Can you tell us a bit about the Dapple story?
When we first became moms, we were frustrated to find a lack of products that were not only safe for our kids, but also actually cleaned the messes they made. The fact is that babies make a unique kind of mess – the first one we were confronted with was the milk residue and odor that just wouldn’t rinse off our bottles and breast pumps. Traditional dish soap couldn’t do the trick, and also left behind a synthetic fragrance and soapy suds. Even green cleaners just weren’t made for the kinds of messes we were dealing with.
So we created Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid, working with leading pediatricians and green chemists to find just the right ingredients that are 100% natural, and also 100% effective in getting our bottles clean – really clean. As our families have grown (we now each have 4 children), so have our messes – so we’ve continued to expand the line with new products, each designed to zero in on a specific type of mess – from sticky fingerprints on high chairs and toys to spitup and mashed up peas on onesies, and more – in a safe and natural way. All of our products are baby-safe, natural-based, biodegradable, and not tested on animals. They’re completely free of parabens, phthalates, SLES, SLS, dyes and synthetic fragrances. Many of our most popular products are also available 100% fragrance-free.
What are some exciting new developments for Dapple?
We’re hard at work in the Dapple labs, coming up with new ideas to clean up your baby’s messes – so you can expect some great new products coming out this year. Most recently, we launched our Dapple Essentials Kit, a handy box filled with our most convenient, travel-sized products – perfect for any trip and diaper bag.
What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with motherhood?
We come from a family of businesswomen, dating back to our grandmothers, so we’ve seen first hand how beautifully they’ve balanced family and career. They continue to inspire us, as do our own families – we would not be successful without the incredible support of our husbands, and of course it’s all worth it to be able to spend quality time with our children!
Dana confesses: Little white lies to my pediatrician. “Oh no! My three year old no longer uses his pacifier. No way. We got rid of that a long time ago.”
Tamar: Okay, so I put my one year old to sleep with a bottle. Anyone know a good dentist?
Favorite mom or baby product?
We love Sage Spoonful Feeding System. It’s so fun to make home-cooked meals for our babies. But boy- are they tough critics already!
The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you would share with moms:
#1 Roll with the punches
#2 Stock up on play dough. There is no tantrum that can’t be overcome by some orange play dough
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When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as…
Tamar said: Their best friend and mentor.
Dana said: Their confidant and the person who always has their backs.
When parents find out what I do, they often say:
Tamar said: How do you balance the business and your family?
Dana said: Almost every parent I meet has an idea in them. A product, a concept, … something that would make their lives as parents better or easier. When they meet me and hear about dapple all these ideas come bubbling out. I love it!
In my free time, I love to…
Tamar said: walk with my baby, take the kids to the park, prepare delicious homemade meals
Dana said: read, build fantastical sculptures with my kids, explore the city with my husband – we love NYC
I’m dreaming of …
Tamar said: A peaceful, clean world!
Dana said: More babies and more time to read – TOTALLY mutually exclusive
We are so honored Tamar and Dana took a “time out” from managing busy households, lots of little people and a thriving business to share their story! Tamar and Dana, we LOVE Dapple and wish you great success. And yes, I must personally confess to being VERY jealous that you both somehow find the time to read and make home cooked meals!