I think a small celebration is in order – we’ve survived (almost) 1 year of cloth diapering! Truth be told, it’s overall been much simpler than I expected. Even now that Baby K’s on solids and we’ve needed to bust out the SprayPal, I can’t complain much. The cost savings and environmental impact are more than worth it.
Here are some local resources for Houston mamas considering cloth diapering. I struggled with finding information on where to buy the diapers locally, so hopefully this little primer will help someone out! 🙂
WHERE TO BUY NEW CLOTH DIAPERS IN HOUSTON
- The Pure Parenting Shop – This (new) sweet shop in the Heights is my Amazon wishlist, reincarnated. They offer everything you need to cloth diaper, as well as cloth diapering classes, baby carriers, make-and-take craft events, and all kinds of things to make a parent’s life easier.
2. Sweet Baby Pearl’s Eco Emporium – It’s like a food truck, but packed with cloth diapers instead of tacos. What’s not to love?
Sweet Baby Pearl sells Blueberry diapers, Capri covers, Rumparooz pocket diapers and covers, Eco-Posh fitteds and trainers, and all kinds of cloth diaper accessories, from soaker inserts to diaper creams to wet bags.
3. Blossoming Mama – Another great Bayou City baby boutique well-stocked with cloth diapering essentials. Located in Vintage Park, Blossoming Mama offers Kissaluvs, Sloomb, Bumgenius, Applecheeks, Bumkins, GroVia, Best Bottoms, Imagine, and other beloved brands. (**update: Blossoming Mama’s retail store is temporarily closed; however, their online shop is active and they’re available for local pickup of orders within 5 miles of 77070**)
4. Spider Monkey Designs – In case you’ve been living under a rock, the whole “cloth diaper” product category has expanded significantly to include handmade diapers from “WAHMs” (work-at-home-moms). Spider Monkey is a Houston-based WAHM cloth diaper business with some really cute prints and even overnight dipes. I’m a sucker for these cheery monsters:
5. Nurtured Family – While not a brick-and-mortar store, Nurtured Family has a large online shop and offers local Houston perks, including cloth diapering consultations, free shipping, and curbside pickup. Their treasure trove of cloth diapers includes GroVia, Blueberry, Best Bottoms, Thirsties, BumGenius, Mother-ease, and OsoCozy, as well as the whole gamut of cloth diapering accessories – reusable wipes, Snappis, detergent, etc. (Pssst- they even sell Tulas.)
6. Beloved Cub – another online natural parenting store that is based in Houston, Beloved Cub offers free local pick-up near NRG Stadium. Swoon-worthy website aside, they carry a wide variety of cloth diaper brands and prints (I’m eyeing those new Grovia Ballot diapers!) and a generous rewards program. I recently ordered a new Grovia O.N.E. diaper and was excited to receive some free swag as well, including a mini Grovia Magic Stick. (It’s like buttah. Or magical unicorn paste. I am a sworn member of the Grovia Fan Club!)
7. Southern Comfort Fitteds – Another Houston-area WAHM business, with a specialty in fitted diapers with cute prints.
8. Lalabye Baby – I recently discovered these great-quality pocket/all-in-two diapers with bamboo inserts, which are getting rave reviews. They’re sold at Blossoming Mama and Nurtured Family, and the family business is Houston-based (diapers manufactured responsibly in China).
Baby K *needs* this sweet diaper, amiright?
9. Babies R Us – My general M.O. is to support local businesses and avoid big box stores like the plague, but if you’re in a pinch, some Houston-area BRU stores stock BumGenius diapers and wet bags.
10. BuyBuyBaby – Again, I’m not the biggest supporter of big retailers, but BuyBuyBaby does carry a few cloth diapering essentials – recently, they’ve stocked GroVia magic sticks (i.e. diaper rash treatment) and Charlie Banana cloth wipes.
WHERE TO BUY SECOND-HAND CLOTH DIAPERS IN HOUSTON
1. Thread – I dare you to step into this charming Heights children’s boutique and leave empty-handed. While there’s no guarantee they’ll have cloth diapers in-stock, every time I’ve been in there I’ve spotted a few for sale. You can give them a call or comment on Instagram and they can fill you in on their current inventory.
2. Lollipop – I live inside the loop and haven’t yet ventured to Pearland, but I’ve been told this shop offers new and consigned cloth diapers. They also have a kids’ area – yay!
3. Craigslist – A perennial favorite of mine for buying anything second-hand (from a mid-century buffet to a DSLR camera to houseplants), I’ve found there are always at least several local Craigslist ads for cloth diapers and diapering supplies. Hint: if you’re lazy like me and unwilling to drive far and wide for a Craigslist purchase, change your view from “thumbnail” to “map.”)
4. Facebook Buy-Sell-Trade Groups – If you’re not a member of at least one buy-sell-trade group on Facebook, you probably live under a rock. Or maybe you’ve lived out of the country for awhile. There are too many to count, but here are a few local groups that are dedicated to cloth diapers – Houston Cloth Diapers, Houston Area Fluff-Minded Cloth Diapering, and Houston Cloth Diapering Mamas And Such. There’s also a huge national (or international?) group, Fluff Love Buy, Sell & Trade, if you’re ok with paying for shipping, and a BST group dedicated to just about every cloth diaper brand. Most, if not all, of these groups require approval by an admin, so once you request to join, it may take a few hours – or up to a few days – to be added to the group.
Where do you buy cloth diapers? Are there any Houston-area resources that I missed?