A mom of four -- Melissa Boisvert is busy. She has her hands full, but always finds time to make sure her kids are happy, comfortable, cute, and cozy. "This became my passion. I knew I wanted to sew for everyone," she said.
But it started with her son, who was sensitive to mainstream diapers. So, she turned to cloth. "I started to buy them, love them, and got a little addicted, and then my husband Carlos told me to make my own," Boisvert said. And so she did, creating her own business, Boogie Bear Creations.
It was built under the family motto -- that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. And as her other children grew, so did business. The former dental hygienist is now making cloth diapers full-time. "With my older two boys they didn't potty train until after 3. My younger 2 potty trained earlier," she said.
The diapers have cloth inserts called soakers that snap in. Three layers of the hemp petals are what keep your baby dry. "When the baby goes to the bathroom, it goes into the soaker. The soaker pushes some into the shell, but then that barrier pushes it back into the soaker," Boisvert explained. Water-repellent fleece diapers with all sorts of fun patterns and colors also block any liquids from seeping out.
The Environmental Protection Agency says 20 billion disposable diapers are dumped in landfills each year. That's enough to stretch to the moon and back nine times, but Boisvert says the benefits don't just stop at the trash. "I notice less stink with cloth diapers than regular diapers," she said.
Each diaper costs between $29 and $49. Washing and taking care of them will keep them around for years.
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