About Amy (big bee)
I’m a mommy, inventor, voice actor, and former special educator. I live in Southern California with my husband, Rob, our daughter, Marlo, and our two dogs, Walter and Auggie. I'm lucky to be surrounded by the greatest, most inspiring group of friends and family. It's this incredible community that keeps me motivated to pursue my many passions!
About Marlo (little bee)
My inspiration, my business partner, and my reason for everything!
about Snow Angel
Admittedly, my husband and I are pretty lucky: our daughter loves bath time. Since the day she was born, she was happy as could be lounging in her tub, getting scrubbed, and having her hair washed. But all good things must come to an end, and when it was time to take her out of the bath and dry her off, the shrieking began. She could not stand being dried. And who could really blame her? She was uncomfortable and cold. For the sake of her happiness and our ears, we knew we had to make the process quicker and more comfortable.
In an effort to make her more comfortable, we stacked a couple of fluffy towels beneath her to provide some cushion against the cold, hard countertop. On top of that little stack, we placed one of her baby towels. That fixed the comfort problem but we still couldn’t get the job done quickly enough for her liking. The issue was that once we put her baby towel beneath her, we didn’t have enough material to wrap around her and dry all her little parts. So I added another towel to the mix. This one was used to dry the parts that the back towel couldn’t easily reach. This method solved the problem reasonably enough but left me with quite a mess on my countertop.
It occurred to me that all I really needed was a baby towel with some cushioning in the back and a little more available fabric—I just couldn’t find one. So although I couldn’t sew, I set out to create a special towel for my daughter. My initial attempt was pretty rough (Who knew you had to stitch the edges of a towel to keep it from fraying?), but she liked it.
I’m actually very thankful the towel didn’t come out perfectly the first time because it wasn’t until my second attempt that I came up with the idea for the wings. By splitting the fabric strategically, I could more easily reach and dry her arms, legs, and all the bits in between. Truth be told, I didn’t have a snow angel shape in mind when I started drawing the pattern for the second prototype. I was simply playing with different cuts until I settled upon the one that made the most sense. When I stepped back from it, I saw it: a snow angel!
Like many of our little ones, Marlo loves to exercise her independence. Since she turned two it’s been, “Mommy, I want to pick out my outfit! Mommy, I can put on my shoes! Mommy, I want to wash myself!” And while I’m all about fostering independence, I also want to make sure we have acceptable results. For example, since I don’t want her going to preschool every day in her Spider-Man costume, I present her with a few clothing options and let her choose from there. Washing herself is no different. Yes, I want her to feel like she can clean herself, but I actually want her to get, well, clean! When she’s in the tub, I want her to scrub all her little parts. When she’s at the sink, I want her to actually work soap into the front of her hands, the backs, and between her fingers. The problem was, we didn’t have an adequate tool to help her do that. I created the Scrubbee to allow her to take control of these processes and feel confident that she could do a great (and thorough!) job.
When I set out to create a tool to help her, these were my requirements: it needed to be easy for her to grip and manipulate, small and flexible enough to fit all her little parts, and soft enough for her delicate skin. It also couldn’t trap water and develop into a petri dish like so many bath products, because yuck. And perhaps most importantly, it needed to seem fun and inviting. Because if she didn’t want to use it, what good would it be?
Through the magic of 3D printing, I was able to create the first Scrubbee, and it was love at first wash!