Parents at last year’s Great Cloth Diaper Change / So Salem file photo, April 2012
The Great Cloth Diaper Change will return to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church again this year (it’s the second year in the Roanoke/Salem area, third worldwide) on Saturday, April 20. Doors will open and registration will begin at 8:45 a.m.; seminars begin at 9 a.m. and the attempt to break last year’s Guinness World Record will happen precisely at 11 a.m. Folks hoping to participate must be at the church no later than 10:30 a.m.
As of Tuesday morning, March 12, 45 babies had been preregistered for the event, more than double last year’s number at this time. Nicole Mutter, host of the Salem area event, says she expects 200 to 300 attendees total.
Joining Mutter on April 20th will be several local moms, doulas, midwives and more for special seminars, with topics aimed at today’s moms.
Crystal Fink, midwife at Breath of Life Midwifery, says she and a local child birth educator will speak about natural births. Fink says they’ll run through several scenarios during natural births, teach expectant moms about the various stages of labor and discuss different positions to help bring comfort to moms during the process.
Savanah Songer, doula from Earth Mama Birth Services of Virginia, will give a breastfeeding seminar during the Great Cloth Diaper Change. Songer says her seminar will focus on the numerous benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. She’ll also help to clarify several common misconceptions about breastfeeding and teach nursing moms how to avoid what Songer calls common “boobytraps,” or common snags that mothers hit while breastfeeding. She’ll also be available for individual breastfeeding consultations after the seminar.
Other seminars include car seat safety, as well as babywearing, taught by Kelly Olson and Lyle Leake, with examples of carrier safety and different types of carriers–like one shoulder and wrap versions.
The event will feature a raffle (tickets are $1 each or $10 for 15), plus goodie bags for the first 25 baby/mom duos to register (the first five of which will even come away free cloth diapers).
Mutter says that a family can expect to spend about $300 for one child’s cloth diapers from birth to the time they’re potty trained. However, savings for just one child are around $3,000 overall.
“Who can’t afford to save $3,000?” Mutter says. She adds that if you were to stack a lifetime of disposable diapers from just one child (over 5,000 diapers), the diaper tower would reach five stories tall.
For more information about the Great Cloth Diaper Change, visit the local Salem site at gcdcsalemva.blogspot.com; global site is greatclothdiaper.com. Mutter is still accepting sponsors for the local webpage, she says. Email Mutter with questions at email@example.com.