"I already love it! I put my daughter in it and it must have been very comfortable because she was asleep within five minutes and continued to sleep for an hour in it! (This from my child that hates to nap!) I was thrilled. I will be sure to tell all of my mommy friends that it is a 'must have' item!"
A number of years ago, an employer at an ice cream store in Santa Fe,
N.M., told Nancie Swanke she was stuck in her dead-end job. And she started
looking for another career option.
"I did not have a child at that time, and was not familiar with what was on the market for child wearing, but I was aware that people carry their child on their hip. I had been an older sister and a nanny for many years, so I know how heavy children can be."
Soon after finishing the first few child carrier prototypes, Nancie began watching parents marvel over them. She sewed some Hemp carriers and added them to her line of Hemp and tapestry purses and bags she was selling at craft fairs. It wasn't long before the carriers became the main selling focus.
"I took them on to bigger fairs and states fairs. I traveled to
as many nearby cities and states as I could and dropped in on any small
owner-run business that might potentially sell a child carrier. I wasn't
always confident in what I was doing, but I pushed myself to be my best
boss and make use of any motivated day I had."
When asked about the benefits of her child carrier compared to others, Swanke notes that most infants outgrow their front carriers by the time they are 15lbs.
"It's too difficult to carry a child in a front carrying position,
hanging from your upper back. I put a nice wide waist belt on my Hip Hammock
to pick up over ˝ of the child's weight and put them scooted them over
to the hip. I also sewed a long thick pad to comfort the weight one felt
on the should belt The design accomodates a child 15lbs and HEAVIER. I
still carry my 2˝ year old at 32 lbs when I need to contain him!"
Hip Hammock ® is a registered trademark - U.S. Patent No D425, 696