In an attempt to break a world record set last year, cloth diapering families from around Maine will join others throughout the world for a “Great Cloth Diaper Change” event later this month. Local events are scheduled in Bangor at Central Street Farmhouse and in Damariscotta at Maine Cloth Diaper Company.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, participants will have 60 seconds to change their baby’s cloth diaper. Organizers hope this year can top the 8,301 babies changed last year to set a new Guinness World Record.
Central Street Farmhouse co-owner Betsey Lundy said this is the store’s fourth year hosting the event, which she said is a great way to show how many people in Maine actually use cloth diapers.
“The participants are just a fraction of the people who use cloth,” she said. “And, since it’s worldwide, it shows that it’s people everywhere.
Lundy said that since the first year, customers have asked months in advance if the store will participate again. In other communities, the change is often tied to an Earth Day festival or some other celebration, but in Maine, it is a stand-alone event.
This year, Central Street Farmhouse, which sells a variety of cloth diapers and cloth diapering supplies, will hold giveaways, raffles and other promotions before and after the 11 a.m. change.
“It’s a real community builder,” Lundy said. “Each customer is an island unto themselves, but with this, they can come and meet other people who also [use cloth diapers]. It’s usually just a really great time.”
Even though the changing events are held locally, the effort is organized and promoted by the Real Diaper Association, a nonprofit that works with parents and retailers to promote the use of reusable diapers.
According to the association’s website, the event began in 2011 and is a way to “show the world how many people are already choosing and using reusable cloth diapers successfully.”