Co-Founder, Skip & Play
Amy Co-Founded Skip & Play due to her background in child development. While working with families, she would bring a bag of toys and the kids would play for hours. When her Co-Founder, Regina became a mom, she wanted to know every toy that Amy had in her bag so that her son Gray could play with them.
They both realized nothing like Skip & Play existed, and searching for the right toys on Amazon wasn't working. So, they created Skip & Play to match a child's age and stage with the very best toys that support learning and development.
We've received one of their boxes ourselves and can attest that they're high quality, and amazing gifts to our children! Read our full interview with Amy below to learn more about Skip & Play, and head over to their site to purchase a box!
The Returnity Project: Tell us a little bit about yourself and Skip & Play.
Hi! I’m Amy from Skip and Play! Skip and Play matches a child’s age and stage with the VERY BEST toys that support learning and development. I have a master’s degree in Child Development and Regina, my cofounder, studied Design at Parsons. The toys we select are not only the very best for your child’s development, but they are also the most unique and special toys you won’t find anywhere else!
TRP: You’ve spoken What inspired you to create Classes At, and what gave you the courage to start your own business?
The idea started with my background in Child Development. While working with families I would bring a bag of toys and the kids would play for hours. When Regina became a mom she wanted to know every toy that I had in her bag so that her son Gray could play with them. Searching for the right toys on Amazon wasn’t working. So we decided to start Skip and Play for children to have access to only the best!
TRP: Many of the stories we've shared on The Returnity Project focus on both the challenges and beautiful moments of motherhood; specifically the return to work. What was the return to work like for you?
AM: Being a start up I didn’t have the typical “maternity leave.” I had just started the business and was ready to grow it. Then my sweet baby girl came along and she needed all my time and attention. I had to put her first which was something I had never done before because I always put my career and work first. It was a challenge in the beginning because it’s something I was not used to doing. But I grew in patience and learned how to be her mom through that.
TRP: What advice would you give to other working moms?
To know that you are doing a great job. It’s so easy to feel like you should give more to work, to home, or to everything that’s pulling at you. But just know that you are doing a great job!
TRP: What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the fact that I’m almost through the first year of growing two babies, my company and my daughter. Both have had a lot of ups and downs, but I’m working hard to keep them both alive :-)
TRP: Anything else you want to share?
I’d love to connect with any of you so please feel free to reach out to me at anytime! You got this Mama!!!