A World Record Cloth Diaper Changing Attempt at The Nesting House
At least 40 people will participate in the effort.
The Nesting House will work to try and help set a Guinness World Record this weekend.
It won't be doing it on its own, but in its little corner of Philadelphia, it will contribute to the effort. The Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place in 15 countries around the world, and at The Nesting House, at least 40 babies will have their cloth diapers changed.
In doing so, they will participate in the international effort. Last year, 5,026 cloth diapers were changed at the same time. This year's attempt is intended to break that mark.
The Nesting House didn't participate last year. But it's going all out in 2012.
Doors for the event will open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the store at 606 Carpenter Lane and the changing will start soon after that. Owner Meredith Jacoby said Guinness is very particular about the way in which things are done, so it's adhering to a strict set of rules.
The children must all be below a certain height, and there must be one changer per baby. When a whistle blows, the event will kick off, and the diapers all need to be changed pretty much simultaneously, although it's not a race.
Once that's done, all of the changers must hold up their babies.
"I think it will be a really interesting thing for people to see," Jacoby said.
There will be music and food afterward. Local artist Chana Rothman will perform at what is being billed as a "diaper dance party," and Food For All Market, High Point Cafe and Weavers Way are providing the refreshments.
There will also be a cloth diaper workshop afterward. Jacoby said The Nesting House is not in the business of telling parents what product they should use—"it's a time of being really vulnerable and overwhelmed with a lot of judgment," she said—but she said cloth diapers can offer benefits.
She said some of the reasons why people use cloth diapers include:
- The cost factor. Parents who use cloth diapers can save themselves thousands of dollars over the course of three years.
- Environmental concerns—the products can lessen the amount of diapers that sit in a landfill for a long period of time.
- Health reasons. Some parents feel certain additives in disposable diapers might ultimately be harmful to their newborns.
Either way, Jacoby said, this event is intended to be a fun way for people to learn more about and examine the issue.
"It's actually become a really large consumer market," she said of cloth diapers.