Hi - I'm Rana, a mom of two young children living in Somerville, Massachusetts. A career woman, but an entrepreneur at heart, I've always had a lot of ideas. I needed to find a solution to my children's requests for playing and singing songs repetitively. When I couldn't find a product that would meet this need, Toonsie was born out of necessity. I am so excited to bring this toy to you and your family!
When my daughter, Mila, was very young she would often request the same song be played or sung over and over again. "More! More!" she would sign before she learned to talk.
It was then that I began searching for a product that would give her control over when, where, and how many times she listened to the same song instead of me having to sing or play it for her, often from my smartphone. I thought for sure something must exist - and although I came across toys like MP3 players for pre-school aged children, those were just way too complex for my baby.
A year or so later, my son was born. Again, from a very early age he craved repetition. Wheels on the bus was his favorite. "More bus!" was his first spoken phrase. I searched once again for a toy that would fill this need and came up with nothing. Having a preschooler and a toddler to juggle on top of a full time job and housework, I am always looking for products and ideas that make my life easier and keep my kids happy. I decided that since a solution didn't exist, I was going to make one.
I tested several different types of recordable audio devices and finally found one that seemed perfect. Then I designed and hand stitched a small zippered pouch that had a soft foam insert that would hold the audio device in place while allowing it to be easily removed by a parent or caretaker. The next morning I gave it to my son and he was so happy with it!
Toonsie was born, but that was just the beginning. Check out the blog posts for more updates, and to follow along the Toonsie journey with me.