The BIRTH of a new idea!

Although Fisayo Akinleye launched Irayo in July of 2021. The idea for the business was conceptualized in 2019 after giving birth to her daughter and struggling to wash her hair. Her daughter’s birth and her struggles as a first-time mother inspired her to start her business. "After talking to other moms, I realized it was a widespread problem and I was eager to work toward a solution."

Irayo's premiere product is the SpaPad. The SpaPad is designed for young children and takes the stress out of wash day. Akinleye has her doctoral degree in physical therapy and decided to use her clinical background to develop the SpaPad to be effective. "It offers support and proper alignment for the child while keeping them entertained and distracted. It can be used for hair washing, as a diaper changing pad, or as a specialty mat to perform therapeutic exercises on. It took over a year and a half, but I am so proud of how far we have come and what the future looks like," she explains.

Irayo collaborates with parents or anyone who may be a caregiver of a young child. They also work with physical and occupational therapists and other health care professionals who may have an infant or toddler who could benefit from the SpaPad. They make a significant impact on their customers.

"We have had a host of parents tell us that the SpaPad has changed their lives! They used to have anxiety and feel incredibly stressed in anticipation of wash day because they knew the fight that would ensue. However, once they used the SpaPad, not only was their child appeased and calm, but they were able to take the time to properly detangle and care for the hair," Akinleye elaborates.

Motherhood is a 24/7-hour job as we all know. Combining that with starting a business and maintaining a full-time job for Fisayo has been difficult. "Time management is not easy to do all the things needed to effectively run a business. "The biggest challenge for her has been finding the help she needed to execute her ideas. Whether it is finding a mechanical engineer to design a 3D CAD file or a social media intern to assist with marketing; it has been a lot more than I anticipated," Fisayo said.

By setting a schedule and being intentional about sticking to them, and seeking help where she needed it the most, Akinleye has been able to accomplish so much. The most meaningful goal she has accomplished is seeing the sketch in her mind translate into an actual physical product. "It’s not an easy task to complete and I’m proud of myself for seeing it through. I have also been able to participate in a pop-up shop which was nice to highlight my product in a physical capacity," she expressed.

Here at Jay's Intuitive Life Coaching and Inspired Healing, LLC we have a saying that we like to use, "Healing is a journey, not a destination." We asked Fisayo Akinleye if she could give moms who aspire to start their businesses and continue their healing journey any advice, what would it be? She offered this, "I love that quote because it’s the truth! My advice to moms is to surround themselves with a good tribe of people who contribute to their happiness and believe in them. Some of my friends are the ones who encouraged me to keep going when I wanted to give up and I honestly can’t place the value on that."

If you would like to connect with Fisayo Akinleye, you can do so through the following:


Email Address: [email protected]

Instagram: @irayo_

Please feel free to send them a DM. To show their appreciation, she is also giving a discount code to anyone who comes of this interview! Just enter "JAYLIFECOACH" for added savings at checkout!