Article from Kent Online –
Forget Dragon’s Den – it was from the playpen that two mums from Wigmore got the inspiration for their unique business venture which has attracted worldwide interest even before reaching the shop shelf.
Tracy Wilson and Emma Brown, who between them have six boys, have spent the last three years trying to tackle the problem of babies getting sore and damp chests caused by dribbling and wet clothes.
After hours of testing with hundreds of mums at nurseries and Surestart centres across Medway, plus presentations to high street giants Boots and Debenhams, they have finally come up the Dribble Stop Top.
Their company, 2mumsltd was born in 2010 and Dribble Stop Top is now a registered trademark, with an international patent pending. The garment, which incorporates a hidden pocket of waterproof material, is on the production line .
It will be available in Babies R Us and Kiddicare stores from mid-January. It will also be sold online.
Tracy, 36 who lives in Fellows Close, with husband Mark and sons Adam, nine, and Luke, seven, said: “It all started as we were having a coffee around the kitchen table, chatting about the difficulties of living with our dribbly babies.
“It was a battle to keep their chests dry and the guilt we felt if the delicate skin on their chests became sore.
“Going out seemed more like a military operation, ensuring there were enough clothes in the bag for those extra changes.
“And it was such a shame to cover up their cute clothes with those horrible bibs.
“Finally after more cups of coffee and with the help of an old sewing machine belonging to Emma’s gran, our first top was made.”
Emma, 39 who lives in Fairview Avenue with husband Michael and their four boys, Ben, nine, Jacob seven, Phoenix, six and Jude, three, said finding the right product became a bit of a “crusade” for the two women.
She said: “With six boys between us it has been a real juggling act.
“Our boys came first which meant the laptops often came out after bedtimes or we snatched the odd couple of hours during school or nursery time.
“But Jude, who was the most dribbly of my boys, did become the guinea pig – and it worked.
“The thing is we did not set out to do this to make money, we did it for a reason.
“Luckily, we have each other to lean on and two very supportive husbands.”
The first run of 2,500 tops are being made. They will be sold in packs of two costing £12.99 and available in sizes from newborn to 24 months.
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