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I was interviewed by a reported for the local paper and the article was published today 🙂

Mom gets to bottom of diaper debate


When her four kids are sleeping, she’s a one-woman assembly line. She’s tracing patterns, applying snaps and sewing. She’s making diapers.

Kristen Bassett runs her cloth diaper business, Banana Bottoms, out of her home in Clayton Park. She uses organic bamboo fabrics and designs the diapers herself. One diaper takes her about an hour from start to finish.

Her cloth diapers aren’t ones you have to fold and pin. These have snaps and elastic waists.

Ms. Bassett said she started making the cloth diapers almost 12 years ago, but she’s only made a business of them in the past few years.

"I started out with my own pattern and just kind of perfected it over the years," she said. "The outer fabrics that I use, I kind of go with what’s trendy at the moment."

Her colourful diapers have skulls, monsters, anchors and whales on them. She also does custom orders.

Ms. Bassett sells her diapers online, at Etsy.com and at craft shows. She said most of her customers are from the United States because Etsy is an American website, but she’s getting more and more local customers all the time.

Jaime Maynard, one of Ms. Bassett’s local customers, bought diapers with pink skulls and crossbones for her daughter.

"They look good," Ms. Maynard said. "They’re cute and fashionable."

Cloth diapers are increasing in popularity, Ms. Bassett said. In the past, she found most of her customers tended to be people who were switching to cloth diapers after having a baby or two and using disposable diapers. Now, she’s getting more people deciding to start their newborns out with cloth diapers, never having tried disposable diapers.

"I think more people are aware, too, of environmental issues and will use them for that reason," Ms. Maynard said.

A cloth-versus-disposable diapers breakdown by Environment Canada’s EnviroZine said disposable diapers "represent a burden to municipal landfills and continue to deplete natural resources," however, "concerns raised with cloth diapers are water and air pollution" because of the need to wash and dry the diapers.

The debate may come down to the pocketbook for most parents. Ms. Maynard said her costs with cloth diapers are significantly less than they would be with disposables.

Environment Canada said a baby will need between 5,000 and 7,000 diaper changes in the first two years of life.

Ms. Bassett’s diapers cost about $21 each. She and Ms. Maynard agreed that a parent should have about 30 cloth diapers in total. That’s about $630.

"A lot of people balk when they see the initial startup cost, but they are a lot cheaper than disposables (in the long run)," Ms. Bassett said.

Pampers disposable diapers, on the other hand, cost about 40 cents each. Five thousand diaper changes in two years makes the cost $2,000.

With her children now older, Ms. Bassett said she has more time to concentrate on her business. She’s started making training pants for children who are being toilet trained, and she’s figuring out how to use Twitter.

What happens to the diapers she’s made for her children?

"Some of them I’ve made have gone through all four of my kids," Ms. Bassett said. "I’ve passed them on to other babies."

( vravina@herald.ca)

 

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About mommamaynard

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on January 5, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. And yes- Pink skulls and cross bones DO look good ;-P If only I’d have cloth diapered when Rachel was a baby…I missed out on all the cute girly diapers!!!

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