Podcast Air Date: September 20, 2021
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Lou Childs and Katy Mallory are a mother-daughter duo with a mutual love for problem solving. In 2014, Katy, her husband, and baby were visiting Lou for the winter holidays. Because it was a packed house, the three had to share a room. The baby woke up two nights in a row — seeing her parents across the room — and refused to go back to sleep.
Sleep-deprived and frustrated, Katy and her family went home a day early. They scoured the internet for something to bring on trips to provide her baby a private, dark place to sleep. When they didn’t find anything, she (like many others) resorted to homemade solutions to provide a visual barrier between her and her baby. The homemade solution worked but wasn’t safe, especially private, or easy to set up.
While Katy was on maternity leave with twins in the spring of 2016, she and Lou decided it was time to create a safe, easy and portable solution to help make vacations more restful and fun for everyone — and SlumberPod was born!
These inventors created a product, launched a company, and made their way onto Shark Tank! Today, SlumberPod is not only a perfect solution for travel with young ones, but also a go-to solution at home
"When they put the child into the Slumber Pod, there were obvious reasons for the child to cry. The main one being he didn't understand 'why am I being asked to sleep now' — his schedule was off. But it did break the ice, the Sharks laughed, and it humanized them and made everyone more comfortable."
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For those who room-share with babies, the challenge — whether at a family home or hotel — is real. Multiple sleepless nights can lead to stressful days. That’s what led Katy Mallory and Lou Childs to invent the SlumberPod, a product featured on Shark Tank. SlumberPod is the FIRST portable, privacy pod that allows babies to sleep in their safe and familiar playard or travel crib with room to sit up or stand up inside. Sleep time is made less stressful and more restful with SlumberPod.
In 2020, SlumberPod launched a new solution for pets. SlumberPod Pet provides a safe, durable environment for your pet — especially helpful during times of anxiety, or when sleeping conditions are distracting. Simply slip SlumberPod Pet over your pet’s crate or bed to create a dark, comforting environment to help your fur baby relax and sleep. No more RUFF nights with SlumberPod Pet!