How was Cool Caboose Invented?

Cool Caboose was founded by me, Christie.   I am a mom of 3 very active young kids.  I faced this problem with all three of my children but finally decided to do something about it when I had my third child.  It was difficult to get outside with a baby in the warm and hot months.  However my 4 year old and 2.5 year old did not understand that their 9 month old baby sister would overheat in the stroller.  I checked what was available on the market and there was nothing that worked.  So this is how Cool Caboose was born.  I went to the fabric store and bought a sewing machine, some breathable fabric that they had available.  I then tore apart an old cooler and used the foam and lining from it.  Next I took some ice packs and headed out.  I found the ice packs were too hard and too cold, so that is when I came up with the idea to buy medical grade non toxic semi frozen icepacks.  This worked better but still wasn't doing what I needed.  I saw a "cooling gel" pillow at a big box store and thought "that's it!!".  I quickly realized that this cooling gel only stayed a couple of degrees cooler than the outside air (which was 100 degrees)! This is when I attached the cooling gel to the top of the foam liner with the ice pack tucked inside.   Brilliant!  The ice pack was "tricking" the cooling gel into thinking it was colder outside than it was.  I took my kids out for a bike ride and I pushed my daughter in the stroller.  It was a July day in Texas, if you don't live down south that means it was really hot.  My boys rode their bikes ahead of me and Channing.  We returned about 45 minutes later.  My boys were red faced and a sweaty mess.  I had sweat, I mean serious sweat going on.  My daughter, Channing was perfectly comfortable.  She didn't make a peep the entire time.  Her back and legs and caboose that were resting against the cool caboose were cool to the touch.  It actually worked.

Christie Smith