more than once a month is recommended)
-When travelling, keep additional changes of diapers/wipes/clothes in the car
Although there are certain factors that can contribute, this could happen to anyone in the course of cloth diapering. We hope you find this post entertaining as well as educational. Please feel free to share your stories with us!
Written by Sonya Choron 9/23/13
I’ll be honest with you all…I have an extreme case of writer’s block. It may not seem like a normal thing to admit when you have writer’s block but I do have a good reason for it. You see, a lot of what I write is inspired by my own personal life and right now I’m harboring a secret. It’s the only thing that’s on my mind now and always but I haven’t told you all for some reason. I think it’s because there’s a part of me that feels like it’s not culturally acceptable to talk about it for a little while. It really has nothing to do with my feelings at all. I am basically an open book; it’s just how I’m wired. Keeping something a secret just isn’t who I am.
Here it goes…I’m pregnant with baby #3! I’m happy about it through all of the nauseous long days and exhaustion. There is nothing that I like about the first trimester. Here are a few things that I’ve started doing to help ward off those pesky first trimester side effects:
Sea Bands: Had I known during my last two pregnancies about these wristlet beauties I think I may have had a better experience. The way it works is by applying pressure to the Nei Kuan acupressure point. This pressure point relieves nausea naturally. Is it a cure all? No. I’ve noticed that it does help.
Naps, when I can get them…: This one is particularly hard on weekdays but Brennan, my almost five-year-old son, understands what’s going on. I mean he understands as much as a five-year-old can. He’ll sit next to me while I rest and he reads a book.
Learning to let go of my expectations: My laundry’s sitting in the washer right now, it takes me days to fold and put it away and you know what? That’s okay. I’m not Super Woman but I am growing a human being which means I need to rest!
Exercise: there are more days than not that I don’t want to do this one but I’ve found that when I get through the mental hurdle of actually doing it I feel great afterwards.
What about you? Do you have any tips for me?