Fuzbaby

Baby quilts & wool blankets in colorful natural fibers

Salt Lake, Utah · 2 Sales

Fuzbaby

Baby quilts & wool blankets in colorful natural fibers

Salt Lake, Utah 2 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Last updated on May 23, 2017

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Lori Taylor

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Lori Taylor

About

Sustainable baby products in a rainbow of colors.

Since 1999 Fuzbaby has been making sustainable baby gear with a relentless focus on natural fibers. I play with color. I play with wool. I like to see if I can make a simple, everyday product like a handmade baby blanket astonishingly beautiful.

From the beginning and into the future, Baby + Wool + Color = Fuzbaby.

While I was finishing my doctoral work and pregnant, I had a brilliant idea. “Hey, I should make and sell baby stuff!” So, I did. I juggled university teaching, business, and parenting for years. I started Fuzbaby in New York then moved to the Rocky Mountains.

Now, my workspace is my childhood bedroom! I have a beautiful view, perfect for daydreaming and planning. My main sewing machine is a Singer 503a Slant-o-matic Rocketeer---last of the solid-body Singers. I love that I have sewn for thousands of babies on the machine that my father gave my mother brand new on their only Christmas together. My big cutting table sits in the center of the room, and machines line the walls. I have three backup Rocketeers and three backup sergers.

Our busy Fuzbaby business allowed both me and my husband to stay home with our young children. Now, our children are grown. The baby who modelled cloth diapers for me is pushing well past six feet tall. My husband Marc, the other Fuzbaby team member, continues to dye and print all of our fabrics.

We’ve grown.

Dying our own organic cotton and wool gave us more freedom to create rich, elemental colorways. Air yellows, Fire red, Water blues, and Earth greens. These colors have moved with us through several product lines.

A lot of baby gear has a really simple job to do. A diaper absorbs; a wool puddle pad repels. Making these mundane tools beautiful puts a smile on a parent’s face when the baby is focusing on you. You smile. Your baby smiles. It’s a righteous feedback loop. Parenting is in those small moments of connection, so I add small touches to Fuzbaby products hoping they will make you smile!

I used to try to make everything for everyone, but I’ve grown out of that. I let go of our cloth diaper lines to focus on what I love the most: wool. Now, I have settled into making primarily wool blankets and quilts in the three most common sizes for babies and children.

Volunteering for baby industry professional organizations I have seen a lot of different models for success. For Fuzbaby, I still choose smallering---a sustainable business that I run rather than letting it run me. I’m particularly proud of the work of the Handmade Toy Alliance to make compliance with U.S. federal regulations on children’s products accessible to small-batch manufacturers like Fuzbaby. Work like this has made a professional small business possible.

We are makers.

My mother taught me to knit when I was 3-years old. I am always sewing, making, and knitting. All of my family members knit, including my two children. When I met the vacationing Brit who later became my husband, as we hiked around Crater Lake in Oregon, we both noticed a particularly green lichen. I said it looked like Jamieson & Smith 34, and he understood! We found that both of us were hardcore knitters. We are still a family of makers. My daughter has an Etsy shop selling her repainted dolls---stunning one of a kind characters---and my son builds his own guitars. We are all busy with big projects. One skill I have yet to use in my business is shoe and bootmaking. I attended bootmaking school, and I have tons (literally tons) of 100+ year old bootmaking equipment and tools. It is possible I will eventually use this for Fuzbaby.

I like to experiment with materials and techniques, but it takes me a long, long time to approve any new product for sale. Our quilted wool blankets use a technique I haven’t seen elsewhere. I loved our heavy wool puddle pads. I made exactly the same pads for my own children. When I considered quilting, rather than creating hidden layers, I wondered what would happen if I just added a pieced layer with stitching to the wool puddle pads we were already selling. This creates a heavy quilt that works well for warmth over softer layers or for hanging on the wall. The quilted wool blankets with less stitching flex more, and those are better for a warm, cuddling layer. You can expect more wool baby blankets and baby quilts in modern, minimalist designs.

I am currently experimenting with soft toys (all compliant with U.S. safety regulations), 100% natural dyes from found plants in my region, and different quilted products that let me use smaller pieces to avoid waste. I might add a few OOAK items, too, but most of our baby blanket designs will continue to be available in multiple sizes.

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Fuzbaby makes sustainable baby products made with natural fibers in a rainbow of colors. I hope you find a wool blanket or a quilt that makes you smile enough that you will want to share this with your baby.

All the best,
Lori
Fuzbaby

Shop members

  • Marc

    Dyer

    Marc uses his chemistry and materials science background to dye and print our organic cotton and wool fabrics. He's been building his dye recipe book since we started Fuzbaby in 1999.

  • Lori

    Owner

    Lori sews and dreams in color. Lori designs the prints, colors, and products. Then, after Marc prepares fabric, she sews. Lori has been the Fuzmama of Fuzbaby since 1999.

Shop policies

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Last updated on May 3, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

How to wash wool. To keep your wool changing mat, puddle pad, or wool blanket soft and clean, follow our easy wool care instructions, developed after years of helping customers and using these pads for our own children. We hate to break the suspense, but the short version is: you don’t have to do anything special. Throw the puddle pad in the wash with the bedding. Machine wash cold or hot. Machine dry or line dry. Whatever works for you works for the puddle pad.

Sizing details

Three sizes for baby. Most of our baby blankets and puddle pads come in three standard sizes. Spot size (Small - Yellow trim) is 22" x 24" (56 cm x 61 cm), which is perfect as a changing mat and travel changing pad. Crib size (Medium - Red trim) is 30" x 40" (76 cm x 101 cm), which work well as a puddle pad, potty training pad, and crib mattress pad. Twin size (Large - Green trim) is 36" x 52" (91 cm x 132 cm), which does not cover the whole bed as a mattress pad but covers most of the area a baby or toddler rolls around during the night. Choose the best size for each surface you are protecting from a wet baby.

Wholesale availability

Yes! Many Fuzbaby products are available for wholesale to select shops. Write to us for details.

Safety Compliance

All Fuzbaby manufactured products are certified CPSIA compliant in accordance with U.S. CPSC safety requirements for children's products.

Properties of Wool

Wool combines water repellence, breathability, & moisture absorbency. Surface of fabric repels moisture while individual fibers absorb moisture to the core, so wool keeps the bed dry and feels dry to the touch. Loft allows air to circulate and creates a buffer, so skin breathes and wool regulates temperature. Absorbency and slow release means odor doesn’t sit on the surface, so wool doesn’t stink up your child’s bed. Wool is hypoallergenic, mildew & fungus resistant, & fire resistant, a safe choice. Wool has no harmful toxins, so doesn't add to chemical body burden. Wool is renewable & biodegradable, so environmentally responsibility. Yes, wool is that great. Wool is what synthetic performance fibers wish they could be. More at Fuzbaby.com.

Gift wrapping and packaging

We use all new packaging, boxes (recyclable) and packing paper (100% recycled content).

Sending a baby gift? We're happy to add a gift card to any package. Send us a message with the note you want to include.