I swear parents make the best entrepreneurs! I know I sound biased as I am a parent myself, but the baby industry is full of business opportunities and who better to create an innovative baby product than someone who actually has experienced the need for it. How many times as a parent have you thought up a brilliant idea of how something could be easier or a baby product could be tweaked to serve a better purpose, provide more comfort or efficiency?
Well this mommy, Margot Visser, did just that. She took her experience as a mommy a step further and launched her Minimonkey range.
“When our first daughter was born in 2005, I suddenly found myself inundated by a variety of baby products. Some of them were not easy or pleasant to use, or the product I was looking for simply didn’t exist. It became my mission to make life for parents and children easier and more fun by creating innovative solutions. I quit my job at the bank, and started Minimonkey.
The success of my first product, the now-classic Sling 4-in-1, motivated me to continue along this great path I had chosen. I think the secret to this lies in doing something you love. I still run Minimonkey on my own, without anyone else on the payroll, and the idea of not having to play ‘boss’ all day long gives me a sense of freedom. I believe in the modern approach to working with people and organisations where everyone does what they are good at, and what makes them happy. It means continuing to build on something great for yourself and one another”.
Below are some products from her Minimonkey range:
The Dynamic Carrier
This can be worn from birth and is ergonomic with safety as a key feature. My favourite part about this sling is that it is super comfy even if you experience back or shoulder problems. It is designed with lower back support and at the same time, pulls the weight of your child toward your body in the M-position, also known as the frog position. Experts recommend this ergonomic position for carrying babies because it can have a positive effect on the development of their hips.
The Mini Chair
This is the brand’s best seller and is so awesome because it can turn into a baby chair anywhere. It is made of 100% cotton and is easy to clean. Can I get an amen!
This handy harness is the answer to the busy, outgoing parent’s prayers. It is so compact that it can fit in your little bub’s changing bag.
Apart from every kind of chair imaginable, we have also seen people using the Minichair on a shopping trolley, on a sledge, on an airplane, at camping sites, with hip spica cast trousers, on a wheelchair and even on a Zimmer frame!
The Sling Classic
This sling is more dynamic and can be worn in four different ways. It provides more freedom of movement for the parent and more space to carry baby in a sleeping position. If you are quite alternative in your baby sleeping methods, you can even turn it into a hammock for your little one!
The Minimonkey range is available at Hamley Baby divisions.