Monday, April 28, 2014

2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change in Edina #Event #Summary

This weekend marked the fourth-annual Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC).  This worldwide event focuses on bringing awareness to cloth diapering and setting a Guinness World Record for the number of babies simultaneously changed into cloth diapers.  This was my third year attending the event at the Edina location in Minnesota.
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Since its inception, my GCDC location has focused on creating a fun atmosphere that brings vendors together with new parents.  Welcome Baby Care and The Bump Club & Beyond, Twin Cities organized the event "Growing Green Babies" at Southdale Shopping Mall.  Registrants received a reusable bag with a newborn-sized Swaddle wrap, baby bottle, and pacifier.  There were also healthy snacks available for the kids and parents.
Click to visit the event description

Vendors and advocacy groups took the opportunity to share their services with attenders. Babywearing International of South Metro MN had demos of various types of baby carriers and wraps.  The event featured an Instagram contest (#ggbmn2014) where attenders shared a photo wearing a favorite baby carrier/wrap for a chance to win a new carrier.  There were many parents showing off their favorite baby carriers and wraps: it was a colorful and fun display!  Ensemble Music had demos of their music programs and coupons for new registrants. Bellasaluti Photography offered a free mini-session for families in attendance (including one image to keep after the event). Those new to cloth diapering had opportunities to learn from leading cloth diapering experts like Softbums and Do Good Diaper Service. If you were interested in shopping, there were vendors with merchandise to sell and coupons to pass out.  We found some great natural toys from Moss Envy and took samples from Weleda.
 

This event also featured activities and fun for children of all ages. Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers had sensory bins full of dried pasta noodles and small pots (for scooping and pouring).  My 14-month-old loved their station. Home Depot had a tool station for making your own tool box or flower box. Edina Garden Council helped kids plant a seed of their choosing and color a paper bag to take the pot home in.

At 10:45, attenders lined up to participate in the official diaper change. Participants received a free cloth diaper from Charlie Banana and the event was overseen by the mayor of Edina, James Hovland.  At 11am Central Time, participants held up the cloth diapers they intended to use in the Cange and the diapers were photographed.  Next, parents changed babies into the diapers and babies were photographed wearing the cloth diapers.  Official results will be released after the photographs are reviewed.  In 2013, over 10,000 babies were simultaneously changed worldwide and 8,301 were officially recorded into the world record book.


If you attended a Great Cloth Diaper Change event, you made a difference in spreading the word about cloth diapering.  There were many newcomers in attendance and this was a great way to share some fun and excitement about saving money by switching to cloth.

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