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Bottoms Up Diaper Shop Part Of World Record Attempt

The Mentor business participated in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, an attempt to break the world record for most babies changed into cloth diapers

Michelle Anthony converted to cloth diapers when her son, Josiah, was born 11 months ago.

Anthony wanted to stay home with her son and consequently needed a way to save money. So she decided to buy reusable cloth diapers instead of disposables.

"From birth to potty training, you can spend around $2,200 on disposable diapers," she said. "In that same amount of time, you can spend $100 to $400 on cloth diapers."

She has since become a believer in cloth diapers -- so much so that she volunteered to be one of the witnesses for Bottoms Up Diaper Shop's attempt to break a record for most children changed into cloth diapers Saturday.

Bottoms Up, along with cloth diaper sellers across the world, teamed this weekend for the Great Cloth Diaper Change.

Dozens of people came by the Bottoms Up shop in to show their support for the store and cloth diapers.

"The big push behind this event is to have as many people be introduced to cloth diapers as possible," Bottoms Up owner Brenda Flanagan said.

Flanagan opened Bottoms Up in February and said her family has used cloth diapers, as opposed to disposables, for the last two years.

She said that, in addition to saving money, it was the more environmentally sound option.

"If you use cloth diapers, you will wash them several hundred times," she said. "That's several hundred diapers that aren't going into a landfall and will just sit there."

Flanagan said that it's easy to clean cloth diapers, especially for the first six months when the baby's diet consists entirely of breast milk. She said that a cloth diaper can be cleaned in three steps -- a cold wash, a hot wash and then dried, either in the sun or tumbled dry.

Anthony said she even has a machine called a toilet sprayer, which is kind of like a high-powered bidet, that cleans the diaper for her.

"It really isn't as hard as people think," Anthony said. "You do so much laundry when you have a kid anyhow. What's one more load?"

rita aquila April 23, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I used cloth diapers MANY years ago (31) still have a few I use for dusting - I hope a lot of people realize this is their childrens planet too

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