Janet Lopina DeMARIA: Inventor of the Skadoosie®

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  • Tell us something about yourself, your background

April Fools Day is fun for most people, but that day changed my life forever.  My husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Asbestos Cancer (Mesothelioma).  My mind raced a hundred thoughts in seconds…we have a 13 year old son! What am I going to do?  Barely a couple of months went by before he passed.  My son & I muddled through the next few years. Designer by trade, I opted to reinvent myself by helping working parents with their babies & small children.  How can you be sad around a baby?  Little did I know that particular experience would lead me to my invention “Skadoosie” an award winning company.

  • Tell us about the product/s you invented with a brief explanation

Skadoosie is a baby apparel co. that innovated the outdated baby one-piece.

  • How/Why did you start inventing. What set you off? How did you get from idea to finished product?

Alice was 3 months old when I started my journey.  I hadn’t changed a diaper in over 16 yrs. & needless to say it all came back with a woosh on the very first day! I forgot how I struggled with those annoying snaps,(wished they were bigger) putting it over the head & scrunching their little arms in. Can they make it any harder?  So I decided to put my sewing & design skills to work making an updated version.  “Simplify, Simplify” by Thoreau came to mind.  Pulled out the old high school sewing machine & started making prototypes on my kitchen table.  Many prototypes later the Skadoosie was born. Shortly thereafter I added the rear diaper check slot when I realized I had to take her little pants off just to check for a dirty diaper or the smell test (yuck)!  I used the internet to find a US manufacturing & fabrics meeting my criteria & a local seamstress to start.  My manufacturing currently is Left N’ Stitches located in Fortuna, CA. 

Skadoosie is Trademarked, Patented & is made in the USA, using USA Cotton & Natural Organic Fabrics. Sizes range from preemie to 3-6 mos. in short or long sleeve.  Long sleeves turns inward for instant mitten. Our preemie allows for lead line access making it convenient for Drs. & Nurses to monitor baby while clothed. Personalization is also available.  Collections can be viewed on our website, Esty and on Pinterest.

We have the distinguished honor of being awarded The National Parenting Seal of Approval, Mom’s Choice Award Gold & Parents Magazine Editor Pick 2018.

Skadoosie donates out of every sale to the non-profit Mesothelioma Research Foundation in finding a cure for Asbestos Cancer in memory of my husband Ron.

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