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1. WO2020112660 - ADJUSTABLE CHILD CARRIER WITH ENHANCED FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1 . A soft-structured child carrier comprising:

a waistband having a bottom portion;

a body panel having a bottom end, a top end, a first side edge and a second side edge, an interior surface on an interior side and an exterior surface on an exterior side, the bottom end of the body panel attached to the waistband at the bottom portion of the waistband;

a first shoulder strap adapted to lift a first top corner of the body panel;

a second shoulder strap adapted to lift a second top corner of the body panel;

a first shoulder strap attachment panel attached to the interior side of the body panel and away from the first side edge and second side edge, the first shoulder strap attachment panel providing a first flap that is movable away from the interior surface of the body panel, the first flap comprising a first lower attachment point for the first shoulder strap; and

a second shoulder strap attachment panel attached to the interior side of the body panel and away from the first side edge and second side edge, the second shoulder strap attachment panel providing a second flap that is movable away from the interior surface of the body panel, the second flap comprising a second lower attachment point for the second shoulder strap.

2. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 1 , wherein:

the first side edge is to a first side of a lateral centerline of the body panel, and the first shoulder strap attachment panel is attached to the body panel to the first side of the lateral centerline closer to the lateral centerline than to the first side edge; and

the second side edge is to a second side of the lateral centerline of the body panel, and the second shoulder strap attachment panel is attached to the body panel to the second side of the lateral centerline closer to the lateral centerline than to the second side edge.

3. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 1 , wherein the first shoulder strap attachment panel is adapted to protect a child carried in the soft-structured child carrier from the first shoulder strap and the second shoulder strap attachment panel is adapted to protect the child from the second shoulder strap.

4. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 1 :

wherein the first shoulder strap attachment panel comprises a first shoulder strap attachment panel exterior side and the first lower attachment point is disposed on the first shoulder strap attachment panel exterior side; and

wherein the second shoulder strap attachment panel comprises a second shoulder strap attachment panel exterior side and the second lower attachment point is disposed on the second shoulder strap attachment panel exterior side.

5. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 4, further comprising:

a first webbing tab attached to the first shoulder strap attachment panel at the first lower attachment point;

a first buckle member attached to the first webbing tab;

a second webbing tab attached to the second shoulder strap attachment panel at the second lower attachment point; and

a second buckle member attached to the second webbing tab,

wherein the first shoulder strap comprises a first shoulder strap portion extending from the first top corner of the body panel to a third buckle member, the third buckle member adapted to connect to the first buckle member, and wherein the second shoulder strap comprises a second shoulder strap portion extending from the second top corner to a fourth buckle member, the fourth buckle member adapted to connect to the second buckle member.

6. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 1 , wherein the first shoulder strap attachment panel is adapted to form a first leg opening for a child when pulled away from the body panel by the first shoulder strap and the second shoulder strap attachment panel is adapted to form a second leg opening for the child when pulled away from the body panel by the second shoulder strap.

7. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 1 , wherein body panel has a first body panel width at the bottom end of the body panel and a second body panel width away from the waistband, the second body panel width being less than the first body panel width.

8. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 7, wherein the first lower attachment point and second lower attachment point are farther away from the bottom end of the body panel than the second body panel width.

9. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 8, wherein the second body panel width is a minimum body panel width.

10. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 1 , wherein the body panel is adapted to form a bucket seat, the bucket seat having a base width at the waistband.

1 1 . The soft-structured child carrier of claim 10, wherein the body panel comprises a foldable portion that is adapted to fold between the waistband and a wearer to reduce an effective height of the body panel and the base width of the bucket seat.

12. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 1 1 , wherein, along the foldable portion, the distance between the first side edge and second side edge narrows, moving away from the waistband.

13. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 1 , wherein the waistband has a top edge and an exterior side of the waistband that faces away from a wearer during use, and wherein the body panel is configurable in a plurality of configurations relative to the waistband, the plurality of configurations comprising:

a first configuration in which the body panel is lifted up by the first shoulder strap and second shoulder strap to the exterior side of the waistband and is not folded between the waistband and the wearer, the first configuration forming a first bucket seat with a first base width; and

a second configuration in which a portion of the body panel is folded between the waistband and the wearer and the body panel exists from behind the waistband at the top edge of the waistband, the second configuration forming a second bucket seat with a second base width.

14. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 13, wherein the first base width is wider than the second base width.

15. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 13, wherein the first configuration is adapted to support a larger child in a first spread squat position and the second configuration is adapted to support a smaller child in a second spread squat position.

16. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 13, wherein the body panel has a first body panel width at the bottom end of the body panel and a second body panel width away from the waistband and wherein the first base width is equal to the first body panel width and the second base width is equal to the second body panel width.

17. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 1 , further comprising a panel retaining strap attached to an exterior side of the waistband that faces away from a wearer during use, wherein:

the body panel is configurable in a plurality of configurations relative to the waistband, the plurality of configurations comprising:

a first configuration in which the body panel is lifted up by the first shoulder strap and second shoulder strap to the exterior side of the waistband and is not folded between the waistband and the wearer, the first configuration forming a first bucket seat with a first base width; and

a second configuration in which a portion of the body panel is folded between the waistband and the panel retaining strap, the second configuration forming a second bucket seat with a second base width.

18. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 17, wherein the first base width is wider than the second base width.

19. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 17, wherein the first configuration is adapted to support a larger child in a first spread squat position and the second configuration is adapted to support a smaller child in a second spread squat position.

20. The soft-structured child carrier of claim 17, wherein the body panel has a first body panel width at the bottom end of the body panel and a second body panel width away from the waistband and wherein the first base width is equal to the first body panel width and the second base width is equal to the second body panel width.