There are so many baby product companies out there that claim to be family-run and community-oriented. But Spray Pal is truly a business from the home, run by Dave and Jen Aprea. Parents and elementary school teachers, Spray Pal has become more than a business for them – it’s a community of people that have supported their family through thick and thin. Meet the Spray Pal family at the New York Baby Show, on May 14th and 15, at Pier 92.
The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler. From top products to trusted parenting experts, the New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!
Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
To learn more about Spray Pal, we spoke with Mrs. Spray Pal herself, Jen Aprea.
For someone unfamiliar with Spray Pal, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?
Spray Pal® is more than just a cloth diapering accessory; it’s a community. What started as one family’s simple solution to spraying cloth diapers has grown into a line of helpful products from a brand you can trust. More than that, Spray Pal has become a community of support for anyone interested in learning about modern cloth diapers as we work to promote the mission we started in 2013, with the hashtag #makeclothmainstream™
What is the background of Spray Pal? When did it start, and how has it evolved since then?
The idea for the Spray Pal splatter shield started when our oldest daughter was 6 months old and started eating solid foods. Her cloth diapers became a whole new experience. Based on advice from the cloth diapering community, we soon invested in a diaper sprayer to make the transition to solids easier. The problem was that sprayers use high pressure and high pressure plus poop equals an even bigger mess each time we used it! Dave, Mr. Spray Pal, was more than eager to jump into action. He’s amazingly handy and loves to come up with creative solutions. He created the first prototype for the Spray Pal shield in March of 2011. With a few design tweaks, we had a product that worked and was lightweight, easy to clean, and easy to store. The Spray Pal was born and brought to market in August of that same year!
As soon as we shared our solution with our cloth diapering friends, they wanted one for themselves. Though we were both teachers, with no business experience, we brought the Spray Pal to market with the encouragement and support of our community. We even got great advice from cloth diapering industry experts! Soon we were producing, marketing, and selling the Spray Pal shield on the side of our teaching gigs.
A few months later, Jen, Mrs. Spray Pal, was placed on bed rest for her second pregnancy. When her son Ryan was born at only 25 weeks gestation, the Spray Pal community forever became more than just a business page. Spray Pal fans became even more engaged and followed along for updates about Ryan from his premature birth, seven month NICU journey, and his life since coming home. One of the highlights was when his cochlear implant was activated in December of 2014, and the video of his giggly response went viral!
Since then, we’ve gained momentum as not only the number one selling cloth diaper sprayer accessory, but we’ve worked hard to continue the mission to #makeclothmainstream™ and debunk myths that cloth diapering has to be overly complicated – it really can be simple! If you’re looking to get started with cloth, be sure to stop by our booth! We can get you set up with everything you need and we are happy to answer any questions you may have!
What are the most popular and/or newest products from Spray Pal?
Our most popular products are definitely our diaper sprayer and our patented Spray Pal shield which makes using the diaper sprayer super easy!
What sets Spray Pal apart from the other baby product companies on the market?
We have grown our business organically and built a huge community around it. We are not business people by trade (we were originally elementary school teachers), so we’re just learning as we go and it’s been an amazing journey! I think more than anything, you get a very personalized experience when you shop with us. We do all the packing and shipping ourselves right out of our home, and we pride ourselves on offering the best customer service possible!
What should parents expect to see from Spray Pal at the New York Baby Show?
I will personally be manning the booth, so feel free to stop by and ask any questions you may have about modern cloth diapers! We will also have Spray Pal products along with Lalabye Baby cloth diapers available for purchase.
To learn more about Spray Pal, check out spraypal.blogspot.com