Mums are great. Not only to they have a natural ability to do ten things at once, eyes in the backs of their heads and a built in radar that spots danger at ten paces. But when there isn’t a product on the market that does the job they want it to do for their little ones… they invent something that will!
Many of the best award-winning and most widely used products for babies have been invented by parents. We know what’s best for our baby, what we want products to do (and what we don’t want them to do!). So we take a peek at our favourite ingenious baby products, that came from the minds of Mums.
The Buggy Tug
Mums in their thousands gawped in horror as we saw the horrific CCTV footage on the news of the pram rolling off the platform at an Australian train station. It’s enough to make anyone head to the nearest Halfords in attempt to have a high powered braking system installed on our prams!
BuggyTug inventor and Mum, Di Mayze performed some market research and found that 72% of parents had either experienced or knew someone that had experienced an incident where a pram started to roll away after letting go for a split second.
74% said that their buggy or pram did not come with a safety wrist strap as standard, yet 77% said that they would feel more secure if their buggy had one. Enough said for Di – her wrist strap idea holds the title as the UK’s only detachable safety strap and has seen rave reviews from publications nationwide!
Di Mayze conducted her research following a horrifying incident in York when three men jumped into the River Ouse to save a four month old baby after her pram rolled into the water. Mum had simply bent down momentarily to fasten her older child’s coat. The men heard Mum screaming and rescued the baby, who was face down in the water.
Di said, ‘There are stories such as this happening all over the world, and it seems that many parents, including myself, believe that in the UK it should be a legal requirement for buggies and prams to have a wrist strap connecting the carer and the pushchair, as is now the case in Australia.’
Di’s Buggy Tug came about after she too saw the horrifying footage of the buggy rolling under a train in Melbourne. She immediately started looking around for a strap and could not believe that one didn’t already exist. Very few buggy manufacturers include one as standard, and those that do only offer a very basic one.
‘I wanted something that is transferable to most buggy and pram brands, and comfortable and flexible enough so those using it barely notice it’s there, so I invented BuggyTug. I’m thrilled with the result, and I know from the many positive reviews I receive that those who use it feel that extra bit more reassured that their child is safe!’
For us, that’s the number one priority!