Thursday, June 1st, 2006
KidCarry Hip Carrier for Parents
[Update: the KidCarry website appears to be offline.]
The neat thing about the Internet is that when I think up a strange product idea I can find someone who has already made it.
I was toting 23-month-old Little Miss around a store on my hip last weekend when I remarked to Mom that life would be easier if Miss was sitting on a platform attached to my waist.
Enter the KidCarry. It is a padded plastic wedge covered with black or khaki fabric which sits at your hip, held in place by a shoulder and belt strap. Your child sits on the wedge, but is not secured like with a regular fabric sling. You still hold your arm around your child.
The wedge has an 8-inch pouch and zippered pocket, which sounds like you could carry snacks, or maybe use it as a compact diaper bag for essentials.
[Disclaimer -- the marketing photo at right merely demonstrates the product's strength. KidCarry is for toddlers 10 to 45lbs encircled by a parent's arm.]
Baby wrap and sling owners usually relinquish their wraps by age 2 because toddlers are too heavy for a wrap’s odd weight distribution. But somehow, we still hoist kids with our arms onto our hips.
While the KidCarry does not free up your arm, it should reduce the searing pain which develops after holding your toddler for half an hour. You just have to get past the fashion statement made when strapping this thing on. But ya know, it’s all relative. Backpack-style baby carriers are popular and they’re damned awkward looking.
The KidCarry is assembled in America from components purchased from American companies, and the web site documents the city of origin of each component.
That’s reassuring because the official “Made in the USA” label is meaningless. Companies often skirt minimum-wage and immigration laws by using “guest labor” in U.S. commonwealths such as the island of Saipan and other Northern Mariana Islandsâ€”while using the “Made in the USA” label.
KidCarry is assembled in Passic, New Jersey. In an e-mail exchange, I learned the company is often “propositioned to move production to China, for cheaper everything, but our answer is always the same. No.”