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Swaddle, sleep bag & blanket w/NASA technology to keep babies at the perfect temp. so they rest better.  Buy one, help a baby in need.
Little Lotus swaddle, sleep bag & blanket feature NASA technology, to keep babies at the perfect temperature, so they rest better.  Buy one, help a baby in need.
Little Lotus swaddle, sleep bag & blanket feature NASA technology, to keep babies at the perfect temperature, so they rest better. Buy one, help a baby in need.
676 backers pledged $130,398 to help bring this project to life.

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A special reward for the last 48 hours of our campaign, as we try to reach our stretch goal of $130K: Your choice of a package of Little Lotus swaddles or sleeping bags, or the cozy blanket AND the magical "Spread the Warmth" hardcover children's book, the story of Embrace helping babies around the world (pledge $130 - regular price will be $175)! 

Keep your baby at the perfect temperature with Little Lotus, a new line of baby products by Embrace Innovations. Each purchase will help a vulnerable baby with the Embrace warmer.

Why moms & pediatricians love Little Lotus:

"I never thought as a pediatrician I would be so concerned about my baby while she was sleeping. But quickly I learned I wanted to make sure her temperature was just right. Despite being well dressed with other swaddles & sleep sacks, her little hands & feet are frozen in the morning.  When she wears the Little Lotus, her whole body feels perfect to the touch. The fabric is made of the highest quality & gentlest material. The best feature for my sleepy daughter at bedtime is that it is easy on/easy off. There is no need to pull anything over her head, just a few snaps and a zip." Elizabeth B.

"When I tried the Little Lotus sleeping bag I felt like I had discovered a natural winner. Unlike sleep sacks I have used in the past, it is clearly designed with the practical needs of a parent and baby in mind. My son often falls asleep while nursing…it takes some serious ninja moves to slide his arms through the holes of our usual sleep sack without waking him. The Little Lotus is different. I can just lay him on top of the product and quietly zip him into it. My son had taken some great naps in the Little Lotus and I can only assume that it's because his little feet are always warm. When you touch the fabric of the Little Lotus you can feel the difference." - Sarah B.

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Our products include a swaddle (0-3 months), sleeping bag (3-12 months) and cozy blanket (0-5 years).

The Little Lotus products are special because:

  • They use proprietary fabrics inspired by NASA spacesuits to keep your baby at the perfect temperature, so they can rest better & you can have peace of mind. Studies show that SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is linked with babies being too warm or too cold.  With Little Lotus, your baby will stay warm without overheating.  
  • Our swaddles & sleeping bags have a unique design that make them  easier to put on and take off than existing products, with a bottom zipper that allows for a diaper change with the baby is still inside.   "When the name of the game is don't wake a sleepy baby, no other swaddle works as well as this one." - Little Lotus mom 
  • For every product purchased, a baby will be helped in a developing country by the Embrace infant warmer.  The Embrace warmers have already helped 150,000 vulnerable babies across 11 countries.  We hope to drive this number to 1 million with the help of Little Lotus.

What makes Little Lotus products different than other baby products?

  • Little Lotus products use a proprietary fabric that is super soft and baby friendly.  Originally developed for NASA, these materials are designed to help balance your baby’s skin temperature to reduce overheating & cooling. The technology draws excess heat if your baby is too warm, and releases the warmth if they start to cool down. This means less temperature fluctuations and your baby staying more comfortable.  Studies show that SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is linked with babies being too warm or too cold. With Little Lotus, your baby will stay warm without overheating.
  • In addition to the proprietary fabric, the Little Lotus swaddles and sleeping bags have unique features that make them extra easy to use. The bottom zipper and the enclosures on both shoulders allow you to take the swaddle/sleeping bag on and off much more easily than other products. You can do a diaper change with the product still on. The swaddle has wings that can be folded back, when the baby's arms want to be out.
  • For every Little Lotus swaddle, sleeping bag, cozy blanket or scarf purchased for $100 or over during our campaign, we will help a baby in a developing country with the Embrace infant warmer

The artwork features the hand tracings of mothers and babies in from all over world. The goal of the artwork is to raise awareness about infant mortality and global motherhood. A subset of the artwork, featuring tracings of babies & mothers helped by Embrace, is the print on the Little Lotus products.

Little Lotus Product Line:

Little Lotus Swaddles (0-3 months)

 Sleeping bags (3-12 months)

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Little Lotus cozy blanket (0-5 years)

The Little Lotus cozy blanket has a layer of premium cotton on top. The bottom layer, which contains our proprietary technology, has a soft and luxurious texture. The blanket is finished with a satin border.

For every Little Lotus purchased, a baby will be helped by the Embrace Infant Warmer

The origins of Little Lotus go back to the Embrace infant warmer.  Embrace was started in 2008 by a team of graduate students at Stanford, including co-founders Rahul Panicker and Jane Chen. We were challenged to develop a baby incubator that costs less than 1% the cost of a traditional incubator.  Ultimately, we created a product that uses a phase change material, similar to what's used in the Little Lotus products, to keep give vulnerable babies the critical warmth they need.

Embrace has been recognized internationally.  We won the Economist Innovation Award, the Fast Company Design for Social Good Award, and have been featured in media around the world. Last year, Beyonce gave a donation to get the Embrace infant warmers to 9 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, through our partnership with the Millennium Promise.  We also presented our work to President Obama at the White House's first ever Maker-Faire. 

To date, Embrace has helped 150,000 babies.  But our goal was always to reach 1 million babies.  We're hoping Little Lotus will enable us to do that.  For every Little Lotus baby swaddle, sleeping bag, blanket or scarf purchased during this campaign that costs over $100, we will help a baby in a developing country with the Embrace warmer. 

Our work was just featured in the April edition of Oprah Magazine's (15th Anniversary edition) and in Town and Country.

Touch Our Future

Touch Our Future is an art installation by Artist Drue Kataoka in collaboration with Embrace Innovations, to raise awareness for infant mortality and global motherhood. The hand tracings of mothers and babies in 14 developing countries, many whom have been helped by the Embrace warmer, are featured in the digital interactive artwork.  The work of 10 organizations, all working on interventions to combat infant mortality, are also featured on the art installation website.   

In addition, leaders and activists around the world have participated in the artwork by lending their hand traces, including: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Christy Turlington, Chelsea Clinton, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Heidi Klum, Stella McCartney, Arianna Huffington, Marc & Lynne Benioff, Stanford University President John Hennessy, award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud and many more. You can download the Touch Our Future mobile app and lend your hand to the artwork as well. 

Little Lotus is introducing a scarf inspired by the 'Touch our Future' artwork, featuring the hand traces of mothers and babies whom have been helped by the Embrace infant warmer. This beautiful scarf is 100% silk, georgette and handmade in Italy, a few hundred yards from Lake Como, by an artisanal maker.

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Risks and challenges

Little Lotus Baby has a team with extensive manufacturing experience. Specifically:

1. We have a top tier team with many years of experience bringing new products to market.

2. We have deep expertise creating products for babies.

3. Little Lotus Baby products is the result of detailed planning. We’ve spent a lot of time designing, prototyping, testing, and re-designing to achieve the final designs.

Despite our expertise and careful planning, there are risks to the project:

RISKS IN MANUFACTURING

Although we’ve carefully selected a factory that has a history of producing high quality baby products, this is our first time working with the factory and we can’t anticipate how well their production quality will satisfy our strict QC standards. There may be production delays if we need to address quality issues as they arise.

RISK DUE TO EXCESS DEMAND

Due to the long lead times for manufacturing baby products, we had to place an initial order with the factory in advance of our Kickstarter campaign. Should the Kickstarter campaign demand exceed our forecast, there will be a delay in shipment for the additional quantities.

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    “Spread The Warmth” Children’s Book

    The heartwarming tale about the beginnings of Embrace, told in a magical way. From the initial inception, to the delivery of warmth to tiny babies across the globe, this story proves that when you combine innovation with a deep desire to help others, you really can change the world.

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    MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL (available through May 10th): Either 1 package of Little Lotus swaddles or sleep sacks (each package contains 2 of your choice), OR 1 Little Lotus Cozy Blanket.

    + Little Lotus Onesie OR Baby t-shirt

    + A Little Lotus e-card will be sent to someone you designate on Mother's Day, saying you have pledged on their behalf to our campaign, and to helping mothers & babies all over the world.

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    LITTLE LOTUS VARIETY PACK

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    baby products

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    LITTLE LOTUS ANGEL

    1 package each of:

    Little Lotus newborn swaddle
    Little Lotus sleeping bag in small, medium AND large

    1 Little Lotus cozy blanket with baby's name custom embroidered

    1 Touch Our Future inspired silk scarf

    1 Spread the Warmth Book and choice of 1 T-shirt or Onesie

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    LITTLE LOTUS ROCKSTAR

    Your baby / toddler (up to 5 years old) will be featured in our next photo shoot for Little Lotus products!

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    Little Lotus sleeping bag in small, medium and large

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    LITTLE LOTUS & TOUCH OUR FUTURE CUSTOM ARTWORK

    Touch Our Future-Inspired Custom Little Lotus blanket with print including the individual hand tracings of up to 5 family members.

    1 package each of:
    Little Lotus newborn swaddle
    Little Lotus sleeping bag in small, medium and large

    1 blanket with baby’s name custom embroidered.

    1 Touch Our Future inspired silk scarf

    1 Spread the Warmth Book and choice of 1 T-shirt or Onesie

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    EMBRACE FOUNDERS & IDEO FOUNDER DAVID KELLEY: DESIGN THINKING EXCLUSIVE

    Embrace co-founders Jane Chen and Rahul Panicker will take you on a personal tour of Stanford’s d.school, so you can see where Embrace began. You will learn all about the history of journey of Embrace, from a classroom concept to a product that has helped over 150,000 babies in 10 countries.

    You will then be invited to a lunch or cocktail with David Kelley, founder of IDEO, the company that created many icons of the digital generation—the first mouse for Apple, the first Treo, the thumbs up/thumbs down button on your Tivo’s remote control, to name a few. David’s most enduring contributions to the field of design are a human-centered methodology and culture of innovation. He led the creation of the d.school at Stanford.

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    EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH TOUCH OUR FUTURE (INCLUDING CUSTOM ARTWORK) & EMBRACE INNOVATIONS

    Tour of Drue's Art Studio, Touch Our Future-Inspired Custom Little Lotus blanket with print including your family’s hand tracings, tour with Embrace Innovations, and VIP dinner with Embrace founders.

    Exclusive tour of Drue’s artist studio in the San Francisco bay area & afternoon tea with Drue, Jane & Rahul. Get behind-the-scenes access and learn the creative process behind the making of the artwork, Touch Our Future.

    We will take your hand tracings at Drue’s studio for your own Touch Our Future-Inspired Custom Little Lotus blanket with print, including the individual hand tracings of up to 5 family members.

    The afternoon continues with a personal tour of Stanford’s d.school, so you can see where Embrace began. Top off the day with a delicious and stimulating dinner with Embrace Innovations co-founders, Rahul and Jane, and our team in San Francisco.

    You will also be invited to visit our sites in India to see the impact of the Embrace infant warmers (travel and accommodation not included).

    You will receive all the Little Lotus products available, including the swaddle, sleeping bag, scarf, book, t-shirt and onesie.

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