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w. A. HANCOCK ETAL'
DEVICE-FOR CARRYING CHILDREN
Filed Nov. 20, 1944
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Patented Nov. 26, 1946
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UNITED STATES PATENT \OFFICE
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DEVICE FOR CARRYING CHILDREN
William Arthur Hancock and Brenda Anderson
Hancock, Maroubra, near Sydney, New South
Wales, Australia
Application November 20, 1944, Serial No. 564,370
In Australia October 29, 1943
8 Claims.
(01. 224_'6)
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This invention relates to means for carrying ‘
small children say between the ages of six months
to two years
With the prevailing difficulties due vto curtail
ment of transport, also the necessity for people
particularly women to go out for essential food
purchases and the like which hitherto were de
livered, it has been a tiresome operation for
women with young children to cope with the
Figure 2 is another perspective of the device
taken from the outside.
Figure 3 is a perspective showing the device .
in use and indicating the freedom allowed the
arm on that side.
Figure 4 is another perspective of the lower por
tion of the seat, while
Figure 5 is a cross section of the seat proper.
The device for carrying a child consists of a
carrying of parcels while holding a baby and the 10 sling 6 of suitable cloth material appropriately
present invention has been specially devised to
strengthened where required and of a width to
meet the urgent need of effectively carrying a
take across an appreciable area of the shoulder .
child in a comfortable and natural sitting position
to distribute the “pull” and it has slide buckle
without imposing undue strain on the person and
and fastenings ‘l or the like connecting it in an
whereby safe control of such child is had while 15 adjustable manner with an anchoring strap 8
leaving the arms free. By the use of the present
aflixed to the top edge of a body flap 9 later
invention the weight of the child is distributed
referred to.
about those body parts best suited for the pur
The other end of sling it connects to a second
pose and the limbs are not cramped or restricted
and angular shaped body flap [0 which is twisted
in away to cause discomfort. The device is 20 through a half turn and preferably quilted and
easily and cheaply manufactured and can be
joins a seat base II, and a back support l2 con
folded away into small compass when not re
nects across the top of both ?aps 9 and ID.
quired for use.
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According to this invention the device for
carrying a child consists of a supporting sling
of ?exible form adapted to take diagonally across v
the body of a wearer from over one shoulder to
The seat base I I of hollow form as shown in
Figures 4 and 5 is contoured at the corner as .
indicated at the edge 13 approximately comple
mentary to the body of a wearer say at one side
of the front below the hip bone and contains a
the opposite side, and preferably having length
shaped seat retaining plate [4 say of plywood
or other suitable material with its edge contoured
v?aps connected each to an end of a seat base 30 at L5 to conform to the shaping of the seat base
of ?exible material having provision to retain its
II and adapted to retain such base in shape
shape and being padded and having an edge
while padding or a removable cushion i6 is posi
formation adapted 'to bear against the said body
tioned over such plate [4 and there is a rear ?ap
at or below the top of hip bone in a comfortable
I ‘I through which the parts may be removed
manner. The ?aps are provided with a back
and replaced and it is closed by press studs or
adjustment; the sling is af?xed at its ends to two
supporting member adapted to extend around
the body of a child to support it in a natural
sitting position, and one of the flaps is twisted
between the seat base and back supporting mem
any other suitable means.
In some cases the ?ap I‘! may tuck in and have
no fastening devices.
A pocket (not shown) may be provided under
her so as to provide a direct supporting line from 40 the seat base II or at the side or other point to
the outermost edge of the sling contacting the
carry a napkin or other article.
shoulder of the wearer to the remote edge of the
In use to ?t the device the sling 6 is ?tted over
seat base. The result of this arrangement is ' the right shoulder with the head and left arm _
inserted‘through said sling 6 which continues
to hold the child, in the front of the wearer to one
side with the child's legs positioned at the front 45 down the back well under the left shoulder blade
of said wearer and enabling the wearer’s arm at
with the twisted ?ap in around the left hip from
that side to be crooked or curved around said
the back. The sling 6 is adjusted by the buckles
child when required but allowing free movement
and fastener 1 until the seat base II lies ?at
just below the top of hip bone in a comfort
.
In order to describe the invention more fully 50 able manner. The child is placed well back i
and square on the seat base H close in to the
reference will now be made to the drawing ac~
to both arms.
companying and forming part of this complete
speci?cation and wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective of. the device for
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carrying a child taken from the inside, while
_wearer’s body with the back support I2 taking
firmly around the child's back and the legs are
to the front. The twist in the flap l0 provides
a direct supporting line from the outermost edge
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of the sling 6 contacting the shoulder or the‘
wearer to the remote edge (that is the rear edge)
of the seat base. This arrangement assures
that when the supporting pull is exerted the back
support I2 is drawn in affording a safe holding
pressure about the child which is drawn into the
, wearer's body.
If the child is asleep or is a baby the device
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4. An improved device for carrying a child com
prising, a seat base having a pocket formed there
in, a rigid plate adapted to be fitted in said pocket
to maintain said seat base extended while carry
ing the weight of a child, said plate being shaped
at one corner substantially complementary to
the body portion 01 a wearer against which it
bears, sling means consisting of a ?ap connected
to each end of said seat base and a sling of ?exible
may be adjusted to tilt the seat and allow the
10 material connected to each flap and adapted to
baby’s head to rest on crook of the left arm.
extend diagonally across the body of a wearer
As the child sits on a cushion supported by a
from over one shoulder to the opposite side of
solid base rendered possible by the plate I! there
the body, and a back supporting member con
is no possibility of chafing or any restriction of
nected at eachend to one of said flaps and
the circulation or any of the other discomiorts
usually incurred when being carried around in 15 spaced from said seat base, the flap which is at
the end of said, seat base accommodating the
the arms or merely supported by an ordinary
shaped corner of said plate being twisted be
?exible sling device.
tween said seat base and back supporting member
In bad weather a shawl or the like can be
to provide a direct supporting line from the
wrapped around the seat portion or the device
20' outermost edge of the sling contacting the shoul
worn under a loose top coat.
der of the wearer to the remote edge of the seat
The seat base interior can be removed for
base.
airing and the cloth portion of the device can be‘
5. A device for carrying a child, comprising:
washed or boiled.
a seat base having a bearing end and an ex
Although the device has been described as
applied to one side it may be made in both left v25 tended end; a wall panel foldably attached to
the extended end of said seat base; a shoulder
and right hand types to suit different require
strap secured by its ends to said wall panel and
ments.
'to said bearing end of the seat base, said shoulder
We claim:
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strap having a half twist-adjacent said bearing
1. An improved device for carrying a child,
comprising a seat base, sling means providing 30 end, whereby said seat base may rest by its bear
ing end against the hip of the wearer with said
I legs of substantial width connecting the ends of
wall panel located forwardly therefrom, and said
the seat base and adapted to extend diagonally
across the body of a wearer from over one shoulder >
strap may follow the-body contour aroundthe '
to the opposite side of the body, and a back sup
hip, then diagonally upwardly over the opposite
porting member connected across the legs of said
sling means, the legnormally extendingvacross
shoulder and then diagonally downwardly and
. comprising a seat base, sling means consisting
' other end portion of said sling means having a
forwardly to said wall panel; and a back strap
extending between said wall panel and said shoul
the back of the wearer being twisted through a
der strap and being connected with said strap at
half turn adjacent its point ‘of juncture with said
a point above its twisted portion.
seat base to provide a direct supporting line from
6. A device for carrying a child, comprising: a
the outermost edge of the sling means contact 40
seat base; shoulder sling means for said seat base
ing the shoulder of the wearer to the remote edge
including one end portion providing an upright
of the seat base.
end wall at one extremity of said seat base, the
2. An improved device for carrying a child,
of a ?ap connected to each end of said seat base
and a sling of ?exible material connected to each
?ap and adapted to extend diagonally across the
body of a wearer from over one shoulder to the
half twist and being attached to the opposite ex
' tremity of said seat base; and aback strap ex
tending from said end wall of said sling means
and being connected with said other end Portion
‘ of said sling means in a regionabove said twisted
member connected at each end to one of 'said 50
7. A device for carrying a child, comprising: a
flaps and spaced from said seat base, one ofrsaid ,
?aps being twisted through a half turn between Y ‘rigid seat base; a ?exible end wall attached. to
opposite side of the body, and a back supporting
portion.
said seat base and back supporting member to
provide a direct supporting line from the outer
most edge of the sling contacting the shouldervof
the wearer to the remote edge of the seat base. >
3. An improved device for carrying a child com
prising a seat base having a pocket formed there- -
in, a rigid plate adapted to be ?tted in said pocket
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' one end thereof; a shoulder strap. incorporating _ ‘
. ‘said end wall and joined to the opposite end ‘of .
55 said seat‘ base, the strap being twisted a half
turn at said opposite end; ‘and a 'back'strap ex- ,
tending from. said end ‘wall vandjoined to said 7
shoulder strap above its twisted end.
8. A-device for carrying achild, comprising; a
rigid seat base having a‘rearwardend adapted
to maintain said seat base extended while carry 60
to bepositioned adjacent ahip of the wearer and
ing the weight of a child, sling means consist
‘a forward extended end; ?apmembers attached
ing of a ?ap connected to each end of said seat
to the rearward end and extended end of said
base and a sling of flexible material connected to
seat base, the rearward ~?ap being twisted a half
each flap and adapted to extend diagonally across
the body of a wearer from over one shoulder to 65 turn; a back member connecting said flaps and
holding said rearward ?ap in its twistedposition;
the opposite side of the body, and a back support
and a shoulder strap disposed between said ?aps '
ing member connected at each end to one of
adapted to extend diagonally across the wearer,
said ?aps and spaced from said seat base, one of
over the shoulder opposite from said hip.
said flaps being twisted between said seat base
and back supporting member to provide a direct 70
WILLIAM ARTHUR HANCOCK; " i ' v
supporting line from the outermost edge of the
BRENDA ANDERSON HANCOCK.
sling contacting the shoulder of the wearer to‘
the remote edge of the seat base.
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