About the Designer
Susan is a mother of seven children (18, 16, 15, 13, 11, 10, and 8), and a Labor & Delivery RN. She and her family reside near Asheville, North Carolina.
Early one morning in 2007, Susan woke to the sound of her daughter's muffled cries. As the baby slept, she had become tangled in her blanket, and it had wrapped around her face...thankfully without harm. After that incident though, Susan began using wearable sleep sacks in the crib as a safer alternative to traditional baby blankets.
When her oldest son was born in 2008, they had moved into a mountainside home heated primarily by a woodstove. When the fire would go out in the middle of the night, the temperature would drop and he would wake up cold. The widely available sleep sacks made with cotton and fleece were often not warm enough. The rest of the family slept under down blankets, which were perfectly warm, light and lofty for year-round use.
Susan marveled at the thought of her baby snuggled in a down-filled sleep sack made to stand the test of time.
After several experiments with sketching and producing an original pattern, Susan successfully created a baby sleep sack with down fill and adjustable sizing with snaps (patent pending), which was originally known as the “Snuggle Down”. She made several for family and friends, and progressively improved the product in aesthetics and function. This product now keeps babies warm and safe for sleep across the globe, with delighted customers spread across the US, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.
In 2011, Susan designed The Milk & Honey Wrap®: a versatile 3-in-1 nursing cover, infinity scarf, and baby swaddle. Then in 2015, Susan introduced a technical outdoor nylon version of The Baby Snap Sack® insulated with 800 fill power DownTek™. All Milk & Honey products continue to be manufactured locally near Asheville, NC, USA.
Come visit the storefront in Black Mountain, NC! The Milk & Honey studio space is part of the new WNC Outdoor Collective - Gear and Beer, located at 110 Black Mountain Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711.