Many months ago I woke up in the night with an idea for a new buckled carrier that would (if it worked) fill what I’d thought to be a gap in the carriers available at the moment. I wanted to create a soft buckled carrier with a flexible, adaptable fit that would work for front, back and hip carries and suit both novice and experienced sling users….
I sketched, planned and made patterns and eventually made my first prototype. You can see details and photos of my original prototype design here: http://en.designprotection.com/design/buckletai_carrier_with_wrap_straps__initial_design_idea
The prototype worked better than I’d hoped, but there was still room for improvement….
So I’m now making new tester carriers in time for International Babywearing Week (8th-14th October). My first toddler sized one initially looked like this:
But after initial testing with friends I worked out the worry that had been nagging me in the back of my mind and so quickly made a few little changes to make the carrier fit better and be more flexible (spot the differences!) I also finished the removable toggled hood so it’s fully complete!
I’m really pleased with how this has turned out so am now making a standard sized partner for this carrier and will be putting them through their paces very soon! Once testing is complete and I’ve tweaked the design to work exactly how I intend, I’ll post a proper blow-by-blow description of all the features, put together some instructions and start making them for sale
P.S. And for all you doubters out there – yes I really did find myself unable to sleep because of the carrier idea in my head. Slightly obsessive? Moi? ;D