Editor’s Introduction: The cloth diaper movement is a big one, and there are a lot of areas to pursue in getting cloth diapers onto more babies. Recently, momentum has developed around getting hospitals to use cloth diapers on newborns, thus introducing the idea to parents right in their baby’s first days. It would send a powerful message besides reducing hospital waste. Some hospitals have voluntarily gone in this direction for financial reasons - less waste means savings for them. Vilate Thacker, RDA member, has emerged as a leader in this movement and wrote up the post below to update us on how it’s going.
Cloth in Hospitals… is this far fetched? Well honestly, it was less than 50 years ago that it was the norm. 50 years is not that far removed from us mamas now. Only a few generations. We just need to remind hospitals that cloth is better for babies.
Can we do that? Can we get them to see all the trash they are adding to the landfills? I don’t know… but that is our quest. Cloth in Hospitals has a blog and also a fantastic Facebook page titled “We want to see cloth diapers in Hospitals!”
The beginning of this group was small and insignificant really. I was chatting on Twitter with a few friends and said wouldn’t it be nice if we could get more hospitals to use cloth diapers. Well the next day one of the mamas told me that she had made a FB page. LOL! Just like that! Then the other mama was like hey you should promote it with a big giveaway only do it like a telephone game. BUT have the participants call the hospitals. So we posted lots of info for the first week and built up our numbers. The we had a huge giveaway with some amazing sponsors. I make cloth diapers and thought a “diaper mascot” would be fun! So I hurried and whipped out a diaper and got it on a baby and got some amazing pics of it to make a button for our blog and FB page.
Feel free to grab the button and put it on your blog!
I even sell the “Hospital Diaper” through a Nifty Nappy retailer with $2 from every sale going to the Real Diaper Association.
We had amazing participation in our big contest in which people received points for helping the cause (contacting hospitals, spreading the word, etc) and it was fun to read though all the comments. We had so many people contact so many hospitals. We had hospitals that responded that they were interested in looking at literature about it. We even found a few that are already using cloth. This was exciting because we had the chance to ask them a few questions and get some information that can help us in the future.
This is where I need some help though. I don’t know how to proceed. I feel very overwhelmed. I am a WAHM with 6 kids and I feel like I have bitten off more than I can chew… but I know I don’t have to do it alone. Perhaps some of you RDA supporters might be willing to lend some time / ideas? If we all do a little together we can do a lot!
We need to keep the momentum going. We need to get people to take the information to the hospitals they called. We need to keep them motivated, and we need to collect all the info in one place. We tried to start a discussion on the FB page where people could post information they had gathered, and a few did, but not nearly enough.
I know I don’t need to preach to you… you are the “choir” so to speak! We know the best choice, but we need to help the hospitals see this. I would love to have you join in the movement and get any idea you might have. You can feel free to email me any time with ideas or suggestion.
What can you do to help get Cloth Diapers back into our Hospitals?
Vilate Thacker, Nifty Nappy, email@example.com