By Valerie Heimerich
Disposable diapers are a definite convenience, but concerns about the long lasting environmental impact of plastic diapers can be an issue for some parents. For those interested in leaving a smaller ecological footprint, cloth diapers are one of the popular options. And diapers are more than a necessity, they can be a fashion statement. Designs and themes include Care Bears, donuts, polka-dots, Arabian Nights, aliens, forest creatures, penguins and polar bears, birds, animals, trucks, trains, planes, florals, batik-like prints and tartan plaids.
Sweet Potato Pie
528 Main St.
Woodland, CA 95695
The shop sells both consigned and new accessories, furniture, toys and clothes for children, and the friendly, knowledgeable staff are happy to help parents find what they need. Approximately every two months, Sweet Potato hosts a social event for people to buy, sell or swap cloth diapers directly with other customers; baby carriers are also available for exchange at the events. Guests and other experts share cloth diaper experiences, offer tips and do demonstrations on how to use favorite products. The events often include door prizes and a raffle, the latter raising money to support the shop’s Cloth Diaper Library. People can donate or borrow cloth diapers from the Library.
945 Roseville Parkway, Suite 140
Roseville, CA 95678
Among the brands and items Dearest carries are pocket diapers by Thirsties, all-in-one and hybrid diapers from Grivia & Sloomb Collaboration and RagaBabe and newborn fitted diapers by Sustainablebabyish. One size cloth diapers, typically adjustable for newborns through toilet training, are available from Lalabye, Blueberry and Rumparooz. Beyond plain, old fashioned diaper pins, parents can consider using accessories like silicone Boingos or stretchable Snappi fasteners. Dearest offers a rewards program allowing buyers to earn gift cards based on dollars spent at the store.
Sew Crafty Baby
11753 Loisdale Way
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Sew Crafty is in Rancho Cordova, but sells primarily through an online store. Popular items include a Simplex all in one diaper by Blueberry, made of multiple layers of soft, bleached birdseye cotton, with pockets on both sides for additional absorbent inserts and Bottombumpers adjustable organic cotton diapers with colorful side snaps. Babykicks’ hemp prefolds and sizes one and two of duo wraps by Thirsties are available, as well as other products by FuzziBunz, TotBots, Apple Cheeks, SmartSnugs and Kissaluvs. Free samples may be offered at certain purchase levels. The Sew Crafty website includes a helpful dictionary of cloth diapering terms, a definite benefit for those new to the fabric nappy game. A trial package allows customers to try several types of diapers of their choosing for up to 30 days, terms and conditions apply. Clearance and gently used items are listed on the website, as are any exclusive discounts currently offered, such as for new customers or members of the military.
BabyCakes By Daisy
Sacramento, CA 95833
Using diapers and a healthy dose of creativity, Sacramento resident Daisy Schlegel makes unique gifts that are as adorable as they are useful. Cloth diapers from Gerber are rolled, wrapped, beribboned and embellished to look like beautiful cupcakes, just right for baby showers, parties and gift giving. BabyCakes creations are available in various themes including “It’s a Boy” or “It’s a Girl”, flowers and butterflies, Parisian, gender-neutral colors, owls, monkeys, woodland friends and shabby chic. Cloth diaper cupcakes can be customized in colors and styles that are perfect for the baby and family.
Tidee Didee Diaper Service
Tidee Didee helps make the use of cloth diapers more convenient for families, offering weekly delivery of clean, cloth diapers along with the removal of soiled diapers. No one needs to be home to receive the service, as containers of new and used diapers can be left outside a front door or porch, and soiled nappies do not need to be rinsed out first.