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Why We Choose Cloth. Upon joining, RDA members are asked to
respond to "Why I Choose Cloth."
Individual Member · Mary Evans of Charlottesville, Virginia, wrote:
Individual Member · Miriam Dayan of Beverly Hills, California, wrote:
"With the birth of our first baby approaching, my husband and I decided that we were going to use cloth diapers. Thinking I was going to encounter pins and plastic pants, I was ready to take on the pins, diaper rash, and diaper soup that I just knew were all a part of cloth diapering. But I knew it was better for my baby, and that it would save us money.
"Upon researching online, I found that there were so many incredible options that I became overwhelmed and gave up completely! After expressing my frustration about not knowing what to do to our Bradley childbirth instructor, she immediately pulled a large tub out of her closet, and out came every cloth diaper I had seen online. She explained the differences between them to us probably three times before we decided what we thought we ought to do. We purchased our first set of diapers online, and found a new passion!
"There was not a single place to purchase or even see these diapers in the entire Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and so we decided to open our own store. Now we travel around doing diaper demonstrations and classes at birth centers, homes, and community rooms all over DFW. We just love talking about diapers! What's even more gratifying is seeing all of the relieved looks on people's faces when they see how easy cloth can be. In addition, I have met some of my best, closest (and newest!) friends through cloth diapering.
"As a business owner, I have been looking for an outlet to bring moms (and dads too!) together to support each other in our cloth diapering efforts - a way to have fellowship and support without focusing so much on my business. Our RDA circle will be just the way to do it! I am thrilled to be an accredited RDA circle leader, and I'm looking forward to advocacy in Texas!"
Did you receive a marketing survey recently from an organization that seemed to mimic the name and address of Real Diaper Association? No, the survey was not from RDA. This survey was sent by the owners of a cloth diaper manufacturing company — not by a nonprofit foundation ready to launch a national cloth diaper advocacy campaign.
We are happy to let you know that we have settled the issues of trademark infringement, and we have invited the company to join RDA as a business member. We would love to have them share their ideas for a national campaign through our existing, all-volunteer organization. If you received the survey, encourage the senders to work with RDA to advocate cloth diapers nationally.
On the subject of demographics, we would certainly like to see a scientifically sound, 21st-century survey of cloth diapering in the United States. Before we know what changes cloth diaper advocacy brings about, we need to understand baseline demographics. Such a survey has long been near the top of our volunteer wish list. Do you have the skills to design or implement a major demographic study? Please volunteer any amount of time to help us reach this goal. Contact Angelique Mullen to volunteer or make suggestions.
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