They may not have needed it at that exact moment, but thousands of babies nonetheless received a fresh diaper — all at the same time — on April 26.
The mass changing was part of the Great Cloth Diaper Change 2014, a global effort to set a new Guinness World Record and bring awareness to a growing resurgence toward cloth diapering.
Zoolikins, with stores in downtown Chandler and downtown Scottsdale, hosted the local participants. One-hundred, forty-seven babies took part in the event between the two stores, as the Great Cloth Diaper Change attempted to break its own record of 8,301 simultaneous changes worldwide. That record was set a year ago.
The process of validating a Guinness World Record takes time and an official total for Saturday’s worldwide event had not been announced as of Friday morning.
“It ties in with Earth Day and brings awareness to the environmental hazards and hazards to babies’ bums from disposable diapers,” said Shira Shnier, Zoolikins owner/operator.
Cloth diapers reduce waste for families with children in diapers by more than 50 percent and save families more than $2,000 per child, according to the website for the Real Diaper Association, which initiated the April 26 event in 15 countries and nearly 200 locations.
“There is a resurgence in cloth diapers,” Shnier said. “It’s a lot easier than it was in the past.
“So many more parents are saying, ‘Convince me I can cloth diaper and show me how.’”
The Zoolikins store in Scottsdale opened nearly three years ago and the Chandler story opened a little more than a year ago thanks to demand for the natural parenting products and education the company offers.
“We encourage parents and caregivers to read about the chemicals in disposable diapers, and then think of those chemicals right next to their babies’ skin,” Shnier said. “Then, we help parents see how using cloth diapers is much easier than they’d expect.”
Zoolikins is located at 51 E. Boston St. in Chandler, and at 7118 E. 5th Ave. in Scottsdale.
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