THIS Booski Bear looks just like ALL the other Booski Bear backpacks...but he's very different! He's been adapted and reconstructed for a "Tubie" child. Children who need feeding tubes (affectionately called "Tubies") need to have a way to carry their own food supply as they go about their day. This is always a challenge for busy, active families.
I learned about "Tubies" while launching Animal Packers. We decided to attend a few consumer shows in Texas, so that we could learn more about our customers. During those shows, I met a few parents who wanted to find an affordable, washable, lightweight backpack for their special "Tubie" kids. One Mom, Kindra, tugged at my heart with her passion for finding the BEST things for her son, MJ. (That's MJ in the photo above....isn't he a cutie?) Kindra helped me to understand the needs of both the child and the parent. She described what she thought was needed in a "Tubie" backpack and gave me a basic understanding of how the feeding systems worked. After my discussion with Kindra, I couldn't wait to get into my design studio and figure out how to make the backpack work for MJ!