Making Corrective Headgear Fashionable
Once we were approved for Daniel to wear a corrective head band, we started thinking about decorating the DOC Band. Yes, it’s a thing!
Believe it or not, there are a lot of things to think about when choosing a design. After all, DJ will be wearing his helmet 23 hours a day for as long as it takes to correct the shape of his head.
Where Do We Start?
First you have to decide on a theme.
Here are some of the questions you may ask yourself while making your decision:
It has to be cool, right? Do you want to make a statement?
Do we go with a patriotic theme?
Should we go sporty? Raider Nation? Notre Dame? Dodgers, Angels, Kings, Ducks, Galaxy, USC, yadda, yadda, yadda? Wait, we didn’t even consider a Seinfeld theme.
Maybe we could go with Disney or Dr. Sues or Matchbox or Tonka, etc. The choices are endless.
Some families choose to keep it simple. They are probably more crafty and talented than me. They use stickers, paint, ribbons, etc. Some people even choose to airbrush their child’s helmet.
Should it be gender neutral? That’s up to you. We dress DJ in clothing, which is decidedly masculine, so we went that way with his DOC Band, as well.
In my opinion, it should be age appropriate. Seriously, sometimes I shake my head at the things I see on babies.
We Needed Professional Help
We decide to seek out professional help. So, we hit the Internet and viewed the websites of several companies, which provide the service. Then we reached out to three companies. Ultimately, we chose G2 Graphics in Covina, CA.
G2 Graphics is a family run business and you can tell. We felt like family from the moment I spoke with our primary contact, Michelle Moreno. We were able to schedule an appointment for a visit a little over a week from our call.
I mention the timeline, because there are other vendors in our area who offer DOC Band design. Some even provide the service for free. However, they will only schedule appointments when they are not busy with other work and the wait time can be over a month.
Since Daniel was expected to wear his DOC band for about 8 weeks and you are not supposed to have the design work done until after the first adjustment, that would leave Daniel wearing his decorated helmet for a few weeks.
Meeting With The Designer
Before me met with our designer, Favian Flores, Lynn and I had to decide on a theme for DJ’s helmet.
Drum roll, please!
We went with “Disney-Pixar’s Cars” as our theme. Then we used a Google image search to get some ideas. We looked until we had a pretty good idea about what we wanted and then we sent the images to Michelle and Favian.
When we arrived at G2 Graphics, we were brought into the workshop. Favian was ready for us and we got right to work. It was a very collaborative experience. Favian was easy to work with and was interested in our complete satisfaction.
Just when he thought he was done, I said, “Do you think we could add reflections in the goggles? Maybe we can add some other “Cars” characters.” He and Lynn loved the idea and it was done in a matter of minutes.
Below is the design we worked on with Favian. We have laid it flat, so that you can get a really good look at it.
How Long Does It Take?
Set aside four hours. The first hour or so, will be spent creating your design. Then you will go to lunch or run errands or whatever it is that you’d like to do in the Covina area. However, you have to leave the helmet behind.
While you are enjoying the mid-day, the team at G2 Graphics will be working to expertly wrap your helmet. When the masterpiece is completed, they will give you a call for pick up.
How Much Does It Cost?
The best thing to do is to reach out to the team at G2 Graphics and they will go over the costs, schedule, etc.
There are other companies, which do offer the service in our area. However, in our experience, they were difficult to reach and to schedule a time.
Hopefully, your child will be wearing their corrective head-gear for a short period of time. DJ is expected to wear his for 7-8 weeks. We did not have the time to work around another vendor’s schedule.
G2 Graphics is a family owned business. Favian’s twin brother, their mother and their father all work in the shop. They were very welcoming and we were treated like family. You will be, too.
When it comes to decorating your DOC Band, you could not make a better choice than G2 Graphics. Give them a call and they will schedule a date and time for you. The week, in which, we visited with Daniel, they had a helmet design appointment scheduled for every day at 11:00 am.
If you mention this blog or First Time Dad at 52, G2 Graphics will give you a 10% discount.
Note: DOC Band is a registered trademark of Cranial Technologies and is used with permission.