MOTHERHOOD SHOULD BE A TIME WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF, NOT LOSE YOURSELF.
Our mom community at Sweaty Mommy Survival knows how easy it is for mothers of newborns and toddlers to get out of routine with their favorite form of fitness. We've been there! You're feeling pulled in 25 directions and spend far too long staring at a calendar trying to fit everything in! You eventually default into "survival mode," lose motivation to figure out a schedule that works, and your health becomes the lowest priority on the to-do list.
Ginger is here to help inspire your entire family and make everybody's health a high priority!
MEET GINGER- YOUR KID'S FIRST KETTLEMATE ™ ! Designed for children 3-5 years of age, Ginger is a plush kid-sized kettlebell ready to help your kiddo get active with you. She's a kettlebell encouraging movement AND she's a playmate all in one. She's a... Kettlemate ™ !
You can hand your kiddo his/her own Kettlemate ™ so he/she could mimic similar strength training moves being done by you.
Ginger is light enough for kiddos to swing and avoids supervision concerns. She's as light, soft, and squishy as your kiddos favorite stuffed animals!
She will also arrive with a printed companion activity guide designed by Sweaty Mommy Survival to give you a solid strength training workout all while engaging with your kiddo! The guide will include:
- suggested activities for mom and kiddo(s),
- additional supplies as needed to keep your kiddo engaged,
- child development tips broken down by age and developmental milestones, and
- prompts to spark conversation with your kiddo about what he/she is experiencing.
PLUS when your kiddo needs a break, he/she instantly has a positive playmate to engage with and can stay occupied while you finish your workout.
Think of Ginger as a member of your #momsquad. She's here to help you and your kiddo get active together, encourage healthy habits at home, and offer an alternative to screen time.
Meet the Creator, Erin Galloway, Champion of Moms
I spent 20+ years managing education initiatives for The Ohio State University and Johns Hopkins University after receiving my master's degree in child development and family science. I've worked with urban, suburban, and rural families to improve education and health outcomes for their children. Helping ALL MOMS realize how resilient they are is my life's calling.
I listen to moms around the world who feel defeated by not staying consistently active and who lost their sense of self worth in the process. I could not hear all of these stories and not take action!
How The Kettlemate Project Started
In 2018, I invested in the production of a dozen panda kettlebell prototypes and received incredibly positive feedback from the moms who tried them. Moms have responded with relief that the can finally mash-up their fitness routines with fun toys and conversation that keep their kiddo actively engaged nearby AND learning new skills at the same time!
The Kettlemate™ Design
The current design of the Kettlemate ™ went through testing based on the "Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Toy Safety." Testing results, along with direct feedback from moms on the prototype design, gave me useful insights on how to update the design.
Through this Kickstarter campaign I will:
- firm up the handle so it has a look and feel that more closely resembles a kettlebell and
- adjust the Velcro enclosure in the back to either be more seamless or offer a back pocket for your kiddo to store a few small treasures.
Your kiddo's first Kettlemate ™ is estimated to arrive at your doorstep by August 2019.
The timeline is based on making the adjustments to the design outlined above and fitting into the current production schedule of my two mom collaborators. We are exploring alternatives to expedite the production timeline but I want to set expectations according to the information we have as of this Kickstarter campaign launch date.
Mamas with newborns and toddlers I DID NOT FORGET YOU!
As of May 28th, the prototype design for a Kettlemate ™ with sewn eyes for kiddos ages 3 and under WAS APPROVED by the "Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Toy Safety"! Now age-appropriate versions of the Kettlemate, and companion guide, for children of all ages is available through this campaign!
You know your kiddo best and can determine which design is appropriate for him/her.
The Kettlemate™ Family
By backing this Kickstarter campaign, you get to order the first Kettlemate ™ AND be the first to hear about a future line up of family-oriented products centered around helping parents establish healthy habits at home and on the go!
Based on initial excitement about the Kettlemate™ , I began collaborating with other moms (and dads!) to create prototypes of an entire line of family-oriented workout guides, sensory stations, skill development charts and goal trackers. This game-changing original product line of “mommy & me" toys and games includes an entire line of plush fitness toys, travel games, books, and activity boxes.
Meet Ginger's future squad friends! Each with their own personalities, skills, fears, and favorite foods!
These original characters will be used to create games and activities that can go with moms anywhere! Whether your kiddo is in the mood for stretching (Ginger), building (Penny), team play (Ace), or cooking (Jaz) you'll have a squad by your side that your kiddo can connect with and be motivated to listen to!
Want to turn your everyday errands into mini-adventures? Try a Kettlemate™ Activity
Ginger and her squad are going to help reduce meltdowns by your kiddo in the Target isles and help reduce meltdowns by you in the grocery store trying to check off the shopping list! I'll be designing grab-n-go games and activity guides, so you can can create consistency for your kiddo from at home and all the places you travel together!
Broken down by age and stage, these tools will help you transform a park, a grocery store, a restaurant, and even your car into a space of exciting interaction and exploration. Kiddos will use their senses to learn their numbers, letters, colors. etc. from activities that will be easily guided by you! You'll be nurturing fundamental skills that require a connection with others so your kiddo understands how to be resilient, kind, empathetic, patient, and fierce!
The release date of the first products will be driven by interest in this Kickstarter campaign and feedback moms in my social communities. STAY TUNED!
More Words From My Heart
First, THANK YOU for being interested in this Kickstarter campaign.
I'm Erin Galloway and I'm thrilled you're here! In addition to being a mom of a 5 year old kindergartner, I'm best known for inspiring mamas to get moving with their families. After being consistently active during pregnancy and postpartum, I struggled myself figuring out how to stay active after my daughter started walking and wanting more attention. Launching Sweaty Mommy Survival was my way of encouraging myself to "think fit" for my kiddo and helping all moms get more creative on how we incorporate fitness into our daily lives.
I created Ginger because I wish someone created it for my family!
I am a woman who uses my stubbornness for the greater good. A single mom with a vision and thousands of educational hacks that are meant to be shared. I refuse to let no big savings account, no business background, or no insider entrepreneur access stop me. I trust my mama bear instincts so I'll do what all moms do- bootstrap my resources and ask for help!
Mama, I know motherhood is going to try to knock you down. I’ve been there. The daily fight to stay strong for yourself and your family is impossible to avoid but it’s possible to not stay down. I want to ensure you have the confidence to get back up and show your kiddo what his/her mama is truly made of!
I'm looking for more moms and CHAMPIONS OF MOMS to join us!
Moms of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds ARE FIERCE even when they are asking for support to feel more confident in their own skin! I am not trying to help moms “get their body back” or promote one form of fitness. I am meeting moms where they are and encouraging all of us to make our own health a higher priority!
When you join this Kickstarter campaign, your contribution makes a statement that all moms deserve more support and all babies deserve healthier homes to be raised in. Your investment in this project allows me to invest in you and your family in return.
Together, we're creating a multi-generational movement to make health and wellness a new team sport!
The Kettlemate™ Team
I am humbled by the assistance I've received to transform that doodle above of my initial stuffed animal kettlebell idea into reality.
Kettlemate™ exists today because of Purusha, owner of My Baby's Heartbeat Bear. Her openness to collaborate with me and her ongoing generosity is beyond what I could have ever imagined when she accepted my first phone call. The duo of Purusha & Amy Yu are a force!
I'd also like to thank Rick Galloway, Angela Smith, all the moms who tested the prototype, and the social communities who sparked the inspiration for the Kettlemate™.
To hear more on my journey from an idea to a Kickstarter campaign, watch the video below!
Risks and challenges
PILOT TESTING- I can’t stand behind anything if it’s not kid tested and mom approved! I don’t want to create products that sit on shelves or a subscription that goes unused. I invested in the production of a dozen kettlebells and sent to them to moms with kids 1-5 years of age to test kids reactions. I also shared sample activity guides with over 50 moms across the country to learn how moms use the guides and engage with their kiddos. The feedback to date has exceeded expectations! Children loved grabbing the handle of the kettlebell and trying to do what mommy does. Moms were surprised at how quickly kids were picking up new skills and how independent their kiddos could be during mom's workout.
TIMELINE- The primary risk is the timeline of production, import and delivery of preorders by August 2019. The two women I am working with have a successful history together creating products for My Baby's Heartbeat Bear. In the past year, I worked with them to create the prototype and prepare for this campaign. To date, they have both followed through with every commitment they made to me. The "shell" of panda kettlebell will be produced in China and it will be stuffed/finished in the USA. If all goes as smoothly as the creation of the prototype, I will meet the Kickstarter deadline but there is always a chance of delay in the process. Even if the plush kettlebell is delayed, backers will receive all other incentives on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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