Jane Daines is thrilled to bring Lalo’s first product, The Daily stroller, to market. She shared why she loves The Daily, her equation for work/life balance and offered some advice for moms considering a career change.
Congrats on the impending launch of Lalo! Tell us about the inspiration behind the company.
As a mom of two, I experienced how overwhelming the shopping process can be. I spent hours digging through the flood of information on baby products, but still felt totally lost while roaming the stroller aisle. When I connected with Greg and Michael (my future co-founders!), they shared similar frustrations and a compelling vision to create a streamlined experience.
We realized that together we could create a better way, with better products. Lalo is a modern baby and toddler brand that streamlines shopping for baby via an intuitive online experience, straightforward information and thoughtfully designed essentials for today’s families.
As a parent, which Lalo product are you most excited about?
I’m really excited about our first product, The Daily. It’s a simple, sleek and carefully crafted full-size stroller that comes with all of the features and accessories parents rely on for one straightforward price.
As a city mom, I rely on my stroller to get everything my family needs from place to place throughout the day, so the one-of-a-kind expandable storage feature is a game changer for us. It’s the space we need, only when we need it. The Daily also comes with all of the go-to accessories parents rely on. We even designed the parent organizer to include a built-in phone charger so you have one less thing to worry about!
Our line of products will continue to grow with our Lalo families as their little ones reach each exciting milestone. I can’t get into the specifics just yet, but look forward to sharing more soon!
You recently changed jobs to work for Lalo. Do you have any advice for other moms considering changing jobs?
If you aren’t happy in your job, you probably aren’t as happy as you could be at home. So work hard to find something amazing, because your whole family will benefit if you are happier.
Figure out your priorities from a scheduling perspective, so that as you look for a new job you can find a culture and team who will support the logistical challenges of being a working mom.
Additionally, assess whether there’s an opportunity in your current company that would allow you to transfer to a new role (which you would hopefully love) without changing companies.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Doing my hair— I wish it could magically look amazing every day.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Cooking while listening to music.
What is your best parenting hack?
Potty train early! Everybody wins.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
That Santa is a real guy who lives in the North Pole.
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
My kids have become friends. They console each other when they are down and create magical worlds that only the two of them understand. I never realized how much fun it would be to observe the budding friendship of your children.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Learn to cook. By learning this skill you will never go hungry, you’ll save money, and it’s a great way to meet and impress friends.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Figure out one or two things that really matter to you and relax about all the other stuff. For example, I prioritize family meals, but not my kids being dressed perfectly. This means we all sit down for breakfast, but my kids may or may not have holes in their pants.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
I am working on a calculation that is the perfect ratio between how many meals, school drop-offs, and playtimes I can pull off with my kids each week as opposed to working early/late, seeing friends, or going on dates with my husband. I do not know what the ratio should be, but I have been diligently working on this math problem!
Also, I love planning breakfast or lunch dates with friends because I don’t want to miss dinner and bedtime with my kids, but I can usually pull off lunch with friends once or twice per week.
What was the last book you read?
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.
Favorite Beauty Product:
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Favorite Form of Exercise:
What is on your DVR?
iTunes Trailers – I can get my kids to do pretty much anything in exchange for watching one two-minute movie trailer!
Favorite Kids Store:
The grocery store! It isn’t technically a kid store, but it is where we go the most often, and it’s a happy place for us to pick out what we want to eat for the week.