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.

Marketing photo of a 10-year-old 88lb boy sitting on a KidCarry on a man, with the man holding his arms up and away from the child. This photo is for promotional purposes. The KidCarry is intended for toddlers 10 to 45lbs and toddlers should always be supproted with a parent's arm around them.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 Islands—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.”

Comments

5 Responses to “KidCarry Hip Carrier for Parents”

  1. thordora says:

    “Searing pain” I get that with my 15 month old using the sling, since she weighs the same as a small pony. This sounds like a good alternative..that picture is damn creepy though..

    June 2nd, 2006 at 4:17 pm

  2. AmberLB says:

    I bought something like this when my first born weighed upwards of 30 lbs, and my sling would actually leave bruises on my shoulders from his weight. Now, I didn’t buy this specific product, just something like it from One Step Ahead. For me, it didn’t work out well, too bulky, not stable enough for the child, and (most importantly) could not be cinched tight enough at the waist to keep it up properly on my hip. I figured it was because of my small stature (4’11). I ended up mostly carrying my son in my sling but on my back, which helped some.

    June 13th, 2006 at 11:19 am

  3. little missy2 says:

    um that just creepey

    June 25th, 2006 at 10:11 pm

  4. mysterycollector says:

    I had one similar but made by One Step Ahead and I loved it for my toddler. I was able to carry him all the time without back pain. That searing pain described fit my experience exactly with a sling, but the hip carrier I had was wonderful! It fell out of the car one day and I didn’t see it fall. I am so sad about it and will purchase another one.

    March 4th, 2008 at 5:15 am

  5. TwinsParent says:

    I am the parent of twin 4yr old boys, now 36lbs each. When the boys grew out of the Baby Bijorne’s, we purchased 2 of these, (1 for mom and 1 for dad). They are fantastic!! You can comfortably carry your child for long periods of time, on your hip, without throwing your hip into an exaggerated position and without your arm aching or “locking-up” from supporting the child’s weight. Your arm plays more of a secondary supporting role then the primary. This allows you to get more done with a child in tow. The seat is shaped like 1/2 of a saddle, so you never have to worry about trying to get the child’s legs into or out of a leg opening. Just lift them up and set them down. These are great for going to the zoo or acqarium where your little one isn’t tall enought to see when standing. Or just around house while you get some chores done. They don’t take up much room. We keep ours in the van so they are always within reach. They’re easy to put on, and have compartments for carrying your essentials, (wallet, keys, wipes, a bottle of water, camera). I was surprised at how much I could fit into the assorted compartments.

    Cons: If you do not properly adjust the straps and make it snug to your body, it will dig into your shoulder and create discomfort. It took a couple of trys, but once we had ours properly set, no discomfort no matter how long we carry the kids. We love our carriers and highly recommend them to others. If you’re considering a carrier after the “sling” or “Bijorne” stage, get this one.

    As for the picture being creepy or not, consider this… …what if you had a special needs child that weighed 80lbs, was not able to move themself and YOU had to move them from a bedroom to a bathroom. A wheelchair is not an option because the stairs, doorways and halls aren’t wide enough or created a barrier. How would you get that special needs child where you needed them to be????

    March 4th, 2009 at 7:44 am

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