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A modern children's clock and sleep trainer designed especially for parents who miss sleeping in!
A modern children's clock and sleep trainer designed especially for parents who miss sleeping in!
A modern children's clock and sleep trainer designed especially for parents who miss sleeping in!
982 backers pledged $59,381 to help bring this project to life.

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MELLA: All-In-One Clock To Keep Your Kid in Bed Longer

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Our Kickstarter campaign is over!  What an amazing ride! We are so grateful and humbled by your support, and we absolutely cannot wait to bring MELLA to you and your loved ones.

Missed MELLA on Kickstarter? Now you can pre-order at www.littlehippo.com.

 

Can't keep your kid in bed? Let us help with that.

MELLA is the all-in-one children's clock and sleep trainer designed to keep your kid in bed longer

* Shown in Arctic Blue. See below for more colors!
* Shown in Arctic Blue. See below for more colors!

 

 "This is a great gift for any parent with young children who constantly looks tired, AKA all of them." - Mashable

 

 

 

With MELLA, there's no need for multiple sleep aids anymore - MELLA has everything you need! 

Oh, and it's pretty darn cute too.

 

Studies show that children do not fully understand the concept of time until around 8 years old. MELLA uses colors and facial expressions to teach your kid when it's time for bed and when it's okay to wake up. With MELLA, your kid can learn to stay in bed longer, giving you more sleep! Pretty awesome.

When your kid sleeps, so does MELLA.

Set the desired sleep time and every night, MELLA will go to sleep with your kid. MELLA sleeps through the night so your kid knows to stay in bed.

When MELLA closes its eyes, it's bedtime!
When MELLA closes its eyes, it's bedtime!

MELLA introduces delayed gratification with the Play Period.

Good things come to those who wait! Half an hour before the wake time, MELLA will display a playful expression and glow a yellow light. Teach your kid to play quietly and wait patiently until the light turns green!

When MELLA turns yellow, it's almost time to wake up...
When MELLA turns yellow, it's almost time to wake up...

When MELLA turns green, it's time to wake up!

Set the desired wake time and MELLA will greet your kid with a smile and glow green. It's time to start the day!

Green means go!
Green means go!

 

 We spent months studying the most popular sleep trainers on the market. Some clocks didn't have nearly enough features to justify their price. Others had feature overload with buttons and programs parents can't keep track of. Some had nonsensical design choices (i.e. blue light as the only night light color option - read HERE why blue light is detrimental to sleep health).  

And across the board? None of them focused on beautiful design.  

So, we designed a beautiful kid's clock that strikes a perfect balance between features and usability.  

With MELLA, you get:  

1) features you'll actually use,  
2) an easy-to-use interface ("set it and forget it"),
3) at a reasonable price,
4) in a beautiful package.

 

Design meets function.
Design meets function.

 

5 Night Light Colors

Choose from five soft night light colors to keep the bedtime monsters at bay! 

We recommend setting an amber night light for optimal sleep health.
We recommend setting an amber night light for optimal sleep health.

3 Sleep Sound Options

Choose from three relaxing sleep sound options to help your kid fall asleep quickly: rain, white noise and ocean.

Choose from multiple duration options, including all night.
Choose from multiple duration options, including all night.

Nap Timer

What about those midday naps, time outs and other play activities? MELLA's got you covered. MELLA has multiple duration options for all your countdown needs.

Set a timer with a touch of a button!
Set a timer with a touch of a button!

Alarm Clock

If your kid needs help waking up, choose from three alarm sounds (with child-friendly, non-scary options!) to jump start the day.  

Click below to preview one of our three alarm options!

   

 

 

 

 

MELLA is available in Arctic Blue, Blush Pink, our limited edition color, Kickstarter Green, and our newly unlocked color, Bright Purple!

Why green? Two reasons: 1) it was hugely demanded in our pre-launch poll; and 2) Kickstarter's color is green, of course! Once we sell through our initial minimum order quantity, we will NEVER offer this fun shade again so grab yours today!

NOTE: We will contact backers after the campaign is over for their preferred color choice based on the selected reward level.

HOW TO PLEDGE FOR PURPLE MELLA: 

Choose a MELLA reward tier that is marked for FEBRUARY 2018 shipping.  (MELLA, A Drink with MELLA, Double Trouble, Triple Threat, Party of Five)

Note For Backers of Early Bird Delivery Tiers ONLY: Review the FAQ section for how to adjust your pledge to a purple MELLA.

Let's get down to it!

Dimensions
Dimensions

 

Simple Button Layout
Simple Button Layout

 

 

 

 

 WOOHOO! We're fully funded and have unlocked ALL stretch goals!

 

 Below is a list of the currently available reward tiers.

Shipping

Shipping will be collected when you make your pledge. The more MELLAs you pledge for through our reward tiers, the cheaper shipping gets on a per unit basis!

Visit our FAQs for more detailed information on shipping or email us at hello@littlehippo.com if you have any questions!

Please note: International backers will be responsible for applicable tariffs and customs fees.

As a possibility for international backers, MyUS may be a good option to save on shipping costs. Orders are shipped to a MyUS United States address, and then they forward your package to you. Learn how it works HERE.

Stretch Goal UNLOCKED - KELVIN

Introducing KELVIN, MELLA's sidekick and BFF!  KELVIN is a color changing night light, room thermometer and room hygrometer.  KELVIN changes colors depending on whether the room temperature is too hot, too cold or just right!

For ALL backers (U.S. and international!), simply add $20 to your pledge to add on a KELVIN to your shipment!  No additional shipping fees necessary!

 

KELVIN's temperature range settings can be customized!
KELVIN's temperature range settings can be customized!

2x Little Hippo Coloring Pages  

With your pledge, we'll send you two different digital coloring pages featuring our spunky hippo for your little one(s)! Here's a preview...

Just a hippo taking a bath...
Just a hippo taking a bath...

Little Hippo Mug

Grab this adorable Little Hippo mug, again featuring our spunky hippo:

Just a hippo holding a balloon...
Just a hippo holding a balloon...

 

Don't see a combination you want?  Want a limited edition green MELLA but need the Little Hippo mug in your kitchen?  Want two MELLAs but a mug too?  Want a limited edition green MELLA but a second blue MELLA on top?  Fear not, friends!  

For U.S. backers only, below are the add-ons that you can add to your pledge in addition to the reward level that you select:

  • MELLA in Arctic Blue: $39 + $4 per unit shipping charge
  • MELLA in Blush Pink: $39 + $4 per unit shipping charge
  • MELLA in Bright Purple: $39 + $4 per unit shipping charge
  • KELVIN: $20 (no additional shipping charge!)
  • Little Hippo Mug: $20 + $4 per unit shipping charge

For international backers, you may also add KELVIN to your pledge for $20 (with no additional shipping charge!).

You may add as many additional add-ons as you'd like (that's a lot of adds)!

Add-Ons for Backers of Early Bird Delivery Tiers ONLY: If you add additional MELLAs to your pledge, we will do our absolute best to ship all your MELLAs in the first shipment. However, we cannot guarantee that we will fulfill your additional MELLAs by the early bird expected delivery date. Our ability to do so will depend on various factors such as demand. We promise to fulfill add-ons in the order in which the pledge is received - the earlier you back us, the more likely you will receive your MELLAs in the same shipment!

If you are ADDING a purple MELLA(s) to your pledge, you will get your purple MELLA(s) in a separate shipment in February.  Review the FAQ section for how to adjust your pledge to a purple MELLA.

See the next section for how to back us and select your add-ons.

Below is a simple guide to backing our campaign and getting exactly what you want. If you have any questions, shoot us a message at hello@littlehippo.com!

How To Back Us and Get Add-Ons:

 
 

How to Adjust Your Pledge:

 

HOW TO PLEDGE FOR PURPLE MELLA:  

Choose a MELLA reward tier that is marked for FEBRUARY 2018 shipping. (MELLA, A Drink with MELLA, Double Trouble, Triple Threat, Party of Five)

Our estimated timeline is below. As you can see, the hardest part is over and we're almost ready to ship! In the last two years, we've come a long way:

We'll do our best to stick to this timeline, but if there are unexpected delays, we will strive to keep our backers updated every step of the way.

Two years ago, we had a thought: why aren't kid's electronics designed with the parent in mind? After all, parents are the ones buying the product! Sleep trainers on the market looked extremely kiddy/childish or had ugly designs, were made with cheap materials and broke quickly. We wanted to do better.  

Our mission is to create beautiful, modern children's products even adults would want for themselves. Our goal is to design products that customers wouldn't necessarily think were children's products at first glance, yet still bring delight to children everywhere. Most importantly, we set out to build high quality products - minus the sky-high price tags.

With MELLA, we believe we've created just that.

MELLA is a sleek, modern kid's clock designed with the parent in mind.
MELLA is a sleek, modern kid's clock designed with the parent in mind.

 

                                                                   

Inquiries: If you have any questions about MELLA, please email us at hello@littlehippo.com.

Kickstarter is a platform where entrepreneurs can put forward their ideas, and where early adopters can help bring these ideas to life.  Having backed many projects on our own, it was only natural that we would turn to Kickstarter ourselves to see whether this community would love MELLA as much as we do!

MELLA's product design, development, prototyping, tooling and testing have been financed by ourselves.  Your pledges will help us to fund our initial production run.  In addition, by launching on Kickstarter, we can offer our backers a better price as a little thank you for being such amazing supporters!

We've been working on MELLA for the last two years. Check out our progress below!

Mella was lovingly created and designed in San Francisco, California.

 

We are a team of passionate individuals with backgrounds in engineering, business, marketing, and product design!

 

 

Help your fellow parents stay in bed longer...
Help your fellow parents stay in bed longer...

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

    

 

 

Risks and challenges

MELLA's product development is complete, including the design, prototyping, production mold and all required testings. We are in the process of our initial production run and we do not currently expect any manufacturing delays. Our team has brought many products to life and is experienced with product development, manufacturing and logistics.

However, while MELLA is fully developed, there could still be chance of delays for a multitude of reasons including: the product quality is not as we expect, our manufacturers or shipping partners experience unexpected issues or delays, and/or we are required to produce a significantly higher volume of product than we initially anticipated.

In the event that there may be any delays in delivering your rewards, we commit to communicating honest and frequent updates on the status of the project.

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    Thank You!

    You’ll get exclusive access to our project updates and two cute Little Hippo coloring pages to boot.

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    The Watering Hole

    1 LITTLE HIPPO MUG - Where else would you keep your coffee when your kid wakes you up at 5 AM?

    See our campaign page for a photo!

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    MELLA - EARLY DELIVERY

    1 MELLA - You'll be a part of the FIRST BATCH to get your MELLA from our initial production run! You will get your MELLA before any non-early bird reward tier!

    Choose from blue or pink.(MSRP: $50)

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    MELLA

    1 MELLA - You'll be among the first to get your MELLA from our initial production run!

    Choose from blue or pink.(MSRP: $50)

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    Limited Edition MELLA - EARLY DELIVERY

    1 LIMITED EDITION MELLA - You'll be a part of the FIRST BATCH to get your exclusive, limited edition MELLA from our initial production run! You will get your MELLA before any non-early bird reward tier!

    The limited edition color is KICKSTARTER GREEN (see our campaign page for a photo!).

    This color will never be available again once we sell through!

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    Limited Edition MELLA

    1 LIMITED EDITION MELLA - You'll be among the first to get your limited edition MELLA from our initial production run!

    The limited edition color is KICKSTARTER GREEN (see our campaign page for a photo!).

    This color will never be available again once we sell through!

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    A Drink with MELLA

    1 LITTLE HIPPO MUG AND 1 MELLA - You'll get your very own MELLA from our initial production run and a Little Hippo mug!

    Choose from blue or pink for MELLA. (MSRP: $50)

    To pledge for a green MELLA, choose a "Limited Edition MELLA" tier and see the "How to Back" section for how to add the mug.

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    Double Trouble

    2 MELLAS - Two is better than one.

    You'll be among the first to get two MELLAs from our initial production run.

    Choose from blue or pink.(MSRP: $100)

    To pledge for a green MELLA, choose a "Limited Edition Mella" tier and see the "How to Back" section for how to add the second MELLA.

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    Double Trouble - Mix n Match

    2 MELLAs (One Limited Edition and One Non-Limited Edition) - Two is better than one.

    You'll be among the first to get two MELLAs from our initial production run!

    The limited edition color is KICKSTARTER GREEN (see our campaign page for a photo!).

    This color will never be available again once we sell through!

    For the second MELLA, choose from blue, pink or purple. (MSRP: $100)

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    Double Trouble - Limited Edition MELLA

    2 LIMITED EDITION MELLAS - Two is better than one.

    You'll be among the first to get two limited edition MELLA from our initial production run!

    The limited edition color is KICKSTARTER GREEN (see our campaign page for a photo!).

    This color will never be available again once we sell through!

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    Triple Threat

    3 MELLAS - Three is better than two.

    You'll be among the first to get three MELLAs from our initial production run.

    Choose from blue or pink.(MSRP: $150)

    To pledge for a green MELLA, choose a "Limited Edition Mella" tier and see the "How to Back" section for how to add the second and third MELLA.

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    Party of Five

    5 MELLAS - Know other sleep deprived parents who need a MELLA in their lives? They'll seriously thank you.

    You'll be among the first to get five MELLAs from our initial production run.

    Choose from blue or pink. (MSRP: $250)

    To pledge for a green MELLA, choose a "Limited Edition MELLA" tier and see the "How to Back" section for how to add the second, third and fourth MELLA.

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    Interview with Founders

    CHAT WITH FOUNDERS AND 3 MELLAS - We'll connect face-to-face (if you're in the Bay area!), over the phone, Skype, FaceTime, or however... for 45 minutes to discuss your project, idea or anything else going on! You'll also get THREE MELLAs from our initial production run. (MSRP: $150)

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