Underneath the clipper, the tiny light shines up under the baby’s nail illuminating the nail bed so a parent can cut the nails while the baby is sleeping. A guard around the clipper protects the baby’s finger tips from the clipper blades. “I was always struggling with him to cut his nails,” Gadbois said. “He hated it so I would always do it after he’d fallen asleep.” Gadbois worked in real estate and as a school bus driver before joining the class of “mom-preneurs” – other stay-at-home mothers who have created their own businesses or inventions, she said. The process included learning about merchant accounts, patents, product packaging, prototypes, warehousing, business licensing, incorporating and more. To save money, Gadbois designed her own packaging and went to China to hire a manufacturer. “Just to create the steel mold to make the plastic handle was going to cost between $29,000 and $40,000 in the U.S.,” she said. For the packaging, Gadbois visited baby stores to study designs and to see what product and safety information was typically included on packages. She even studied marketing to learn how to attract a customer’s attention quickly. Along the way, Gadbois encountered what she called “real creeps” or “lemons” – people who tried to steal her idea. “It’s not in my nature to be secretive, but as soon as I decided to pursue this, I didn’t want to tell people for fear they’d rip me off,” she said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Her journey from idea to reality, however, was longer and more arduous than she ever imagined. “You have no idea of all that’s involved to get even a little plastic tool like this to market,” said Gadbois, 41, who launched her “Baby Light & Clip” six weeks ago. “I’ve never done anything like it. But I kept walking my way through it and got closer and closer. “Once you’re in so deep, you must keep going,” she added. Gadbois said the whole process has taken more than six years and “thousands of dollars.” Her son Tor is now 7. The Baby Light & Clip consists of a child’s nailclipper embedded inside a 3-inch plastic handle that holds a AA battery and a tray that collects the clippings. WHITTIER – After nearly chopping the tips off her baby son’s fingers with nailclippers one night, exasperated Whittier mom Laurie Gadbois said “Someone should invent a clipper with a light on it,” she recalled. But rather than let her frustration rest, the Whittier resident began searching the Internet for a lighted clipper. When she came up empty, Gadbois decided to invent one – just in time for Mother’s Day. Gadbois has launched her product in various local baby stores – including “Rattle N’ Roll” in Uptown Whittier – and nationally at some chain and online stores. Carolyn Guess, owner of USA Baby in San Dimas, said she has already sold out of her first shipment of Baby Lights and has ordered a second batch. She sells the clips for $9.99.