What is Babypalooza?
Babypalooza was started in 2013 by a local cloth diaper store named bumbledoo. bumbledoo was a retail shop that educated and promoted three things in the community: cloth diapers, babywearing and breastfeeding. Along with providing products focused in these areas, bumbledoo also offered the support necessary for families to use these tools properly and to their greatest potential. bumbledoo closed in 2016 but the tradition started by this iconic store continues on in Babypalooza.
Babypalooza continues to further the education and use of natural and alternative baby products in our community as well as promote the safety and happiness of the families that live here.
The original concept of Babypalooza was to create a local venue for an International event called “The Great Cloth Diaper Change.” As a last minute decision, we added local mom businesses and services to fill the large space at the venue. We did little to no advertising the first year. When we saw the sheer volume of people who turned out for our event, we knew that a need existed in the community and this need was not being fulfilled.
In 2017, we expanded into two new areas: Raleigh, NC and Southern Pines, NC. We expect to extend into the Charlotte area in 2018.
Every year, as our event grows, so does our determination to bring the women and families of the Carolinas a host of amazing natural parenting services and products that are right at their fingertips in their local community.
Hi! I'm Malia, the owner of Babypalooza, and I'm excited you are here and checking out our website. Here is a little information about who I am and why I love Babypalooza so much.
I've been married to my husband Rob since 2010. Rob and I are both the children of public school teachers and Vietnam Veterans. We were taught in our homes to work hard, achieve everything we set our minds to, value other's time, and respect ourselves. Our Dad's were brave and our Mom's are humble. Family is everything.
We have two boys who love Science, reading, swimming, the beach and, in general, giving us a run for our money. They are smart, funny, and sweet. We couldn't be more proud to be their parents.
I started this baby journey while I had an infant, just 11 months younger than his brother, still at the breast and lots of time on my hands. bumbledoo began in our spare bedroom and grew it into a successful brick & mortar baby store for 7 years. Babypalooza was started with the assistance of my amazing staff at bumbledoo especially my dear friend Amanda Allen. Without Amanda and my staff this wouldn't have been possible.
Every year we sank our hearts into making Babypalooza a tool for our community. As we loved it, it grew. It is my pleasure to continue to nurture it into a growing advocate for the natural baby community, wherever that may be.