Katy Mallory, co-founder of SlumberPod, on experiencing secondary infertility, learning how to prioritize and starting SlumberPod with her mom!

Katy Mallory lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and 3 girls. She works full-time and also launched SlumberPod with her mom. 

What we talked about:

  • Using the pandemic to strengthen her cocktail crafts
  • Juggling a bunch of balls-some rubber, some glass and deciding which to prioritize
  • Meeting her husband online 15 years ago on Yahoo Personals
    • Decided to start their family 3 years after getting married
    • Had a miscarriage when they first got pregnant, were able to get pregnant again
    • Started trying for their 2nd and 2 years in deciding to seek help
    • With Clomid and IUI she got pregnant with twins  
    • Was a lot easier going from 1 to 3 vs 0 to 1
    • Her mom spent almost her entire maternity leave with her- even took overnight shifts, and allowed her to get out of the house 
    • The struggle to take newborn twins on errands/mom groups because of the equipment/prep to get out of the house 
    • Her secondary infertility experience and struggling with no control 
  • Her career in internal communications  
  • Visiting her mom during Christmas 6 years ago and sharing a room with her daughter
    • Her daughter slept great at home, but awful at Grandma's
    • Went home a day early because they wanted sleep
    • Couldn't find a solution online
    • While on her maternity leave with her twins, her mom suggested that they try starting their business - took classes/started networking 
  • Took 2 years putting together what they were comfortable bringing to market
  • Created a Kickstarter campaign in July 2018, which was incredibly successful  
  • Went on Shark Tank 7 months after starting sales 
  • Sharks were surprised by their revenue-didn’t expect them to have that yet 
  • SlumberPod is shaped like a bottomless tent that can go over a crib, pack-n-play or cot. Provides a nearly black out interior, folds small enough to fit in carry on- has a pouch for a monitor and mini-fan 
  • Everything takes longer and is more complicated than you expect when creating a product-everything is a learning experience
  • Target now selling their product in stores!
  • Working another full-time job the entire time
  • Balancing work and children right now because they’re home all the time, and having them understand that she doesn’t always have time to entertain them 
  • Mommin’ listeners can use promo code: MOMMIN for $20 off your purchase of your own SlumberPod! 

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