Ever think about who’s making your kids’ sippy cups? Or how they come up with all of this great stuff? Well, we do, which is exactly why we love visiting corporate offices for behind-the-scenes looks at the baby industry. And sure enough, we found a great company with a great story, Munchkin.
Admittedly, we are already partial to Munchkin thanks to the “best smelling” diaper pail ever in our book. But after walking through their offices in North Hills, CA, we now know the folks behind Munchkin are truly an innovative group with a real sense of humor. Jennifer Campana, of Munchkin, kindly provided us with a tour of the expansive former Hockey rink—with old scoreboards intact—that now houses their corporate offices.
As we walked around, it was clear to us where their creativity stems from. Founder, Chairman and CEO, Steven Dunn, is an avid collector of art, and it is showcased wildly throughout the space. Inspiring indeed. We also hear that his daughter is an artist and happens to be responsible for one of our favorite pieces that we spotted on our tour (note: the Barbie doll bodies are inside!).
With every business, there is often an interesting back story on how it all got started, but this wasn’t exactly what we were expecting. Legend has it that the idea for Munchkin originated when the founder developed baby bottles to mimic pop soda bottles—think 80s here. We kid you not. And back in the day, they were a real hit! That success prompted Mr. Dunn and family to dive right into the baby business and to create clever products parents love.
Today, Munchkin’s mission is to make parenting safer, easier and more fun. They understand that it’s the “little things” that often make the biggest difference, which is why they have developed a loyal following of parents over the decades.
We’d like to think that we helped inspire Munchkin at one point, just a tiny bit. And we only say that because, to our surprise, we found a few trend boards that we created as a project for Munchkin in our former life as Little Apple Design. Awesome to see that they are relevant!
Impressed with the open floor plan of the office space, we couldn’t help but ask to peek into Mr. Dunn’s office. Lo and behold, it was wide open just like everyone else’s office. That’s setting a pretty cool example as a CEO, don’t you think?
Large indeed, here’s just one of the Munchkin warehouses.
And here’s the long awaited jackpot! All of Munchkin’s terrific products are lined up in rows of sample bins.
From their new pacifier wipes to fresh food silicon freezer cups, Munchkin has it all.
Of course, we couldn’t resist, so we asked to dig our hands into these giant sample bins to choose our personal favorite Munchkin products for one lucky Project Nursery reader. We’re not sure of the exact prize value, but as you can see below, it’s one giant basket (aka SaraBear Diaper Caddy) with loads of exciting treats for your baby and toddler!
WIN IT! One lucky Project Nursery reader will win a giant basket of goodies courtesy of Munchkin! To enter, visit Munchkin, and let us know what your must-have Munchkin product is with a comment below
. Contest ends Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 11:59pm PST.
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