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Issue: #30 October   2009

Thank you for your continuing support of cloth diapers and cloth diaper education. We are working to grow the Real Diaper Association for you.
RDA Photo Contest Winners Announced

With such a strong collection of entries, voting was very difficult for RDA members. However, it means we have a BEAUTIFUL calendar full of happy babies in cloth diapers that you'll want to show off in your home all year!  Proceeds from sales will help RDA with its mission to get more babies into reusable cloth diapers.   Think about that - not only will you be able to promote cloth diapers by displaying your calendar, but your purchase will support RDA's advocacy work as well!  Calendars are on sale via RDA's Cafe Press shop NOW. Thank you to everyone who entered and to the sponsors who donated prizes and supported the contest and calendar.

And so, without further ado, the winners of the 2009 Real Diapers, Real Babies Photo Contest!
RDA Grand Prize Winner Bella
Grand Prize Winner: Izzabella in her favorite pretty pink bumGenius by the Mackinaw Bridge! Jennifer H. won a $150 gift certificate donated by sponsor DiaperShops.com

RDA First Runner Up Sam
First Runner Up: Dream big my sweet Sam. KPM submitted this photo and won a $50 gift certificate donated by sponsor Mama Momo.

RDA Second Runner Up Peace and Love
Second Runner Up: Peace and Love. Katy Burnett won a $50 gift certificate donated by sponsor Babies in Bloom.

2010 RDA Calendar Now Available
This beautiful full color wall calendar shows all the winners of the Real Diapers Real Babies contest. Visit Cafe Press for more great new Real Diaper Association advocacy materials. Show the world you love cloth diapers! Plus, each purchase from the store includes a small donation for RDA - $1 or $2 for most items, $5 for the AWESOME custom calendar featuring the winning photographs from this summer's Real Diapers Real Babies RDA Photo Contest. And, of course, all those proceeds go toward getting more babies into cloth diapers - what a way to vote with your wallet!

Buy the Calendar at Cafe Press

Is a $1, $2, or $5 donation to RDA not enough for you? Want to do more? Join as a member-donor in the months of October - December and receive a special Welcome RDA Member 12-month calendar magnet! All members can show their colors by proudly displaying their Member Badge on their website or blog. Business members also receive a listing in our Local Resource Directory.

If you're not already an RDA member, join here.  Real Diaper Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.
Diapers in Daycare Study Moves Forward
Using cloth diapers in daycare settings is an important topic for many families. At the Real Diaper Association (RDA), we have received inquiries about this from all over the country since the day we were founded.

After a good amount of initial research, a planning group comprised of RDA and Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA) members produced a proposal for a joint project to facilitate the acceptance and use of cloth diapers in the daycare setting.

We are pleased to announce that both the board of the RDA and the board of the RDIA have approved this proposal and we will be moving forward with the project over the course of the next year!

Based on a cost-benefit analysis of our various options, we decided to move forward in two main areas.

The first is in guiding parents to find or convince a daycare to use cloth diapers.
a. To help them find a daycare to accept cloth, we plan to create a cloth diaper-friendly daycare directory. Parents will contribute data to this directory, and it will be available for others to search for daycares in their area.
b. In lieu of finding an already-cloth-diaper-friendly setting, we will also produce and distribute a "tip sheet" to guide parents in how to ensure a caretakers' acceptance and use of cloth diapers for a child in their care.

The second area we'll pursue is in educating daycare facilities about cloth diapers.
c. Using input from facilities already using cloth diapers extensively, as well as knowledge about local daycare provider licensing requirements, we will create materials for distribution in two ways.
First, we will attempt to "soften the market" by using a mailing list to hit some of the largest providers.
Second, we will make the materials available for printing and use by motivated "salespeople" - parents who are searching for daycare for their baby.
d. As part of this area, we'll also examine existing relationships between daycare facilities and diaper services to produce a useful model to help more diaper services pursue these relationships in their communities.

To do all this, we'll be using a lot of volunteer resources, so please contact RDA if you are interested in helping.

Heather McNamara
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association
heatherm@realdiaperassociation.org
New Real Diaper Circle Leader in Chicago
The Real Diaper Association is proud to announce the accreditation of Katrina Pavlik, who will lead the Chicago Area Real Diaper Circle! Katrina has several years of cloth diapering experience behind her and has been a child and adult educator and a community organizer in the past, making her particularly well-qualified for this position.

Why does Katrina support cloth diapering? In her own words:
"I love that cloth diapers feel nicer on my babies' skin. I love the fact that I'm saving money and saving the environment at the same time. I LOVE the idea that I have saved hundreds of diapers from sitting in the landfills for the next 500 years. I also feel like I have a connection to my mother, grandmother and mothers before them. In some small way, my mothering experience is similar to theirs. "

Starting a big city Circle has its own special difficulties. There are a lot of people to reach out to, but they are spread over a larger area and have a wider variety of needs than a smaller, more homogeneous community might. Fortunately, Katrina already has some core supporters, including some local business owners, who are available to help her implement their shared vision for the Chicago area. Meetings will likely be held in multiple locations to cater to a wider geographical area with a shared online community to bring them all together.

Want to find out more about cloth diapering in the Chicago area? Join the Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clothdiaperchicago.
    
Real Diaper Association Mission Statement: The Real Diaper Association is a collective non-profit organization in which parents and small businesses take the lead in creating a cultural shift to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers. We connect current cloth diapering parents to the long history of cloth diapering. Cloth diapers are real diapers. The Association organizes local advocates and activists for cloth diapers through a member-supported resource center which plans campaigns, trains organizers, distributes educational information, supports local groups, and connects users to the U.S. Cloth Diaper industry. Local Real Diaper Circles reach users face-to-face with knowledge and tools to make cloth diapering accessible and acceptable to U.S. parents, who have the power to change the world one baby at a time.

Sincerely,
 

Cynthia Thompson
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