Ellie & Melissa, The Baby Planners Love... Dads Who Made It!
In honor of Father's Day, Ellie & Melissa wanted to highlight these amazing men who, inspired by fatherhood, used their creative and entrepreneurial skills to enter the
When friends Bryan White and Joseph Hei became dads, they knew they wanted to build a better stroller. So, after pouring through reviews and parenting blogs, asking friends (and even strangers) what they liked and didn’t like about their strollers, this design duo came up with Orbit Baby—the world’s first rotating stroller!
Green to Grow
When Michael Ritterbrown became a dad, he realized more than anything else that he wanted to keep his son safe. What he didn’t realize was that that concern would soon turn into a line of BPA-free plastic bottles called Green to Grow. His philosophy behind the company is that “we must do what we can to protect our children, our families, and our Earth.” Green to Grow bottles do just that—and they look pretty cute, too.
Muu furniture was founded by parent and woodworker Robert Kwak. Inspired by the Zen concept of muu, which teaches that there is no difference between people and their environment, this line includes all the nursery basics, including cribs, nightstands, dressers, and storage units. The custom Muu graphic design panels are magnetic, and can be personalized and easily changed to suit you and your child’s ever-growing interests.
When faced with a sea of florals and feminine fabrics, stay-at-home dad Chris Pegula knew he needed to find a better way to tote his baby necessities. He put aside his gym bag and backpack and came up with a diaper bag to satisfy his own hipster style and functional needs. Diaper Dude was born—and so was a movement: approaching fatherhood from a fun, realistic, and relaxed perspective. Go, Dude!
Peek a Bamboo
Dad and graphic designer Tim Gilroy wanted to create premium quality baby clothing that was also
eco-friendly. Inspired by the whimsical nature of bamboo, Gilroy came up with Peek a Bamboo—a line of baby body suits that carry his original art work and message of living green. These soft comfortable onesies will have Baby cooing in style.
Dads Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara were tired of making late night diaper runs and frustrated by the lack of online
diaper resources. So, they put their business minds together to find an easier way to shop for Baby and voila—Diapers.com was born. Created as a one-stop shop for diapers, it quickly became an online destination for everything baby, from formula to furniture. Why didn’t we think of that?!
Halo Sleep Sacks
Dad William Schmid began researching safe sleep in 1991 after he lost a daughter to
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This tragedy motivated him to create a product, the Halo SleepSack, that could provide infants with a safe and healthy sleeping environment. This wearable blanket reduces the risk of SIDS because it replaces loose bedding that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing. We believe that if Baby is sleeping safe and sound, you will be too!
Itzbeen Baby Care Timer
Stay-at-home dad Greg Sheldon created this cool little gadget called Itzbeen™—as in, “it’s been” three hours since Baby woke up from her nap. This multipurpose nursery tool helps new parents remember the basic details of baby care. With four timers that keep track of everything from pees to zzz’s, this helpful counter was clearly designed by a dad who has been there, done that.
Will Havemeyer is the “papa” behind Papa Products, an innovative line of baby accessories. With the belief that modern parents deserve products that are easy, practical, and fun, Will and his wife, Rebecca, created one of our favorite finds, a colorful and fun “slipcover” for the traditional baby carrier (i.e. BabyBjorn). Inspired by his daughter’s curiosity and sense of humor, this unique product protects carrier from baby mess and is soft on Baby’s skin.
When dad Jason Graham-Nye moved from Australia to America with his young family, he (and wife Kimberly) wanted to bring the diaper system he had grown to love with them. Enter gDiapers, an Aussie-inspired hybrid
cloth diaper with a disposable cloth insert. They’re flushable and compostable and that’s what makes gDiapers so “green”—and groovy!
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