I felt like I was failing as a parent...
Hello! I am Dr. Curtis Breville, the inventor of The Original Daddy Caddy.
It was January of 1998 when my first child was born. The birth was life changing for me; I was overwhelmed with a feeling of such unconditional love for her! Since that day, my priorities for the rest of my life were forever changed.
I wanted SO badly to be the best dad I could and be involved in every aspect of my daughter's life. The holding, feeding, bathing, playing, soothing, tucking-in, etc. I looked forward to every morning.
Frustration set in whenever I could not find what I needed for her. Whether that was a misplaced pacifier, the clippers for her tiny nails that were scratching her face, the bulb aspirator to clear out her nose, or even finding a diaper when I needed one. The worst thing was having to wake up my recovering wife on her night off to ask her where something was. I felt like a failure when I couldn't find what I needed.
That was when an idea crossed my mind to have something that allowed me to keep everything I needed within arms reach while also providing a soft and comfortable safeguard for my clothes. I didn't have a name yet for this, but it got me looking to see if there was something similar.
New Dad, Take Two
Fast forward to 2003 and daughter #2 was on the way. By the time she was due in 2004, six-years have gone by and I still could not find something similar to my idea. I put pencil to paper and began sketching an idea for something that would make caring for a new baby a little easier for myself and other new dads. In 2004, The Original Daddy Caddy was born. I had 700 professionally manufactured, created a website, and began selling them at farmer's markets and baby-item trade shows. If I was there to demonstrate it, they sold like hotcakes! This was prior to social media and I just wasn't able to reach the masses.
New Dad, Take Three
Baby #3 arrived later in 2006. By this time I was coaching my first born, had a toddler, and a now newborn. I didn't have free weekends to get out and sell my product. With life getting so busy, including a move to a new state and a job change, the remaining Original Daddy Caddies sat in my basement, only coming out when I gave one or two away to expecting parents.
22-years following my initial idea, 16-years after my first production run, and just before the pandemic shut down business travel, I brought 2 Daddy Caddies to my office to give to a couple of coworkers who recently had babies. The people in the office went NUTS over them. That night I spent hours scouring the internet for gifts for new dads. Though 16 years has gone by since version 1 of The Original Daddy Caddy was invented, nothing similar to it was on the market.
Within a month, I had redesigned the original version to be more functional, comfortable, and attractive. I searched for eye-catching designs and conducted updated market research. Many fantastic and talented people I have met over the years got excited about it and stepped up to offer their help in marketing and web design.