I met Holly when I was probably 17, in High school we had a lot of mutual friends, It wasn’t until we were older that we really became close friends. When I found out I was pregnant I was so excited to tell Holly, we would be on Matt-leave together! Matt Leave Buddies!! Hunter and Pearce are a few months apart, while Holly and I were on maternity leave together she started SoloBaby Designs, here is her story:
Holly grew up in Mission B.C., she wasn’t always crafty or super girly, She was actually a Tom Boy spending her weekends at Mission Raceways with her dad. I think most people will relate to Holly because she said her crafty, motherly side came out when she got pregnant with her son. During Holly’s pregnancy with her son Hunter she was stuck on bed rest for much of it which made her become very crafty. Little did Holly know the gift of a sewing Machine from her Mother in law would be what would jump-start her company, which is growing daily. After making her son a few bibs that would absorb the buckets of teething drool, many friends and family members encouraged Holly to sell them as they were super cute and great at absorbing all the slobber.
Holly took her family and friends advice and started a Facebook page where she sold her bibs, next was a tag blanket, than large blanket, burp clothes, infinity scarves, pillows, 4-1 nursing scarf. Slowly the business grew with her creativity. She has started going to craft fairs, recently did the Tums and Babies expo and is getting a ton of great feedback.
Here’s a few things I think make shopping at Solobaby Designs better than the competitors. Holly is able to do a ton of customer work, she’s willing to try to create anything you request. Shes a small business and you know that her work is truly providing for her family. Feedback is taken seriously and used to make products better.
As you saw above, I have given the 4-1 nursing scarf a try, its awesome!! I definitely think it is far better than the other nursing covers on the market, I used to tie a muslin blanket around my neck, which I was always digging into my bag for. Now I can wear the scarf and when I need to nurse I just pull this down. It is great because Pearce has a weird obsession with having his free hand everywhere and this totally allows for it, You can also have a huge one year old completely covered. I wanted a picture showing Pearce just to commemorate our time spent nursing together. In the picture below Pea’s head is covered and it’s totally breathable fabric. I love this nursing scarf and highly recommend it, on the plus side it can also be used as a car seat cover and a shopping cart cover.
Holly has said the most rewarding part of owning her own business is creating items for people and knowing that something she has made, by hand will be loved as much as it was when she made it. I asked Holly, “What is the best feedback you have received about your business” she replied “Customer can’t believe how soft the product is while still completing its function”. Her bibs are soft and absorb drool and if you’re a mom you know, It’s easier to change a bib than a whole outfit!!
Something I have asked all the blog contributors is “What is your advice to moms who are in the process or wanting to start their own business?” Here’s Holly’s: Do not hold back, if you have an idea go for it. If its something that is useful to you and your family, you can guarantee it is going to be useful to another mom or family.
Now your probably wondering where do I find Solobaby Designs, well aside from shopping online at their Facebook page and Instagram account, Solobaby Designs can also be found in local shops in the Fraser Valley, BC. Currently you can find them in Abbotsford at Precious Kargo Baby Boutique, in Langley/Aldergrove at The Pop Shoppe. Coming in 2017, they will also be in Our home town, Mission. If your aren’t located in these areas but want to try out the products, check Holly out online, she ships products, and offers local pick up if you are in the area.
Now for some very exciting news, Holly is offering a Christmas draw, to blog readers, she has put together a gift basket including a surprise gift containing gender neutral product, with a retail value of $60. How to enter you ask: Like Solobaby Designs on Fb, and Chasing my mini monster blog on fb, and comment on the picture of the gift basket posted on SoloBaby Designs fb page! Draw will be on December 5th at 5pm!
Solobaby Designs Pricing:
$10 Bandanna Bib
$35 solid 4-1 nursing scarf
$40 for patterned nursing scarf
$56 Baby Blankets
For all customer requests please email : email@example.com
If your shopping local this Christmas, Support this family!
**Please note that all SoloBaby Products are prewashed before being made to avoid shrinkage. Wash all products in cold water, tumble dry low. if you lay your nursing scarf flat to dry it will help maintain the elasticity of the product.**