I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Kristen, the creative force behind Banana Bottoms Cloth Diapers. Be sure to stop by her Etsy store - www.etsy.com/shop/bananabottoms - to check out her adorable cloth diapers, diaper covers, training pants, shorts, longies, and skirts!
Where did you get the name for your shop?
I love monkeys and wanted to find a name with monkeys in it but there were quite a few diaper shops that were already using monkey in their shop names. I decided to use Bananas as part of the name b/c monkeys eat bananas.
Is it big business or a hobby?
It’s a business. I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to my shop over the past year as I’ve returned to school full time and am also taking my yoga teacher training.
Why do you like selling on Etsy?
I love Etsy. It is very user friendly and has a lot of resources for sellers. I also love the teams feature as it allows you to gain support and advice from other like-minded sellers. I love the Etsy Cloth Diaper team!
How long have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc.?
My mom taught me to sew as a kid and I’ve been sewing ever since.
I love making newborn cloth diapers. They are so tiny and cute!
What is your favorite thing in your shop at the moment? Why?
I love the fleece skirties. When my girls were born, I loved how cute and functional these were and they wore them even after they were out of diapers.
Who/What is your inspiration?
My kids. They were my testers for all my items when I was designing my patterns.
Why is cloth diapering important to you?
I love cloth diapering. Although it is an initial investment, it is much more economical in the long run. I also like that my kids have natural fabrics next to their bodies and not paper and chemicals. The fact that we aren’t clogging up the landfills is another plus.
What factors are the most important to you when choosing a cloth diaper?
Ease of use and absorbency.
What is the kind of diaper you like the best at home? On the go? For travel? For budget?
I started out with flats and prefolds but love fitteds. I don’t have any little ones in diapers anymore but I used fitteds exclusively. We used them at home, travelling, on the go, etc. Cloth diapering is very adaptable
Favorite CD shop on Etsy?
I don’t have a particular store... but I love browsing shops that have wool longies/skirties etc. I have knit a few for my kids and am in awe at the creations these other moms come up with.
What is your favorite or least favorite cloth diapering memory?
My least favourite memory involves a prefold and a baby that was just introduced to bananas. We were on a day trip and the diaper was filled just as we were parking our car to take the train into the big city. It was a hot summer day and the diaper was in the trunk for the duration. I think you can guess how this story ends
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bananabottoms
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/bananabottoms