Interview with Diaper Dude "Main Dude" Chris Pegula

By Heather on June 8th 2012
In preparation for launching the stylish new Special Edition Diaper Dude Boba Carrier 3G and Father's Day Giveaway, we caught up with Diaper Dude founder Chris Pegula to talk inspiration, babywearing and dad fashion. Enjoy... Chris Pegula, founder of Diaper Dude, Diaper Dude Boba 3G Carrier Interview Heather for Boba: Diaper Dude is such a popular brand and your products are very cool. Congratulations on your success! Which part of this ride has been the most fun for you? Chris Pegula: Wow, this is a tough one since there is so much of my job that is fun and that I love.  I would have to say after looking back over the years, if anyone ever told me I would be designing diaper bags for dads I would’ve told them they were crazy!  This is the last thing I thought I would be doing.  But the fact that I can be inspired by my family and have them involved in my career (coming to work, tradeshows, etc.) has to be the best part for me.  They are really the inspiration behind the brand.  It’s also fun to see our product in weekly magazines sported by different celebrity dads and moms.   Boba: Were you a babywearing dad yourself when your sons and daughter were little?   CP: Yes. Totally! Boba: As a father, what do you appreciate most about babywearing?  CP: I loved that I could hang out with my child while they were in the carrier and have amazing experiences like walking to the beach or even hanging around the yard.  Carriers really give a connection that dads don’t get to experience during pregnancy.  So much is foreign to dads for the first year since your baby is heavily dependent on mom (eg. Feeding.)  I liked that I could spend one on one time with each of my kids and feel confident that I could handle their needs.  I loved when they would fall asleep while on a walk.  There is nothing more precious than seeing your sleeping child so peaceful. Also, since my youngest son was a preemie, we learned that physical contact impacts physical and psychological wellbeing.  We made it a point to share this contact time with him.  We totally believe this made a difference in his growth and strengthened him to recover more quickly than normal.  I believe the same holds true for anyone using the Diaper Dude Boba carriers.  It strengthens the bond and gives the security your child needs and loves. Boba: There are a lot of different kinds of carriers out there, and a lot of different baby carrier companies. Why did you choose Boba for the Diaper Dude branded carrier? CP: Boba really felt like the right partner from the start.  We both share the same idea about making life easier for parents.  Our design focuses on creating products that eliminate stress for parents.  Working with a company that shares that same concept was a no brainer for me.  Plus they have a great design.  I wish they were around when I had kids, but I am long past that stage. Boba: Diaper Dude and Boba have similar freedom-based "make life easier for parents" goals. What do you think bringing the two brands together for the Diaper Dude Boba offers today's fathers most? CP: I think our brands give dads a product that will help them to be confident in their new role as a father while bringing them style and ease of use at the same time.  What could be better than that? Boba: Not much, I don't think! What kind of father will the Diaper Dad Boba appeal to most? Who should be getting one for Father's Day this year? CP: I think dads today overall are more style conscious but that doesn’t mean that these carriers won’t appeal to all dads.  Just like the Diaper Dude brand gives that feeling of belonging to the dad club, I believe the Diaper Dude Boba carriers will add a whole new level to that idea. I know a few celebrities already got their hands on some, like Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, Cash Warren and JR Martinez. Boba: Okay, design moment of truth: Pinstripes or Camo? Which would you be sporting first? CP: I have to say at first I was all over the pinstripe carrier but once I saw our camo carrier on our model, Thomas, I was immediately swayed.  Camo is definitely the way to go! Diaper Dude Sea of Holes Bag Boba: How about a fashion tip for our babywearing dads and moms buying the Diaper Dude Boba for them (or themselves!) this year? Personally, I'm in love with the Yellow Submarine line, so I'm torn between the Pariscope and the Sea of Holes bags to go with the Pinstripe. What do you think? CP: I’m all about color so I would go for the Sea of Holes bag myself.  It’s so much fun!  The periscope is definitely a cool bag too but for that more conservative Beatle fan – if there is such a thing J  And which would you pair with the Camo Diaper Dude Boba?  It depends on the mood and how daring you are.  If you are feeling like the dad who is ready to kick some butt then go all out camo with either the messenger 1 or II camo bag.  On the other hand you can accent the carrier with the more subtle colors like our messenger 1 black bag or our messenger II gray bag.  The choices are endless and that’s what makes it so much fun.  Who ever thought we’d get a chance to express our style when wearing our kids.  I gotta admit, that is kinda cool and the reason I love my job! Boba: I love your job, too! It's so great to see all the great ways that you have spread the love of being a father - you are an awesome role model for today's dad! Thanks so much for taking the time for this interview and congratulations again on all your successful ventures, and adventures! About Chris Chris Pegula, the founder of Diaper Dude diaper bags and products for dads, helps make a dad’s life easier with serious style. Pegula is a lifestyle expert in all things family, parenting and partner related with the goal of making a man’s transition easier when he becomes a dad. From maintaining a great marriage, to staying connected to your partner and kids while traveling on business, Pegula understands the challenges and expectations of being a great husband and father, and uses humor and creativity in juggling the everyday chaos that accompanies his family-man lifestyle... ...continue reading at www.ChrisPegula.com