Welcome to the
Real Diaper Association newsletter! We have opened our doors today. I am
so glad that you have joined us, and I hope that you will help us achieve
our goals. Visit our website and look around:
What are we about? Our mission statement defines who we are and what we
hope to achieve.
The Real Diaper Association is a collective non-profit organization in
which parents and small businesses take the lead in creating a cultural
shift to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers. We connect
current cloth diapering parents to the long history of cloth diapering.
Cloth diapers are real diapers. The Association organizes local advocates
and activists for cloth diapers through a member-supported resource center
which plans campaigns, trains organizers, distributes educational
information, supports local groups, and connects users to the U.S.
Cloth Diaper industry. Local Real Diaper Circles reach users face-to-face
with knowledge and tools to make cloth diapering accessible and acceptable
to U.S. parents, who have the power to change the world one baby at a
Help us achieve this mission by joining the Real Diaper Association.
here to see the benefits of membership and to join.
and click on any region to search for Real Diaper Circle Meetings established in your area.
What are we planning?
We will increase cloth diaper use in the U.S. How? One of our main goals
is to move the discussion of cloth diapers from the internet into
face-to-face communication. To achieve this we have created Real Diaper
Circles, groups that will meet monthly to discuss cloth diapering, share
diapers and diapering tips, and plan ways to spread cloth diapering
locally. If you are interested in leading a Real Diaper Circle, please
visit this page. We also plan national meetings each year, so cloth
diapering parents and businesses can come together in person to learn and
What do we envision?
We envision parents who use cloth diapers teaching others how to use them.
We envision a country where cloth diapers are considered real diapers. We
envision celebrating and teaching others the history of real diapers. We
envision the Real Diaper Association with thousands of members, all
committed to creating a cultural shift towards the use of cloth diapers.
Who is behind the Real Diaper Association?
Rose Bloomberg-Rissman - Executive Director
Angelique Mullen - Researcher and Writer
Heather L. Sanders - Webmaster and Membership
Lori Taylor - President
Jessica Wiseman - Designer
How did the Real Diaper Association come to be?
Here is a brief version of our story, which can also be found on our
Lori Taylor. In 2000, Lori began collecting information and planning a
cloth diaper advocacy organization.
Jessica Wiseman. After their participation in an extended public
conversation about the necessity for diaper education, Lori approached
Jessica in 2002 to join her in planning what they provisionally called
"the real diaper association," after the UK Real Nappy Association.
Heather Sanders. By 2003, Jessica and Lori recognized that Heather was a
tireless cloth diapering advocate who would be an excellent addition to
Angelique Mullen. Heather, Jessica and Lori kept eyes and ears open to
find other vocal cloth diaper advocates. After reading an article by
Heather, Angelique had reached out to grow a national organization, so
they invited her along in 2004.
Rose Bloomberg-Rissman. The team of founders was complete by mid-2004
when Rose, the gem of all organizing gems, brought her abundance of
expertise and time to the group.
Thank you very much for joining us on this exciting journey. Together we
can change diapering in the United States!