The Idea is Born
As any mom of three children can tell you, raising each kid is a different experience. Katie Richardson, mom to three boys, certainly agrees, though she’s found one exception: Bath time. Even after having her third child Katie was still a bit intimidated and felt it to be an unpleasant experience.
Not only was her plastic bathtub difficult to fill with water, nearly each time she used it her son would slip and slide around the tub, leaving her feeling vulnerable about his safety. Plus she could never find a place to store the bulky baby bathtub out of sight when it was not in use. After discussing this issue with family and friends, and learning how common and valid her concerns were, Katie was determined to help other parents have a positive, joyful bath time experience.
With a background in product design, Katie resolved to utilize her talents to make bath time easy for parents and safe for children. Her vision allows parents to focus on bonding with their child while providing a relaxing, worry-free experience for all. With her third son Katie started to envision her dream baby bathtub and made a list of fundamental design qualities that offer superior safety and exceptional functionality.
Katie’s next step was designing a prototype. She enlisted the help of friends to test the design and received an overwhelming response. Not long after her successful findings, Katie had a small production run for the Puj Tub. The sleek, safe and easy-to-use Puj Tub is compact enough to fit in any bathroom sink and it’s made from a high-quality, nonabsorbent foam that folds together using magnets. After use, both sides of the tub unsnap so it hangs flat for convenient, out-of-the-way storage. The revolutionary Puj Tub quickly caught on. Some parents even paid hundreds of dollars in shipping just to have the Puj Tub sent to a foreign country!
In September of 2009, the Puj Tub made its first appearance at the annual ABC Kids Expo and in the following year it was recognized by Pregnancy & Newborn magazine as the #1 Baby Product of 2010! Now, Puj distributes their flagship Puj Tub, along with the travel-friendly Puj Flyte Compact Infant Bath, the eco-friendly Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover and other bath time accessories all over the world.
Puj & Beyond
“Puj aims to make parenthood easier by focusing on our core values – simplicity, family, independence and wow – in everything we do. We were ecstatic when Right Start approached us to retail our product. Since both Puj and Right Start seek out innovation, functionality, safety and style, it was only natural for us to become partners in our mission to simplify parenting,” says Katie.
Katie Richardson received a B.F.A. in Product Design from BYU, where she met her husband Ben, who is also a product designer. Currently residing in the Pacific Northwest, Katie enjoys spending time with Ben and her three boys and especially loves traveling to new places with her family. She manages to find time to run, bike or swim early in the morning and also likes a variety of hands-on hobbies, from patching her kids’ jeans and making play dough with her children to woodworking and welding different objects and materials.
Click here to view some of Puj’s newest products, including the innovative Puj Hug towels, at Right Start!
Puj Gift Set Giveaway!
One lucky participant will win a Puj Gift Set!
The Puj Gift Set includes:
- Puj Flyte Compact Infant Bath Tub
- Puj Hug Hands-Free Hooded Infant Towel
- Puj Nubs Clever Grippy Hooks (3-pack)
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Must be 18 years old and a U.S. resident.
Product ships only to the 48 contiguous states.
Ends April 13, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. MDT.
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