South African moms attempt to break a Guinness World record
In an attempt to raise awareness, moms in Durban are trying to break the record for most cloth nappies changed.

Durban is getting ready for the 5th Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change where for the first time they will be taking part in an attempt to break the record along with 15 other countries around the world. The current Guinness World record is 9,770 cloth nappies changed at one time at 188 qualifying locations in 18 countries on 6 continents.

This year there will be 288 locations in 20 countries that will be participating including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, and the USA.

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Durban moms, Dominique Bothma, owner of Forever Evelyn Creations and Bianca Johnson, creator of SA Cloth Directory, have organised that this year Durban moms will also be taking part. All across the world at 11am on the 18th April 2015 moms and dads will be changing their babies at the same time. So far 20 babies have been signed up for the Durban event. 

Their aim is more than they Guinness World Record is to raise awareness of reusable cloth diapers and to demonstrate how easy they are to use. When people learn that I'm using cloth nappies for my son they tend to recoil. The main concerns they have come in the form of three questions:

1. Who's going to clean them?
2. What about the poop?

and then eventually:

3. Aren't they expensive?

And to answer those questions for people who are asking these questions because they either don't know any better or because they're trying to be stubborn is:

1. The washing machine. How it works is that once your kid has dirtied a nappy, you take it off and instead of throwing into a bin, you throw it into a bucket. And when wash day rolls around (and let's be honest when you have a child that day is a lot more often because children have some sort of attraction to dirt), you put it into the washing machine, do a quick rinse cycle (because you don't want to wash in pee water), and at this point you can add any other laundry you have to the machine and that's it.

2. Poop. The natural enemy of parents everywhere. It is the one thing you will never escape. Every parents has a story of their child pooping on them or up their own backs and the stuff just gets everywhere. So this was a big deal for me, I did not want to have to deal with poop more than I had to. So the fact that you can just plop a flushable liner in the toilet, flush it and be rid with it is fantastic. If any waste gets on the nappy itself you can use a bidet sprayer to get it off and done.

3. Yes, the initial output can be expensive. A single nappy can cost anywhere between R60-R400 depending on the brand or type. And then depending on the age of your baby you will need anything from 16-40 nappies. All-in-all the overall cost will between R3000-R6000 for all your children. Is that a lot? Maybe. Is that at much as the R20 000 you will spend on disposables for one child? No.

If you're in Durban and you'd like to participate, here are the Great Cloth Diaper Change Rules and Guidelines:

  • Child must be shorter than 39 inches (99.1cm) or shorter.
  • Child must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.
  • Child will be changed into a cloth, 100% reusable nappy.
  • Child may arrive in a disposable nappy.
  • At the start signal, all participants remove their child's nappy and properly put on a 100% reusable cloth nappy.
  • An official record photo is to b taken before and after the change.
  • Sign in is at 10:30 with the event commencing at 11am
  • There is no time limit to changing the nappy so you don't have to rush.
So head on down to Atholton Primary, Broadwood field in Umhlanga at 11am on the 18th April 2015 to see what cloth nappies are all about and see how easy the whole thing is.

Do you use cloth nappies? Tell us about your experience.

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