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About KB Designs

Meet Our Team! Take a look behind the scenes of the Woombie brand and meet our talented and creative key management team.

KB Designs, LLC is owned and operated by Karen Barski and her team of Woombie experts!

We are located in Trumbull, CT & specialize in the design of innovative & original baby products with the theme "Swaddle Snuggle Sleep®."  All of our products are manufactured in an eco-friendly manner in China and India.

Our Story

As a parent, we all know how difficult the transition from birth to 6 months can be...sleepless nights, confusion, just not knowing.....feeling overwhelmed, trouble feeding baby, Colic issues and of course---the wonderful hormonal shifts that make us laugh, cry and scream all at the same time.

Most parents are taught about the comfort and benefits that are achieved from Swaddling, which has been practiced for hundreds of years. What we don't know from the get-go is what a pain in the butt it can be.  Wrapping baby. Rewrapping baby. Wrapping baby. Rewrapping baby....and so on.  On and on and on it goes, all night long. My little Bella was a strong baby, with a strong startle reflex and a hunger like you would not believe.  She came 5 weeks early - looking for food  as soon as she made eye contact with me, the "mommy cow." She wanted to sleep at night, and boy did Stash and I want that too...but due to her super startle paired with mighty-mouse strength, she unraveled herself within 15 minutes...ALL NIGHT LONG. After unraveling herself, her Rooting reflex  initiated and she then brought her swaddle wrap right up over her face and mouth, trying to eat it. Time and time again, I found her red and sweaty with the swaddle wrap up and over her face. Scary....Not good for the air flow to say the least. I tried every baby swaddle available, every name brand in every major store...and nothing worked for her.  What  frustration....

Even as a seasoned parent, there are still new issues arising, as every baby is so unique. We needed to keep our daughter Bella safe and comfortable.  Getting up every 2 hours during the night can be draining for not only mom, but everyone in the house - both emotionally and physically. Every bit of help is a gift and a savior! As a RN and mother, I sought after different products that would work for the baby and myself on a few different levels. First, to swaddle the baby for her safety and comfort, to both prevent her from scratching herself and also prevent startle reflex. It needed to be comfortable and to stay put! Velcro almost always detaches as baby stretches during the night, and blankets unravel and may overheat baby, or end up over the baby's face contributing to SIDS. I needed something that would stay intact and snug, but at the same time, allow the baby to stretch out if she needed to, where the fabric would then automatically reconform to a snug cocoon-like or peanut shape afterwards. After searching every store and website for a swaddle product that would "stay put", on went my creative hat.   I sewed and sewed until Bella was "contained" with a gentleness.  No "arms pinned to the side swaddle", a stretchy but effective peanut, which was ergonomical to her shoulder, waist and hip curves. It did help that I was an RN with some understanding of body mechanics and essential movement.

 

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Our first prototype

After a month of prototyping, the WOOMbie was born. After further testing and research, our product was launched nationally December of 2007, and Worldwide in late 2008.

Parents love The WOOMbie because of its easy IN/OUT design, stay put zipper which will not open or unravel and its unique 4 way stretch material. In a nut-shell, the WOOMbie helps to maintain the comfort levels of both baby and parent, easing undue stress and promoting a more  peaceful environment, which is greatly, greatly needed and appreciated during the first few months  of life during transition from the womb. Needless to say, I wish I had the WOOMbie with my 2 daughters before Bella.  It has helped me, my husband  Stash and our babies Bella, Bryce and Brody tremendouslly!  So many new parents and babies are achieving a smoother transition from womb to 6 months after using the WOOMbie. Read our testimonials, you will be amazed!

KB Designs is a family owned business which was built with the love and safety of babies in mind - with a sensitivity towards mom's and dad's needs too.  All of our products are geared towards the theme SWADDLE, SNUGGLE, AND SLEEP. We are Environmentally conscious, as all of our products are manufactured in an eco-friendly factory and manner. No harsh chemicals, no flame retardants. We practice strict compliance per CPSIA standards.  Strict safety testing using CPSIA standards and testing in a CPSIA third party accredited  testing facility are top priority.  If we do not pass testing, we do not sell products.

The following are our testing standards:

  • Less than 300 ppm lead, no phthalates
  • Hazards (zipper torque, snap strength, small parts, points)
  • Flammability
  • Safety (monofilament thread)
  • Lead in Surface coating and substrates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Zipper strength
  • Product labeling
  • Colorfastness/Appearance after laundering
  • TOG appropriateness
  • Skewing/torque
  • Dimensional stability

 

I know you will for love our products!

Thank you for shopping with KB Designs! Congratulations on your new bundle and God Bless!

xx~ K. Barski,RN/BSN, Mom'Preneur & Owner of KB Designs, LLC

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Below are some of OUR family pictures to share with you...