Tara Darnley is the co-founder of Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten—an innovative baby teething solution that allows babies to self-soothe while sucking on the teether. Recently, Darnley pitched her product on the TV show Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships sat down with Darnley after the show to find out more about her invention and her business plans.
Brandon Andrews: The Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten is an innovative solution to baby teething. How was the product developed?
Tara Darnley: The Yummy Mitt is indeed an innovative and eco-friendly solution for teething babies. The idea for the Yummy Mitt was inspired by our very own daughter who began teething at only 2-months-old and lacked the dexterity to hold traditional teethers. There was nothing on the market at the time that would allow her to self-soothe while teething. She was constantly chewing on her hands for comfort and this is very normal for infants, so the natural thought was why not merge the two together. A mitten she would not have to hold and adding a silicone top for her to chew on (to apply pressure to emerging teeth). The concept was developed to meet our own need until we realized there were parents all over the world with the very same problem. A video of our daughter using the prototype going viral back in 2014 pushed us to bring the product to market in three months.