REAL DIAPER ASSOCIATION NEWS: Issue 21, July 2006
Real Diaper Resource Center. Over the past two years, Real Diaper Association has been building a resource center for you.
- Find local members. The Resource Center includes a local directory, where you will find listings for RDA member businesses (like our newest business member Cotton Club Diaper Service of Chico, California) and Real Diaper Circles (like the Mid-Coast Maine Real Diaper Circle, lead by RDA business member Christy Perce of Maine Cloth Diaper Company).
Help us build the Resource Center. Tell us when you hear of cloth diapers in the news, write articles for the newsletter or post blog entries, volunteer to update pamphlets, print advocacy postcards and hand them out, wear an "Ask Me About Cloth Diapers" button. You are the expert. Tell us how RDA can build the resources you need.
Change the world one baby at a time. Join RDA.
Why We Choose Cloth. Upon joining, RDA members are asked to
respond to "Why I Choose Cloth."
Member · Dr. Paola Weber,
owner of Blessed Mothering in South Florida, wrote:
"I did not Cloth Diaper my first two children out of ignorance. I had no knowledge on the subject being the first among my close friends and family to have a baby and like many other moms I thought that rashes were "normal." It was not until my third was born that I began to cloth diaper the baby and her 2-year-old brother due to his irritation to the chemicals in disposable diapers. Now as a well-informed mother, I do not touch a diposable! Guess what. Rashes are a thing of the past! My baby's bottom is soft without irritations from the chemicals. Her brother, still wears cloth diapers at night, and of course, no more rashes on his poor legs and bottom. Cloth Diapering is now one of my areas of specialty."
Individual Member · Rachel Lawson, wrote:
"I choose to cloth diaper for many reasons, primarily to cut back on the amount of waste my family generates. I also feel that it is better for my daughter's bum! I think that we are a society that only cares about convenience and does not think long term about the damage that we do to our environment.
"It is really sad that cloth diapering in not the norm, in fact most people that I come across think it is strange that I choose to cloth diaper. The nurse at our doctor's office even said 'oh you are one of those' when she saw my daughter's diaper. When I bring my own reusable bags to the store I get the same kind of reaction. I hope to change that kind of mentality."
»» Read more testimonials.
Cloth Diapers in Daycare. RDA business member Jennifer Moore Temple of Buzzie Bee Diapers, a diaper service in Maine, wrote on the Real Diaper Events blog that she is working with daycare directors to keep her customers’ babies in diapers this summer. The daycare workers are not sure how to handled the soiled diapers without taking up too much space until the diaper service picks them up. Can you offer any suggestions? How have you seen cloth diaper storage work well at daycare centers?
Respond to Jennifer’s post on the RDA blog.
Cloth Diapering Advocacy
Would you like to encourage your local baby store or food coop to carry cloth diapers? Talk to the buyer and be prepared to address several issues. Consider whether there are local manufacturers who offer wholesale. Offer contact information for local as well as national wholesalers. Try one product at a time to start. Show the buyer why their customers will buy cloth diapers. You need to sell them on the idea before they can sell cloth diapers to their customers. If the plan works, approach other stores. And, be sure to encourage local parents to buy cloth diapers locally.
This tip is based on an Advocacy Sheet, "Cloth Diapers in Local Stores," available for download on the RDA website. Do you have more ideas for Advocacy Sheets? Tell us all about it.
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