PARKERSBURG - An event to encourage the use of real cloth diapers and help break a world record will be held Saturday in Parkersburg.
Organized by Shawn Low, a local birth educator, the Great Cloth Diaper Change will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of the Rock Church, 1305 37th St.
Real cloth diapers will be provided to parents, who at 11 a.m. will simultaneously change their babies' diapers using the real diapers, Low said.
The event is sanctioned by the Real Diaper Association and coincides with numerous events being held on Saturday around the world in hopes of breaking a record set last year and listed in the Guinness Book of Records. More than 8,300 diapers were simultaneously changed around the world.
"This is held all over the world," Low said.
Participants in Parkersburg should arrive at the Rock around 10:30 a.m. to be ready for the simultaneous mass changing at 11 a.m., Low said. Diapers will be provided if needed, but the parents will have to bring their own babies.
After the changing, perhaps around 11:30 a.m., Low will conduct a workshop on cloth diapers and their advantages over disposable diapers, not the least of which is the cost, she said.
A baby will use several thousand disposable diapers and cost parents $100 or more a month while cloth diapers will cost about $150 over the same period of usage, Low said. Also, they can be sold and reused, further cutting expenses, she said.
The Great Cloth Diaper Change also is held to coincide with Earth Day, she said. Earth Day is an international observance of the environment and environmental protection
Using cloth diapers reduces what goes to the landfill by eliminating disposable diapers from the waste stream, according to Low.
In 2013, Guinness World Records verified last year's event broke the record, setting the new record at 8,301 cloth diapers changed at one time.
Events were held at 182 qualifying locations in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Germany, Spain, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands and the United States, according to the association.
The unofficial number of babies changed was 10,029 that included sites that didn't qualify according to Guinness regulations.
"It's really big in other countries," Low said.