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A good year for Slumberkins

Company is celebrating a new television show and a top Inc. award

Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard, the founders of Vancouver, Washington-based Slumberkins, are having a good year. 

Just a few months ago, Apple TV+ launched the Slumberkins television show, featuring the company’s popular furry creatures and developed in partnership with The Jim Henson Co. And this month they were included on Inc.’s Female Founders 200 list, a prestigious list of women business owners known for “challenging the status quo and tackling some of the world’s biggest problems.” Through the use of cuddly character stuffies, storybooks, affirmations, and suggested moments of connection, Slumberkins works to help parents and kids talk about and normalize feelings and emotions.

Humbled by honor

“As moms and educators, we are grateful and humbled every day to be able to provide tools families use in their homes to create more meaningful interactions with their children,” said Christensen. “We have always felt like we were redefining what it looked like to be entrepreneurs. To be named on Inc.’s top female founders validates the work we’re doing to support families and caregivers in raising the next generation of children.” 

An industry-changing company

Inc. Editor Scott Omelianuk had high praise for listees: “These founders have identified solutions to difficult problems and created valuable, industry-changing companies out of them.” Learn more at

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Cheryl Murfin

Cheryl Murfin is managing editor at Seattle's Child. She is also a certified doula, lactation educator for and a certified AWA writing workshop facilitator at