Hi! I'm Katie, Mama of boys - 3 humans; Paul (5), Owen (3), and Noah (4 months) along with 1 pup; Chance (10 year old Labrador Retriever). We live in a 1906 American Foursquare in Bloomington, Illinois! My background is in Education, specifically teaching literacy development for language learners new to the country. I love old homes, baking up a batch of scones to snack alongside a cup of reheated black coffee (because...#momlife), and I am constantly seeking out more intentional ways of moving through life, especially when it comes to mothering my Littles.
When I was 6 months pregnant with my oldest, I was introduced to cloth diapering by a close friend. She was planning on cloth diapering her first baby and suggested that my husband and I attend the FREE Pinstripes and Polkadots Cloth Diapering 101 class... so we did!
My husband and I appreciated the face to face and hands on experience of learning more about cloth diapering from a real Mama who had been there and done that! The intentional and conscientious approach to diapering using products that were safe for my baby spoke to my core values and natural parenting goals. The significant financial savings spoke loud and clear to my husband. We bought our Newborn stash of cloth diapers and accessories and began our cloth diapering journey of which we are still on today with baby #3 using the same stash + a few essentials that I learned I needed along the way!
Pinstripes and Polkadots was born at home! "Birthed" by Sarah Gesiakowski in a small closet of her home in 2002, Pinstripes and Polkadots was one of the first online cloth diapering shops on the web and has been referenced often over the years by other well-known cloth diapering companies. Krista Cardona "adopted" the business in 2010, diversified it, and grew it into one that also provided breastfeeding support, baby carriers, babywearing education and little toys & accessories.
Now, in its 18th year I am proud to carry on the Pinstripes and Polkadots legacy of offering excellent support and advocacy to Mamas and caregivers in our community. Our popular Cloth Diapering 101 classes have become a trademark of the business. More importantly, the 101 classes represent my service and commitment to the community as I strive to make cloth diapering and babywearing a wonderful, loving experience for all. I hope that love exudes in every package that I ship, class that I teach, and product that I've curated for you. I can't wait to meet you soon!
Come Visit the Store
Pinstripes and Polkadots
211 S. Prospect Rd. Suite 8
Bloomington, IL 61704
I know how important it is to see and feel diapering products and baby carriers. If you are traveling through the Midwest, plan on visiting our store and see for yourself the wonderful world of cloth diapering. See, touch, and feel the products - experience the softness! Delight in the prints. Be amazed at the innovations that have made cloth diapering easy, convenient, and fun!
Saturday: (2nd and 4th Saturday each month) 12:00pm-3:00pmI am an in-stock shop and I love to share cloth diapering and babywearing with others in my community. When you shop with me, you're supporting a mom and the opportunity for me to stay at home with my children. With that in mind, I understand that my hours don't always match up with yours so please, call #217-848-9990 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be more than happy to accommodate.
Attend a Cloth Diapering 101 Class
Curious about cloth diapering and whether it's the best choice for your family? Register for the FREE class below!
Learn more about the class and register here.
Modern diaper choices can be overwhelming you may have difficulty deciding what will work best for you and your baby. Come let us help you evaluate your needs and help you determine what type of diapering system will work best with your family. Ask us the questions, and let us guide you to the best choice for you and baby.
One-on-One Baby Carrier Consultations
Do you own a carrier and not sure how to use it properly? Does it feel uncomfortable? Maybe you're curious about the benefits of babywearing and want to purchase a carrier but not sure what kind would work best for you and your lifestyle.
Baby carriers are not a one-size fit all. Based on your lifestyle, your size and the size of your baby, different carriers may suit you better. Email me to schedule a private consultation. Private consultations run just under 90 minutes and are $25. Customers who purchase a carrier from Pinstripes and Polkadots will receive a credit towards the purchase of that carrier.
Babywearing Monthly Meet Up
Join me in sharing space with other Mamas and caregivers at The Birth Center in Bloomington once a month. Meetings include time to connect with other babywearing families, opportunities to learn more about baby carriers and safety, and will focus on a specific babywearing benefit each month.