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Easing Mom's burden

York Twp. woman creates, sells lightweight baby carriers
By SARAH M. LIFSHIN Dispatch/Sunday News

It took an outing with her daughter-in-law and then newborn granddaughter for Sharon Abendschoen, a 56-year-old grandmother, to learn how heavy modern baby carriers had become.

"I went to carry the car seat carrier and I had trouble carrying it," Abendschoen said. "It was a car seat carrier and those things are heavy ... I wanted to find something else." But when she couldn't find what she was looking for -- just a baby carrier -- she decided to do something about it.

Abendschoen of York Township recently finished the final touches on her See Shell Baby Carrier -- a new invention she says decreases the strain on the mother and improves infant safety.

The carrier, which Abendschoen says has passed several consumer safety tests, is shaped like a sea shell -- decorated with sea-life inspired padding, along with safety belts covered with padding cut out as sea horses.

"This is a carrier that isn't a car seat," she said, noting that the average car seat can become very heavy and bulky. For a 10 lb. car seat carrier, a 7 lb. baby could have the increasing its weight to nearly 20 lbs.

But as infants grow and the carrier is still used, the combined weight will increase and add to a mother's physical stress of carrying the child, Abendschoen said.

Abendschoen said it wasn't hard to come up with the concept since she used similar products when she was a young mother for her two sons.

Abendschoen, who also owns a local maintenance supply company, said that when her sons were born decades-ago, mothers used simple baby carriers rather than the modern transports that release from car seats.

"I hated those things," said the businesswoman who last summer introduced the carrier to the baby supply market. "I looked for a couple of weeks to see if one was on the market ... but when there wasn't, I sketched one."

Abendschoen said she pictured the proposed "lightweight" carrier as a sea shell -- a place where the baby could be "nestled in a shell shaped chair." Beginning in 1999, she began the process by applying and receiving the patent.

Then came the hard part.

During the past few years, Abendschoen spent most of her time searching for manufacturers for all components of the baby carrier -- from its plastic body to all the metal pieces used.

Now, with the baby carriers being completely assembled at a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, Abendschoen -- who is looking for investors and wholesalers -- is using her prototype to push sales.

She also sells the carriers on her Web site and has sent some samples for review to a few department stores. Still, the carriers -- which retail for $98 -- are not yet in stores. But despite the slow start, she does regret her decision to start a second business. "It's taking forever ... but I love it."

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Sharon Abendschoen, of York Township, holds her creation, the sea Shell Baby Carrier, in the office at thier home.

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