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Hi! I’m Vicky, A professional ergonomist who spends time in the wilds of the real world

Almost perfect - Ergonomic design for toddlers on the move

Almost perfect - Ergonomic design for toddlers on the move

When I started thinking through some of my favourite bits of design for toddler travel, I realised there were some I loved - but that there was always something which held the design back from being perfect. So in this post I am going to share two of my most usable items for travelling with a toddler and how I believe they could be bettered.


Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station

Like many new parents we started out with a full on change bag, but its bulkiness frustrated me.  So as soon as I could start to reduce the amount of stuff we carried and I got a Skip Hop Changing Station. 

Changing bag ergonomics

What makes its design great?

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  1. Size.  It is as teeny tiny as a changing kit can come with everything you need there.  

  2. Portability.  As well as being tiny, two handles make it easy to carry. I particularly like the loop strap which means it can be held while keeping two hands free for, say, carrying a child. 

  3. Quick to set up.  The station can easily be set up with one hand - unclip it, roll it out, and you are good to go.

  4. Layout.  When the mat is open, all the kit you need is easily to had with two pockets which are the right size for nappies and wipes.

How could it be improved?

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  1. Easier set-up. The fold out sides for the change mat for me never stay folded out, so while the main mat rolls out easily, I am left trying to peel the sides out from underneath a wiggling toddler. 

  1. More pockets. I find only a single zipped section awkward, as it ends up holding wipes, cream, and nappy bags.  As a result, when one thing comes out, it all comes out and I end up trying to collect bits up from the floor, while monitoring the wiggling toddler.  Separating out the items into individual sections would solve this.


Trunki

Travelling with a toddler is a super fun adventure, but it can be stressful at times. There is something about the Trunki that makes it calmer and easier.

Trunki ergonomics

What makes its design great?

  1. Fun! It is luggage that is also a ride-on and pull-along toy, it comes in all kinds of cool designs. 

  2. Size.  Trunki is sized for kids, so it is big enough for them to sit on, small enough for them to pull along, and the right size to be cabin baggage on flights.

  3. It keeps closed.  It sounds silly, but the catches do a great job of keeping Trunki closed, so that even if they are accidentally released the bag doesn’t come straight open.

  4. Strap.  The straps on Trunki have been really thought through, so they can be the right length for a child to pull, an adult to pull, and a child to carry over the shoulder.

How could it be improved?

Trunki ergonomics
  1. Opening it up.  For me Trunki falls down when you start to use it as luggage.  My main niggle is that it doesn’t lie flat when you open it up.  When packing, this often results in me knocking things and spilling items from the case. The size of Trunki - while being great for moving around - is quite large when opened up, especially if on a flight.

Is there any place for ergonomics at Christmas?

Is there any place for ergonomics at Christmas?

Design of Everyday Things (and me)

Design of Everyday Things (and me)