The Twitterview: Tom Pellereau

The Apprentice winner and dad-to-be Tom reveals his new baby-focused invention and whether Lord Sugar will be on nappy duty…

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@PPPMAGAZINE Are you excited about being a dad?

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@inventor_tom I’m over the moon with excitement, whilst terrified about the lack of sleep. Talking to friends it sounds like being back in The Apprentice!

@PPPMAGAZINE How did your wife Sarah tell you the news?

@inventor_tom In the kitchen with three pregnancy tests in her hand. It was the day after she’d run a half marathon, so my child has completed one before me! It also meant Sarah could hardly walk so she walked up the stairs like a nine-month pregnant lady, rather than a few weeks – I was so excited.

@PPPMAGAZINE Have you been reading any parenting books?

@inventor_tom I’m really into the gadgets and have been asking everyone for their ‘must-have’ items via Twitter and at The Baby Show.

@PPPMAGAZINE Do you hope he or she will grow up to be an inventor?

@inventor_tom Good question! Maybe. My wife keeps telling me we are having a baby and not a guinea pig that I can test my ideas on.

@PPPMAGAZINE How are you going to juggle being a dad and working with Lord Sugar?

@inventor_tom That’s the Million Dollar question all parents face. It’s going to be very tricky but a lot of fun. I’m building a team and processes to help make it possible.

@PPPMAGAZINE Do you think Lord Sugar will do some of the babysitting?

@inventor_tom Ummm, I’m not sure, I will let you know! He was full of congratulations for me when I told him, which was really nice.

@PPPMAGAZINE Would you consider naming him Alan if it’s a boy?

@inventor_tom The name Alan is not presently on the list. But you never know…

@PPPMAGAZINE Is being a dad-to-be what prompted the new baby nail file, the Nipper Clipper, or was that always the plan?

@inventor_tom So many parents have asked for help via Twitter and in person – one after a trip to A&E, too. Baby nails are so difficult, but being a dad-to-be has accelerated it.

@PPPMAGAZINE Can you tell us more about the product?

@inventor_tom ‘Nipper Clipper’ has three parts – an extra safe spy hole so parents can see exactly what they are cutting, a baby distracting app and a baby file. Focus group results have been amazing.

@PPPMAGAZINE Can we expect more baby/dad-inspired products from you?

@inventor_tom Maybe. Invention for me is all about finding problems and inventing products worthy of the wonderful support I’ve received. Fingers crossed!

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The Nipper Clipper will be available from Amazon and Sainsbury’s priced at £9.99.

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