QB Baby Carrier of the Week: Spotlight on Hotslings AP

4 Jun

This week, the QuirkyBaby blog kicks off a series on great baby slings and baby carriers and the women entrepreneurs behind them. My first guest is Kristen DeRocha, founder of Hotslings, mama of two, and a rockin’ musician, too! Kristen is the creative genius behind the innovative Hotslings AP adjustable pouch,  which has taken the pouch sling design to a new level of comfort and ease of use, all while maintaining the trademark Hotslings style with gorgeous fabrics.

Why QuirkyBaby loves the Hotslings AP adjustable pouch:

  • No more sizes! One adjustable size fits most people from 5’0″ to 6’1″ and from 110 to 220 pounds.
  • Easy to adjust for perfect positioning.
  • Compact, lightweight, and simple to use
  • And did I mention the stylish fabrics??

QuirkyBaby offers Hotslings AP at 10% off with free US shipping. Shop Hotslings AP at QuirkyBaby now!

Now let’s hear from Kristen: 

QB: What inspired you to begin making baby carriers?
  • K: Poverty and style!   I wanted a sleek sling, saw a pouch in action, made one at home.
QB: How long have you been in business?
  • K: I made my first pouch in 2003.  I launched my business soon thereafter because people kept making me make them for them and shoving money at me.
QB: Where is your business located?
  • K: Dallas, TX.
QB: Where and by whom are your carriers made?
  • K: Currently local Dallas factories and some in China.  However, we are about to receive our last batch from China and be 100% made in the USA again.  We were pressured overseas, but have put our foot down and collectively decided to make this change.  It’s too important.
QB: How has your business progressed over the years?
  • K: We started small, but got big fast.  Now it’s manageable with a pretty recognizable brand name.  This question is fodder for an entire book!
QB: What is your favorite part of your job?
  • K: Picking out prints and patterns.
QB: Tell us a little about your family.
  • K: I am mom to Zoie and Quinn.  Zoie was the original Hotslings toddler and now she’s 8.5.  Quinn was born at home in the water, slung from birth and is now almost 6. (QB note: the Hotslings AP is available in best-selling Zoie and Quinn fabrics. 🙂 )
QB: How do you balance work and family life?  Do you have any advice for busy parents?
  • K: This has been a struggle all along and the reason why I have been forced to make certain decisions that ended up being mistakes.  All along, I just wanted to be a stay-at-home mom.  Back when we were growing out of control I was doing nothing right and had panic attacks.  I never wanted the business to get as large as it did ‘just because.’  I have no dreams of wealth.  Ironically, an attachment parenting business took me away from my kids.  It’s been very difficult.  When I drew the line and hired a manager, I paid a very hefty price.  He’s gone, but I am still paying. If I had any advice for a mom who wants to stay at home I’d say cut back your living expenses and make it happen.
QB: What business practice(s) do you employ that sets you apart from other companies?
  • K: We come from an angle of product development as opposed to straight marketing.  We are both style AND substance!

Watch Kristen demonstrate the Hotslings AP:

One Response to “QB Baby Carrier of the Week: Spotlight on Hotslings AP”

  1. Melissa Victoria June 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    The very first carrier I was able to use comfortably and successfully was my Hotsling back in 2005 with my then 1 month old daughter. It was a huge relief for me to be able to carry my daughter after struggling to use a ring sling. I still remember Kristen calling my home personally when there was a problem with my pouch stitching and rather than having me be without a sling while it was repaired, she sent me a loaner. It was one of the nicest things a business has ever done for me. Hotslings will always have a very special place in my heart. Thanks Kristen for a great product!

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