Our Purpose and Story
When did we fall in love with creating loving baby bath solutions?
The moment we endured the alternative. We have cringe worthy photos of our babies’ bath times. Beet red-faced infants showing the power of their crying lungs. Not confidence inspiring.
Luckily, we found a solution by stitching together warm neoprene and soft flannel, so you can enjoy the meaningful moments at baby’s bath time.
What should baby bath time should look like?
Baby is warm, womb-like, easy to grip, and enjoying the moment.
Founder – Sarah Shoemaker: Momtrepreneur. Mom of a birth child and an adopted child 8 years apart in age. #11 of 11 kids - 7 boys and 4 girls.
|Partner in Flight – Kathleen Grunhovd: Spent 33 years teaching. A mom of 3 boys. Two step sons and one birth son, all now fathers themselves. #6 of 11 kids. Sisters!
Social Birds - Jessica and Melissa: Family. Our 2 nieces keeping Baby Buzz and Hummingbird Infant's social interesting. Pregnancy, young children and foster care are part of their lives now.
Kendall: Our talented niece who did logo development and our graphic design as a part of Kunzler Studios.
We are two sisters and three nieces coming together as pregnant, foster, adoptive and birth parents. We live our warm, calm, connected purpose everyday in these roles. We are perfectly imperfect, but like you, doing the best we can.
Our Launch Product
Our first product inspired by parent needs is called the Warm Hug Bath Swaddle. It allows for a warm, no-slip bath for a newborn and infant because it gives your baby a feeling of womb like comfort and support.
And about that kitchen table
It was cut out and designed while I was on a trip 'home'. My sister, Kathleen, instinctively grabbed a scissors and went right to it. Our dad watched on as the first prototype was cut out at his old farmhouse kitchen table. I borrowed his truck and off we drove to visit my niece and her 4-week-old baby. That was Jessica! Needless to say, she loved it. He loved it.
And when my teenage daughter who was there exclaimed, "Wow, Mom! It actually works!", that cemented it. The Warm Hug was born. And, Hummingbird Infant.
Our Personal Journey: Mom’s Nudge and Family
My mom’s nudge is what inspired our company name of Hummingbird Infant. Though she passed away several years ago, anytime I’m outside with my family we notice hummingbirds. We always think of Mom's spirit encouraging us to count our blessings, soak in the joy — and cut the nonsense (she and my dad raised 11 of us)! I’m sure she’d be thrilled watching us take flight. All of us. You, too!
Our Long Term Journey: Understanding
Parenting a newborn is an emotional journey. We are inspired by your stories. Let's work as a community of pregnancy, birth, adoptive and foster parents, along with sprinkling of 'truths' from the experts. Hummingbird Infant will act as a facilitator of conversation through our Baby Buzz blog and social outlets. As well as infant products that facilitate warm, calm, connected parenting -- inspired by parent needs.