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Issue: #32 January 2010
Thank you for your continuing support of cloth diapers and cloth diaper education. We are working to grow the Real Diaper Association for you.
100% Reusable Cloth Diapers Every Time

Support Cloth Diapers
As an organization, Real Diaper Association supports the use of 100% reusable cloth diapers.

We are concerned about the waste created by disposable products, no matter whether that waste is sent to a landfill for 1000 years, flushed and disposed of through wastewater treatment, or composted and disposed of as yard waste. Reusable products do not create waste.

We know a lot of our donors and volunteers work hard to find ways to keep babies in 100% reusable cloth diapers all of the time, and we want to recognize you.  We also want to use your expertise to create support materials to help you in continuing your advocacy and support work.

Announcing the 100% Reusable Cloth Diapers Campaign
The Real Diaper Association announces the 100% Reusable Cloth Diapers Campaign to help parents choose reusable cloth diapers every time, all the time. For the next year we will ask the experts for advice on overcoming any difficulties cloth diapering parents may face.  Then we will compile that advice and provide it to parents and caregivers who need support.

Who are the experts? They are experienced cloth diapering parents willing to share what they know with new parents, health care providers, and others.

You are the experts! Parents who find 100% reusable solutions in every cloth diapering situation have valuable tips and techniques to share with those who are struggling to succeed.

Yes, You Can Participate!
Spread your knowledge and experience face-to-face in Real Diaper Circles, with friends and family, or online. Help parents and caregivers overcome obstacles to using 100% reusable cloth diapers.  Every few months we'll focus on a different major obstacle, so stay up-to-date via our blog to continue your support for our year-long campaign.

Are you using 100% reusable cloth diapers on your baby all night?
The first area we're focusing on is nighttime cloth diapering.  RDA is looking for your tips to succeeding with 100% reusable cloth diapers all night. Tell us what works for you with nighttime diapering. As a thank you, you can download the RDA All Night Badge! We will compile your answers into a tip sheet for parents new to or struggling with nighttime cloth diapering.

Do you support 100% reusable cloth diapers in other ways?
RDA wants to hear how you support parents and caregivers in using 100% reusable cloth diapers. Are you an advocate? A business owner? A blogger? Tell us what you're doing to help parents choose 100% reusable cloth diapers every time. We have a badge for you, too! Get your own RDA 100% Support Badge.

Learn more about the campaign and get your support badges now.
New Real Diaper Circle Leader in Florida
Congratulations to Marissa Evans, our newest Circle Leader from the Emerald Coast of Florida. Marissa has been cloth-diapering her son since he was 4 months old (and it would have been longer if she had been able to figure it out earlier). She ended up loving them so much that she committed herself to helping others learn about and use cloth diapers. She's been holding classes locally and started a business, Growing Green Bums, to make the products available in her community. Find out more about Marissa and her Circle here.

To find local support near you, check the RDA's local resource directory.

Heather McNamara
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association
heatherm@realdiaperassociation.org
Tips for getting your cloth diapers into daycare
For our family, finding a daycare provider willing to use cloth diapers on our baby would be an absolute requirement. Any reasonable daycare provider would either accept our diapers without question or be willing to learn to use them even if they had never seen them before. If they were not reasonable on this matter, I would be concerned about how well we'd work together and about whether they would respect our parenting decisions on other matters as well.

Having said that, I haven't used daycare for my children, so when it came time to put together recommendations for the many parents who contact us about information to use in daycare selection conversations, the best sources were the moms who had done it. The Real Diaper Association (RDA) conducted a survey on the use of cloth diapers in daycare facilities. We received over 250 detailed responses. The responders were largely parents who had talked with daycare providers about their willingness to use cloth diapers on their children while caring for them. We culled the best advice they had, and came up with this tip sheet for using reusable cloth diapers in daycare.

The tip sheet includes practical advice about finding a daycare provider and talking with them about your diapers, and specific options you could consider to make it work for both of you.  It also has links for parents to inform themselves about state daycare regulations and about proper sanitation practices for changing diapers in a daycare facility.

This tip sheet represents the first step in a joint project by volunteers from RDA and RDIA (Real Diaper Industry Association).   Follow ongoing efforts to facilitate the use of cloth diapers in daycare at the RDA website or on our blog.  Many thanks go to Ann Maclean, Northern Virginia Real Diaper Circle Leader, and RDA volunteers Angie Gregory and Ada Vaughan for all the work they did in putting it together.

Heather McNamara
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association
heatherm@realdiaperassociation.org
  
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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