Extra funds would allow me to get more stock and fastrack Medapti to success!
After endless times of Calpol spilled all over me and my unwell baby, I set out to create a product that will make giving medicine easier.
by Medapti in Woking, England, United Kingdom
Extra funds would allow me to get more stock and fastrack Medapti to success!
My name is Dora, and I am a mum of two wonderful boys who are my inspiration and the drive behind Medapti.
When my boys were little, medicine time was a real struggle. My first baby was on reflux medication for the first few months and every time I had to give him his medicine, I was worried that the hard plastic syringe would hurt his delicate gums. Giving medicine to my second baby was even more of a worry, as he refused the medicine altogether. Although he didn’t have any medical issues, he used to get really high temperatures that would spike up very fast and were difficult to control. It was important to give him medicine quickly but he would clamp his mouth, pull away, cry uncontrollably and the medicine would normally end up all over him, me or the floor. It was heart-breaking to watch him get so upset and a big worry, because I had a burning up baby in my arms.
I found various products but some were too messy or difficult to use, some were not suitable for babies that don’t like dummies, others directed the medicine straight down the throat. When trying to give medicine to my baby, there were many times when the medicine shot straight down his throat and he started choking. To watch your tiny baby trying to catch a breath is extremely scary. My heart stopped every single time. Luckily, he always got his breath back but many times, because the medicine hit the back of his throat, it made him throw up. At that point, we had another worry. How much had he managed to swallow? Did we need to administer more?
Giving medicine to my baby was just a struggle and a constant worry. Every time I looked at his upset face, I just couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a simple product to help me. Frustrated, I decided to create one. I started drawing the designs, got the Play-Doh, scissors and paper out, and started on my journey.
My goal was to make a product that would be extremely simple to use.
When you have an unwell and crying baby in your arms, you need a product that you can use quickly and easily.
An adapter for a baby syringe was a perfect solution. It was simple. You fill the syringe as normal and you just slide Medapti on! The idea of an angled tube came later. Aiming the syringe to the side is important so the medicine doesn't shoot straight down the throat. My product had to do just that – direct the medicine to the side. This is how the final design of Medapti was born!
Medapti is made with a medical grade, non-toxic and BPA-free material.
Fast forward to now, Medapti has gone from my home-made dream to a patented product, gathering interest from many parents, healthcare professionals and children’s hospitals, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. It has also been featured widely in the British and international media.
Medapti was chosen as one of the four finalists in the BPA Concept & Innovation Awards 2019 competition.
There have been many challenges to overcome during my journey, many ups and downs but it has been an amazing learning curve and experience. Although it was not easy trying to bring a product to market while still working and being a mum of two boys, I know that it will be worth it and my invention will help many people.
For the first few years, I struggled to gather enough funds to make the tooling but finally, last year I secured an investment, which has mainly been used on research and design costs, endless rounds of prototypes, intellectual property fees and tooling.
Production of the tooling started last year but due to Covid, things have been on standstill since January while the running expenses were still coming out. This is why I need your help. Production has finally started moving along in August and the tooling is now finished and I'm ready to take Medapti to the next stage.
This week, I received the final samples for approval. I am working on the packaging design and getting close to the first production run, which should happen in the next 4 to 5 weeks.
The money I receive will be used to pay for the first production run, packaging, further intellectual property costs to keep my invention protected and other expenses associated with bringing Medapti to market, such as shipping and insurance.
With your help, after seven years of an amazing roller coaster ride, I will be able to launch Medapti in the next few months and help thousands of parents and carers.
I hope that one day, Medapti will not only be a must-have baby product but also a tool in the healthcare market, helping to administer medicine to babies, premature infants, disabled and the elderly.
3% of the goal will be donated to Pyjama Fairies charity. It's a small amount but you have to start somewhere and I guess every little helps!
Pyjama Fairies is the only UK charity to make pyjamas and surgical gowns specially designed for babies and children up to age 16 having surgery or any other associated medical test. Pyjama Fairies mission is to make hospital stays easier for children and their families.
I will send you a personalised Thank You card to show my gratitude for your support. Thank you for helping to make Medapti happen!
A printable Medicine Record Diary will be emailed to you so you can easily keep track of medication times when your baby or other member of the family is not well. Thank you for helping to make Medapti happen!
(£8 - Early Bird price for the first 20)
1 x Medapti to make giving medicine to your baby easier. It could also be a perfect baby shower gift or a new baby gift for family and friends. Thank you for helping to make Medapti happen!
2 x Medapti to make giving medicine to your baby easier. It's always good to have a spare one. It could also be a perfect baby shower gift or a new baby gift for family and friends. Thank you for helping to make Medapti happen!
100% cotton "Make It Happen" t-shirt. We chose this slogan because you are literally helping to make Medapti happen but it will hopefully also help you or someone who will wear it, feel empowered. Thank you so much for helping to make it happen!
A super soft coatigan to relax with a book and a cuppa or for a cosy cuddle time with your little one. A perfect Christmas gift too. Designed by the founder's sister. Thank you for helping to make Medapti happen!
An hour video call with me, the founder. Ask me anything about my Medapti journey! I will share the ups and downs. I will give you any tips and advice I can think of and share the lessons I learnt along the way or we can just chat about what bringing a product to market really looks like. Thank you for helping to make Medapti a reality!
We are putting a positive spin on the limitations of COVID-19. As we are unable to confirm the date or venue at the moment, we will be organising a mystery launch party! All we can say is that it will be at the London venue in spring 2021 (COVID-19 dependent). One thing is certain, it will be fabulous. After 7 years of trials and tribulations, we have a reason to celebrate! I hope you can join me! Thank you for helping to make Medapti a reality!
You will receive a small but symbolic surprise Thank You gift and will become a lifetime supporter of Medapti. We will keep you up to date with the milestones and important news. You will also receive new products that come out in the future. The reward includes a VIP ticket to the launch party (due to COVID-19, we are unable to confirm the date or venue at the moment). Thank you for helping to make Medapti happen!
Your name will be engraved on our 'Golden Funders' plaque and displayed in our future office. We will also keep you up to date with the milestones and important news and send you new products that come out in the future. The reward includes a VIP ticket to the launch party (due to COVID-19, we are unable to confirm the date or venue at the moment). You will receive a small but symbolic surprise Thank You gift too!
I am so grateful to all my friends and family that have been supporting me through these years (and patiently letting me bore them to death with Medapti!). Even my boys try to help out whenever they can! There have also been so many businesses who gave me tons of advice, tips and support when I needed it.
Some of these businesses were even willing to send me their product so I can create a beautiful Baby Hamper worth over £350 to help me promote my crowdfunding campaign.
After browsing all of the wonderful rewards (and hopefully pledging), please keep an eye out on my Facebook page to find out how you can win a fantastic Baby Hamper, including 16 amazing products, all designed by parents.
The hamper will include the following products:
This project offers rewards in return for your donation.