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Here at Pinstripes and Polkadots we pride ourselves on being your best resource and premier store for cloth diapering, laundry care, and baby accessories. I know how important and overwhelming it can be to choose the right diaper, detergent or carrier for your needs and that’s why we created and maintain these online resources for you so you get the same level of service I provide my customers in my local store.

This is real expert advice from me - a real mom. While these resources are pretty comprehensive I know sometimes you just need to talk to someone or have a specific question, so feel free to post questions to my Facebook page or send me an email at info@pinstripesandpolkadots.com.

At the capstone of my store is my commitment to educating every caregiver here in Central Illinois and beyond to make babywearing and cloth diapering a wonderful, loving experience. I hope that love exudes in every package that I ship, class that I teach and product that I offer.

Click on any of the links above to learn more!
And if you need additional help and located in Central Illinois, click below to sign up for an Intro to Cloth Diapering Class or a one-on-one personal Babywearing Consultation.
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Introduction to Cloth Diapering Class Introduction to Cloth Diapering Class Personal Babywearing Consultation
Are you interested in cloth diapering but feeling a bit overwhelmed??  Let me help you!  Come and learn all about cloth diapering!  This class is very informative and will teach you the "ins and outs" from how to use them, how to wash them, and which type of cloth diaper could be the right choice for your family.  The class is free but there are limited spots available so register early! Are you interested in cloth diapering but feeling a bit overwhelmed??  Let me help you!  Come and learn all about cloth diapering!  This class is very informative and will teach you the "ins and outs" from how to use them, how to wash them, and which type of cloth diaper could be the right choice for your family.  The class is free but there are limited spots available so register early! Did you get a stretchy wrap or soft structured (buckle) carrier for your baby shower and you can't figure it out? Maybe a loving family member or friend is loaning you a gently loved carrier for you and your little one but you need some assistance with getting it to fit right. While I'd love to be THE shop where all baby carriers come from, I know that's probably not going to be the case. But that doesn't mean I can't help you! While all baby carriers comes with written instructions and even instructional DVDs, nothing can replace learning and doing firsthand in the company of a babywearing expert. My babywearing instruction is based on training at The Center for Babywearing Studies. This "Getting to Know Your New Baby Carrier" consultation will run ~30 minutes and will cover:

  • Babywearing safety
  • Proper positioning of baby
  • Step-by-step guidance on wearing your baby comfortably, safely and confidently

My goal of this consultion is to give you enough instruction so that you not only feel confident in wearing your baby in your carrier, but that you are comfortable and baby is positioned properly. Please dress comfortably-no bulky sweaters or sweatshirts. You will be able to try on your carrier with a weighted doll and/or your own baby. Maybe we discover that the wrap purchased for you just won't work for your lifestyle and you need something different? If you purchase a carrier at Pinstripes and Polkadots at the consultation, I will deduct $15 (the cost of the class) from your carrier purchase. Once you sign up, simply email me and we can arrange a time that works for you! You can pay by check at the consultation. **Please note: in some cases, the consultation will last longer. Longer consultations may occur if caregiver decides he/she wants a different type of carrier and needs to sample several.

Personal Babywearing Consultation
Baby carriers aren't necessarily a one-size-fits-all product. What fits and works perfectly for your friend or family member may not work well for you and your lifestyle. And while all baby carriers comes with written instructions and even instructional DVDs, nothing can replace learning and doing firsthand in the company of a babywearing expert. My babywearing instruction is based on training at The Center for Babywearing Studies. A private consultation will run from 60-90 minutes and you will learn:
  • Babywearing safety
  • Proper positioning of baby
  • Step-by-step guidance on wearing your baby comfortably, safely and confidently

My goal of a Personal Babywearing Consultation is to give you enough instruction so that you not only feel confident in wearing your baby in your choice of carrier, but that you are comfortable and baby is positioned properly. Please dress comfortably-no bulky sweaters or sweatshirts. You will be able to try on a variety of carriers and utilize one of my weighted dolls to get the feel for the carrier. If you purchase a carrier at Pinstripes and Polkadots at the consultation, I will deduct $25 (the cost of the class) from your carrier purchase. Once you sign up, simply email me and we can arrange a time that works for you! You can pay by check at the consultation.