/ hoo-la-bi / n. Variant of Hula-Hoop and butterfly. [Modern English, originating with the Kelly's two-year-old daughter on a sunny day in California.]
How the Happy Changer Came To Be
When Los Angeles physician and mom Erin Kelly welcomed her second daughter into the world in 2006, she looked forward to experiencing again the triumphant “firsts” of babyhood. The first smile, the first laugh, the first full night of sleep (hallelujah!). But when her daughter rolled over for the first time, Erin remembered why she had learned to dread diaper changes the first time around: A mobile baby is a wiggly baby.
Changing time became a wrestling match that, more often than not, resulted in an ill-applied diaper, a frustrated mom, an unhappy baby and a changing table in need of a hazmat cleanup. After searching stores and the Internet, Erin was unable to find a single device that could hold her wiggly infant still long enough to change her diaper.
Knowing exactly what she was looking for, Erin sketched a pattern on her daughter’s craft table paper, got out the sewing machine and got to work. She was beyond happy to discover that the original Happy Changer™ not only kept her daughter from rolling over on the changing pad, it seemed to take away the urge to roll at all (most of the time!)
That very first prototype survived many months with Erin’s daughter and went on to serve tours of diaper duty with two other families. With her second daughter finally off to preschool in 2011, Erin decided to make the Happy Changer™ available to the diapering masses, forming Hulabye, LLC, a company dedicated to making parenting as joyful and hassle-free as possible.
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