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"Our area tends to be a bit behind on some things," she said. "We're sometimes like the Midwest on some thought processes."

She began reaching out to other area stores that specialize in cloth diapering to co-host the event with her to not just bring more awareness to the topic, but to also help "lighten the load" of putting it on.

Beth Smassanow, owner of DiaperEnvy.com and co-host of the event, said there are a lot of misconceptions to what exactly is involved in cloth diapers.

"Most people need to know cloth diapering is not what it used to be," she said. "People get nervous because they think it will be gross."

Smassanow's site also sells cloth diapers and said it promotes the use of cloth diapers over disposables. She said she is excited to get involved with the event because it will be an opportunity to meet other people in the area who are interested in cloth diapering as well as bring it to people's attention who know nothing about it.

"People are nervous because they think it will be gross," she said. "It will get people out in the community and see what it is all about."

Casey-Ahmed that cloth diapers are not difficult to use as many people believe because most remember when only rubber pants could be use. Now people can use Velcro fasteners or snaps to secure the cloth diapers.

"You can get super fancy and super not fancy," she said.

The event will take place at the Calvary Methodist Church in Latham on Saturday, April 23. The event, which will coincide with a parent expo, will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sonrise is asking families to donate $1 donation per family at the door, which will go towards the Real Diaper Association, a nonprofit.


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