The cloth diapers that Heather Holt sells at her new shop on Winton Road are a lot different from the plain white ones she wore as a baby. Safety pins have given way to Velcro or snaps. And this generation of baby bottoms is a lot more stylish.
“You might have been able to get some little lace diapers for girls,” said Holt’s mother, Cathy Marsh. But there were certainly no leopard- or cow-print diapers like those her daughter was ringing up at the grand opening of Luvaboos.
Holt started Luvaboos as a home-based cloth-diaper business in 2007 and opened her store earlier this month. She sells brands like Thirsties, Happy Heinys, BumGenius and FuzziBunz, along with other natural parenting products.
Traffic at the Saturday, Nov. 14, opening was so high that representatives of the bar next door came outside to guard its parking places from hoards of parents.
For parents who are unsure about the logistics of cloth diapering, Holt offers a $15 trial program that includes a variety of kinds of cloth diapers and the supplies needed to use them for a week. She is working on a trial program for baby carriers, which also are available at Luvaboos.
The store also sells nursing accessories, holistic baby supplies and artistic offerings like kits for belly painting and belly casting for pregnant women. Holt says she aims to offer parents unusual things they can’t find in baby chain stores. In the future, she hopes to offer childbirth, prenatal yoga, tot drumming and other classes at the shop.
“We want it to be a neighborhood place where people can bring their babies,” she said.
Logo from Lovaboos