Cobbett & Paws began in 2012 and was officially launched in 2015. Cobbett & Paws is a small homemade business providing high-quality baby products: burp cloths, bibs, blankets and portable baby play mats. The name comes from the three ‘children’ who kept me company when I first began sewing in 2012: my son and two bouncy Labradors. The Labs are no longer with us, and we have a second bub keeping us company, but the principle remains the same!
Everything at Cobbett & Paws is handmade, right in our living room. And when we say ‘our’, we mean it! Mrs Cobbett & Paws might do the fiddly sewing, but Mr Cobbett & Paws can hem a mean burp cloth, and even the kids get involved: Mr 3 loves helping pin things, and the Tiny Miss loves her role as Chief of Product Testing. In fact, she’s the reason for the dribble bibs and burp cloths in the first place!
Did you know your skin is your body’s largest organ? And although we generally think of it as keeping things out of our body, it also absorbs a lot of things in our day-to-day life. Babies’ skin is especially sensitive, and that’s why at Cobbett & Paws we not only use 100% cotton fabrics for the majority of our products, we also ensure everything is pre-washed and pre-shrunk to remove as much chemical residue from the fabric manufacture process as possible. (Of course, we still recommend pre-washing everything prior to use.)
The only exception to our 100% cotton fabrics is the beautiful, lush minky fabric we use to back the bibs and blankets. Minky is a 100% polyester fabric that is super soft and luxurious, and is often used in baby products and soft toys. Even though it’s not cotton, it is incredibly soft and gentle – you just can’t beat it for baby-friendly snuggliness!
Eventually we hope to be able to source our fabric from 100% sustainable, community sources. Until that time, we’ll settle for donating 10% of our profits to charity. That’s right: for every item you buy, we’ll donate approximately 5% of the list price to charities dedicated to helping mums and bubs throughout Australia and the world.