Group swaddles youngsters in diapers in a show of cloth

GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—Sixteen parents hold up the fresh diapers that they were about to put on their sixteen babies Saturday at Colorado Baby, a downtown Grand Junction store that participated in the worldwide Great Cloth Diaper Change.

Some are just into diapers — and just into this world, really — and some are on their way out of them (please, please, please let the potty training work). Some did not appreciate a publicly changed diaper at all and some could not be distracted from the delight of fingers to slurp.

But at 11 a.m. on the dot Saturday, 16 babies and toddlers had their cloth diapers changed, whether they needed it or not.

The event, held at Colorado Baby, 560 Main St., was part of the worldwide Great Cloth Diaper Change, an attempt to break last year’s Guinness world record for most cloth diapers changed in 24 hours. While ostensibly about setting a new record, the event was really about highlighting the various benefits of using cloth diapers, said Megan Reinertsen, Colorado Baby owner.

Reinertsen said she’s used cloth diapers for seven years and for each of her four sons, “and at first we chose to do it for economic reasons,” she explained. “But then you start to realize there are health benefits, environmental benefits. And cloth diapers have come a long way. They’re super easy to use.”

Meredith Franklin of Grand Junction said she didn’t use cloth diapers for her first daughter, born almost 14 years ago, “because they just weren’t available then,” she said. “Now they’re so much easier to find and use.”

So, for daughter Katie, who’s 8 months old, she and her husband chose cloth diapers for the economics of it: She’s a stay-at-home mom and beyond the initial investment, “you end up saving a lot of money with cloth.”

Cody and Sarah Jordan of Hotchkiss said they prefer cloth for son Clark, who’s 6 months old, because they don’t want chemicals next to his skin and said they believe cloth diapers are much healthier for him.

“And the cost is at least half, if not a third, of what you’d pay for disposable,” Sarah said.

So, at 11 a.m., 16 babies were laid on changing cloths at Colorado Baby and put into fresh cloth diapers. Last year’s record was 8,251 babies changed worldwide during the Great Cloth Diaper Change, up from 5,026 in 2011. Though a local event needed at least 25 participants to count toward the worldwide total, Saturday’s event at Colorado Baby was a declaration of conviction.

For the parents, anyway. For the babies? They just wanted a snack and a nap.


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