Get ready, set, change the baby

A local store that helps new moms use cloth diapers is hoping to be a part of a Guinness World Record attempt for Earth Day.

On April 18, parents and their cloth-diapered babies are invited to Stash, 1860 W. County Road 550N, for “The Great Cloth Diaper Change.”

At 1 p.m. that day, the Columbus group will be part of a nationwide event, changing the cloth diapers on their babies at the same time in an effort to break the world record of 8,459 babies changed at one time in 2014.

It’s the first year for the Columbus store to participate, Stash owner Jenna Ogilve said.

She’s hoping for 25 to 30 parents and babies to participate and plans to have some vendors, booths, classes and information for all those who attend.

Rachel Eddins of Columbus plans to participate by changing 5-month-old Porter as part of the world-record attempt. Eddins said she started using cloth diapers when her daughter, 2-year-old Reese, was 4 months old.

When she decided to be a stay-at-home mom, she and her husband decided disposable diapers were just too expensive for the new family budget, Eddins said.

“And we wanted to watch our footprint — how much waste was being generated,” she said. “We didn’t want to put diapers in the landfill.”

Some parents have financial concerns about the up-front cost of cloth diapers, and Eddins acknowledged some brands are expensive. But she said families can find affordable quality brands with a little research.

She estimated a family with a new baby would need at least 20 cloth diapers, doing laundry every other day.

The fifth annual diaper-change event is being sponsored by the nonprofit Real Diaper Association.

If you go

What: The Great Cloth Diaper Change

When: 1 p.m. April 18

Where: Stash, 1860 W. County Road 550N

How much: Free

To learn more

To learn more about The Great Cloth Diaper Change, visit greatclothdiaperchange.com or email stashstorecolumbus@gmail.com.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.