About this project
The Ouchless Baby Blocks
Hi, I'm Alexandra.
As a single mom of 3, I was often too tired to pick up toys at the end of the day. But I usually paid for it when I stepped on a sharp wooden block in the middle of the night. OUCH!
And since babies love to throw...well, I've ducked on more than one occasion. Pets, breakables, siblings, and worst yet - other people's children were sometimes on the receiving end. Have you ever had to apologize to another parent when their child got clobbered by a block? It's no fun!
Soft blocks were the obvious solution, but all I could find were blocks made from plastic, rubber, or cloth.
Now, I know what you're thinking...
What's Wrong with Plastic, Rubber, or Cloth Blocks?
Even BPA-free plastic can contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to a child’s health and development. PVC, phthalates, nitrosamines, and heavy metals are only a few of the toxins some toys contain.
Then there's natural rubber. There are 3 million new cases of latex allergies every year, and medical experts believe it's caused by repeated exposure to rubber products.
So that left cloth blocks. Yes, they're soft, throw-able, and entertaining, but trying to keep cloth clean with pets, teething babies, and rambunctious siblings around was almost impossible. A few held up in the washer...most didn't.
So What's the Solution?
I was determined to update the classic baby block to one that could be safely chewed, stacked, thrown, and explored – the way all toys should be.
After being told repeatedly that it couldn't be done, I worked day and night for a year developing a patent-pending baby block made from 100% food-grade silicone.
The Ouchless Baby Blocks are everything a parent and child could want in a toy. They're light-weight, buoyant, bouncy, chewable, and free of BPA, PVC, vinyl, phthalates, nitrosamines, rubber, lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals.
Each block is 2"x 2"x 2" (5 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm) and weighs 2.4 ounces. They come in a set of 6 and are designed to capture your child's attention with bright colors of blue, purple, green, red, orange, and yellow.
Reduces Pain & Suffering
No more stumbling on sharp wooden blocks in the middle of the night - you’ll have a relatively safe, sleep-deprived trip through the house from now on…well, as long as you avoid the stairs. Pets, siblings, and playmates are safe too!
Made from 100% food-grade silicone, The Ouchless Baby Blocks are certified free of BPA, PVC, lead, cadmium, latex rubber, nitrosamines, phthalates, and other heavy metals - so you don't have to worry about your child's health.
Safe Play for All Ages
Soft, rounded corners, and a light, bouncy weight make them safe and entertaining for all ages. No movable or removable parts (...it's a block) and they're squeezable too!
Developmental and Exploratory
Bright colors and textured geometric patterns on every side stimulate your child's senses. One side even has a maze for older children to trace.
Less Cleaning, More Playing
The Ouchless Baby Blocks are easy to clean and have no holes to harbor dangerous bacteria or mold. Less time scrubbing means more time playing!
Tired of throwing out moldy bath toys? The Ouchless Baby Blocks are hermetically sealed and waterproof, so they won't trap water and grow yucky stuff. And they float too!
I'm ready to bring The Ouchless Baby Blocks to you and your family, but I need your help.
Your contribution will go towards the specialized silicone mold and the minimum number of units the manufacturer needs to start production (MOQ).
$1K Mold + $3K MOQ = $4K Kickstarter Campaign
After the campaign ends, the manufacturer needs several weeks to create the mold, and several weeks to produce and package the blocks. I estimate the shipment date to be the end of August.
Even if you don't have children, you probably know someone who does, and they will love your gift!
How it works:
1. Choose a "Reward" (what you'll receive for helping fund the blocks) from the graphic below, then click on the corresponding Reward at the top of the page. You will then "check out" on Kickstarter, but won't be charged until the campaign ends and only ifthe campaign meets the minimum funding goal. (Note: International orders have an additional amount for shipping.)
2. After you choose your Reward, *please* share this campaign with others who might like The Ouchless Baby Blocks too. The success of the campaign depends on how many people see the campaign before it ends!
* Please Note: The $100 Reward includes shipping to anywhere in the world!
3. If you know someone else who might want a set of safe baby blocks, please send this campaign to them by clicking on any of the links below:
Thank you so much for your love and support - I can't WAIT to get these out to you!
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What Moms Are Saying
"My son Andre who is 2 years old tested these blocks out and played with them. He loved the fact that they bounce when you throw them and boys like to throw! I loved the fact that they are soft so when the hit the wall I had no worries! This is a terrific product for all kids and something safe for them to play with for many years!" - Christina F.
"My son received A Diva Difference teether set as a gift when he was a few months old. He loved them! So when we were recently given the opportunity to test drive one of their new baby blocks, we jumped at it. He loves them even more than the teethers! The blocks have textured sides which he loved to scrape his teeth on and they're also easy for him to pick up. But the best part is they're light and don't hurt when hit with, tripped over or any other roughhouse activities children participate in. These blocks are amazing and we can't wait until we have a set of our own at home!" - Patricia L.
"I'm so excited about these blocks! We were lucky enough to get to test them out early, and my one-year-old daughter adores them. They're soft on her gums but still substantial enough for her to toss, stack, and crawl with. For me, I appreciate that they're made from safe materials and that the vivid colors are easy on my eyes, not to mention their squishy-yet-sturdy composition also happens to be easy on the hardwoods (a huge perk for when those sky-high towers come crashing down!). In my opinion, when it comes to imaginative play and longevity, nothing beats a good set of blocks... except maybe a great set of blocks, and the Baby Diva blocks definitely fall into that category. I can't wait for the blocks to be released. So exciting!! - Amanda M.
Risks and challenges
My plan is to fulfill all rewards for backers as soon as possible after the campaign ends. With current production times, I expect this to be the end of August. If the campaign has the wonderful problem of attracting more backers than expected, fulfilling rewards might take a little longer. I'm SO grateful for your support and appreciate your patience if we experience a few growing pains (pun intended) between now and then! ☺Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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