Cuddletunes began when five year old Olivia missed her daddy. Olivia’s parents, Cuddletunes cofounders David and Cherie, were tucking their daughter in for bed the day before David left on a business trip to New York.
“I’m going to miss you so much honey. You know how much I love you right?” David kissed his daughter on the forehead and she nodded.
“I wish you could tell me that when you’re gone and I’m going to sleep at night. I wish I had a daddy doll so I could hear your voice when I miss you.” This gave Cherie and David the idea that eventually led to Cuddletunes. They talked to their friends Denise and Mike, also parents, who came on board as cofounders. Four years later, Olivia’s idea has been transformed and we’re selling bears, but our focus is the same: helping families stay close.
A Family Networking Bear?!
Computers and the internet have revolutionized the way children play and families communicate, but there is nothing quite like a good old-fashioned teddy bear. The Cuddletunes Family Networking Bear is a hybrid: she is just as cuddly and sweet as the teddy bear you loved as a child, but is also equipped with a built-in MP3 player. Parents, grandparents, and loved ones can record a story, song, or message from anywhere and upload it to our website, www.cuddletunes.com, and it is in turn downloaded onto the MP3 player inside the bear via a USB connection. We’re calling her a family networking bear because in conjunction with our website she’s helping families stay connected more than ever before. Each bear also includes five lullabies sung by professional singers and customized with the child’s name.