New Product Alert: LugBug for Baby Carriers Reduces Parental Strain

Earlier this month, Nathan Day, a father in Arizona, launched a new product I think parents with infants are sure to love. After suffering a dislocated shoulder, Day decided there had to be a more comfortable, ergonomic way to lug an infant carrier around.

Photo from LugBug, pictured in Robin's Egg

The LugBug, pictured in Robin’s Egg

Together with a team of entrepreneurs, Day invented a device that latches onto the hoop handle of a baby carrier and changes the parent’s grip to reduce the strain on the wrist. It’s called the LugBug, and it’s meant to be compatible with any carrier. It even comes in multiple colors. Check them out here.

Any parent who has had to contend with carrying an infant inside a carrier knows it makes for an uncomfortable and tricky transfer between destinations. I remember having to lean over to the side so the carrier would not knock into my legs, all while making sure I did not knock the baby carrier into anything as I passed through narrow gates and walkways.

Thank you, LugBug, for adding to the list of modern conveniences available to parents! Happy, healthy parenting!

What do you think of this invention? Would you use one? Have you found easier ways to lug your baby around in a carrier?

  10 comments for “New Product Alert: LugBug for Baby Carriers Reduces Parental Strain

  1. Anna
    December 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Carmen, I like the idea of this product, but my only concern is how strong the ratchet is that secures itself around the baby carrier handle. Since it is a new product, it has not yet stood the test of time.

    Hopefully, it proves to be a safe device because there is definitely a market for a product like this. My mom friends in the city always complained about how heavy and awkward their baby carriers were, and when I saw them in action, their body language said it all!

    • December 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Anna, thank you for your comment. I totally understand what you mean when you talk about the awkward “body language” – the lean and drag is not a pretty sight! Although I agree the product has not yet stood the test of time, open sources indicate that testing on the product has determined it holds up to 90 pounds. According to news sources, the LugBug is currently undergoing further testing and evaluation to ensure it adheres to Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements and guidelines.

  2. tatihden
    December 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Nice post about the lug bug. I remember stressing so much with my baby’s carrier. The lug bug does make it easier to maneuver around tight spots. From the image I found on google, it is really easy on the wrist. It allows for easy rotation when going around things, with very little stress to the wrist. Great product!

    • December 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Hello, and thank you for your comment. I agree the product has an innovative, parent-friendly design that is sure to ease the burden of carrying a heavy, awkwardly-shaped infant carrier. Happy, healthy baby lugging!

  3. Zoly
    December 24, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Carmen,

    When my son was a baby, i had the same difficulty to carry him in infant carrier. The answer to my problem was a small stroller with adapters for carrier and my only effort was to move him from car on stroller and back.

    This is, I guess, another great invention that will help many parents. The only inconvenience is that you still need to lean over to the side and that is painful. I would give a try though, if I will have a second child.

    Zoly

    • December 28, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Zoly, thank you for your comment. It sounds like you found one way to reduce the burden related to carrying an uncomfortable baby carrier, and I would bet that is what many parents typically do. Considering the price of most strollers that accommodate infant carriers, at the retail price of $39.99, the LugBug may be a more cost-effective solution for parents struggling to lug baby carriers around. If you want to reduce the need to lean, I suppose you would have to rely more on those biceps!

  4. verna8767
    December 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    I can relate to having to lug those infant carriers around, and it is no fun task. I too had trouble with them knocking into my legs, leaving me with bruises. This product looks like it would work for some people. I would worry about how strong the grip latch and what safety precautions have been put in to make sure the grip does not release.

    Another thing, I’m short (only 5’2″), so I’m a lot closer to the ground than most people. I’m wondering if a short person carrying it would have a difficult time keeping it from actually touching the ground.

    I think this is a good invention, and there is a need for it. I would use it as long as it wouldn’t bang into my legs or touch the ground because of my short height.

    Have you any experience using one of these?

    Thanks for letting us know about this. I have a niece with a new baby (2 mos.). I will tell her to check it out.

    Verna

    • December 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Verna, thank you for your thoughtful comment. Sadly, I have not had a chance to try out the LugBug for myself, but I am excited to hear from parents that do use it. As mentioned in another comment, the product has undergone testing to ensure it is adhering to Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. Open sources indicate the LugBug has a breaking strength of 600 pounds and a working load of 90 pounds. You bring up a valid concern about being a shorter adult. I could not find any information about the product’s dimensions, so I am not sure how many inches the product adds to the handle and carrying length. If it proves to be too long for a shorter adult, I suppose wrists would be spared from strain, but biceps may get more of a workout!

  5. December 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you all for your interest in LugBug™! Although it is technically not a “children’s product” LugBug™ is tested and evaluated to a number of the CPSC requirements that would apply to “children’s products”. These include the CPSC lead and phthalate limits, use and abuse testing to gauge its strength and durability, examination for pinch points and other risks. LugBug™ has a working load of 90 pounds and a breaking strength of 600 pounds, so lugging around around your tot is safe and reliable. You can see more at lugbug.com.

    • December 30, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Hello, Courtney! It is wonderful to hear straight from the source. Thank you for leaving such an informative comment! If there is a place to find the product’s measurements and specifications, please let us know; it would be helpful in addressing the concerns of shorter adults, which are expressed in an earlier comment. Happy, healthy bug lugging! (Or LugBug-ging?) 🙂

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