West Lafayette Woman Creates Free Cloth Diaper Loan Program
TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Indiana (WLFI) – A woman from West Lafayette uses her knowledge of cloth diapers to help parents in Grand Lafayette.
Ana Ruiz, a Lafayette resident, said she spent months trying to figure out what was causing her daughter’s diaper rash.
“We couldn’t figure out what was causing this really bad reaction on his skin,” Ruiz explained.
Then she saw a Facebook post about a local cloth diaper loaner program.
“I thought I would give it a try, and within 24 hours his rash was gone,” Ruiz said.
Sarah Gotlund runs the free program and applicants must live within a 30 mile radius of West Lafayette.
If you qualify, Gotlund creates a wash routine and delivers a 24-pack washable diapers, liners and a wash bag.
“The only thing they have to spend money on is detergent, and if you’re washing clothes, you’re already doing it anyway,” Gotlund explained.
After a year, Gotlund collects the diapers and disinfects them for the next customer, but the program has another benefit.
“One in three families struggle to afford diapers, and it is very expensive to be able to give people disposable diapers all the time,” Gotlund said.
Gotlund said without a local diaper bank, cloth diapers can make a big difference for families.
“This is one of the reasons I have the program for people who have a hard time paying for disposable diapers,” Gotlund added.
Gotlund said washable diapers are also better for the environment.
“They estimate that it takes 500 years to [disposable diapers] decompose in a landfill, ”she explained.
However, there are some misconceptions.
“I think one of the most important things people think of with cloth diapers is that they are grandmothers or mothers who wear cloth diapers,” Gotlund said.
But these are not your grandmother’s cloth diapers.
“Now we have all-in-one diapers, pocket diapers, whatever you see on this table that is no different than a disposable diaper,” Gotlund explained.
Ruiz said she had reservations about cloth diapers, but she is eternally grateful for Gotlund and the program that helped her baby.
“Try it,” Ruiz said. “It’s not as messy as you might think. It’s cheap and it’s free. You have free diapers for a year to try and see if it works for you.”
Gotlund obtains most of his diapers through donations, and there is no income requirement for the program.
Click on here to register for the program.