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Karen Barski, CEO KB Designs, LLC
Mother of five, Wife, Nurse, Certified Newborn Infant Care Specialist & Instructor,
Infant Sleep Consultant & Parenting Consultant
Karen Barski lives "The Secret" philosophy and is living proof of how positive thinking, goal setting, and drive to have an abundant life and healthy family can shape your livelihood in so many ways. So, how did this all start?
Karen grew up in Southwestern Connecticut with her parents and two sisters. Her career began as a Registered Nurse after graduating from St. Vincent’s College of Nursing and Sacred Heart University in 1994. Karen excelled in her nursing career for 19 years and simultaneously started her own business, KB Designs, LLC, in 2007 when she invented the Woombie baby swaddle. In the middle of the night - and on her grandmother's sewing machine - the first Woombie prototype was created out of frustration that her newborn was not sleeping. And it worked! At that time Karen just had her third child Bella'Mar (with twin boys on the way just a year later!).
Karen resides in Trumbull, CT with her husband, Stash, and their five children: Morgan – 17, Kaia – 10, Bella – 5 and Bryce and Brody – 4. Her family is everything to her and they are all an active part in KB Designs.
The Woombie brand has over 25 innovative products that help parents and babies. KB Designs offers a variety of Woombie swaddles such as the Original, Organic, Winter, Summer, Houdini (a firmer swaddle), Deluxe (fancier version), Wrap & Snap, Summer Onesie, Convertible (arms can come out), Leggies (swaddle with legs), and Convertible Leggies Combo. Additionally, KB Designs offers Baby or Toddler Eco’Donut cushions that fold into a bag, Mo’Mo Friends pacifier blankets, baby blankets, Ultra Sleepers, Beanie Knot Hats, after bath Cozy Dry towels, Infant or Toddler Mox Mittens, and MommyTime and DaddyTime Dolls that have a built in timer – designed to help your child understand “time” and “patience” in a fun natural way.
KB Designs launched its newest swaddle brand called Mod’Swad - an upscale, eco’friendly and functional baby swaddle with designs made from heathered bamboo, Muslin, Cotton and 100% Australian Merino Wool. Also, its signature look is a fashionable knot to customize length as baby grows.
In 2011 Karen left her full time nursing career to focus more on her business, continuing to identify the needs of parents and babies which always brings her to the drawing board to design new innovative, eco friendly products. She, however, still remains a nurse and educator as a Certified Newborn Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, Infant Sleep Consultant and Parenting Consultant, assisting thousands of new parents on everything from post pardon hormones to bringing baby home, nutrition and sleep scheduling. Her blog is Karen & Co. found here: www.woombie.com/blog.
In an effort to sustain the environment and promote social equity, KB Designs 100% supports fair trade, has an eco friendly philosophy and uses natural, sustainable resources such as bamboo to bring the highest quality products to the consumer. Undoubtedly, Karen’s drive, ambition, and creativity have shaped her business to what it is today.
To learn more on the unique story about how the Woombie was invented, read “A Peek Inside the Barski Home Where the Woombie was Born” by clicking here.