|By Brady Uselman, BBP Blog Reporter|
|Forget the tie and return the cuff links! (He’ll be getting those for next 18 years). Today’s new dad deserves something special to mark his first Christmas as a dad! We’ve searched through thousands of products from all around the world to find those truly “brilliant” products to make life easier for new parents. Our New Dad Gift Idea picks for this year are:|
|Garmin GPS: He probably won’t ask for directions – but with a crying baby in the back seat, dad will be glad to have his Garmin GPS with him. From phone apps to installed auto systems, get to doctor’s appointments and other outings easily with a GPS guide and avoid having to keep baby in the car seat for any longer than necessary. They are sold at www.garmin.com|
|Piggyback Rider: Let’s face it – dads get the heavy lifting duties, especially as the kids get older! Ditch the strollers and bulky backpack carriers and go for the lightweight, safe and easy Piggyback Rider. This specialized carrier has a mounted footbar for kids to stand on and give them a bird’s eye view of wherever you are. It can be used for hiking, outings, airports, shopping and more. They are sold for $79.99 at www.PiggybackRider.com|
|Daddy Scrubs: The dad-to-be can show his pride on delivery day with Daddy Scrubs. These special scrubs stand apart with the words “I’m the Daddy” printed on the back and they double for extra comfort as dad supports his partner through the labor process. These awesome scrubs are sold for $44.95 at www.daddyscrubs.com|
|Beco Baby Carrier: Carriers are not just a mom thing! The Beco Baby Carrier comes in super cool dad-approved colors and prints. These carriers are designed to relieve stress to the back and distribute weight evenly. They are also hand-made with top quality, organic fabrics. They are sold for $135.00- $145.00 at www.BecoBabyCarrier.com|
By Brady Uselman, BBP Blog Contributor
It started with a Christmas wish.
That wish was made nearly 12 years ago, by then-3 year old Brian Musliner. All he wanted for Christmas was a big box of cars. And much to his astonishment and delight, he got exactly what he wished for. Dozens of them.
“But then came the obvious question,” Brian’s father Andy said. “Where do you drive them all?”
That question sent Andy on a quest to design the perfect way to building roads anywhere. Andy’s solution rolled out in 2014 with the introduction of PlayTape.
PlayTape is removable tape designed to look like roads. You can stick and restick it anywhere and it cut or tear it to exactly the size you need. It’s every little boys dream!
Andy markets and sells PlayTape through his new company InRoad Toys. Like many entrepreneurs, Andy says becoming a small business owner has presented many challenges.
“I wasn’t born and bred in the toy industry, so my biggest challenge is the constant need to learn and navigate a new part of the industry,” he said. “I’m overcoming this by surrounding myself with smart people who know this industry well and by learning to humbly ask a lot of stupid questions and seek sage advice. I am very fortunate to have found some marvelous guides through the toy jungle.”
Those challenges are party of the reason he’s glad he waited until his children were older to launch his businesses. His number one recommendation to any parent looking to go into business for themselves is to wait until your children are grown.
“You’ll have more mental power and time to dedicate to the effort,” he said. “Don’t lose those precious years when everyone is at home.”
He also recommends making sure you have the money and the time to build your business.
“A new business takes time, unprecedented fortitude, and far more money than you expect. So have your financial house in good order,” he adds. “Think things through carefully, and test your product or business model as inexpensively as you can to see if your business will indeed be a success. No sense wasting years of time and money on something that won’t work. There’s always another great idea around the corner.
While he credits his son for the inspiration to design and create PlayTape, he credits his wife, with whom he just celebrated their 25th anniversary, for giving him the time and encouragement to make this PlayTape dream a reality.
“To be honest, I’ve never been very good at work-life balance,” he adds. “However, I’m blessed with a tremendously supportive wife and family who make my uneven balance feasible. I do take the time to go on family vacations and those are the times I love the most.”
Vacations aside, Andy has big plans for the future of InRoad Toys and PlayTape. He’s already working on three to four years worth of product line extensions.
“We have a long road of opportunity ahead of us just with PlayTape (pun intended),” he said. “If in 10 years no child can imagine a world without PlayTape, I will have done my job.”
Oh, and if you’re wondering what happened to Brian, Andy’s now 16 year old son, the one who put this whole thing into motion? Brian now works along side his dad helping with strategy and merchandising.
More information about InRoad Toys is available at: www.inroadtoys.com
Brilliant Baby Products has declared 2014 the year of the Momtrepreneur. Each month we will feature a different mom taking her “brilliant” idea and using it to make the lives of parents around the world easier and more fun!
|By Kathleen Tomes, BBP Blogger|
|Do you have a new mom to buy for? If you’ve ever walked through the baby section of a big-box department store, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices. Let us help you cut through all the clutter and find the perfect gift the new mom in your life will never forget.This month’s roundup is the Top 5 Gift Ideas for New Moms:|
|Aqua Scale: Keep track of baby’s weight as he grows, without having to make a doctors appointment. The Aqua Scale’s unique design gives baby a soothing bath. The innovative technology records baby’s precise weight compensating for water and movement. MSRP $69.99 You can check them out at www.UpSpringBaby.com|
|The Woombie: Give mom the gift of sleep. The Woombie the safest and most comfortable swaddle for your baby. Gently hugging the shoulders, tummy and hips, the Woombie allows for natural movement, softly cocooning your baby without restricting mobility or development. Check it out at: www.Thewoombie.com|
|Bebe Au Lait Nursing Covers: Bebe au Lait Nursing Covers are the original stylish and patented nursing covers for breastfeeding mothers. These covers allow new moms to breastfeed anytime, anywhere, and in style! MSRP $35.00 You can check them out at www.BebeAuLait.com|
|Belly Buds: Bellybuds are specialized, wearable speakers for expectant mothers that have been uniquely designed to conveniently and safely allow the playing of music and voices to a developing child in the womb. MSRP $49.99 You can check them out at www.BellyBuds.com|
||Belly Bandit: Help mom get her pre-baby body back with the Belly Bandit. This uniquely designed wrap helps to tighten and shrink mom’s belly back to its pre-pregnancy shape. MSRP $49.95 www.BellyBandit.com|
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