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My 3 kids, 2 cats, dog and I live in New Hampshire where winter is long and cold and like you our lives are super busy.
I want my kids to be safe and warm in the winter but I found myself too tired to wrestle their winter coats off in the car seat every single trip.
But here's the thing....
I didn’t like ponchos
I didn’t want to drag blankets through slush
I didn’t want my kids to be cold.
One day, feeling overwhelmed with all the taking the coat off - put the coat on, I thought if the zipper wasn’t in the middle this wouldn't be a problem… and I realized I had a super simple and easy fix to the winter coat problem!!
Excited, I spoke with every coat manufacturer imaginable. I thought they would jump on the idea and together we would quickly get the coat out to all parents but none of them believed that coats needed to be redesigned for the car seat.
They weren’t in the trenches though – I was – and I knew other parents needed car seat coats too but this was pre-social media and I didn't have a way to talk to parents directly so I focused on my growing family and going back to school and getting a degree.
A few years ago on a grey depressing March day I saw a mom in a parking lot. Her daughter was screeching while wrapped in a blanket that was dragging through the slush. I looked at the moms face and she looked as tired and defeated as I felt when I thought of the coats.
I knew that look and felt her pain.
I thought to myself who needs the big guys Ill tell parents myself, so I had a sample made, made a video with my nephew and posted to Facebook.
My post went viral - parents loved them! In a few short years Buckle Me Baby Coats has grown from shipping out of my kitchen to shipping all over the world.
Outside of Buckle Me Baby Coats I'm also a mental health counselor – running a mental health private practice where I treat adults with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
When I'm not working on coats or bugging my kids - I'm enjoying escape rooms, Netflix binge watching, theater, long books, and scrabble.
The coats are crash tested and Child Passenger Safety Tech approved.
Fun Fact: They can be used at the same harness setting as no coat at all! They are widely evaluated (and loved) by CPSTs, first responders, and EMTs too but my biggest experts are the kids who love not having coats forced off and on them all the time and parents who love having one less thing to worry about! It's been pretty amazing!
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