New parenthood can be both overwhelming and isolating. Becky Miller and Susan Blinn founded Tinyhood, an online platform offering classes and one-on-one expert advice on topics like breastfeeding, sleep, nutrition, behavior and more. Becky and Susan divulged their best parenting hacks, the story behind Tinyhood and their most popular online class.
Thanks for taking the time to tell us about yourself and Tinyhood! Tell us about the inspiration behind Tinyhood.
We are entrepreneurs with big dreams about changing the world and giving every parent the tools to achieve, succeed and to parent with confidence. We asked, “Why spend hours endlessly searching for parenting advice, when you can get a personalized answer from an expert with proven results?”
We founded Tinyhood as new moms (with a background in engineering and start-ups) and set out to revolutionize the way that parents get advice when they need it most.
Through online classes and a virtual chat platform, Tinyhood makes it possible for parents to easily connect with a hand-picked roster of Certified Lactation Consultants, sleep consultants, pediatric nutritionists, potty training specialists and more.
What is the most common question parents come to Tinyhood with?
Breastfeeding moms frequently ask our Certified Lactation Consultants for guidance on ways she can increase milk supply. In addition, our online class “Terrible 2’s and Threenagers: Understanding Your Child’s Behavior” is wildly popular for parents with toddlers.
Becky Miller, Co-Founder & CEO
Do you have any wisdom you’ve learned from working with parenting experts that you’d like to share with our readers?
When it comes to parenting, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. We’ve found that whether you’re looking for guidance about breastfeeding, sleep schedules, potty training or toddler behavior, each parent and their child has a unique situation that warrants a unique answer. Our experts help find the right way forward for each parent based on their story, background and circumstances.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Becky: Cleaning my car. No matter how often I clean it, I am still always finding Cheerios and toys.
Susan: Meal planning healthy meals for the family.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Becky: I love to golf.
Susan: We enjoy taking a breather by escaping the city and spending time with family in New Hampshire.
What is your best parenting hack?
Becky: Delegate, delegate, delegate – and find a support network that you trust. We are grateful for our wonderful nanny; she is such an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to managing life with two kids and an emerging start-up.
Susan: I am all about starting the day early and making the most of each and every morning. I start my workday by checking emails and connecting with the leadership team— all before my son wakes up at 6:30 a.m. This way, I can be completely present and enjoy breakfast with my son. We follow the same daily morning routine, which helps everything run as smoothly as possible while managing life with a toddler.
Susan Blinn, Co-Founder & CTO
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
Becky: My kids are always asking when they can visit the zoo or aquarium again. If it isn’t a convenient time to go, then I’ve sometimes been known to say that they are closed—even if they may be open.
Susan: That our son’s avocado mash did not have pieces of chicken hidden in it, when it did. He loves avocado and we needed to find a way to get a healthy protein source into his diet, too.
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
Becky: … and rewarding at the same time.
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
We both struggled as new parents, and it has been rewarding to launch our start-up and help parents find alternative ways to get the help that they need in a faster and easier manner.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Becky: Nothing is impossible.
Susan: I love that! And I would add that you only fail when you stop trying.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Susan: I am constantly balancing how my work and personal life integrate together, and looking for ways to contribute as much energy into raising my son as I do in running our start-up, and vice versa. From my first day back from maternity leave, the work I do as a co-founder has always been quite exhilarating. In many ways, Tinyhood is like my first baby.
What was the last book you read?
Becky: Managing a start-up and young family can be all-consuming, but we enjoy picking up the occasional business book and will share it with the team. Anything written about Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs or other successful founders has been incredibly inspiring for us.
Susan: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I read to my son this morning before work. He loves this book and asks me to read it to him five times a day!
Favorite Beauty Product:
Giorgio Armani Beauty. We wore their makeup for our last photoshoot and loved the naturally luminous finish of their Luminous Silk foundation.
Favorite Form of Exercise:
Becky: Tennis! I used to play at the collegiate level and still really enjoy the sport.
Susan: Running through Boston. As a mom of a toddler who’s expecting my second child, I find that jogging through the city not only gets me from point A to point B, but also helps me fit in my daily dose of moderate level pregnancy-friendly exercise.
What is on your DVR?
Becky: The Bachelor / Bachelorette – a secret indulgence.
Susan: Anything and everything on Bravo – also a secret indulgence.
We may be biased, but Tinyhood – of course!
Favorite Kids Store:
Becky: As a mom, I don’t know what we would do without Amazon Prime.
Susan: Cou Cou is a local kids boutique store in Boston. They offer a hand-curated selection of beautiful clothing and gear that one can’t find anywhere else. The founder is also a friend, fellow mom, and entrepreneur.