Tykes Tights hasn’t officially launched yet but my daily to-do list is longer than my arm. As a teacher, I am used to working long into the evening, planning, marking and assessing. When I left last month, I was ready to enjoy the summer holidays and take a bit of time out. Ha!
Tom, my inspiration, is 16 months old and into everything. He is the reason for Tykes Tights.
Before teaching, I spent a year in Germany as an au pair. It was completely normal to see boys in tights. I believe the same is true for most mainland European countries. It became the norm to me. Last winter, I found that I could not get hold of tights specifically for boys and I was not alone. The parenting forums were full of mums wondering where they could buy them. During a walk to the park, sledge in hand, Tykes Tights was conceived.
We are now just around the corner from the launch and I have hit panic mode. I know there are lots of mums out there waiting to buy our tights, I have even had enquiries about pre-orders. My biggest stress has been co-ordinating with manufacturers in other countries, my bank and couriers. Teething trouble just doesn’t cover it! At the moment, my daily routine revolves around emails, phone calls and a toddler who is determined to hit the terrible two’s right now! The worst thing, I have found, is that a lot of my work is done after Tom is in bed. For me, this is the worst possible as I find it difficult to switch off at night and have spent many a night mulling over ideas or fuming at the bank!
I am loving seeing my idea grown into a real life business and seeing other mums getting excited about my products. I can’t wait to get started. Time to bring warm legs to the masses!