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Parents no longer have to spend time picking up their baby’s pacifiers, bottles, and toys, including smartphones, when dining out. Read more

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Parents no longer have to spend time picking up their baby’s pacifiers, bottles, and toys, including smartphones, when dining out.

Justin Kotek
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Justin Kotek

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About this project

Handy The Helper (patent pending) is an accessory which keeps baby's and children's toys, bottles, pacifiers, and many other items within reach by stabilizing them with a suction cup and rubber arms attached to the child's items. Gone are the days of sitting in a restaurant and spending the entire time retrieving toys and pacifiers off the dirty floor. Arms can detach from the Handy base and attached to strollers and high chairs. 

Handy The Helper can be attached to most hard surface tables, bath tubs, car windows, and any other hard non permeable surface. 

Our Inspiration

My name is Justin and I was inspired to invent Handy The Helper by my sixth month old daughter Cora. My wife and I spent an hour and a half at lunch picking up and cleaning dirty pacifiers and toys and listening to a screaming (ear piercing) child because she would throw her pacifier and toys and then want them back over and over again. 

I created Handy The Helper to give parents back their free time and make time with their children more enjoyable and relaxing. Handy The Helper prevents parents from becoming frustrated at their little ones when all they are trying to do is communicate and interact with us as parents. 

Meet Handy The Helper

Handy The Helper is an accessory which keeps baby's and children's toys, bottles, pacifiers, and many other items within reach by stabilizing them with a small yet strong suction cup and rubber arms that attach to the child's items. The Handy base is 2 1/2" tall and 2" wide so it fits nicely in baby bags. 

Target Age Range: 5 months-3 years

Handy The Helper Includes:

1 Handy Suction Cup (yellow)

2 Smooth Child friendly arms (colors may vary)

4 Plastic O rings to attach to toys, pacifiers, bottles, etc

5 Handy bands for attaching arms to bottles (microwave friendly)

All parts are child friendly and easily cleaned. 

To get Handy The Helper, pledge at the $20 level. 

THE BEGINNING:

This is the first sketch of the concept of the product. We were not quite sure of the materials and sizes at this point, but knew exactly how we wanted the product to function.

First Sketch of Handy The Helper
First Sketch of Handy The Helper

 PROTOTYPING:

Prototypes
Prototypes

We first started off with a large suction and various sizes in rubber arms. We began testing the various lengths in different situations with our child test group (mostly close friends and family-they are usually more honest and open). Our first prototype was too long and it would tangle and get caught in other items in the bag. The material was also too thin and was not very durable for withstanding the test of time with an infant and toddler. The suction performed flawlessly, but was way to big and no parent would ever carry this size item in their baby bag(although we did for about 3 months during testing). Might have looked a bit strange, but it was still great to have. 

Prototype 2: We tested a thinner and shorter rubber to try to slim down the arms for purposes of not getting tangled in a baby bag. This length did not perform and still was not durable once again for the strength of a toddler.

Prototype 3: We had a smaller suction made that was a 3rd the size of the original at 2" and it still performed flawlessly and we knew we had a winner. We continued to test various widths and lengths of rubber and still could not find the top performer. Based on the results of these tests we narrowed down the final specs of the product and it is one that works best in all situations and still does not get tangled and will live up to the strength of the  child. That is the rubber arms used in the final product allowing with the 2" suction. 

THE FINAL PRODUCT:

Final
Final
Final Product
Final Product
Final Product
Final Product

Hand The Helper in action

 
 
Handy Arms in Action
Handy Arms in Action

Handy The Helper has been field tested for the past 8 months and it has changed the way my family enjoys being out. My daughter has gone from screaming for her pacifier to reaching for it herself. Did I mention she has an ear piercing scream? I have consulted with an endless number of parents, friends, and family members and have had unbelievable feedback. Parents with older children were envious they did not have this when their children were younger. 

What's Next?

By investing in Handy The Helper, you will not only get the enjoyment of using the product, but you are also contributing to the future development of Handy's friends. Handy The Helper is a company that is focused on developing future products that make parents lives easier and more enjoyable. 

Once you have backed us on Kickstarter you will get to track the progress of Handy The Helper and his friends at www.handythehelper.com

By reaching our goal, we can ramp up production with our minimum order quantity 2000 units and begin shipping units by May.  Don't forget to order one for each bag and also for your friends and family!

Risks and challenges

ENGINEERING:

To achieve the simplicity in engineering we have worked through various prototypes varying from the size and length of the bands to the size of the rings. We have worked for the past eight months to really nail down the length of the product that would work with most high chairs, strollers, and car seats. We field tested the product through various testing groups to ensure the simplicity, longevity, and a satisfying experience. Our test group found the final prototype the easiest to use and most satisfying experience. We worked for months to create the smallest profile product possible, but one that could still achieve the same results day in and day out. We understand parents have limited space in their baby bags and this product is easy to carry and will not want to be left behind.

SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS:

During the past four months we have been working with various suppliers to make sure that we can meet different levels of shipping capacities. We are are sourcing each product component through different manufactures in order to achieve the most up time as possible. We have already negotiated pricing and manufacturing with backup suppliers if our main suppliers are falling short. We have localized as much of the manufacturing as possible to control the lead times. Our biggest challenge ahead is generating the funds needed to meet large order capacities for future plans to ship to the major toy stores. Our plans are nearly in place and now we just need the resources to put the plan in motion.

TEAM:

As our production ramps up, we have team of individuals that are ready and willing to pitch in. As we meet certain production levels we will add to our staff. Our team is dedicated to our product and the mission of making parents lives easier through the creation of new innovative products.

We understand that nothing is perfect. We take a heads down approach and get things done one way or another. Communication is key. You back us, and we will keep you up to date with accurate information.

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    1 backer

    Hello and Thank you! The CEO will send an update video on his cute inspiration Cora.

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    Handy The Helper STICKER. The cute little Handy The Helper STICKER may not be Handy The Helper, but he sure is cute.

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    $20 reward

    10 backers

    ***GET HANDY THE HELPER** You get the product which includes the Handy base, two arms, four rings, and 5 Handy bands for your bottles. Free shipping. INTERNATIONAL ADD $10.

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    ***GET HANDY THE HELPER+Expansion Pack** You get the product which includes the Handy base, two arms, four rings, and 5 Handy bands for your bottles. Expansion Pack includes and additional 2 extra arms and 4 rings. Twice the toys and twice the fun.

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    **I CANT WAIT THAT LONG FOR HANDY THE HELPER** Get express delivery and bumped to the front of the line for your product. The first 200 orders at this level will be the first to ship and will arrive 30 days before the rest of the orders. Handy the Helpers shipped within 30 days of funding. April delivery.

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    **LET'S TALK** You receive Handy The Helper within 30 days of funding and a 1/2 hour Skype call with the inventor to personally discuss any future products you would like to see that what would make your life a lot easier as a parent.

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    **Experience** You get Handy The Helper shipped within 30 days from funding and lunch with the inventor at a historic spot in St Augustine, FL. Travel Expenses not included.

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