“The care of a newborn baby is virtually a 24 hour a day job, leaving very little time for new parents to engage in traditional exercise. The lack of exercise runs contrary to traditional and prevailing medical opinions.”
Fortunately, inventor Scott Krass of San Diego, California, has invented (and just received a US patent for) a ‘Multifunction baby carrier exercise device’ which allows new parents not only to care for their infant, but also to exercise at the same time…
Note that the patent document’s first sentence describes the device as suitable for an ‘animal’ – possibly to allow scope for the invention to be used for animals other than humans – say for example, dogs, cats etc. etc..
“An apparatus, comprising: a first part configured to accommodate an animal, the first part comprising an interior portion, an exterior portion, an anterior portion for placing the animal’s head, and a posterior portion for placing the animal’s lower extremities; a second part configured to both support the animal and provide a grasp for at least one hand of a user, wherein the second part comprises a strap having first, second, third, and fourth portions, the first portion securely fastened to and directly contacting the exterior portion of the first part continuously all along a first area of the exterior portion of the first part, the second portion securely fastened to and directly contacting the exterior portion of the first part continuously all along a second area of the exterior portion of the first part; and the third and fourth portions each forming a loop extending from one of the edges on opposite sides of the first part; and a third part configured to swaddle the animal within the first part, wherein the first part consists of foldable fabric and comprises first and second edges and the first and second edges are caused to approach each other to form a hammock-like shape to further swaddle the animal when the user holds the grasp and lifts the apparatus, wherein the entire first part between the first and second edges provides a non-rigid surface for supporting the animal and is capable of being foldable around the animal, and wherein the first area of the exterior portion of the first part is juxtaposed with the anterior portion of the first part, and the second area of the exterior portion of the first part is juxtaposed with the posterior portion of the first part.”