Latham woman starts cloth diaper service

Although Casey-Ahmed has been passionate about cloth diapers not only through the diaper-days of her twin boys, who are now 3 years old, but also her now-9-month-old son, it was her friend Rebecca Rathbun who got her interested in the business aspect of it.

"She was explaining to one of our mutual friends how cloth diapering works," said Rathbun. "It was really like a two-hour cloth diaper 101 [class]."

Rathbun, who does not have children of her own, said she was amazed by how detailed cloth diapering can be and at how much Casey-Ahmed knew about it " from the environmental side to the health benefits of diapering children in cloth, which includes the lack of exposure to the chemicals used in disposable diapers.

By the end of the conversation, Casey-Ahmed had convinced everyone that cloth diapering was the way to go.

"I was ready to cloth diaper anything in the world. She had sold me," said Rathbun. "Nobody should have that kind of knowledge and not put it to use."

Casey-Ahmed did decide to put it to use, and after opening her doors to provide information about her business on July 1, she finally opened officially on Aug. 1.

Sonrise Diaper Service is run out of Casey-Ahmed's house, and in the past two weeks, she already has seen business begin to pick up with nearly seven clients.

Casey-Ahmed said she eventually hopes to open a storefront that is a combination of her cloth diaper service and an organic baby store, where parents can purchase products and children can learn about organic foods and why they are healthy.

For information about Sonrise Diaper Service, e-mail vikki@sonrisediaperservice.com, or call 461-4293 or visit Sonrise's Web site at www.sonrisediaperservice.com.""

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