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Chagrin Woman Wins Award for Unique Cradle
November 14, 2013 by Josh Echt | No Comments

Chagrin Falls resident Carrie Crawford recently won awards for an innovative cradle that both protects a baby's head and gives a tired mother's arm needed…

Chagrin Falls resident Carrie Crawford recently won awards for an innovative cradle that both protects a baby’s head and gives a tired mother’s arm needed rest.

Crawford told the Geauga County Maple Leaf last Friday about the design, production and reasons behind designing the Comfy Cradle.

The mother of two said she developed the idea for the cradle after thinking about how tired her arm would get after feeding her children.

“When I continued to experience a lot of pressure on my arm during and after a feeding, I knew there had to be a way to relieve some of the strain,” Crawford said. “I looked online to try and find a product for relief, but couldn’t find something to fit what I was looking for. So I decided to create my own product to solve a problem that I knew other mothers were facing.”

Earlier this year, both MetroMoms Dallas and Mom’s Shopping Engine named the invention the “Best Baby Shower Gift.”

MetroMoms Dallas is an organi-zation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that hosts networking events for mothers in that area, while Mom’s Shopping Engine is an online boutique that caters to mothers, according to their respective websites.

The Cradle

The cradle itself is a small pillow that wraps around the user’s arm in the space where she would place her baby’s head. It is held in place via Velcro, and also supports the baby’s head and neck while feeding.

In addition to relieving the pressure from a mother’s arm, the cradle’s design promotes proper head placement and angling — ideal for nursing, aiding in digestion and preventing reflux.

“It has a seam down the middle and bends down the elbow, with a Velcro strap at each end,” Crawford added. “It’s like a long tube.”

The strap is adjustable for arm sizes as well. The cradle also makes it easier to transfer a sleeping infant from a mother’s arms to a crib without waking him or her up.

“I never thought that I would ever be an entrepreneur,” Crawford said. “I am a former elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom. After a lot of online research, I took the leap of faith and went for it. So being named ‘best of’ in a national category is such an honor.”

She found a Canton manufacturer to produce her products. RS Sewing, Inc., of Canton, which normally produces American flags, makes the cradles.

“They do contract sewing work for me,” she said.

Subsequently, her business expanded and the cradle found its way into homes across the nation.

Through the use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Etsy.com — an online boutique that specializes in vintage and handmade items — the product’s popularity grew.

Crawford also has expanded her product line from traditional baby patterns to a new Modern Mom collection, which features bright and bold patterns.

In time for the season is the Holiday collection, while the Luxe collection — created from premium luxury fabrics and patterns — rounds out the lineup.

“The best part of this journey has been the opportunity to connect with other parents who think the same way I do and have experienced the same challenges of feeding,” she said. “It’s been amazing to take this idea and turn it into a successful business and career.”

She said the cradle is a “perfect gift” for new moms, aunts, uncles, grand-parents or baby showers. It contains fabrics that are both hypoallergenic and machine-washable.

Crawford said her future goals are to expand her product presence. Currently, the cradle is sold in 10 stores locally and also via online sites like Zulilly and her own site, www.comfy-cradle.com.

The cradle retails at $27.99 and can fit into a diaper bag. For more information or to purchase the product, visit www.comfy-cradle.com.

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