Baby's Struggle Leads to Two Deserving Donations

Stephanie and Brett Parker, founders of the swaddle line Zipadee Zip, presented checks to two deserving entities: The Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Blumenthal Family of Virginia.

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How A Texas Couple Turned Down 'Shark Tank' Money And Still Took Their Babywear Firm To $4M Revenue

“Shark Tank forced us to grow at a pace that we never could have imagined and we found that we truly had the pieces of the puzzle in place to make it happen without giving up a percentage of our company,” Stephanie Parker told me by email.

Shark Tank winners go through what is sometimes a months-long due diligence process and other companies have turned down their offers in the end. But still, it takes guts to turn down cash and Daymond John as an investor. The Parkers said he was gracious when they backed away from the deal and remains a mentor."

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An Entrepreneurial Reality TV Shopping Guide for Buying Baby Gear

"I love reality television. I was an early adopter of The Bachelor, Dragons' Den and Shark Tank -- just to name a few. My absolute favorites have always been the shows that spotlight small businesses. For those new to this genre, budding entrepreneurs present their concepts to a panel of accomplished investors for a chance to land expert partners -- and gain millions of eyeballs in exposure at the same time...."

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15 Female Entrepreneurs Who Have Left Their Mark on America

"The growing impact of women entrepreneurs is evident today. Women-owned firms account for almost 30 percent of all businesses and one in five women-owned firms tout revenue of $1 million or more, according to research conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and its Center for Women in Business in 2014.

This development can be traced back to the inception of the United States through women who shaped its entrepreneurial landscape by starting micro-enterprises out of choice or necessity. Many of the women who have succeeded in business are examples of hope and encouragement for other women considering launching their own ventures. They are role models for women setting out to launch their own businesses in the 21st century. .."

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15 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015

Stephanie Parker, co-founder of Sleeping Baby. Stephanie Parker and her husband had tried every product on the market to help their daughter, who had recently outgrown her swaddle, fall and stay asleep. When nothing else worked, she took matters into her own hands. The unique pajama suit she created eventually became known as Zipadee-Zip, Sleeping Baby’s first product. Now, what started as a desperate solution to help her daughter sleep is set to gross over $1 million.

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Sleeping Baby Was Featured on Forbes!

It doesn’t take much to start a company in the Internet age. Two entrepreneurs I met last Friday have a business they say is set to gross $1 million this year. They started Sleeping Baby with $500 in savings just two and a half years ago. It’s a classic up-from-the-bootstraps entrepreneurial story, but it’s happened at hyper speed, and the latest chapter is quintessentially of the media age. The company, Sleeping Baby, got its latest round of funding — $200,000 — from mogul Daymond John on the ABC hit show Shark Tank.

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Entrepreneur Magazine - 3 Mompreneurs Who Stumbled on Innovative Success

There is plenty of research and emerging product options to support swaddling to help calm babies into sleep. However, Parker found that when it was time for the swaddling to come off, her little girl was not transitioning into pajamas well. Tired of sleepless nights and not finding any solutions, Parker sewed up her own sleeping garment for her daughter that resembled the comfort of swaddling, but allowed the freedom of pajamas.

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Zipadee-Zip Featured on Carolina & Co

Amanda Kinseth and Carolina & Co Live talk about some of their top favorite baby & kids products! The power mom and dad duo recently shared their inspirational story on the hit ABC series, Shark Tank, so we were eager to sit down with them and learn just how they did it – and what advice they have for other entrepreneurs...

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Sleepingbaby.com Featured on CBS!

Stephanie and Brett Parker were invited to the CBS set of MomsEveryDay to share their inspirational story of how they invented the Zipadee-Zip!

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Parents.com Features Zipadee-Zip

"The parents who invented it had the same issue as my bro and sis-in-law, their daughter wanted to be free and coddled at the same time. They invented this star-shaped wearable blanket so that an older baby’s feet and arms can be totally enclosed, yet have some necessary freedom of movement..."

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Lucie’s List

58k subscribers, 26k Facebook fans! “Another cult favorite is the Zipadee-Zip, which is a sleeved sleeping bag that completely covers the hands. Ideal for weaning off the swaddle, the Zipadee-Zip can be worn in a baby carrier or car seat because it has separate leg holes. With Zipadee-Zip, babies are free to stand up, crawl, roll and move around safely…”

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Zipadee-Zip Featured in NJ Suburban Parent's "Essentials for the Mom-To-Be"

"The Zipadee-Zip is a unique, one-of-a- kind solution to transition baby from swaddling. It provides slight resistance so babies feel secure (covers their hands and feet creating the womb-like environment)," but allows for the free- dom of movement like pajamas. With Zipadee-Zip, babies and toddlers are free to stand up, crawl, roll, walk, and move around safely."

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Fall 2014 Award Winner - Zipadee-Zip Wearable Blanket

"Zipadee-Zip helps a baby have the cozy, enclosed, womb-like feel of the swaddle but it allows a baby push up, roll over, and wiggle around safely and freely. It encourages self-soothing and longer, sounder sleep, prevents scratching, and keeps little hands warm all night long. Zipadee-Zips are Eco-friendly because of how long they can be worn; extremely durable and roomy allowing a baby to grow into them. You can't get any easier than laying a baby down and zipping them up. Zipadee-Zip offers several improvements to traditional swaddling — they offer the same cozy experience but a baby's hands and feet are free to move. They are perfect for keeping a baby's hands clean while out and about, since people are often tempted to touch a baby's hands. Zipadee-Zip also deters finger sucking since baby's hands are tucked inside. The product design also makes a baby look like a cute little starfish."

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Sleeping Baby Featured in DallasChild Magazine!

Stephanie Parker, who hails from Fort Worth, has actually created a transitional blanket of sorts, which has garnered praise from moms around the US. Her Zipadee-Zip wearable blanket is meant to serve as a happy medium between swaddling and being able to move more freely to help make the shift away from a tight swaddle less abrupt.

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Two Parents Turn $700 Savings Into a Million Dollar Business

When you think of a new baby, immediately we think “sleep deprivation.” Most parents have experienced sleep issues with babies or toddlers, but one Texas couple took matters into their own hands and invented a solution to their daughter’s sleep problem. After two weeks of utter exhaustion, Stephanie was desperate to help her daughter sleep (which also meant mom and dad could finally sleep!). When their hand-sewn invention worked like magic and their baby sleep 12 straight hours the first night (and each night thereafter), the Parkers knew they had something special. The power mom and dad duo recently shared their inspirational story on the hit ABC series, Shark Tank, so we were eager to sit down with them and learn just how they did it – and what advice they have for other entrepreneurs...

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We were featured in the Boo! We're Due Baby Shower Gift Guide Giveaways!

Sept/Oct 2014 I wish I had the Zipadee-Zip with my first baby. She hated to be tightly swaddled and always needed her arms to be free. The Zipadee-Zip is such a great idea and the products are so well made. The zipper is hidden by a little piece of fabric so the baby won’t scratch herself on it and the fabric isn’t too thick which will help prevent the baby from getting hot and sweaty. The product does look a little like a flying squirrel suit and you can’t help but chuckle when you see it.

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Another Zipadee-Zip Shark Tank Giveaway on the Barbara's Beat Blog!

Sleepingbaby.com founders Stephanie and Brett Parker will be on Shark Tank this Friday, September 26th at 8PM ET. See how this mom and dad turned a common parenting problem into a successful business – their story is so inspirational! I love how Stephanie thought of the idea in the midst of being so sleep deprived (their little girl would not sleep after they took her out of the swaddle; after 2 weeks of not sleeping Stephanie pulled out her little sewing machine and created the first “Zippy”). And what’s even cooler, is they took their $700 savings and turned it into a hugely successful business – via word of mouth! In the beginning Stephanie sewed each Zipadee-Zip by hand as the orders came in. Such a cool story and we are so happy to be sharing it with you!

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Couponing4You Features Zipadee-Zip Shark Tank Giveaway!

Sleepingbaby.com founders Stephanie and Brett Parker will be on Shark Tank this Friday, September 26th at 8PM ET. See how this mom and dad turned a common parenting problem into a successful business – their story is so inspirational! I love how Stephanie thought of the idea in the midst of being so sleep deprived (their little girl would not sleep after they took her out of the swaddle; after 2 weeks of not sleeping Stephanie pulled out her little sewing machine and created the first “Zippy”). And what’s even cooler, is they took their $700 savings and turned it into a hugely successful business – via word of mouth! In the beginning Stephanie sewed each Zipadee-Zip by hand as the orders came in. Such a cool story and we are so happy to be sharing it with you!

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Zipadee-Zip Giveaway on Tabby's Pantry!

We have an awesome Giveaway for you all sponsored by Sleeping baby and Zipadee Zip. With our little guy we swaddled him from day one and he was sleeping thru the night from day 3. It was wonderful. You know what was not wonderful? When we had to take away the swaddle. He was bigger than most babies and they just did not fit anymore. He had grown so accustom to them that just taking it away was a nightmare. He started not sleeping thru the night and there was nothing we could do...

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The Naptime Reviewer Features Zipadee-Zip Shark Tank Giveaway!

Sleepingbaby.com founders Stephanie and Brett Parker will be on Shark Tank this Friday, September 26th at 8PM ET. See how this mom and dad turned a common parenting problem into a successful business – their story is so inspirational! I love how Stephanie thought of the idea in the midst of being so sleep deprived (their little girl would not sleep after they took her out of the swaddle; after 2 weeks of not sleeping Stephanie pulled out her little sewing machine and created the first “Zippy”). And what’s even cooler, is they took their $700 savings and turned it into a hugely successful business – via word of mouth! In the beginning Stephanie sewed each Zipadee-Zip by hand as the orders came in. Such a cool story and we are so happy to be sharing it with you!

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Special Shark Tank/Zipadee-Zip Giveaway on Savory Savings!

We have a special Shark Tank Giveaway! Sleepingbaby.com founders Stephanie and Brett Parker will be on Shark Tank this Friday, September 26th at 8PM ET. See how this mom and dad turned a common parenting problem into a successful business – their story is so inspirational! I love how Stephanie thought of the idea in the midst of being so sleep deprived (their little girl would not sleep after they took her out of the swaddle; after 2 weeks of not sleeping Stephanie pulled out her little sewing machine and created the first “Zippy”). And what’s even cooler, is they took their $700 savings and turned it into a hugely successful business – via word of mouth! In the beginning Stephanie sewed each Zipadee-Zip by hand as the orders came in. Such a cool story and we are so happy to be sharing it with you!

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Sweetly Made Features the Zipadee-Zip for a Shark Tank Giveaway!

Have you ever seen Shark Tank? It is one of my favorite shows. The best part is seeing the inventions people come up with. I will definitely be watching Shark Tank this Friday. Sleepingbaby.com founders Stephanie and Brett Parker will be on Shark Tank this Friday, September 26th at 8PM ET. See how this mom and dad turned a common parenting problem into a successful business – their story is so inspirational!

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Zipadee-Zip Review bySavory Savings

Any parent can tell you that one of the hardest parts of having a little baby in the house is the sleep, or lack thereof. Sleeping Baby has made it their mission to help parents everywhere get baby to sleep better by introducing their unique slumber sack, the Zipadee-Zip! This swaddling transition sleepwear for babies, helps babies feel secure, keeps them warm and is very versatile!

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Zipadee-Zip Swaddle Transition Blanket Giveaway and Review

Welcome to my review and giveaway for Sleeping Baby's Zipadee-Zip Swaddle Transition Blanket! We received a Zippadee free in exchange for an honest review. We were sent the cutest Zipadee by the company in a pretty pink heart print! It is very soft and very cuddly!

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Zipadee-Zip review: "From Swaddle to Sleep Time in No Time"

"As a mother of four children I have had my share of babies who have trouble sleeping. Two out of my four were perfect sleepers but the other two were a challenge. I used to try everything I could think of, every suggestion I received, everything I read, to get them to fall asleep and stay asleep and honestly not much worked consistently. If only I had a Zipadee-Zip!"

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Outnumbered3-1.com reviewed Zipadee-Zip "

As you can imagine how frustrating it can be when at one point he was sleeping for seven hours straight to waking up every hour. I was so excited when I was given the opportunity to review a Zipadee-Zip."

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Help Mama Series: Stephanie Parker from Zipadee-Zip

"It all started with no sleep! Our daughter Charlotte had slept wonderfully while swaddled until she started rolling and we had to ditch the swaddle for safety reasons. I would have swaddled her until I had to teach her future husband how to swaddle her if I could have because of how well she slept! No such luck though because not only did she start rolling, but she stopped sleeping well in her swaddle. I had to find a solution to save the sanity of our home!"

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Swag for your Sweetie

"Nothing is sweeter than a sweet baby sleeping, and Zipadee-Zip can make that so much easier."

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Applaud Women Magazine

“Stephanie Parker is the owner of Sleeping Baby and the creator of Zipadee-Zip® invented to help babies sleep better by preventing the “Moro” or startling reflex that suddenly causes a baby to jolt awake, fidget or hit and scratch their face in this sleep preventing many babies from settling those little limbs and getting the restful sleep they need…”

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3 Princes and a Princess 2

“There are few things that have changed since the birth of my daughter almost 7 years ago. And, then again, there are whole new lines of products that leave me thinking how ingenious…”

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It’s Free at Last

“I WISH these unique jumpers were around when my children were babies!! I used to wrap them in a swaddling blanket and carry them around the house. They loved the secure cozy feeling, so I can only imagine how much they would have enjoyed these…”

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Still Playing School

“We use gentle ways to encourage our babies to sleep as they are developmentally ready to do so. The Zippyhelped D feel comfy and covered when he was too big to swaddle, yet reluctant to sleep in just his pajamas. I would use the Zippy as his pajamas in the summer with just a diaper underneath! He loved his Zippys and so did we! We are thrilled to offer you one once again as a giveaway…”

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The Baby Sleep Site

The Zipadee-Zip is the next big thing in Baby Sleep! This wearable blanket was designed by a mom, like you, specifically to help transition a baby off of the swaddle and teach them to sleep freely! It prevents a baby’s hands from getting cold at night and is also designed to help babies who scratch their faces while sleeping…”

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Babee & Me Holiday Giveaway

Nearly 100k entries“The Babee & Me Holiday Giveaway is here! Over 40 brands have come together to give you a chance to win unique, innovative gifts for baby, kids and even mom! Over $1,500 in prizes will be awarded to ONE WINNER! Wowza! And everyone who enters will get something special after the giveaway as a thank you…”

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Being Cindy Baldwin

“As soon as I received the Zippy, I was impressed with the design and construction (something that, as a seamstress, I always look at!). It's very well-made and has held up beautifully to all of Kate's manic rolling. I especially like the top, which has a little pocket that tucks over the zipper so that it doesn't scratch your baby's chin. (Brilliant, right?) Both of my Zippys are made of good-quality cotton knit…”

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Mums in the Know

“Local Fleet mum Emma Biggs decided to look for a solution to make the transition from swaddling her child to introducing a sleeping bag or duvet easier and discovered the Zipadee – Zip; a soft, zip- up sleep sack to ease this transition for your child…”

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Trying to Be Green

“When you have a cranky baby you will try anything to get them to go to sleep. Most of the time swaddling them is the answer. Now that baby is almost 5 months and moves like crazy we need another solution. I was excited to find Zipadee-Zip…”

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The Life and Times of Stay at Home Mom

“After trying out this new product I think this is an amazing idea(why didn't I think of it, hahaha) it is super roomy and well made with all the aspects of comfort thought of…”

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My Jordanian Nugget

“Not only is this a great transitional tool, but they are pretty awesome PJ’s as well. We all know that the current guidelines call for nothing extra in the crib, including no blankets. You do not have to worry about your baby getting cold since the Zipadee-Zip is completely enclosed. It is also much easier than footed PJ's or anything that comes with snaps. They also come in some of the cutest prints I have seen...”

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One Tired But Happy Mama

“I came across the Zipadee-Zip via a comment a friend made on Facebook. She was excitedly waiting for her Zipadee to arrive because her baby wasn't sleeping through the night. She had read that this product was a great transition from swaddling and that it provided an environment that encouraged sound sleep which she was in desperate need of…”

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Pin-n-Tell

“That day I went on a search to find a product that helped bridge the gap between the swaddle and the sleep sack. I found the Zipadee-Zip. I washed it and put him in it the very night I received it! Little guy really seemed to like the Zipadee-Zip as soon as he was zipped up in it…”

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Café Mom

“After my girls got to where they would pull their arms out of the swaddler or fought me putting them INTO the swaddler I still wanted something that would keep them warm without having to keep blankets wrapped around them. With my last one a friend of mine asked me to try out a product for her…”

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Sleep, Baby, Sleep

“Has your baby out grown the swaddle and now you're wondering what life will be like without it? Have you been nervous about putting your baby down without swaddling, because you know she can't sleep without it? I bet you have been putting it off for so long that your baby is practically breaking free every night...”

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Troublesome Tots

“Talking about swaddling blankets is a lot like talking about cutting toenails. Neither is very likely to get you invited to the next cocktail party. But you can’t blog about how critical swaddling is without also talking about swaddling blankets. What are other people using? Which ones work best? Or don’t work at all…”

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Our 5 Cents

“I am so excited to share this AMAZING product with you! I have been fortunate enough to review a lot of great things since having my blog but this is honestly the first thing that has changed our lives. I am not being just super sales lady here because I am not selling anything and I don't get anything for saying this, but this is now my go to gifts for new moms and dads…”

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So Sew Mama

“We have had our Zipadee-Zip for just over a month now and we have had such a great experience. We wanted to give baby girl more freedom but just suddenly quitting swaddling was not working out for us very well. Then we found the Zipadee-Zip…”

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Five Lil Bass in Tow

“I love the freedom these give the baby , but still give them the closeness like they had in your tummy. Danelle is almost 5 months old and she still loves to be swaddled tight at night. She loves the feeling of safety. ..”

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The Wise Baby

“I am super excited to share the Zipadee-zip review with you today. One of my favorite things about The Wise Baby is that I get to learn and meet parents who created a product to solve a problem – it is right up my alley. One of our readers actually mentioned the Zipadee-zip to me and I immediately wrote the owner, creator and mom extraordinaire, Stephanie. So today, after several weeks of using, washing and loving the Zipadee we have a review and of course, an awesome giveaway…”

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Everything Mommyhood

“Are you looking for the perfect product to transition your baby from being swaddled to not swaddled? I came across the perfect product and it’s called a Zipadee Zip! I received this product in the mail and was amazed by how lightweight the Zipadee Zip is, it feels SO comfortable. It’s great for all temperatures whether it be hot or cold out…

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One Sassy Greek

“Little Angels Zipadee-Zip are cozy and gives your baby the secure feeling. These unique jumpers allows your baby to sleep soundly. I WISH these unique jumpers were around when my children were babies!! I used to wrap them in a swaddling blanket and carry them around the house. They loved the secure cozy feeling, so I can only imagine how much they would have enjoyed these…”

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These Little Moments

“The Zipadee-Zip is a blanket that helps ease your baby gently from swaddling to using a blanket. The starfish design allows the baby to have their arms free, but gives just enough resistance to keep them feeling snugly. There’s no need to worry if the baby rolls over, because unlike with a swaddle, they would be able to use their arms…”