What started out as a favor for her friend has now turned into a full-time business helping babies across the United States. Paula Strawn, a California artist, turns corrective helmets for babies into a work of art.
Plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome, affects nearly 48 percent of infants in the United States. Thankfully the condition is treatable with a helmet that helps guide skull formation. While babies have to wear these helmets for an extended period of time, Strawn wanted them to be fashionable.
“I truly believe that a fun and friendly design on these very useful yet unattractive helmets is an attitude changer for all who come in contact with baby,” Strawn says on her website.
Now 12 years into her business, Strawn has painted thousands of helmets for babies all across the country. And I’m sure along with those amazing helmets, she’s also brought a lot of smiles to both babies and parents as well.
Take a look at some of her incredible artwork below!
In Flight 1 of 9
This looks like a real aviator helmet! Such a great design for someone who loves airplanes!
At the Beach 2 of 9
A serene setting at the beach
Green Eggs and Ham 3 of 9
This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books!
Super Girl 4 of 9
This girly design is complete with the Superman logo!
A Princess Castle 5 of 9
This helmet is fit for a princess!
Hello Kitty 6 of 9
This is perfect for the little girl who loves Hello Kitty and all of her friends.
Starry Night 7 of 9
The detail on this helmet, inspired by Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night," is incredible!
R2D2 8 of 9
It's perfect for the Star Wars baby.
Under Construction 9 of 9
I love the pun on this helmet, complete with construction equipment!
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