May 2008 – Birth of 1st Baby (Pre-Business)
The birth of my first baby started me on the journey of my business, MOMMBY LLC. Inspired by Baby. Developed by Mommy. Once I had my baby, I soon discovered there was a tremendous amount that I would need to learn to take care of my son. I learned by observing my baby, reading books, doing research on the internet, and listening to other moms and dads. I preferred learning from “real” moms and dads rather than simply reading something from someone that did not have first-hand experience.
As my friends and my husband’s colleagues starting having children of their own, people started asking me for advice. I soon realized that I enjoyed sharing information about things I had discovered while caring for my baby and MOMMBY was born.
September 2009 – Formed LLC (Pre-Products)
I originally formed MOMMBY LLC, as a Virginia limited liability company because MOMMBY started out as a parenting website and I wanted to protect my family from liability. At that time, my main goal for MOMMBY LLC was to help out other families on their parenting journey.
August 2010 – Birth of 2nd Baby (Pre-Launch Business Products)
With the birth of my second baby arriving in the coming months I decided it was finally time to write a patent application for my invention, MOMMBY Peek-a-Bye-Baby cover, the “Burp Cloth that Won’t Fall Off and the Nursing Cover for Baby to See Mother.”
May 2011 – Patent Pending Peek-a-Bye-Baby™ cover
While taking care of a newborn, getting lots of practice using the Peek-a-Bye-Baby cover, I filed the patent application and the cover became Patent Pending May 2011. The next step was trying to sell the cover. This is where I learned my true weakness; I am not a salesperson. In addition, since I was making the cover myself and each cover required hours to make, I discovered I was hesitant to sell a product that I did not have enough hours to make.
December 2011 – Toy Storage Solution
In the month of December, I started organizing my children’s’ toys to prepare for the holiday gifts that were going to be arriving at the end of the month. I soon realized I needed a toy storage solution. I started using clear zipper bags to organize the toys. I soon discovered I could not buy additional re-usable bags in small quantities so MOMMBY Storage bags were born. I made sure all of the bags met toy industry standards (EN71) and CONEG for environmental standards. I hope other parents are able to use the MOMMBY storage bags to help organize their kids’ toys. In addition, the bags can be used to organize other household items such as crafting supplies.
May 2012 – Starting Selling on Online Marketplaces
To reach a broader market, I started selling my Peek-a-Bye-Baby cover and the MOMMBY Storage bags on ETSY and Amazon in May 2012. I hope to reach more parents in the coming holiday season.
July 2012 – Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
Being a Penn State graduate, I was deeply saddened by the Penn State sexual abuse tragedy and I decided to try to provide information about child sexual abuse through articles at MOMMBY.com. I was fortunate to develop a relationship with Jayneen Sanders, the author of Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept. I hope to continue my relationship with Sanders and to help her sell her beautifully written and illustrated book, about the delicate subject matter of child sexual abuse, in the United States.
2013 – Future Journals
I hope in 2013 I will have journals indicating the Peek-a-Bye-Baby cover has been granted a patent so I can pursue other avenues to get the Peek-a-Bye-Baby cover in more parenting households. I hope to continue selling the MOMMBY storage bags in online marketplaces and possibly a brick and mortar storefront to allow more parents to organize children’s toys and other household items. I hope to continue working with Sanders to get her book published and sold in the United States to help more people to learn how to protect children from child sexual abuse. But most importantly, I hope to continue to Change the World. One Mom at a Time. One Child at a Time. One Hug at a Time.