Inventor of baby car seat designed to prevent seizures is halfway to Crowdcube crowdfunding target
An entrepreneur who has created a car seat designed to prevent babies having dangerous breathing issues when sleeping is more than halfway towards her crowdfunding target.
Within a week of launching the £150,000 campaign on Crowdcube, Baby Safe had clocked up more than £78,000 to help it bring the Safe Sleep Seat to market.
Created by mother-of-two Lisa Walford, a former police officer from Caldecote, the seat has been through five years of research and development.
Lisa was inspired to create it after watching her daughter’s head flop forward in her car seat when she fell asleep during journeys. This can lead to seizures in babies under six months as the flow of oxygen is interrupted.
Frustrated that the only way to remedy the situation was to recline the seat manually - which is not always possible or safe for a driver to do - Lisa created a new car seat that can be reclined at the touch of a button by the driver, using wireless technology.
The seat also turns to make it easier to take baby out of the car seat.
Lisa said: “Baby Safe has been granted a UK patent and is now on the verge of its first production of seats, and to do this Baby Safe is currently raising capital on Crowdcube, one of the UK’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms.
“With the dangers of breathing issues for babies in car seats from birth to six months making the headlines recently, and the rollout of the iSize regulation, there has never been a greater need for the Safe Sleep Seat.”
After a simple registration, you can invest as little as £10 on Crowdcube.
Lisa is offering up 15 per cent equity and so far has more than 60 investors. She has reported initial interest from international retailers and car manufacturers in the concept and won the Baby Products Association Concept Award in 2017.
The investment will pay for a final prototype and the manufacture of the first batch of seats.
The global car seat market is huge: it is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.1 per cent between 2018 and 2026 and be worth $6.5billion by 2022.
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