MARQUETTE - Babies are cute and usually bring a lot of joy to their family's lives, but they also require diapers. Lots of them.
From the time they're born to their second birthday, children typically require about 6,000 diapers and each diaper takes more than 400 years to break down in a landfill. Disposable diapers can have a big impact, not to mention the cost of the actual diapers.
To learn more about selecting and using cloth diapers, parents are invited to take part in "The Great Cloth Diaper Change" on Saturday. A worldwide effort to set the Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously, the event is being held at more than 400 locations around the world, including Marquette.
"There are people who will be waking up in the middle of the night to participate," said Marquette event organizer Kristine Fountaine, who owns Diaper Parties by Kristine, which sells baby supplies from Everything Birth Inc. "It's 12:30 p.m. Eastern. At that same exact time all the cloth diaper babies will be changed."
The event is set to be held Saturday at the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, with participants meeting at noon.
Not about pins and messy cleanup anymore, Fountaine said there are four types of cloth diaper styles parents can choose from.
Fountaine, who uses cloth diapers for her own children, said when she began using them with her oldest son, she didn't have much information to work with.
"I dove in without knowing what I was doing," she said.
Cloth diapers, once soiled, can be stored in a storage bag until they can be washed in a washing machine. When they're clean, they're ready to be used again.
"The great part about cloth diapers is you can use them on your second baby," Fountaine said.
In addition, Fountaine said using cloth diapers reduces the amount of waste the family generates and exposes kids to fewer chemicals.
For Saturday's event, those who use cloth diapers or those who want to learn more about them are invited to bring their babies to participate in the world record attempt.
"I'm going to have some cloth diapers available for people to use," Fountaine said.
Although registration isn't required, the first 30 people who do will get a goodie bag.
More information on the Marquette event is available at www.greatclothdiaperchangeUP.blogspot.com.
The worldwide event is organized by the Real Diaper Association as a celebration of Earth Day, which is today, to show that cloth diapers are an environmentally friendly option for families.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.