For our first Juicy Details report, I talked with Selena Volodzskis of Global Enfant.
What got you started with cloth diapers? My mom used cloth. I am the oldest, and I was not quite 7 when my mom had my younger sister, so I was pinning diapers at the age of 6. It was prefolds, pins and rubber pants. To this day I still feel more comfortable using pins versus Snappis. In addition to my 2 younger siblings, my mom ran a daycare center while I was growing up. She was the only one in the entire county that accepted babies in cloth at the time. Ironically, I never had experience with disposables until I started babysitting as a teenager, whereas many people these days are converting to cloth after using ‘sposies on their babies.
How many kids and what ages? DS just turned 3, DD just turned 1…more to come )
How long have you been in business? Legally since July 2006, with our official grand opening on April 22, 2007 (Earth Day).
How did you get started? What inspired you? My husband and I were living in Hawaii. At the time, there were no stores on the islands that sold cloth diapers, and so I was ordering everything online. My husband has a background in manufacturing/wholesale and I have a background in finance. I knew I didn’t want to go back to work after my baby was born, and so I thought I could help bring in a bit of extra money as well as serve our local community by working part-time from home selling diapers and natural baby products. Of course it soon turned in to a full-time gig, and when we found ourselves pregnant with our second, my husband decided to jump on board full-time so that we could continue to expand the business. We also relocated from Hawaii to the Mainland, so we can service our internet customers with lightning fast shipping.
What is your favorite thing about being in this business? I love it all! Finding new products, meeting new moms, saving the planet.
What did you do before this? I worked in finance for a number of years, but I am finally going back to school for my masters in Midwifery, which is what I have wanted to do for the past 20 years.
What do you like to do to relax with your family? Travel, go to the beach.
Who do you look up to? Do you have a hero/heroine? Gosh, actually no. I find inspiration and motivation from other people all of the time, but I really feel you have to create your own destiny in life.
What have you learned from being in this business? If you want something done right, you really DO have to do it yourself.
What hobbies do you enjoy? Traveling, surfing, being with my hubby and kids.
Do you have a favorite product? Wool! I spend way too much money on wool for my kids. My son potty trained at 16 months, and I am actually dragging my feet with my daughter so that I don’t suddenly find myself without a baby to wrap in wool.
Where do you live? What is your favorite thing about that place? South Carolina. We live right across the street from the beach, which we could never afford to do in California or Hawaii. I love that they haven’t cut down all of the trees. In So Cal, everything is planned, master-planned and developed – even the beach; but here we have wild deer, possum, birds galore, squirrels, sea turtles AND the beach, all right in our back yard.
Where are you from? I am originally from Southern California.
Are you married? When/where did you meet your husband? Yes, we met in Maryland in an elevator. We were doing US Coast Guard certification. I saw him and knew that he would be the father of my children. He wasn’t so sure, but here we are
What is one place you’ve dreamed of going or one thing you dream of doing? Dream of going – Bora Bora (Tahiti) and Indonesia. My husband and planned to go on a surfing trip, but now that we have kids I wonder if I really want to surf THOSE waves. But I still want to make the trip with the whole family. Dream of doing – Become a midwife, which I am finally making happen!
Anything else you’d like people to know? Questions? Give us a call – we answer the phone!
You can see Selena’s store and the great selection she offers at www.globalenfant.com