We are delighted to introduce the newest member of our team, Aric Jennings, who has joined us a co-founder to Juno. He brings a wealth of experience helping companies grow, including at Happiest Baby (founded by infant sleep icon, Dr. Harvey Karp!). Aric has already made a huge impact on the team and we can’t wait to see where we will go, together! Learn more about him by reading his answers to our questions below.
How did you get started in the baby product industry?
I began working in the baby industry in the fall of 2016 when I joined Happiest Baby just prior to their launch of the SNOO bassinet. My daughter was 2 years old at the time, so as a new-ish parent I already had been exposed to the baby product industry as a consumer and had experienced first hand the challenges of infant sleep.
What drew you to Juno?
As an engineer, I appreciate the simplicity of the design. Making products clever and simple through thoughtful design is more challenging than making complex, technology driven products. I saw what an impact Juno can have for families and wanted to be part of a team that shares my design philosophy and values.
How does your family manage – or try to manage – healthy sleep habits at home?
We are strong believers in routine both for us parents and our children. It works really well for us and as children grow and develop, strong routines are solid building blocks. Of course, even a strong routine doesn’t work 100% of the time, but it gives us a starting point.
What advice do you wish you’d heard before you became a parent?
As a new parent or soon to be, you’ll get more opinions and advice than you’ll know what to do with. I’d say that no one knows your child better than you do, so my advice would be to remain confident that you’ll navigate all the challenges… and remember that the challenging moments are fleeting! Try to find time to just enjoy being a parent.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid I wanted to be an architect. I’m not sure exactly where that desire came from but it's what I wanted to do. Later, I realized that being an engineer was of more interest, so that was my major in university. I’d say it has served me well and I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked in the automotive industry, appliances, 3D printing, and even baby products. I’m not sure I would have had that many diverse experiences if I had become an architect.