Vanessa is the exclusive distributor for the Go Anywhere Travel Feeding Booster Seat-the only feeding booster seat in the US to comply with ASTM standards. Vanessa and her husband, Phil, are also cofounders of the WeGoBabies Vending Machines, which sell baby essentials for families on the go.
How many children do you have and what are their ages? Two kids, Ethan 4½, Charlie 2½
How did you come up with the idea for your company? I saw the booster seat while visiting family in England and loved it. I mistakenly assumed I could find it in the United States and didn’t! But I still really wanted one, and the English retailer was out of stock, so I found the manufacturer wanting to know where I could buy one. By the end of the conversation, I was the distributor in the United States.
For our WeGoBabies Vending Machines: Like all parents out there, we ran out of something essential (milk) while on a layover at an airport. I searched high and low in the airport for whole milk and there wasn’t any. Eventually I settled for skim, but thought that there really wasn’t anything to cater for the traveling family. And the idea was born: Three years later our high-tech prototype selling diapers, wipes, milk, formula, pacifiers, books, games and food was introduced to the world.
How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise? Fortunately we have never struggled with that-monkey see, monkey do. Since we eat healthy and exercise regularly the kids have done the same.
How do you recharge your batteries? I read trashy magazines, watch a romantic comedy, or take a long bath after the kids have gone to sleep. And if I am lucky, a massage.