Rebecca and Brian Wilson put their daughter Olivia in Pampers for her first eight months. Then they switched to cloth, which they say is better for their baby and the environment.Danielle Ameden/Daily News staff
Rebecca and Brian Wilson put their daughter Olivia in Pampers for her first eight months. Then they switched to cloth, which they say is better for their baby and the environment.
"Just a couple extra loads of laundry during the week," Rebecca said, "but our baby has a chemical-free butt."
The Upton couple helped raise awareness about the alternative to disposable diapers yesterday when it teamed with 36 other cloth-loving families from around New England to set a world record.
A roomful of parents were ready to pin, snap and velcro at 12:30 p.m. when they took part in The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011 along with diaper-changers around the world.
"We love cloth," said Erin Plaster, a cloth diaper manufacturer who hosted the local event at her Saxonville studio. "We sell cloth, we believe in it. It's really the best choice right now."
Parents registered more than 10,000 babies across the globe to participate at more than 400 places, including as far away as Australia and Malaysia, according to The Real Diaper Association, a nonprofit organization that set up the event for the "Guinness Book of World Records."
Local moms and dads said they were glad to participate.
"It was fun," said Bree Aldridge of Arlington, who changed her 13-month-old son, Tate, into a fresh cloth diaper on Plaster's cue. "It was a little hectic but I think it's good for publicity."
The Real Diaper Association says cloth diapers reduce waste and help the environment, save families more than $2,000 per child, are better for babies' health and are convenient, cute and comfortable.
"Most people just say, 'You're crazy. Good for you,"' said Stephanie Seiden of North Attleborough, who came to change her 6-month-old son, Ezra.
Plaster held the event at her studio on Watson Place in the Saxonville Industrial Park, which she calls sustainablebabyish/sloomb.
She sells an array of high-end, earth-friendly products such as organic bamboo fleece-fitted diapers sold by retailers around the country. They run about $25 each.
Seiden said she started using cloth diapers when her 3-year-old son, Teige, was a baby.
"We try to do as much as we can for the environment," she said. The family recycles, composts and gardens. Cloth diapers "was kind of a natural extension," she said.
Aldridge, a scientist, said she feels better putting her son in cloth.
"I'm concerned about all the chemicals in disposable diapers," she said.
Rebecca Wilson, who put her daughter in a green Earth-themed cloth diaper yesterday, said she wanted to use cloth when her daughter was born.
"A lot of people kind of talked me out of it," she said.
Finally, though, she and her husband decided the environmental, health and cost benefits made it worth switching to cloth. They now have a dozen diapers they use, wash and reuse.
While each one is an investment, Wilson said there's a market for used cloth diapers and she plans to sell hers when the family is done with them.
"People don't know how easy it is and how much it can save them," said Julie Kieras of East Hartford, Conn., who made the trip to Framingham to change Asher, her 14-month-old son.
She said she feels good about using cloth, and it's fun.
"Besides being very utilitarian, cloth diapering is kind of fashionable," said Kristen McCarthy of Gloucester, who also made a long drive to participate in yesterday's event.
"I tried to choose my cutest diaper - two cutest," she said, "so I could change (daughter Suriah, 15 months) out of a cute diaper into a cute diaper."
(Danielle Ameden can be reached at 508-626-4416 or [email protected])
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