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By Elizabeth Adams
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About

I need to raise funds to bring my unique, patented product to the retail marketplace.  I ran a home daycare specializing in infants and noticed that all of my babies especially loved being held and wanted to explore everything that I was wearing.  They would reach for and pull at my necklace, earrings, watch and even my hoodie strings.  That's when I decided that I needed an interactive play center for my babies.  

So I started looking for interactive play centers to purchase for my daycare. However, the only play centers on the market were the discovery mats where the baby is put down on a mat on the floor with rattles and a music box that dangled overhead.  The babies really didn't play with those toys and they weren't interactive.  So I decided to make one and the idea of the Very Vest was born!  I carefully chose 7 of the most popular educational toys that I used in my daycare and put them on the Very Vest inside six large pockets.  The toys are attached by snap-on strings and are interchangeable.  Each pocket also has a special material with a shape and color for teaching the baby colors, shapes and textures. The Very Vest also has a neck string feature with teethers that allows a baby to pull up and down on the neck strings and teethe.  Every feature I put on the Very Vest is designed to be attractive to a baby including the large silver zipper pulls and the velcro pocket flaps.  I have used this product in my daycare and have given it to friends and family and know that it works wonderfully.  It is a great play system for when you want to interact with your baby.  It is also the perfect "one thing" to take shopping, to the doctor's office, to the airport or anywhere else you wouldn't want your baby or your baby's toys on the floor. 

Around the neck are strings that run down the center of the vest with teethers on both tips.  Your baby will enjoy pulling down on one teether and watching the other teether go up.
Around the neck are strings that run down the center of the vest with teethers on both tips. Your baby will enjoy pulling down on one teether and watching the other teether go up.

Top left is a pocket with a Velcro flap. Over the pocket is a pink circle that feels like soft plush fleece. Inside the pocket attached to a string are 2 double sided picture holders. Your baby will enjoy opening and closing the Velcro flap and the sound it makes. The pink circle you can use to teach your baby the shape “circle” and the color “pink” and the texture "soft". Inside the pocket, are photographs of familiar things that you put in the holders such as photos of Mommy and Daddy, siblings, relatives and pets.  Your baby will become animated and love for you to identify over and over what’s in these familiar photographs.

Top right is a pocket with a Velcro flap.  Over the pocket is a green square made of corduroy.  Your baby will enjoy opening and closing the Velcro flap and the sound it makes.  The green square you can use to teach your baby the shape “square” and the color “green” and the texture "corduroy". Inside the pocket is a low whistle in the shape of an alligator for you to blow into to show your baby how to act on the environment to make a noise.  Your baby will want you to make it whistle over and over and eventually you can teach your baby to make it whistle too.

 Middle left is a pocket with a zipper opening and large round, shiny silver zipper pull.  Over the pocket is a white, fluffy diamond made of cotton.  Inside the pocket is a plush toy in the shape of a frog with magnets in the limbs.  Your baby will be attracted to the shiny silver zipper pull and will naturally tug on it and will delight in how the zipper pull slides along the zipper track and opens and closes the pocket.  The white, fluffy diamond you can use to teach your baby the shape “diamond” and the color “white” and the texture "fluffy".  Your baby will be fascinated in how the limbs of the plush toy are attracted and repelled from each other due to the magnets.

  Middle right is a pocket with a zipper opening and large round, shiny silver zipper pull.  Over the pocket is an orange triangle made of a smooth velour feeling fabric.  Inside the pocket is a pink, see-through sheer scarf.  Your baby will be attracted to the shiny silver zipper pull and will naturally tug on it and will delight in how the zipper pull slides along the zipper track and opens and closes the pocket.  The orange triangle you can use to teach your baby the shape “triangle” and the color “orange” and the texture "smooth".  Inside the pocket is a pink, see-through sheer scarf for you to delicately rub across your baby’s skin and place on your baby’s head to teach your baby about sensations and sight.  Your baby will love for you to play peek-a-boo with this scarf.

 Bottom left is a pocket with a zipper opening and large round, shiny silver zipper pull.  Over the pocket is a blue heart made of a scratchy denim. Inside the pocket is a baby book with a built in squeaky toy.  Your baby will be attracted to the shiny silver zipper pull and will naturally tug on it and will delight in how the zipper pull slides along the zipper track and opens and closes the pocket.  The blue heart made of denim you can use to teach your baby the shape “heart” and the color “blue” and the texture  "scratchy".  Inside the pocket is a baby book for you to read to your baby.  Over time, your baby will come to recognize the book and its story and will hand it to you to try and get you to read it out loud.  Babies love being read to and the repetition of hearing the same familiar story.

 Bottom right is a pocket with a zipper opening and large round, shiny silver zipper pull.  Over the pocket is a yellow star made of a vinyl.  Inside the pocket is a musical pull toy in the shape of a sun.  Your baby will be attracted to the shiny silver zipper pull and will naturally tug on it and will delight in how the zipper pull slides along the zipper track and opens and closes the pocket.  The yellow star made of vinyl you can use to teach your baby the shape “star” and the color “yellow” and the texture "slippery".  Inside the pocket is a musical pull toy in the shape of a sun that you can pull the cord on and show your baby how to make the toy play music.  With practice, your baby will learn to pull the cord and take great pride in being able to make this toy make music.   

At the bottom of the vest are two extra-large pockets for you because you need a place with easy access for your essentials such as a cell phone, keys, Kleenex, sunscreen and snacks.
At the bottom of the vest are two extra-large pockets for you because you need a place with easy access for your essentials such as a cell phone, keys, Kleenex, sunscreen and snacks.
On the back of the vest is a drawstring cinch that allows the wearer to adjust the fit.
On the back of the vest is a drawstring cinch that allows the wearer to adjust the fit.

  I will be going to festivals all over California and Nevada to gain exposure but my main goal is to get the product into retail shops and airport stores. One day I would also really like to make a Very Vest for Disney with Disney themes to sell at the amusement parks.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges that I face are that I have spent all of my money developing and patenting the intellectual property associated with this product. I have several patents and trademarks in numerous countries and believe that I have carved out an intellectual property niche for the product so that it cannot be copied.

Now that I have the design complete and own the intellectual property of this product, I need financial backing to successfully move the product into the marketplace. I want to take on this project full time, to make quantities and varieties of Very Vests, to market the product, to travel and sell the product at trade shows, conventions and festivals and to get these products into retail and airport stores so parents, grandparents and daycare centers can enjoy the Very Vest as much as I did in my daycare. I would also like to develop and sell a 5 pack of replacement toys to complement the interchangeability of the toys that come with the Very Vest.

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