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Babies’ heads are soft and pliable, which is a good thing for their growing brains. Ever since the advent of the “Back to Sleep” (now called “Safe to Sleep”) campaign encouraging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS, however, we’ve seen a rise in plagiocephaly, the technical term for flat-head syndrome. That’s okay -- babies are still safest sleeping on their backs, and corrective helmets can reshape those noggins before any permanent damage is done.

Still… the sight of a baby wearing a helmet has the potential to be kind of a bummer.

But this is where artist Paula Strawn comes in: A decade ago, a friend asked if she could paint her granddaughter’s helmet because she found it ugly. Strawn did, and she’s been doing it ever since. Everything from masterpiece reproductions (what toddler doesn’t want a Van Gogh on her head, right?) to cartoon characters and all things in-between, Strawn is creating a whole new baby-fashion-category.

She’s based in California, but her Lazardo Art site means everyone has access to her amazing work. She paints leg braces, too, in addition to other, more “regular” sorts of art… but it’s the helmet designs that really set her apart. Browse through the gallery to see the incredible variety and detail which gives new meaning to the phrase labor of love!

Corrective medical devices are often a source of unwanted attention, which is what makes Strawn’s creations all the more awesome: because art makes everything cooler.

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Photo Credit: Lazard Art