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$5,609
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
61
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, February 28 2015 8:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Inspira:  As a practicing Physical Therapist and mother of two I felt there had to be a safer and more natural way for children to move from sitting to standing and walking. I watched my second child attempt to use both seated and push walkers and noticed several deficiencies. The seated walker severely restricted her movement and inhibited her natural transitions between sitting, standing and walking. On the other hand, she had trouble reaching the handle bar of the push walker, which interfered with her transition to a standing position. Moreover, once she achieved a standing position controlling and maneuvering the push walker with the single handle bar and fast moving wheels proved extremely difficult and sometimes dangerous. With these problems and limitations in mind I began to tinker with various forms with the goal of creating a product that enables a child to move naturally through the transitions from sitting, standing and walking.  A year later the Little Balance Box™ was born!

Sit to Stand
Sit to Stand
Walking
Walking

Spark:  The Little Balance Box™ is unique because it allows children to use their hands and/or forearms in a variety of positions and from any direction to maximize stability and develop balance. The floating feet provided feedback during transitions from kneeling to standing and also allow the Little Balance Box™ to seamlessly move with your child across various surfaces such as carpet, tile, and wood. The Little Balance Box™ can an also be used as a toddler table. The top surface is easy to clean and the raised frame helps keep little items in place.

Toddler Table
Toddler Table

Keep on moving. Sit, stand, push, walk with the Little Balance Box™. 

  • Safe and Enviromentally Friendly -  BPA and PVC Free!  Made from sustainable bamboo.  
  • Clear Top - Allows children to observe their legs and feet, which aids in the development of coordination.
  • Exciting Drum Top - The clear polycarbonate top produces a percussive sound when a child taps or hits it, which teaches cause and effect.
  • Square Top - Allows maximum surface area for a variety of hand/arm positions from any direction and the raised frame lip provides grip during transitions.
  • Design - Creates a large base that increases stability while maintaining a small footprint. All corners are rounded so there are no sharp edges.
  • Contoured Nylon Feet - Glide easily across level carpet, wood, and tile without damaging the surfaces.
  • Dynamic Floating Feet - Up and down movement provides sensory input to develop coordination in muscles and joints.
  • Rounded Ergonomic Top Border - Fits easily into a child’s hand making it easier to maneuver. 

Next Steps  

Trademarks and Patent: First I had to protect my invention.  Trademark and provisional patent for “Little Balance Box - Sit.  Stand.  Push.  Walk™.” were completed in late 2014. Full utility patent was filled in January of 2015.  Patent pending.  

Community Response: After receipt of the initial prototypes I wanted to test my product and gather real world feedback.  I first sent a sample to undergo safety testing to ensure industry compliance and durability.  The Little Balance Box™ passed all testing!!! Next I participated in the San Diego Kids Expo in November 2013 and April 2014, which proved to be a great opportunity with media coverage and positive support from the community!  

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I also had my product reviewed by a small boutique buyer and large box retail buyer to determine if there was a place for my product in the retail world.  My reviews were so high that I earned the Buyerly Approval seal of approval!

Actual Quotes from the two buyers who reviewed this product:  Question: Given what you have read about this product, what do you like about this product idea? 

Buyer 1, Answer: "I love that this product has been perfectly engineered to solve for misses that are inherent in all baby/toddler walkers on the market. Most walkers in the toy aisle are marketed primarily as toys, and secondarily as development products to assist baby with pulling up, standing and walking. This is a great and very clear differentiator. In all my years as a toy Buyer, I haven't seen anything similar to this product. "

Buyer 2 Answer: "I think that the company is pursuing a patent for its technology is one of its biggest competitive advantages. To me that signifies that it is a unique product that is substantially different from anything else on the market. Having patented technology also carries with it the authority of being a well-researched and well-designed product. "

Production & Packaging: The materials I wanted for my great invention had to be child safe, durable, and sustainable.  While these goals were ideal it took a little longer than anticipated to find a company that could meet my demands.  After extensive searching and prototyping I finally secured a company and began the process of working out all the details for production-proper materials, partial assembly set up, packaging etc. 

Final Package All Sides
Final Package All Sides

Marketing:  All great products have a catchy song and I think my jingle highlights the key features and also helps children learn the words that correspond to their body movements.  

https://soundcloud.com/little-balance/box

Present:  I am currently finalizing the pre-production structural and chemical safety testing.  So far everything is going well!  The Kickstarter campaign will raise the final funds required to finish the tooling and finance the first production run of the Little Balance Box™!!

Risks and challenges

I have had various challenges, or what I prefer to call "learning experiences," while going through every stage of this process. Two steps forward and one step back the whole way. I have been very fortunate to work with a team of amazing consultants: engineers, production, manufactures and marketing specialists, therapists, lawyers, web designers and videographers. These individuals have all helped me get over the hurdles and keep me on tract. I also have a wonderful support network of family, friends and co-workers who have been constant cheerleaders during this journey. I fully expect that I will continue to encounter various obstacles as I move forward with the production and shipping process. However, I know that my motivation, desire to help others, and confidence in my product will allow me to overcome and or mitigate these challenges and continue to move forward!!

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