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The ABC Kids Expo is an annual trade show that introduces new products for the children’s retail market. At this past show, Jean, one of our lead Babyville Team members, had an opportunity to walk the show floor to see trends and upcoming products.

While there, she met with several manufacturers who use Babyville Boutique fabrics to make their finished products. As you know, we love it when you share the many great projects you make with Babyville so seeing how manufacturers also use them was a special treat! In this Part 1 blog, I will focus on one of these manufacturers and Part 2 will follow in the next blog featuring another manufacturer.

Tidy Tots® is a cloth diaper company owned by Sandra Beck from New York. This was Sandra’s second time as an exhibitor at the ABC show and in her words, “it exceeded my wildest expectations.” She started her company about seven years ago after having sold another company. I asked her “why cloth diapers?” and her answer reminded me of why many of you use cloth diapers. She sees a real need for a product that reduces the impact that disposables make on the environment and she wants to “make a difference.”

Although our conversation digressed several times, (she’s Italian, I’m Italian and we both learned to sew from our grandmothers) I enjoyed hearing about the many focus groups she used for her business model and the hundred plus families she used for testing her diaper pattern. Of course, when she told me about discovering Babyville fabrics and how she loves the quality and the cute prints for making her diapers, I knew I made a friend for life! What I find particularly interesting about her diaper design is they are “One Size” and without the usual rows of snaps in front. Another unique feature is the bias cut PUL binding around the outer edges of the diaper to prevent wicking. She is in the process of obtaining a patent for her innovative design so you will not see this type of finishing on other pre-made cloth diapers. In addition to making a difference for the environment, Sandra also makes an impact on her community by having her diapers assembled in a local facility that employs disabled adults. 

Our interesting conversation ended far too soon as Sandra was getting ready for her first vacation in many years but she did promise to stay in touch with us and tell us more about her exciting enterprise!  Babyville congratulates Sandra on her lucrative business venture!

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