Thursday, February 26, 2009

Review of the Manduca Baby Carrier

The Manduca looks a little like the Ergo baby carrier, the whole carrier looks a little padded, It might be more comfortable for the cild or maybe just warmer I don't know. This is another carrier I haven't tried and I would love to try one on but I am sorry I don't like the look of it, it looks so old.

  • Comes i several soft colors
  • Made of cotton meaning darker colors will fade i washed many times
  • Has a zipper across the backpanel so you can change the size as the child grows, sounds great but then I have had several zippers fail but this zipper will probably not get a lot of use so that will not be a problem
  • I am not sure what I think of the looks of the carrier, it looks modern but at the same time outdated
  • Doesn't have a lot of storage
  • Can be used from birth using an upper seat.
  • Made from organic cotton, this I really lik
Would I buy this carrier?
I don't know, it looks practical enough, grows with the child, organic cotton but at the same time no storage and I don't like the look of it, especially for a bigger child when the zipper is opened up. So I would probably not buy this carrier unless it would be absolutely perfect on if I tries it on.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Review of Beco Baby Butterfly 2

I am really sad that I haven't tried this myself because it is a carrier where you can strap in the child before getting it on your back. That is a neat feature for a parent the first couple of times but after that I can't see the need for it. I have always flipped my son over my head on to my back when putting on a carrier to the sound of his happy laugh and after trying it on a bed for the first couple of times it was very safe. Ok, so he is three now and too heavy to throw over my head so I have to do it differently and definitely slower.

  • Nice fabric choices, to much patterns for my personal taste but still nice fabrics
  • Looks comfortable and well designed
  • Has a baby insert so you can use it from birth
  • Not a lot of storage
  • Neck support for a sleeping child, it's stored in a pocket when not in use, does that mean I need help putting it on with a sleeping baby on my back?
  • Cotton fabric, fading in dark fabrics will be a problem after many washings
  • The child is hanging on two plastic buckles, for me it feels unsafe but that is probably just my imagination
Would I buy this carrier?
I am not sure, I would love to try it because I like the look of it but I don't think I would like that the baby is strapped in the carrier after using another solution before. And I'm not sure I would feel safe with the buckles holding my baby from falling on the ground, my fear is that they will open up unexpectedly. But when I think about it that is just stupid thinking because all carriers have some plastic parts holding the child from falling down even if it usually isn't buckles.

Review of the Patapum Toddler carrier

I really like the look of the Patapum toddler carrier because it is so simple looking and I really like that the shoulder straps attaches both to the hipbelt and the back panel and therefor distributing the weight better when carrying a heavier child. I kind if like the idea of a waist pouch but I'm not sure I would like to use it because I don't like the look of it.

  • Streamlined design, I really likes that
  • Hipbelt and shoulder straps are contoured to fit the bearers body better
  • The toddler model is made for the heavier child, I like thet
  • Comes with a waist pouch, like the idea but I can't see myself walking around with a waist pouch in a mall but for a walk along a beautiful desert beach of course I would use it
  • Made in cotton and that means that darker fabrics will fade and lighter fabrics will get dirty
  • The back panel is bigger than the back panel on the Ergo and will therefor fit a bigger child better.
Would I buy a Patapum Toddler?
I think I would if I didn't think the prototype I have already made is superior :-) And I hope the new one will be a lot better. But at the same time everyone is different and different carrier fit different people different, so the only way of knowing if you like a carrier is to try it on.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Review of The Ergo Baby Carrier

Today i will start looking at the Ergo Baby Carrier, to help me see what I like about it and what I don't like. It is a really nice safe carrier used by a lot of parents. I think they have some strange fabric choices but that is just my personal opinion and the same fabric that I don't is probably someones favorite fabric and that is a good thing that there are options for everyone.

  • Simple, nothing flashy just the bare minimum
  • Very short back support for the child, good for the very young child but might limit the use for a taller child
  • Different colors, nice with options but some of the colors are scary if you ask me, I don't fancy a carrier with pink roses on it and my husband would get a heart attack if I asked him to use a pink baby carrier
  • You can buy a back pack that attaches to the carrier when you carry a child on your back, that is th best thing about this carrier even if the back pack isn't too good looking.
  • It is made of cotton that fades a lot when washed but you can get it in eco fabric and that is nice
  • Has a head support for a sleeping child
  • Soft padding, I prefers padding that is a little firmer

Would I buy this carrier?
I don't think so, mostly because of the low back support for the child and the fading fabric and because I don't like the look of the backpack. This doesn't mean that I think it is a bad carrier, I don't but it is not the carrier I would buy.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Existing child carriers

If you are to make a product where there are competitors it's always a good idea to know who they are.
I have found a few carriers that I consider being in the same concept frame as the carrier I am making.

The next couple of days I am going to look more closely at these carriers and look at their strengths and weaknesses according to me. When I find other carriers I like I will add them to my list.

My dream is to make a carrier that just works.
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable for the child and adult
  • Has storage for diapers and other necessities
  • Easy to clean
  • Grows with the child
  • It should work just as well in a mall as on a beach or on a long hiking trip

Starting a blogg

Today is my first day as a blogger. I started small by only taking a sample layout so I could start today. I new that if I would finish everything before starting nothing would happen, I would realice my limitations as a writer and my perfectionism would make sure I wouldn't ever be ready to start. This means that the layout of the blog will change in the future instead and hopefully move to it's own website soon.

I am very good at seeing all the obstacles and then give up so this time I am just starting. I have made a decision of not thinking things through so much and instead deal with my mistakes.

I have an idea of making a really nice baby carrier, the kind of carrier I would like to buy myself, I have done two prototypes before and am starting to make a third. This blog will follow me on my path towards a samll business selling my own carrier and you as a reader can share my ups and downs.