If you’re looking for a smart and trustworthy baby merchandise company that specializes in innovative products for babies and toddlers, you need look no further than Munchkin. For 25 years, Munchkin has been developing new products tailored to babies each year, and over 71 million Munchkin products were sold in 2016 alone. Now they have a new infant formula made from 100% Grass Fed* Milk.
Munchkin will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!
Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
We spoke with a member of the Munchkin team, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the Chicago Baby Show.
For someone unfamiliar with Munchkin, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?
From stainless steel spill-proof sippy cups, to Arm & Hammer odor-control diaper pails, Munchkin has been creating smart, innovative products with both parents and babies in mind for over 25 years. To date, Munchkin has won more than 180 product awards and achieved 182 patents. They currently average more than 60 new innovative products launched annually! Munchkin is the number-one baby and toddler brand in the U.S., with more than 71 million Munchkin products sold in 2016 — that’s 18 Munchkin products for every baby born in the U.S. last year. Most recently they have contributed to the development of the first ever whale sanctuary with their cause marketing campaign, Project Orca, but they have also expanded from baby products to foods. With a mission to improve the future standard of feeding for infants in the U.S. Munchkin is launching the world’s first infant formula made with milk from 100% certified grass fed cows (these cows graze the pristine grasses of New Zealand 365 days a year).
What is the background of Munchkin? When did it start, and how has it evolved since then?
The inspiration to develop innovative infant and toddler baby products began after the birth of our CEO, Steven B. Dunn’s daughter in 1987. Dunn, a venture capitalist, was surprised by the lack of creative design in the infant and toddler category. Quite frankly, as Steve puts it, “I was getting tired of reading other people’s business plans. When I started looking at some of the products we were buying for our daughter, I saw the opportunity to be creative and bring some much-needed freshness and innovation to several categories.” Munchkin was founded in 1991 and has since grown into a global lifestyle brand with products sold in over 45 countries.
What are the most popular and/or newest products from Munchkin?
- Parents everywhere have commented on our Miracle 360° Cup, a spout-less sippy cup with a 360 degree valve that allows a child to drink safely from any angle on the cup lid, without worrying about spills. It’s one of our newest, fastest-growing products and recommended by dentists. We have newly made this popular sippy cup available in a stainless steel option, which helps keep liquids cooler for up to 15 hours.
- Our Latch bottle was designed to mimic the breast better than any other bottle out there, which is a godsend for breastfeeding mothers who live with the frustrations and difficulty of nipple confusion. Latch’s accordion-style nipple is designed to stretch just like mom’s, helping baby latch on for ease and comfort.
- Our Luna Safety Gate is an award-winning safety gate that lights your space with designer taste. Featuring a motion-activated LED light and TurnKey Mounts™ for installation in minutes.
What sets Munchkin apart from other baby product companies?
We are never satisfied and continuously look for ways to make our products better. Parents expect new solutions from Munchkin. This expectation serves as our motivation to challenge the status quo, creating innovations that make life that much easier for the ever-evolving, modern parent. We also live by the motto, “It’s the little things.” With our tremendous success comes an absolute obligation to ensure we contribute to a world and a sustainable environment for future generations. We’ve made it a mission to give back locally, and globally via cause marketing campaigns like Orcas Live in Oceans, and Get a Pail, Give a Tree.
What can parents expect from Munchkin at the Chicago Baby Show?
Munchkin will be introducing our new infant formula made from 100% Grass Fed* Milk. Since most infant formulas are made of 65% milk and milk-by-products, we decided it was important to know where the milk in your formula comes from and what those cows are fed. We went across the world to New Zealand to source the milk in our formula and created a new standard, 100% grass fed milk. Milk that we pass on to your baby through our formula. We believe it’s worth it. Visit A New Standard to learn more. Available in stores and online this month at http://grassfed.com.
To learn more about Munchkin, check out munchkin.com.