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Michelle Barsosky Interview

Ever thought about inventing a twin related product?

Michelle Barsosky and her twinsLast month we caught up with another truly amazing twin Mum from the US. Having twin girls inspired Michelle Barsosky to invent a unique product designed for twins –the Twin Z Pillow. Michelle is now able to ship the Twin Z Pillow to the UK so we thought we should share her inspiring story, and her product that is designed for twins, with you.

The Twin Z Pillow can help with breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, tummy time and support before your twins can sit up.

What is your most cherished memory of your twins to date?

My most cherished memory of my twins is when they hugged each other for the first time and said “I Love My Sister” I could have cried! Or when they got up and did a 2 ½ year old dance routine (which was horrible) but was so cute and I could not stop crying while video taping!

What was the most important milestone for your twins when you felt life was becoming a little bit easier?

I want to say I thought it was easier at a year, but honestly I think the girls were much easier at age 3. (Not that a new mom wants to hear that).  Of course, I was trying to launch a business at the same time so maybe my perspective was a little different than most. I remember my friend who had one baby said “Just wait, 18 months is so easy”.  I was looking forward to 18 months and at 18 months I thought I was going to die. I thought 18 months was much harder.  Age 3 is awesome.

What do you think is the hardest thing about being a parent of twins?

The realisation that you will never sleep the same again.

What’s the best thing about being a twin parent?

Being a parent of twins is just so cool. It is fun to have 2 babies at once. Yes, it is hard in the beginning but I feel so blessed. I love that they always have each other. I love the precious moments, when we get to cuddle together and the funny things they say. And I love how super sweet they are with each other. And I don’t mind when people ask if they are twins.  It is neat to be in the special world of twins.

What’s the silliest thing a stranger has asked you about your twins?

Oh my, the usual questions.  Are they twins, are they identical, do twins run in your family, did you do fertility?

Are your twin’s personalities alike or ‘chalk & cheese’?

My girls are so different. One girl is so outgoing and laid back, just like my husband. And one girl is type A and stresses about everything (ummm just like mummy).

How did your working life change as a result of having twins?

I had a corporate job when I first had my girls and when they were 1 ½ I took a voluntary redundancy. I got to be home with my girls and start my new business. Life was beyond crazy. But now we have a great groove. The girls are a little older and super helpful.

What inspired you to start your business?

Twin z pillow pink
Twin z pillow in pink

Time, if I could have a few more hours in the day that would be wonderful. Oh yeah and more sleep.

What is the best thing about running your own business?

Owning my own business is amazing. I am truly blessed that I got this opportunity. I get to be with my kids and run a business. It has been the most amazing experience and I love hearing back from all the mums who use our products. And it amazes me every day how we help so many new twin mums and dads. I love my job.

Can you summarise your business in a few sentences?

The Twin Z Company makes twin and singleton nursing and feeding pillows. These pillows are so versatile. They can be used for breastfeeding, bottle feeding, tummy time and support. Even toddlers love these pillows. One distinguishing feature of the Twin Z and Mom Z pillow is the full back support it gives mum while breastfeeding or bottle feeding.  These pillows have super soft removable washable covers. The Twin Z and Mom Z Pillows are made with 100% baby safe materials. No chemicals or foams.

How do your products differ from others that are available?

Twin z pillow bottle feedingThe Twin Z Pillow is a unique pillow, unlike any other on the market. The Twin Z provides a 4 in 1 feeding and support solution for mums of twins. One distinguishing feature of the Twin Z and Mom Z pillow is the full back support it gives mums while breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Another feature is that this pillow is not only good for breastfeeding but it can also be used for support, tummy time, baby bonding time and toddler time. These pillows are not made with chemicals or foams.  They do not have a chemical smell to them and are 100 % baby safe.

Do you have any new products launching soon?

We just launched the Mom Z Pillow for mums of one baby.

What would  you  say to a twin mum that wanted to start her own business?

Go for it! I know that with all businesses there are risks but just the experience is worth it. I have been very fortunate and am very happy.  I am so lucky to be able to see my kids and run my own business. It is the most fulfilling job(s) ever.

What is the one thing you would say to someone who has just found they are having twins?

Congratulations.  It is wild and crazy and so Amazing!

Designed For Twins would like to thank Michelle for taking the time out of her very busy schedule to talk to us and we hope the Twin Z Pillow is a great success in the UK.

Want to find out more?

Visit their website full more information, stacks of photos of the product in use and to order. www.twinzpillow.com

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