Kushies didn’t invent the GoPillow, Tangela Walker-Craft did. We’re just lucky we get to sell it. Want to know how it all started?
Tangela Walker-Craft is a Lakeland, Florida mother who invented and patented the multipurpose Go Pillow. She earned the title of “patented inventor” after she decided to give up teaching Language Arts to stay at home with her daughter full-time. Due to her two years of breastfeeding she was inspired to create the GoPillow. She needed a breastfeeding pillow that was portable AND that provided breastfeeding privacy in public places. During a trip to Disney World in Florida she was forced to breastfeed in a crowded area because she was caught in a rain storm.
It was then that an idea that she had for a portable breastfeeding pillow was improved to include a built-in nursing cover-up. The GoPillow! solved several problems that mothers often run into when away from home with a baby or toddler. As a result, she patented the BEST travel product that a family could ever use on an airplane, bus, car, or train trip. It can be used with babies and by children.
Tangela initially sold her invention both retail and wholesale on a website. She decided to reach out to more established companies to see if she could sell her invention to a broader audience. After being contacted by Tangela, Kushies Baby was interested in taking a closer look at the Go Pillow. Thanks to Kushies’ willingness to take a chance on the mompreneur, Tangela recently secured a licensing agreement with Kushies.
The Go Pillow is a wearable breastfeeding pillow that has the appearance of a tube that fits around the mid-wrist, elbow, and mid/upper arm. It provides a soft cushion for baby’s head during feeding while providing more comfort and support for nursing moms.
A retractable blanket tucks neatly inside an invisible compartment. The blanket provides privacy during public breast feedings, and doubles as a changing pad on the go. The Go Pillow is a portable pillow and blanket combination too! Small items such as diapers, baby wipes, etc. can temporarily nest inside of the hidden compartment of the Go Pillow.
The Go Pillow is also a portable, multi-use child care product. It can be used as a cradler, nursing pillow with a built-in privacy cover-up, changing surface, infant pillow with attached swaddle blanket, toddler travel pillow, and more!
Flying with young kids? The Go Pillow can be placed on the arm rest to become a cushiony pillow.
Tangela represents the entrepreneurial spirit. Getting her foot in the door was not easy and it did not happen overnight but she never considered giving up. Whenever things got difficult she reminded herself of the Chinese proverb that says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” .