It was the middle of the night. My baby had just eaten, her diaper was clean, her eyes were droopy. But she could not sleep! Steady rocking helped but the moment I stopped she whimpered and kicked. So I held her and bounced her and swayed and paced -- for miles it seemed -- wearing a path from living room to nursery to office and back again. My arms were lead!
If she could just relax I could finally get some rest. But every time I set her down, even in the vibrating chair she loved, she startled, let out a wail, and needed to be held again. If only I could hold her and provide the vibration she needed to relax!
With baby in my arms, I searched on my Amazon phone app for “portable vibration for babies.” Hard plastic boxes, plug-in mats, and reclining chairs popped up. But I wanted something with vibration that I could wear on my hand, so I could hold and soothe her at the same time. Ah hah! A new idea was born!
This was the beginning of ZenMittenz. If you want to hear more about my product development journey, sign up for my newsletter. And my future blog coming soon!
My name is Olivia. I am a family nurse practitioner and worked as an RN in oncology and med/surg before that. I am also a new mom, and I had a long road to get here.
After four years of trying to get pregnant, two surgeries, IVF, and two frozen embryo transfers, my dream came true. My beautiful daughter arrived!
Going through so much to get her, I felt such guilt at my frustration when I could not soothe her. I thought I should only be happy and grateful all the time! That night at 3 AM, as I was finding my way to Zen Mittenz, I gave myself permission to feel frustrated while loving her completely.
Moms, Dads, and every caregiver, just by being there for your baby, you have already got this! But if your baby is anything like mine, Zen Mittenz will make it a little easier to help your baby rest – so you can get some rest, too.