Doug Robinson: Utah mom's invention has kids brushing

Published: Monday, March 25 2013 11:20 p.m. MDT

This is all a strange turn of events for the Phillipses, who never saw any of this coming. "Heather never planned to be an inventor," says Ryan. "She just tried to buy a soft, flexible toothbrush."

"It's crazy," says Heather. "You dream about things like this. You just don't think it's going to happen."

The Baby Banana Brush company has become a family business. Sandra Phillips, Ryan's mother, is the official owner of the company that produces the brush, and Ryan works weekends for the company. In his day job, he is a manager in his father-in-law's precious-metals refining business, but he foresees a time when he'll have to work full time for Banana Brush. Heather The Inventor can afford to stay home with her children — but for how long?

"I've got other ideas I want to develop now that I know how to do this," she says. "It's put a fire under me and given me a big boost of confidence."

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