|M.Sc Student||Nix Tamar|
|Subject||Design of a Front Baby Carrier According to Biomechanical,|
Performance and Safty Requirements
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Professor Issachar Gilad|
|Professor Ron Nabarro|
|Full Thesis text - in Hebrew|
This study deals with the evaluation of the safety and comfort as needed from a soft baby carrier. The aim of the study was to define, according to ergonomical characteristics, the needs from a baby carrier in order to design a carrier, which attains safety and performance requirements. The research methodology was divided into two procedures: An objective study - consisting of testing the compliance of existing carriers to a set of basic requirements, and a subjective study - consisting of a field survey to obtain relevant data, based on the experience of baby carrier users. The study noted several remarkable results: 71% of the surveyed population found it important to have physical contact with the baby; 70% of the women regarded it important to carry the baby in a carrier; 52% of the population indicated the lower back region as requiring the most support; and a distinct correlation between the parent’s weight and preferred carrying posture was revealed. Based on findings, the research of carrying aspects, users’ experience, and the design of existing carriers - the requirements from a baby carrier have been challenged. The paper therefore includes practical design guidelines to enhance biomechanical, functional and material aspects. These provide a good basis for an ergonomical design of a safe and comfortable baby carrier.