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Messy eaters motivate inventive local mom to find a fix

Messy eaters motivate inventive local mom to find a fix
This is a rendering showcasing what Little Eaters - On the Go Feeders will look like once manufacturing begins.(Photo courtesy Little Eaters - On the Go Feeders).
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SEATTLE - An Issaquah mom is on a mission to fix a problem she says plagues parents any and everywhere.

"My car was covered in baby food," Katrina Faber said.

The single mom of two was confronted with the issue when, as a nanny, she started taking care of three other kids under the age of 5 who needed to eat but were constantly on the go.

"We were always out, at a park, or doing something," Faber said. "At that time I had a 3-month-old and a 10-month-old I was caring for so I tried to find a mess-free option, but I couldn't; and that's when I said, 'That's it.'"

Faber, who has a business degree, decided it was time to put her marketing hat on and come up with a solution to feed her busy kids without worrying about choking hazards, huge messes and making bad nutritional choices.

After spending the last year working on a prototype, filing for a patent and coming up with a business plan, Faber found her messy food fix: Little Eaters - On the Go Feeders.

"Life is a lot easier," Faber said. "It's specifically for parents who need to give their child something to eat while in their stroller, maybe on an airplane, they can use it at the gym."

Each little feeder uses a biodegradable liner enclosed in a squeeze-proof, BPA-free bottle, and comes with two silicone nipple sizes depending on the age of the child. At the base of the feeder is a plate. According to Faber, vacuum technology helps gradually slide the plate up the bottle making sure the child continues getting food until the liner is empty.

"It's awesome," Faber said. "You don't have to worry about balancing babies' feeding time around activities. They can eat homemade purees like spinach and bananas."

Faber said she has a manufacturer lined up and ready for her Little Eaters. Now all she needs is financial support.

She plans to attend a local investment forum later this month, and just launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $48,000 in 30 days.

Faber said she never considered herself an inventor until now. But, like most inventors she needed something nobody had, so she decided to make it herself. Once she is able to secure funding, Faber said it will take 45 days to have her product ready for market.

(Picture of Faber's 6-month-old daughter at the time eating bananas and spinach from a product prototype. Photo courtesy Little Eaters - On the Go Feeders.)

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