I’m constantly amazed by people who see a need for a product and put their blood, sweat and tears into making their idea a reality. Even more so when that person is a mum, simply because I wonder where on earth they get their time and energy from.
However, there are some super clever mums out there. Mums who in the course of their mum life, came across a gap in the baby product market and took it upon themselves to make something better, to make life easier for other mums.
Here are some mum inventions I’ve come across which are just so darn fantastic I recommend them to everyone.
The thought of flying long haul with a baby is enough to give most parents cold sweats but that needs not be the case.
Fly babee was developed by Australian mum of two, Emma Lovell, to make travelling with a baby as stress free as possible.
After finding it difficult to adhere to her daughter’s routine while travelling back and forth from Australia to the U.K., Emma designed a cover which would fit over most in-flight bassinet's to block out light (up to 90 per cent), allowing baby to sleep despite what's going on around them.
The fly baybee creates an ideal sleeping cocoon which is not only dark but also 100 per cent breathable.
The cover itself is amazingly light and folds up easily when not in use. It features magnetic and zip closures allowing you to easily check on your baby without waking them.
It also doubles amazingly well as a universal pram cover which, because of it’s breathability, means that you don’t need to worry about creating a hot little oven for baby shielded by covers. It has a U.V. protection of 50 which is great when out and about with your little one and is ideal for newborns because it protects them from sneezes and coughs while in public.
In April 2015 Emma appeared on Network 10’s ‘Shark Tank’ and presented her idea to a panel of well known and respected investors. She impressed the panel so much that Boost Juice founder, Janine Allis, agreed to invest $80 000 into the business.
Mucky Bubba Bibs
Having just started the journey of baby led weaning with my third child, I was all too familiar with the mess which came along with baby exploring food.
In fact it was seeing the Mucky Bubba that gave me the idea for this article- products which have been created by mums because they wanted something that just works.
Helene Murphy is the brains behind the Mucky Bubba and says that she came up with the idea for a bib that adheres to a high chair (or table) after watching her two boys get covered in food no matter what she did to protect their clothes. Like a lot of great inventions the Mucky Bubba was born because Helene simply couldn’t find what she wanted on the market so, she made it herself. “Watching my independent babies explore yummy and no so yummy food was fun, however the clean up was not. No matter what bib I used there was good and drink on their laps, on the floor and occasionally the walls” she says.