It’s amazing how much mess a baby can make with an innocent banana. Matojo Suckerbib cuts down the clean-up operation by covering the tricky gap between the high chair and baby’s mouth.
- Less washing: no more squashed strawberries on baby’s trousers
- Less germs: no need to put food onto mucky highchair trays and tables in restaurants
- Less waste: no more food straight on the floor when baby’s learning to grab
- Allergy-friendly: no contact between your baby and the high chair tray (important when you’re out)
Parents might even get to enjoy their own food for once.
It’s a one-piece waterproof bib that suctions onto tables and high chairs for babies aged 6 months and up.
- Catches every bit of food
- Built-in hygienic surface that’s safe to eat from
- Less washing, less germs, less waste
- Safety tested
- Patent pending
And it’s versatile: Works for any style of weaning (baby-led or spoon-feeding and finger foods), works on any highchair (with or without a tray), easy to clean (machine-washable and dries quickly ready for the next meal).
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
The name Matojo (pronounced Ma-toe-joe) comes from the three people who inspire me: my own two little eaters (aged 3 and 1) MAx and TOby, and my mum JOan, who would’ve been really proud of me for doing this.
"For babies with allergies this would be so good when eating out. My boy who has allergies had a reaction recently from something on his high chair tray despite using wipes"
"This is brilliant! Most restaurant highchairs have no tray so you are forced to use an icky table"
While there are a lot of bibs on the market, no bib solves all three weaning problems (the washing, germs and waste) in such a simple, easy-to-use and practical way.
There are endless posts on Mumsnet and baby-led weaning forums from mums who are tearing their hair out with the mess of weaning. The most common ‘solution’ is to use all of the following products at the same time: a mess mat on the floor, a long-sleeved bib, a pelican bib over the top, suction bowls and sanitiser wipes. Surely this is madness!
PROGRESS SO FAR
We have worked with a number of factories for months to source exactly the right fabric - waterproof, hard wearing but soft, stain resistant, machine washable. Our exact pantone colours are still being decided, but it will be unisex and most likely to be turquoise and red. Red - to avoid staining (in addition to using stain resistant fabric) and turquoise to provide good colour contrast with your little eater's food.
The safety testing facility is prepped and we have everything aligned to make our first batch, including most of the financing. This is where you kind folks come in...
Buy them for your own little eaters, give them to friends (the perfect gift for a new mum) or if you really don't know anyone in need a suckerbib right now, there is a Matojo travel cup for you... you can still have hot tea as a parent!
Are the days of hot tea really over once you become a parent? Use the Matojo branded travel cup instead of "suddenly remembering your tea and necking it like a massive, lukewarm shot!" No need to catch dropped food and wayward spoons from your little eater - just sit back and relax.
The funding will be used towards safety testing, refreshing our (currently homemade) logo and photography, designing the packaging and for the first batch of stock.
- It significantly cuts down the number of baby wipes you need to clean up after every single meal, which is good for the environment and cuts waste. Baby wipes are not biodegradable. (no more wiping the high chair and floor - just babies hands and face)
- It meets EU environmental regulations
- The packaging is recyclable.
- It is a long-use product which can be used for up to a year for each baby and then passed on to siblings or friends.
Risks and challenges
Testing is one of the largest start-up costs but extremely important for baby products. I’ve planned and budgeted for thorough tests to comply with EU regulations. The product will be free from BPA and other nasties in order to provide a clean, hygienic and safe surface for your little eater's food. We have half the funding, but this testing comes at a price and that's where kickstarter comes in!
The other risk is timeline as working with factories is slow and careful work. We have factored in a buffer into our timeline and have carefully planned each stage as shown above.
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