Two years ago I had my first child, and stopped work for a year to look after him. When he was born, my mother in law started to hand-stitch a fabric book, something that I'd never really seen before. After six months, Theo, my son, couldn't get enough of it, and really enjoyed playing with it. Where he discarded other toys after a few tries, he kept on going back to the fabric book - something I later found out was also called a quiet book (for good reason!). After having my second child, I decided to give up working full-time, and finally I had the opportunity (and a bit of time, between nap-time and dinner!) to focus on something that I really enjoyed doing, with two little testers on hand to try things out.
I knew that other children would enjoy playing with them, but I also knew that I couldn't expect my mother in law to make all of them either; so I teamed up with a good friend (who also has a young daughter, and loads of experience in eCommerce), a designer and a supplier who understood what we wanted to achieve; resulting in our first edition Quiet Book, and hopefully the first of many.
I wanted our book to be good quality, durable, and exciting for children to play with - and most importantly it had to be affordable, and immediately available for shipping, so unlike many other products on the market, you know that we can fulfill your order on the next day (rather than having to wait many weeks or even months for a book to be made and then delivered).
Since we've started, we've had orders from nurseries and other childcare professionals, grandparents, and parents of children with autism.
We're currently looking at expanding our edition in to a range of books, and we're always looking to improve what has already been done, so I'd be really happy to receive any and all feedback.
If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'm really looking forward to hearing from you!