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Dwypers is a new way of thinking about diapering and about leaving the house with young children. Dwypers is a complete diaper changing kit, with a high quality diaper, a 5-pack of wipes, and a changing mat, all that fits comfortably in your back pocket. It is perfect for those times that all you need is a diaper change you just want to ditch the diaper bag and get out the door.
When my first born was still in diapers, I was feeling more and more frustrated that a convenient, complete diaper kit didn't exist, so during my second pregnancy I stopped complaining, and got to work developing Dwypers. My husband and I try to take our daughters out with us wherever we go: restaurants, shopping, trips, everywhere. We found that all we needed to go out was one diaper change for emergencies and didn’t want to carry around a giant diaper bag with us wherever we went. Just like my smartphone case that serves as my wallet / credit card carrier, I wanted to have everything compact and small enough to fit in my back pocket.
Each pack of Dwypers includes:
A 5-pack of sensitive skin wipes made of all-natural ingredients.
A poly-backed changing mat to protect your baby from the changing surface.
A diaper designed for sensitive skin, with an elastic waist, wetness indicator, and fabric-like feel.
A distraction card with an engaging design for babies on the front and ordering information for parents on the back.
All components are made in the USA. In a dedication to sustainability, our lower density wipes provide the same capabilities of a standard wipe with less product. Also, we encourage re-purposing the changing mat as a refuse container by folding the used contents before responsibly disposing.
While I have never been an entrepreneur before, I do have experience developing ideas as an engineer. I am a registered civil engineer in the state of Georgia and practiced engineering for about 10 years before developing this idea.
I will be using the funds from this Kickstarter to generate an order large enough to drive my production costs down and switch to an automated manufacturing process using a horizontal flow wrapper.
The Dwypers concept is bigger than a diaper and wipes in a pouch. It is about empowering parents to take their kids with them and enjoy all that life has to offer as a family. So, please, support this cause and help families on the go, just like ours.
Risks and challenges
Realistically, here are the 3 most likely challenges to this project being successfully completed after funding:
1. Manufacturing Problems – We have three manufacturing levels for our product. Depending on which level is met during this campaign, we will be manufacturing the product accordingly. Adjusting this will take some concentrated effort, but we already have specific plans and signed contracts in place to cover demand. My husband Jeff is also a consultant for a large, multi-national consulting firm and has many connections and years of business experience to help us ramp production and help manage the business as needed. We have already made and sold over 500 units, so we are certain we can meet production demands, regardless of size. This will not be a venture that does not deliver.
2. Production Delays – There are four main components of each pack of Dwypers. Each one of these components has a lead time. Luckily, we have stock-piled a lot of product ahead of this campaign to be safe. There is the possibility that the campaign will go bananas, and we will need to order more wipes, for example. We are prepared for that possibility and have worked in the lead times to the delivery times accordingly.
3. Death by Exhaustion – Yes, I have two small children and am embarking on a major Kickstarter campaign. Luckily, my children you see featured in my background video are perfect angels 19% of the time. During these brief pauses in my hectic life I am able to get 20-40 hours of sleep during a given week.
Are you a parent on the go, frustrated with schlepping around all that “necessary” baby stuff too? Let’s commiserate. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s make parenting a little bit easier together.
Each 5-pack of Dwypers includes five individual pouches designed to fit in your back pocket. Each pouch contains one diaper based on your size selection, one individually wrapped pack of wipes, and one changing pad. The pouches are contained in a smartly designed box with a perforated tear out portion that provides an organized display. Please specify the size when ordering. Sizes 1 through 5 available.
Each 10-pack of Dwypers includes 2 boxes, each box including 5 individual pouches designed to fit in your back pocket. Each pouch contains one diaper based on your size selection, one individually wrapped pack of wipes, and one changing pad. The pouches are contained in a smartly designed box with a perforated tear out portion that provides an organized display. Please specify the size in your order. Sizes 1 through 5 available.
(Save $3 by ordering a 10-pack)
Special gift "growth set" of 25 Dwypers available in a specially designed box, perfect for any baby shower or new mom / dad. The growth set includes 5 packs of Dwypers in each Size 1 through 5.
This set also includes a Dwypers Baby T-Shirt in a smartly designed package, a $15 value.
(Save $10 by ordering a 25-pack)
Don't have kids, but love our idea? Show us you care by pledging $99 to become a Silver Sponsor on our Donor Page. You will be informed as Dwypers grows and be a part of something big. Of course, you will also get a "thank you" email from the owner, and a dot on our donor map which will be uploaded to our website! You will also receive a cool Dwypers T Shirt and a pack of Dwypers!
Thank you email from owner and star on Kickstarter donor map
Bling it up! Show us you care by pledging $149 to become a GOLD Sponsor on our Donor Page. You will be informed as Dwypers grows and be a part of something big. Included in this sponsorship level is a Dwypers tote bag and 5-pack gift set to give to a friend. Of course, you will also get a "thank you" email from the owner, and a dot on our donor map which will be uploaded to our website! This sponsorship level also earns you my undying love.
Thank you email from owner and star on Kickstarter donor map
Signed Pack of Dwypers from Founder
Gold Level Recognition on Website
Two Adult Signed Dwypers T Shirt and a Signed Baby Shirt
Monthly growth shipment of Dwypers as your baby grows for an entire year. Each month you will receive a 5-pack of Dwypers in the size of your baby (we will ask you the current size each month). Monthly shipments last from delivery date for 12 months. You will also receive a Dwypers Baby T valued at $15.
(Save $30 by ordering a 60-pack)
Do you think you are a Diapering Superstar? Do you think I am making every mistake in the book? For only $499, I (Alison Gordon, Owner) will schedule a one on one call for an hour, during which you may tell me everything I am doing wrong with my business. You can berate me and offer me the secrets to life and business. Results may vary.