The Beginning of the Sooother™
... proof necessity is the mother of invention.
Ken Bloemer is the proud Father of twins, Aaron & Jessica.
Unfortunately, they were born very prematurely at 24 weeks gestation.
Ken & Jeanne were ecstatic when their twins finally arrived home
after 101 days from Good Samaritan Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit (NICU) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ecstasy soon turned to
sleepless nights and high anxiety since the twins, like most
preemies, suffered from colic.
Seemingly endless crying and general restlessness sent the parents
searching for literally any product or routine that claimed to pacify
babies, including swings, vibrating seats, wire frame bouncers, whole
crib vibrators, sound generating devices (Mom’s heartbeat, rainstorms,
lullabies, etc), rubbing warm oil on the babies’ bellies, night time
drives ... nothing worked consistently.
One night, Ken recalled that the best NICU nurses who successfully
calmed the twins always used a gentle, vertical bouncing motion.
Aaron & Jessica just happened to be swaddled in typical "pumpkin
seats" with a carrying handle. Ken tried the vertical bouncing
motion manually and was thrilled when each child immediately stopped
crying. When he stopped, the wailing began again, when he started
again – peaceful contentment.
In the days and months that followed, Ken noted the basic
characteristics/parameters of the motion (now captured and fully
protected in multiple granted US Patents) and set out to find any
commercially available product that provided this motion. Nothing was
realized that this was one of the "mother" of all unmet
parental needs and recruited Ed Westerkamp and Dan Meiser to help
make this product a reality. In the summer of 2005 the first Sooother™
prototype was ready just as Ken & Jeanne had
their third child, Nicholas. The Sooother™ proved its
remarkable infant pacification attributes. In addition, it also
provided a way to help get Nicholas on a regular sleep schedule.
The Sooother™ is a "must have" product for busy
parents who need a respite from constant baby demands.
The Sooother™ has now been rigorously tested,
with 100% success, in one of the most renowned infant testing labs in the world and with
numerous babies through BMW, LLC. This motion has been proven through the ages;
however, the device that delivers this motion is truly a "new to the world" innovation.