Making the Change
This morning I took a Hot Box class, grabbed a coffee at Bongo Java and headed over to East Park Community Center to check out the Great Cloth Diaper Change, an attempt to break the world record of most cloth diapers changed at once.
I realize this may not be a typical "night out" topic, unless you're giving cloth diapering instructions to your babysitter on your way out the door to Whiskey Kitchen, but in celebration of Her Nashville's mom issue, I think it fits. Though I'm not a mom myself, I can appreciate this movement to bring back an environmentally friendly and healthier option for baby's bum.
The Great Cloth Diaper Change was an attempt to re-break the event's previous record of 5,026 babies changed into cloth diapers at once. More than 300 locations throughout 16 countries hosted local events, bringing parents together to raise awareness about the benefits of cloth diapering. Results of record attempt are being compiled, but Nashville's event produced 40 diaper changes. If only every diaper change could be so fun for moms and dads!
Nashville parents who make the cloth diaper choice have the convenience of Smile, Mommy!, a diaper service that picks up, launders and delivers clean cloth diapers to your door- you may have seen the company van around town on its weekly delivery route. Smile, Mommy! is operated by wife and husband team Kelly and Aron Bacher who first fell in love with the service as customers when their son was born in 2010. When the service threatened to close last year, the Bachers purchased Smile, Mommy! and now serve Davidson and Williamson counties, delivering diapers and education about the benefits of using cloth.
The service, which provides the cloth diapers in addition to the pick up and delivery, is comparable in price to purchasing disposable diapers Kelly says. "The average new born can go through 80 to 100 diapers a week," she explains.
According to the Smile, Mommy! website, one child in disposable diapers will require 20 trees, 420 gallons of petroleum and generate one ton of garbage. It takes up to 500 years for one disposable diaper to decompose. That's pretty crappy!
Parents interested in signing up for the diaper service can register at www.smilemommy.com.
Many cities don't have the luxury of a diaper service, but luckily Smile, Mommy! is here to give moms a little help. Sit back, relax and Smile, Mommy! (Daddy can smile too!)
February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness for the leading cause of death in American women: heart disease. And perhaps no one will be sporting her red more proudly than 20-year-old Nashvillian Nykia Babb.
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