Northern Irish inventor and mumpreneur, Rosie Hughes never thought she would be making and selling indoor wooden climbing frames across the globe. That was until she found her 17-month-old son, Reuben standing on the first rung of a ladder while decorating her house for Christmas.
Following that close call in 2017, Rosie then set about finding a safe climbing frame for her adventure-seeking little one.
After much searching and not finding what she was looking for, she decided to put her Engineering and Manufacturing qualification to good use and create her own.
She shared a picture in a parenting group on Facebook, and the orders started flowing. Sawdust and Rainbows was born.
“I was inspired by the Hungarian Paediatrician, Emmi Pikler who was passionate about babies developing in the way nature intended, allowing the child to learn and master skills at their own pace.
“Creating the Pikler-inspired triangle for Reuben was a slow process. He spent some afternoons on my back in his carrier singing and eating treats! But we got there, and when his frame was finished, he loved it – climbing on it, using it as a tunnel and sitting on the rungs.”
Rosie continued, “I started making the triangles, which I call the Wee’UN, in a shed out the back of our house. Within two years, I’d outgrown the shed and had three staff. The range has grown too, and now includes a variety of frames, tunnels, a slide, and accessories for toddlers and pre-schoolers.”
Although the pandemic has been a strange time for the fledgeling start-up, lockdown measures have caused the demand for indoor play equipment to go through the roof.
“I’ve been blown away by the interest in my products,” Rosie added. “I’ve put so much heart and soul into designing, crafting and safety testing, that it’s such a thrill to be able to share them with the world.”
For more information about Rosie’s range of indoor wooden climbing frames visit: www.sawdustandrainbows.com