“Would you wear paper underwear?”
It’s a question cloth diaper enthusiast Kelly Epstein sometimes poses to parents who choose disposable diapers for their little ones.
The answer was apparently “no” for 81 area parents who showed up to the Southern Colorado Great Cloth Diaper Change, held Saturday morning at Chapel Hills Mall.
An additional 26 parents joined in a similar event at Springs cloth-diaper supply store Baby Cotton Bottoms, said Ani Collins, a store employee.
The local events were part of the worldwide effort “The Great Cloth Diaper Change” to break the Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at the same time on the same day.
Parents around the globe changed their cloth-diapered kids at 11 a.m. in their respective time zones.
With the ding of a bell, parents at Chapel Hills Mall wrangled their little ones out of one diaper and into a clean, cloth replacement.
Though the event took place on Earth Day weekend, it was intended to celebrate all reasons parents choose cloth diapers, said Epstein, who organized the event at the mall.
For many, saving money is often more of a motivating factor than saving the earth, she said.
“Everybody has their own reason,” said Epstein, owner of Cloth Diaper Market in Colorado Springs and Eco-Baby, a Front Range cloth diaper service.
Attending Saturday’s event wasn’t exactly convenient for parents Sarah and Aaron Moxley. Taking their 3-week-old son, Abraham, out required hooking him up to a portable oxygen tank.
But the Moxleys were determined to show their support for the cause.
“It just doesn’t make sense to spend that much money on something you will throw away,” Aaron said of disposable diapers.
Mom Melissa and dad Jason Walker attended with their four kids, two of whom are in diapers.
“We wouldn’t feed them something with chemicals in it,” Melissa said. “Why would we put something with chemicals on them?”
On April 21, 2012, 8,251 cloth-diapering parents on four continents set a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of simultaneous cloth diaper changes, according to the movement’s website.
Participants in this year’s event will learn later this coming week whether or not they were successful this year.
Regardless, Epstein says she “couldn’t have been happier” with her event.
“It was about letting people know that if they’re on board, cloth’s an option.”