Does this sound familiar? You're driving in the car with your kids, dreading the long journey ahead. Suddenly all is quiet, they've fallen asleep and you breathe a sigh of relief. Phew! But then you glance in the mirror and witness the HORROR!
Their poor bodies slumped over in uncomfortable positions, their precious heads thumping against the side of the car with every bump you hit. You frantically search for something to jam underneath them - a jacket, perhaps a blanket? Nothing is working! What will you do? Have no fear, the answer is here!
Introducing BoosterPalz! The Portable Pal Who Won't Let You Down!
BoosterPalz Mission - Whether preparing for a long journey or just looking for a snuggle buddy, BoosterPalz are the ideal travel companions. Our extremely versatile pillows make every trip a comfortable one! BoosterPalz provide a soft cushion, non-confining level of support around the neck; in addition to a supportive plush body which keeps the child from hunching forward or falling sideways.
No matter which way your child falls asleep, BoosterPalz is there to help give them that needed "boost" of support!
Design & Function - Our primary goal was to make a pillow easy enough for a child to use on their own. As most parents can attest, attempting to hook something up to the backseat, or attach to the seat belt (while a vehicle is in motion) is NOT ideal.
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BoosterPalz - Design and Prototype Stages
Sure, you can always put it on beforehand .... only then to have your child scream or complain about wanting it off before your travel has even started. With BoosterPalz, children can easily use the pillow themselves without any help! We went through various prototype designs before finalizing on this one. The major factors for us were:
- Creating a pillow that did not confine around the child's neck tightly. I don't know about you, but after reviewing various products available, they looked like they were putting kids into a "choke hold," which gave us anxiety)
- We didn't want anything that would interfere or attach to the seat belt for various safety reasons.
- BoosterPalz hands are magnetic for easy open & close functionality.
- When not using your BoosterPalz for those long trips, they can also be used as a comfy pillow for your child to sleep on.
- Or flip your BoosterPalz© around and use them as a back support on chairs or other seating situationsB
- BoosterPalz come equipped with a front pocket; designed to store snacks, toys, handheld games or little hands that want to stay warm.
While your at it, check out our website BoosterPalz.com
Production and Fulfillment: Here is the current break down of our production and fulfillment procedures for BoosterPalz:
- Jan - mid April 2014 - Production began and completed for all 3 BoosterPalz designs at with manufacturer
- April - mid May 2014 - Pillows were shipped from factory
- End of May 2014 - Pillows are expected to be in hand by the end of the month
- June 2014 - Review, expectation and total unit count completed, will begin mailing out rewards/pillows to backers
- July 2014 - All backers will receive product by the end of the month
*Cannot duplicate Boosterpalz for rewards. Only one (1) of each BoosterPalz is permitted. Please see pledge descriptions or contact us for more information. Should we meet our goal, we will come up with some exciting stretch goals for everyone.Thank You!
Risks and challenges
Our risk lies with the cost of production on such a large scale. Our manufacturing company gave us a good deal to get our initial BoosterPalz line up and running, however due to a strict manufacturing cycle, we will need to order higher quantities for the next fulfillment, which basically means a large amount of cash upfront.
We would also like to introduce new animal designs into our product line!
This is why we are turning to Kickstarter. We hope to raise the funds needed and get early interest in our product.
We are currently developing our distribution plan and looking for suitable retail outlets so if you have any ideas, please let us know!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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