Your Grandmother Should Know - FAQ

Your Grandmother Should Know

Many of us seek cloth diapering support from our peers, from other parents of young children. We reinvent cloth diapers as we start over with every new parent and every baby. Even in the passing era of throwaway diapers, the knowledge of cloth diapers was not lost. There have been women among us all along who know about cloth diapers. Your grandmother should know.

 Your Grandmother Should Know Cloth Diapers - Grandmother and mother hold cloth diapered baby together.


How do I start?

Who interviews the grandmothers? 
Who should I interview? 
I am a grandmother, and I want to be interviewed. 
Do the people interviewed have to be grandmothers?

Do I have to interview someone to be involved? 
Do I have to be an RDA member to be involved?

I have some old photos of babies in cloth diapers, and I would like to share them.

What is the project called? 
How long will the project last? 
Can I get access to other interviews?


How do I start? Read the Project Guidelines, make a plan, and get local support. Help us build a rich oral history of diapers. Read our Getting Started Steps for details.

Who interviews the grandmothers? You do! Real Diaper Association members will conduct the interviews either with support of local Real Diaper Circles or on their own.

Who should I interview? We don’t know! You know that. Ask your grandmother, your mother, your aunts, your neighbors. You know the ground locally, so you will find the people who remember what it was like to use cloth diapers a generation or two (or three) ago.

I am a grandmother, and I want to be interviewed. Wow. Thanks! Contact us, and we will see if we have any RDA members in your area who could interview you. Or, you could find a friend, follow the Project Guidelines, and arrange an interview between the two of you.

Do the people interviewed have to be grandmothers? No, not at all. We are using “grandmother” here in the sense of those older friends and relatives who carry knowledge of our past. Please feel free to draw that circle around your own mother, friends and other non-relatives—and men, as well. We realize that women are most likely to have cloth diapered babies, but we would love to hear from the men who know cloth diaper history, too. Anyone who can tell you about cloth diapering in the generations before you may be a good candidate for an interview.

Do I have to interview someone to be involved? No. Could you help another RDA member develop a plan to conduct an interview, help organize the collection, or work with the media files we create? What skills and experience can you bring? Please read about the Your Grandmother Should Know project and let us know what else you can do to help.

Do I have to be an RDA member to be involved? No, you do not have to be an RDA member to be involved in the project. If you aren’t an RDA member, though, why not become one today? If you are interested in cloth diaper history and encouraging the use of cloth diapers among babies today, please join Real Diaper Association in cloth diaper advocacy.

I have some old photos of babies in cloth diapers, and I would like to share them. Thank you. We would love to use your photos for the project. Photos help us to show others a history of diapers in a way they can easily understand. Please contact us, and we will forward a release so Real Diaper Association can use your photos.

What is the project called? The full name of the project is Your Grandmother Should Know: An Oral History of Cloth Diapers from Real Diaper Association, but you can call it Your Grandmother Should Know.

How long will the project last? At least two years. The first year we will collect interviews, and the second year we will make the collection usable in various formats. What we find in our first year will influence whether we need to extend the project beyond two years.

Can I get access to other interviews? Yes, in time, but right now, at the beginning of the project, we do not have other interviews available. As the year of interviews progresses, we will make excerpts available. More materials will be available as we process them during the second year, and, ultimately, the collection will be deposited in an archive where the interviews will be available to those researching the history of diapers.