Infant car seats were designed to make babies safer in cars, and to create a portable cradle for your little one. But over the years, thanks to a variety of sensible safety regulations they have become heavier and more awkward to carry. Add a sack of groceries, a diaper bag and a purse that doubles as the family financial filing cabinet, and you have a load worthy of a backpacker – and a great deal less convenient to carry. The handles on the infant carriers are rarely positioned in a way that make it easy to carry the plastic shell that cradles the baby. The hard plastic can bang against the carrier’s knees and shins if carried in one hand, or completely occupy both hands if carried in arms near the chest.
This is where the Baby Allay Flex handle comes in. It locks onto the carrying handle of the baby seat, creating an ergonomically comfortable way to carry baby and seat without banging the seat into the person carrying it. The handle swivels 380 degrees so it can be adjusted to left or right hand carrying or to turn the seat to easily get it into the car.
The plan is to keep the manufacturing of the handle in the United States. However, no matter where it is created, it is a very expensive process. That is where you come in. By contributing to the Flex Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, you will help with creating the molds and pouring the material to create the handles.
One part of the process that has already been funded is entering the Baby Allay Flex handle in the All Baby and Child Expo is Las Vegas. In November, suggestions and recommendations from supporters will be taken into consideration. In February and March, the actual mold manufacturing will take place. In April, the handles will be completed and sent out to contributors.
The hardest part of this process is getting the money together to pay for the molding. It needs to be planned just right so that the pour will go quickly and easily.
The handle is designed by parents to help parents. Rewards for contributing to the campaign are – no surprise – Flex handles. While designed to facilitate carrying a car carrier with an infant on board, the handles could probably be used for other purposes as well. Babies in carriers are not the only load that can bang into shins and knees.
The Flex is designed by Faizan Khan, a parent who would like to help other parents who are tired of the way that a car seat handle turns the wrist of the person carrying it to an uncomfortable angle. The handle allows the hand and wrist to remain in what is sometimes called the briefcase position – the most comfortable way to carry something by your side. You are invited to visit the expo in Vegas, and to send comments and suggestions. If you cannot contribute monetarily to this campaign, then tweet, shout, or like it on your social media so that others can learn about it.