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$7,729
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 11 2013 5:00 PM UTC +00:00
$7,729
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
124
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 11 2013 5:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Bitybean is a socially-conscious Vermont company, dedicated to the mission of helping families get out and explore their world together. We have developed a baby carrier that is smaller and lighter than any soft-sided carrier on the market and can be tucked away in any bag, backpack, or purse. It can be used for front and back carry for infants and toddlers 3 months and up and weighing 8 to 40 lbs.

I had the idea for a portable baby carrier 4 years ago when my daughter was just learning to walk. I often wished I had a carrier with us when her little legs petered out, but they were just too bulky to pack. There had to be a better way! I sought out technical soft goods designer Jim Sadler of JHS Design and together we created Bitybean's UltraCompact carrier.

We are really excited about Bitybean's Kickstarter campaign to move our updated product forward into full production, and we hope you are too! Order one for yourself, or for a gift for the new & expecting parents in your life who want to do more exploring with their little one.

Thank you SO MUCH for your generous support, and for pledging to be a part of Bitybean!

Sincerely, Doug
Sincerely, Doug

Why do you need this?

Bitybean provides a comfortable and conveniently packable way to carry an infant or growing toddler, giving parents the flexibility to be ready for anything.

Whether you're on the go around town or around the world, when you need to keep your little one close, pull out your Bitybean carrier, slide it on, and in moments you and your little one are on the go!

Key product features:

The Bitybean UltraCompact is a baby carrier designed for babies 3 months and between 8 and 40 pounds. Bitybean combined user-centric development philosophy, state-of-the-art materials and optimized design to create a carrier that is completely compressible into a small sack the size of a child’s water bottle. We united a high level of comfort with the best combination of packability and portability possible by applying engineering principles to all areas of Bitybean design:

• The wide body shape provides knee-to knee support for baby, distributing the load evenly and comfortably across baby’s thighs.

• The durable ripstop nylon body fabric is backed with a soft and breathable polyester liner material. This makes our carrier more comfortable for summer weather and quick drying for use at the pool or beach. Bitybean is also machine washable for convenience.

 • Anatomical s-curve shoulder straps are full adjustable for a custom fit. The sternum straps are dual-adjustable to enable our UltraCompact Carrier to fit the widest range of customers from a women’s size 0 all the way to a men’s extra large.

• 3-D woven Airmesh fabric is used on the shoulder and waist straps, and on the back panel for baby. This provides compliance, padding, softness and breathability for longwearing comfort.

• The Patent-pending infant leg harness enables our carrier to safely and comfortable carry babies over 3 months and 8 pounds, and must be used until baby is over 15 pounds.

Both Mom and Dad will enjoy the style and color choices, including Lime Green, Sky Blue, Carrot Orange and Sand Grey.

Plus, we’re offering a limited number of exclusive carriers for Kickstarter supporters, constructed with “Dyneema X-Gridstop” fabric. This nylon textile contains a white Dyneema grid reinforcement at 0 and 90 degrees. Dyneema is a material often used in body armor for its strength and durability, since each Dyneema thread is 15 times as strong as steel per unit weight! The Bitybean UltraTech carrier was created for those who want an extra special, extra durable carrier that they won’t find anywhere else.

We are also offering a sleep/shade hood accessory for our carrier that provides protection from the elements, and creates a cozy environment to help baby nap comfortably. The hood attaches to loops sewn inside the carrier pocket, and is secured with snaps for adjustability and security. It is compatible with our current carriers as well as the new production run.

Technical status:

Bitybean has prioritized safety and long term comfort for our product and project development. We wanted to ensure we would deliver a safe product you would love! Bitybean’s carrier has been designed from inception to meet ASTM F2236 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Soft Infant Carriers, and we have been certified to this standard by an independent test lab. There is now an updated 2013 version of this specification with additional requirements that has driven us toward a number of design modifications. Now that we've finished the development of our updated version we are raising the funds toward moving it into full rate production.

Specific improvements for full-rate production:

  • Switch to new buckles on the waist strap, leg restraints, and sternum strap to provide ease of alignment.
  • New edge binding material, and sewing process to improve durability.
  • Redesigned sternum strap and sternum strap area to enhance comfort and packability.
  • New body fabric to improve compressibility and durability. Improved strap attachment points for extra strength.

Awards:

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association "Innovation award" -2012

Fit Pregnancy Magazine "Best Value" Carrier-2013

NY Baby Show "Best in Show"-2013

Customer feedback:

We’ve had reviews from many parents who have put Bitybean to the test. We're prepared to launch a new level of production that we know active families will love. But don’t just take our word for it… read the reviews! 

US-Japan Fam, 529 On a Dime, Big Baby small space, Mummies Nummies, A-List Mom, Lily Rose Bee, In The Know Mom, Adventure Tykes, Baby recsSo Easy Being Green, We Get Out

Where do the pledge funds go? 

We need your help to bring our updated version of our UltraCompact Carrier to more moms, dads and babies! The funds will be used to help Bitybean move into full-scale production. For quality, delivery and price reasons we are planning to have these produced by a very experienced backpack manufacturer in Vietnam, so we can provide our customers with the best value possible. The funds from this kickstarter project will be enough to help us fund that order, and will enable us to stand up the rest of the business in preparation for receiving the inventory, including distribution and logistics.

Incentives:

In addition to our redesigned UltraCompact baby carrier, and the Limited Edition Ultratech "X-Gridstop" version, we have developed some other incentives that we hope you’ll like as much as we do. Scroll down to see the various options and combinations.

First, we have brushed stainless steel water bottles that are co-branded by Klean Kanteen®.  We are offering you the choice of a 12 oz Kid Kanteen ® with green Sippy Cap, or the 18oz Klean Kanteen ® with Sport Cap.

Plus, who doesn’t love a T-shirt? These 100% ultrasoft cotton beauties will be available in men’s and women’s sizes S - XL, and also in onesies, sized 6-12 mos or 12-18 mos.

Reward Levels:

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Risks and challenges

The biggest risk for this Kickstarter campaign is the production delivery date, however we believe this risk to be low based on the groundwork we have already laid with the factory. The production will be carefully managed and we are planning detailed inspection of the first production units to ensure that the finished product matches our specifications. We are currently planning for units to be delivered at the end of February but are committing to March in the hopes that we can beat that goal.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THANK YOU FOR SUPPORT! Every dollar counts! Includes a "Thank You" note from the founders, Bitybean sticker, and you will be added to our exclusive email list. Free shipping to USA. (Add $5 for international shipping.)

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    BITYBEAN T-SHIRT: Choose men's, women's t-shirt (S-XL) or onesie (6-12mo or 12-18mo). Includes a "Thank You" note from the founders, Bitybean sticker, and you will be added to our email list.
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    BITYBEAN WATER BOTTLE: Brushed stainless steel bottle cobranded by Kleen Kanteen with a screen-printed logo. Choose a 12 oz Kid Kanteen with green Sippy Cap, or the 18oz bottle with Sport Cap. Includes a "Thank You" note from the founders, Bitybean sticker, and you will be added to our email list.

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    BITYBEAN HOOD & BOTTLE: Bitybean's sleep/shade hood provides protection from the elements, and a cozy environment to help baby nap comfortably. Attaches via loops inside the pocket and snaps on the shoulder strap. Stows easily in the pocket when not in use. Includes 12 oz Kid Kanteen with green Sippy Cap, "Thank You" note from the founders, Bitybean sticker, and you will be added to our email list.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Help us get started! One Bitybean UltraCompact baby carrier in your choice of our 4 colors. Includes "Thank You" note from the founders, Bitybean sticker, and you will be added to our email list.
    Gift announcement cards available for giving as a holiday or baby gift. Cards will be shipped by Dec 21.

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    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    BITYBEAN CARRIER & HOOD: One UltraCompact baby carrier in your choice of our 4 colors, plus a sleep/shade hood. Includes "Thank You" note from the founders, Bitybean sticker, and you will be added to our email list. Gift announcement cards available for giving as a Holiday or baby gift. Cards will be shipped by Dec 21. Free shipping to USA. (Add $15 for international shipping.)

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    BITYBEAN CARRIER & WATER BOTTLE: One UltraCompact baby carrier in your choice of our 4 colors. Includes 12 oz Kid Kanteen with green Sippy Cap, "Thank You" note from the founders, Bitybean sticker, and you will be added to our email list.
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    BITYBEAN CARRIER WITH HOOD & BOTTLE: One UltraCompact baby carrier in your choice of our 4 colors, plus sleep/shade hood. Includes 12 oz Kid Kanteen with green Sippy Cap, "Thank You" note from the founders, Bitybean sticker, and you will be added to our email list.
    Gift announcement cards available for giving as a Holiday or baby gift. Cards will be shipped by Dec 21.
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    LIMITED EDITION CARRIER: One Bitybean UltraTech baby carrier with all the new design improvements in black "X-Gridstop" fabric. Includes a "Thank You" note from the founders, Bitybean sticker, and you will be added to our exclusive email list.
    Gift announcement cards available for giving as a Holiday or baby gift. Cards will be shipped by Dec 21. Free shipping to USA. (Add $15 for international shipping.)

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    BITYBEAN COLLECTION: One UltraTech baby carrier in black "X-Gridstop" fabric with hood, one updated UltraCompact baby carrier in your choice of our 4 colors with hood, one Kid Kanteen, one 18oz bottle with Sport Cap, one T-shirt (choice of style and size). Includes a "Thank You" note from the founders, Bitybean sticker, and you will be added to our exclusive email list.

    Gift announcement cards available for giving as a Holiday or baby gift. Cards will be shipped by Dec 21. Free shipping to USA. (Add $20 for international shipping.)

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    DINNER WITH TEAM BITYBEAN! You and a guest will join Bitybean's founder and the rest of the team for an evening on the town in Burlington, Vermont. Date and restaurant location to be coordinated with purchaser for Winter, 2014.

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    BITYBEAN PARTY! Team Bitybean will host a launch party in your city. Includes up to 25 UltraCompact Carriers, 25 t-shirts, 25 onesies, balloons, food, games, fun and prizes, and more for a group of up to 50 people! Sponsor this for your friends, your local babywearing group, a maternity ward, or your mommy blog! Includes social media cross promotion campaign with your group, if desired.
    Cost includes travel to any location in the lower 48 states. Date and location to be coordinated with purchaser for spring, 2014. $3800 value.

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Funding period

- (30 days)