Does your baby fidget while feeding? Or maybe he or she just loves to wiggle when you want to snuggle. If so, you are not alone! Babies love to play when they are nursing or bottle feeding, and even when they are just being held. They may play with Mom’s hair, skin, clothes, jewelry…anything within reach (and sometimes even things out of reach!). Unfortunately, sometimes babies can get a little rough and can pinch and grab to the point of pain. One local Huntersville mom has created a solution that will allow a baby to grab and play without subjecting Mom to pain! The CuddleTug is a stretchy ribbon necklace for Mom to wear. It is lined with bright-colored ribbon loops that capture the baby’s attention and give Mom’s hair and skin a break. CuddleTug’s mom-inventor, Jennifer Stevens, shared details about the CuddleTug story.
Examiner: Tell a little about yourself.
Jennifer Stevens: I have been living in the Charlotte area for about 16 years and for the last five in Huntersville with my husband, Rob, and two boys William and Benjamin. I work part time as a pediatric speech therapist, part time as a CuddleTug creator, and full time as a wife and mommy!
Examiner: What is CuddleTug?
Jennifer S.: CuddleTug is a stretchy necklace (for parents) made out of ribbon with ribbon loops all around it. Moms (and dads) wear it while holding or feeding a baby in order to decrease skin pinching, jewelry grabbing, and hair pulling. It is fun for the baby and helps out mom too!
It is great for babies from 0 to12 months. For newborn babies up to 3-4 months, the CuddleTug is just visually stimulating. Once they start grabbing at hair and jewelry, it really becomes useful and entertaining. It can also be strapped to strollers, jumpers, exersaucers, and high chairs.
Examiner: What was the inspiration behind the CuddleTug?
Jennifer S.: My two boys, William (3) and Benjamin (1) are the inspiration for CuddleTug. When William was nursing, he would pinch my skin and tug on my necklace. I thought to myself, “He needs his own toy to tug on and pull.” I tried several different toys and blankets but nothing seemed to work. Then along came Benjamin and he started doing the same things! So I went to the fabric store and bought all kinds of materials and ribbons and came up with the first CuddleTug. It worked like a charm!
Examiner: What do you think has made this product so appealing to so many moms?
Jennifer S.: CuddleTug solves many common issues with both nursing and bottle feeding moms. It cuts down on how much the baby pulls long hair, pinches skin (ouch!), and grabs jewelry. It also helps the baby pay attention to the “right” area when breastfeeding when they go through the “wandering eyes/not paying attention” stage. It is soft, safe, fun, and economical. Additionally, it is great thing for Mom to wear while in a restaurant, church, temple, or public place to keep baby busy. It won’t fall and get dirty.
Examiner: Where are CuddleTugs available locally?
Jennifer S.: At this time, CuddleTugs are available at Poppies Gifts in Birkdale in Huntersville, Pout Couture/Sticks ‘n’ Stones/Gingham Gator in Cornelius, and in Charlotte at The Milky Way in Dilworth, and A Woman’s View in Presbyterian Main Hospital. Customers can go online to www.cuddletug.com to shop, and can find CuddleTug on Facebook and Twitter.