Katy Mallory and Lou Childs, co-creators of SlumberPod,are a mother-daughter team with a love for problem solving.

Our Invention Journey

The idea for SlumberPod started in December 2014 when Katy and her husband and baby were visiting Katy’s mother (Lou) for the winter holidays. Because it was a packed house, the three had to share a room. The baby woke up two nights in a row—seeing her parents across the room—and refused to go back to sleep. Sleep deprived and frustrated, Katy and her family went home a day early. Thing was … their baby was rarely a bad sleeper at home.

Katy scoured the internet for something she could bring on trips to provide her baby a private, dark place to sleep. When she didn’t find anything that fit the bill, she (like many others) resorted to homemade solutions to provide a visual barrier between her and her baby. The homemade solution worked but wasn’t safe, especially private or easy to set up.

While Katy was on maternity leave with twins in the spring of 2016, she and Lou decided it was time to create a safe, easy and portable solution to help make vacations more restful and fun for everyone—and SlumberPod was born!

We’ve had a ton of support and encouragement by way of friends and family, product designers, fellow entrepreneurs, advisors and are proud to bring SlumberPod to market.

Between the two of them, Katy and Lou have nine children, and lots of experience traveling with them.