A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
What is the difference between HIPSTER Smart vs Ergobaby, Babybjorn, and Lillebaby?
Comparing a MiaMily baby carrier to Ergobaby, BabyBjorn and Lillebaby is like comparing apples and oranges. Ergobaby, BabyBjorn and Lillebaby are all soft structure carriers while HIPSTER Smart is a 3D baby carrier, not a soft structure carrier. A 3D baby carrier is a carrier that has a built in 3D hip seat incorporated to the structure and this makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
What are the benefits of the 3D hip seat?
Ergonomic for baby: We specifically engineered a carrier with a built in ergonomic 3D hip seat so that no matter which position you carry your baby, whether it’s facing in, forward facing, hip carry or back carry, your baby’s hips are always in the correct M position, knees supported at hip level, legs open and not dangling. It’s literally impossible to wear your baby wrong in our carrier.
Ergonomic for parent: The hip seat absorbs the weight of the baby so your baby will feel much lighter on your shoulders and you’ll feel less pressure on your back. Our waist belt is also the widest in the market, this provides great lumbar support and is also very flattering on the body (no more muffin tops!)
Can hip seat baby carriers cause hip dysplasia?
So, before we talk about hip dsyplasia, let's just set the record straight. No baby carrier can cause hip dysplasia. A baby carrier can only worsen baby's hips if baby already has pre-existing hip conditions. We have been approved by the International hip dysplasia institute as a hip healthy baby carrier
How is HIPSTER Smart different from our current model, HIPSTER Plus?
We have sold thousands of HIPSTER Plus around the world to happy parents and our 3D built in hip seat design has revolutionized how people carry their baby. With HIPSTER Smart, we kept the smart built in hip seat design but added so many new features to help you stay organized when you are out with the baby.
NO OTHER CARRIER IN THE WORLD HAS ANY OF OUR NEW FEATURES. With this carrier, we wanted to push the envelope a bit more. We didn't just want to just make it easier for you to carry your baby, we wanted to help YOU navigate parenthood easier. Raising a baby is overwhelming enough, let us help you stay organised so you can focus on the important things.
Don't take our word for it, here are what real parents are saying about their MiaMily baby carrier.
We started working on HIPSTER Smart for almost 2 years now, we first start with some design concepts. We did at 6 different designs and we narrowed it down to the one we want to start sampling
Prototype is the most difficult part of the production process as everything needs to start with creating paper pattern and then the paper pattern is used as a template for cutting the fabric.
During this year of sampling, we improved on our initial design many times, to add more features and improve on the functionality. Often times we had to completely start from scratch and redo a prototype. It took us a year of doing 10 rounds of sampling to finally be happy with our final design. Here's Alessandro showing the various prototypes that we went through.
In this one year of sampling, we visited our factory three times and even brought our kids during this summer to show them the whole manufacturing. It was fun showing them how manufacturing works, how fabric is cut and how each carrier is sewn by hand. Here is a short slideshow of our visits.
Our new Winter Cover is designed to be packable and light. The outside is made with a quitted water resistant material while the inside is a soft velvet fabric that will keep your baby warm during cold winters. The hood of the winter cover is removable. There is also a pocket on the outside of the winter cover for your hands so you stay warm too. There are adjustable snaps on the side of the cover so you can adjust the length of the cover as your baby grows. The hood can be tightened to fit your baby's head.
Our Rain Cover is made with water resistant material so you can keep your baby dry in during light showers. There are adjustable snaps on the side so you can adjust the length of the cover as your baby grows. The hood can be tightened to fit your baby's head.
BINKSTER is a 4 in 1 pacifier clip. It clips on to a pacifier and there is a built in cover to keep your pacifier clean when not in use. The pacifier cover is also a sensory toy and the silicon bead strap is a teether for baby's sore gums.
We are offering all our MiaMily accessories at discounted price for all our Kickstarter backers. Just add on the cost of your accessories to your final pledge amount to get these discounts.
Risks and challenges
The good news is we've been doing this for the past 3 years and we've really mastered our production process by partnering up with accredited manufacturers, and implemented smart quality control processes. Manufacturing is complex but we are very confident in our ability to produce high quality HIPSTER™ Smart baby carriers.
The only risk we foresee is in delivery but our estimates for delivery are conservative, that being said, things can still go wrong. Aspects that are out of our control, such as delay delivery of components and material or shipping delay due to weather conditions will cause deadlines to be pushed back but we are very experienced in overcoming obstacles and we promise we will work day and night to minimize any impact on delivery.
In the event of unexpected delay, we will absolutely keep you updated!
We understand every family has different needs so you can create your own bundle here!
Pick the products you want from our add on menu (scroll down) and determine your pledge amount by adding their costs.
For those of you who missed the $99 Super Duper Early Bird, this is for you. Act fast cus there are only 200 spots available! If you want to add accessories, just add up the cost from below add on menu and add it to your final pledge amount.
For ONLY 3 days, when you pledge for a HIPSTER Smart, we are going to give you a free MiaMily TRAVEL BAG (foldable and carry on size, a must have to keep all your baby items in one place when you are on the go)!!!
If you want to add accessories, just add up the cost from below add on menu and add it to your final pledge amount.
Combined retail price $189 (carrier) +$35 (bag) = $224. That is a savings of $105!!!