Best Way to Mimic a Marsupial - 2005
In 2003, Kristen DeRocha developed something no parent (kangaroos excepted) thought was possible. She created a way to securely carry a baby and use both arms for another--or possibly two--tasks. Trial and error at her sewing machine finally produced the first Hotsling, a pouch-like holder for baby using no rings, snaps or fasteners. DeRocha, at the time a teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School, started whipping out Hotslings as fast as people requested them. Hotslings became a full-time gig and eventually DeRocha developed stretch cotton, fleece, reversible and Pool Pouch styles in seven sizes. The company, though based in Little Forest Hills, has expanded to production sites elsewhere in Texas and Kansas. Being all about the little ones, Hotslings donates most scrap fabric to charity and is sweatshop-free. Sizing charts are available on the Hotslings Web site, but local moms and dads (check out the cool masculine fabrics before you go naysaying) try one on for size at Lakewood's Green Living. Once you're "hotslung," DeRocha provides complete instructions on the three different ways to carry one's child: "cradle," "kangaroo" (told you so) and "hip carry." Oh, baby, what a great invention.