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$575
pledged of $6,000pledged of $6,000 goal
3
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, April 15 2014 3:50 AM UTC +00:00

About

As I started to research baby coverings, I learned that NO EXTRA MATERIAL should be between a baby and the safety harness!  Consumer Reports, The Today Show, Parenting, car seat manufacturers, and many, many other sources warn that extra garments and fluffy items within the straps can cause the seat to fail to protect the child properly in an accident. 

Surprisingly, most of the infant coverings on the market are either completely or partially within the confines of the straps.  OURS IS NOT!  It is worn over the straps, which may be the most important reason for our Blanklet, and our most urgent message to all of you!

The best reason to get a BEKK is that it is comfortable for your baby, and makes your life a little easier.

When I created the BEKK Blanklet, the immediate goal was just to make running errands with my own infant a little easier.  Then the strangest thing happened:  people started asking about it everywhere I went.  I realized that this was not something I had a right to keep to myself, other parents needed a break, too.  So began this exciting journey, now a mission!

So, what exactly is a BEKK Blanklet?  It's infant outerwear that provides a safer solution to buntings and bulky car seat implements.  Designed to be slipped on and off of the child after they are securely buckled into their car seat or stroller, the little one can now be warm in their seat while still able to move arms and head freely.  Thus, Blanklets cultivate less fussing, less overheating, less stress on little ones; and safer, faster, and far more peaceful travels for Mom & Dad.

The bonus? It can be put on or taken off in less than 10 seconds, even when the baby's asleep!  Running errands and window shopping are no longer a sweaty, cranky hassle.

BEKK Blanklet overview
BEKK Blanklet overview

And guess what?  It's International Patent Pending!

Why the Kickstarter Project?  All roads seemed to lead to Kickstarter for BEKK Blanklets.  In short, we need to produce more of these than 10 at a time.  So, we need a piece goods manufacturer, which has some up front costs associated with it, as follows:

1) Materials purchase:  Because our product goes on babies, it is imperative that we use only premium, CPSIA certified fabric.  In layman's terms, this means we pay a lot for it!  About $1,500 of this Kickstarter is dedicated to a fabric purchase in order for us to begin larger scale production.

2) We need to guarantee a minimum piece order to the piece goods manufacturer.  Here's the thing:  myself plus a couple of seamstresses can't keep sewing all of these forever (really, my fingers are going to fall off, and my sewing machine is going to mutiny!  I really do love this sewing machine...and am pretty attached to my fingers as well!  I digress...)  The point is, it's time to formalize & send it to a contractor.  Totally necessary, and past time, but the contractor requires half up front, half upon completion.  That's going to require another $1,000.

3) Additionally, it's getting warmer out.  We need to facilitate our summer weight garment, first run should cost about $3,000.  I'm in the process of selecting materials/colors/patterns, (which I may have help with from three lucky backers!).  Ideally, we will launch one boys, one girls, one neutral.  Once selected, we need to order the materials and get the seamstresses busy creating our summer version. 

4) Plus, we need to produce an appropriate number of garment tags, size tags, and shipping supplies, at a cost of about $500.

That's how our $6,000 shakes out.  If you have any questions, please send me a message, I'm happy to answer!

I sincerely hope and pray you will help us get to the next step of our plan - we can't make this happen without you!  And PLEASE, DO spread the word: avoid padded or excess clothing on the baby when they're wearing a safety harness!

Many thanks,

Barbara

BEKK Blanklet Sizes
BEKK Blanklet Sizes
Best stroller blanket ever!
Best stroller blanket ever!

Risks and challenges

Every new venture comes with snags and teeth! What I'm currently most worried about is being able to keep up with the business's growth.

Although I have lined up enough manufacturing help for now, the time may soon come when we have to manufacture on a larger scale, which brings with it more complications with electronic patterning, large scale fabric, thread and garment tag ordering, order fulfillment, shipping, and customer service questions or concerns - all of which can cause hiccups in the flow of the business, and the need for upfront cash deposits. But, I've built new ventures before, and absolutely love the process, the daily challenges, the excitement and pride in watching it grow!

My family and I are committed to changing the way people travel with their babies! I've always been a problem solver. I'm really great at figuring out how we can accomplish something in a unique way when it all seems impossible. Hence, our Kickstarter project. That said, I also have a great network of friends and business associates who are always willing to lend a helping hand. (Shout-out to TR who filmed and edited our video, and Jennifer who did the voice over for me! See, GREAT friends!)

Of course growing too quickly presents it's own concerns. Having worked on several startup companies, I am very well versed in the speed at which things need to occur, and tackling any problems head on! At the end of the day, determination and creativity will allow us to conquer any issues that may arise! Many thanks for your assistance in getting us where we need to go!

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    A super handwritten Thank You note with a swatch of our exceptionally soft winter-wear material, and your name on our website's "Fabulous Friends" Thank You page!

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    Our summer weight Blanklet, in the size (S, M, L) and color of your choice, and your name on our website's "Fabulous Friends" Thank You page...and our gratitude!

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    Our summer weight Blanklet PERSONALIZED (up to 20 characters), in your choice of size (S, M, L) and in the color of your choice, and your name on our website's "Fabulous Friends" Thank You page...and our gratitude!

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    TWO summer-weight Blanklets, in your choice of (S, M, L) size and color...just in case you've got twins! And YES, you can have two different sizes or colors! Plus, your name on our website's "Fabulous Friends" Thank You page and more gratitude than you can imagine!

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    BOTH the Original Blanklet, and the summer-weight Blanklet, in your choice of size (S, M, L) & color, and your name on our website's "Fabulous Friends" Thank You page...and ever increasing gratitude! By the way, YES, you can have two different sizes or colors!

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    TWO PERSONALIZED (up to 20 characters)summer-weight Blanklets, in your choice of size (S, M, L ) and color, and your name on our website's "Fabulous Friends" Thank You page...and a colossal amount of gratitude! By the way, YES, you can have two different sizes or colors!

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    TWO Original Blanklets, (non-personalized, but in your choice of size (S, M, L) and Pink, Blue, or one of each), and your name on our website's "Fabulous Friends" Thank You page...plus, that colossal amount of gratitude! By the way, YES, you can have two different sizes or colors!

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    THE WORKS FOR TWINS:
    TWO Original Blanklets, AND TWO summer-weight Blanklets, in your choice of colors and sizes (S, M, L), and your name on our website's "Fabulous Friends" Thank You page! By the way, YES, you can have different sizes or colors!

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    THE WORKS FOR TWINS PERSONALIZED:
    TWO Original Blanklets, AND TWO summer-weight Blanklets, in your choice of colors and sizes (S, M, L), PERSONALIZED with up to 20 characters each, and your name on our website's "Fabulous Friends" Thank You page, and a personal thank you phone call from the Blanklets' creator and founder! By the way, YES, you can have different sizes or colors!

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    YOU GET TO CHOOSE OUR SUMMER PATTERN: You will get to look at the final fabric choices for our summer line! AND YOU will make the final fabric selection for ONE of the following: Boys, Girls, or Neutral
    You will also get the FIRST Blanklet made in your selection, personally autographed and numbered, along with one of our original Blanklets, PERSONALIZED (up to 20 characters), and your name on our website's "Fabulous Friends" Thank You page, as well as a lifetime supply of gratitude!

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