California mother Judy Aagard, owner of Tiny Tots Diaper Service and Baby Boutique, brainstormed the event as an Earth Day gathering for the Tiny Tots community. After contacting Guinness World Records and with the support of the nonprofit Real Diapering Association, she took the event worldwide.
At 9 a.m. PDT Saturday, approximately 10,000 parents from 24 countries will replace the cloth diapers of 10,000 babies, some presumably fussy at having been wakened at midnight (Malaysia).
In addition to setting a record, the group hopes to bring awareness to the detriments of disposable diapers, which can contain chemicals and sit in landfills for hundreds of years before decomposing, and to the benefits of cloth diapers, which have come a long way since the days of finger-pricking safety pins and plastic pants.
Companies such as FuzziBunz offer a rainbow of brightly colored options that snap at the sides and contain elastic to hug a baby's legs. They're cute and also cost-effective. Over the course of a parent's career at the changing table, using the cloth diapers can save a family up to $2,000.
"Modern cloth diapers are really hip, functional and work just as well as, if not better than, disposables," she said.
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