My Story: HOW IT ALL BEGAN!
Being a Mother to five and Grandmother to ten children, plus having been governess (nanny) for several families, I can identify
with today’s Moms! And, although my mothering began back in 1962, a Mother is always a Mother! Our babies become our
number one priority! Yet, throughout those 48 years, I never stayed home because of a baby or young child. I made daily
outings, traveled the country by car, train and plane - staying in hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds.
Needless to say, I found ways to simplify life-on-the-go with baby; and the old adage – necessity is the mother of invention –
has proven to be a truism. My talents and skills were drawn from my own up-bringing and were adapted to my new role of
motherhood in the early ‘60s in Detroit. It wasn’t so surprising, then, when I created the proto-type for the Tend-A-Tot(tm), with
the arrival of my first granddaughter. It served as a Diaper Bag/Tote/Portable Highchair and became known in the family as the
Schlep-A-Long or more fondly as “The Schleppy”.
Years later, when one daughter had twin boys under the age of one, and we were heading to Chicago for a long weekend with
her husband, the babies and 2 older children, I hurriedly sewed up two more “Schleppies”. In short order, I was encouraged
by the overwhelming curiosity and response of all who saw my daughter and me toting and feeding the twins in this amazing
and utterly unique baby gear! Family and friends – even at this early stage - proclaimed the “Schleppy” to be the most
innovative baby product they had ever seen. As a result, I was prompted to sell my home to start Punim Products, LLC and
market my creation. I re-named the “Schleppy”, and the Tend-A-Tot was born!
Naturally, the idea for this multi-purpose product evolved over time, as I lived, breathed, ate and dreamed my creation – adding
more features and functions, during the months that followed. As I used the first TEND-A-TOT™ with my youngest grandchild
at the time, I was approached by people on the street, in stores, restaurants, airports, and campgrounds, asking where they
could purchase one and/or did I make them. “I’m expecting a grandchild in a few months! Do you have a business card?”
Mothers, who looked like they should be closer to a delivery room than out and about, would give me their e-mail addresses.
Others remarked how they wished they had had the TEND-A-TOT™, when raising their own children. People made
suggestions that I go on HSN or other Television Network Shopping Shows or Oprah. Automotive and other design
engineers, oftentimes men, stopped to comment on the design and construction.
I was seeing the need in today's social/cultural environment for my product, which would provide the means and
encouragement for busy working- or stay-at-home Moms - to involve newborns, infants, babies and toddlers more in their
lives – as did I, rather than leave them home with caretakers. I also found that many parents hesitated to go out shopping,
visiting, dining or traveling with little ones, often finding it easier to simply stay home, depriving themselves, husbands and
other children of otherwise fun family activities in the process.
My goal became to share my creation with the Moms of today and beyond– bringing EXTREME NURTURE, SECURITY AND
COMFORT TO BABY, “RIGHT FROM THE START”, while providing EASE OF CARE AND MOBILITY FOR MOM AND FAMILY.
In 2008 I found a Michigan contract sewer to produce them. And so began an amazing journey for me! The website (www.
tendatot.com) - thanks to the computer knowledge of one of my daughters, who got me started on site-builder - was published
To this very day, my youngest granddaughter, who - beginning at 3 months of age, played a major role in the development of
the Tend-A-Tot™, now age six, still uses that very same bag. And, ‘though it no longer carries bottles and diapers, baby
clothes, rattles and such, it now serves as her visiting and travel tote, filled with age-appropriate clothes, toys, books, snacks
and drink bottle. This is testament to its incredible durability – 6 years of being used day in and day out in every conceivable
situation in our busy lives. She and her Mom – my second oldest daughter, are the Tend-A-Tot™ poster-persons you see in
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