Thanks for your help; I also heard back from the project manager in response to yesterday’s entry. Rajan Patel says (in part):
As for the safety issue, you are absolutely right and this is something we had noted. The picture you have seen and uploaded is actually one of a much older design. Our new design is much thinner and has adjustability straps to prevent slipping of the infant. We’ve also opened the left and right sides of the hood area in order to ensure that the infant does not suffocate. I have attached some images of the new design but please note that the name “cocoon” that is shown is not actually the product name and has since been changed to “thermpod”.
Context; I had only mentioned the safety concerns to him by email; the design improvements were trifling in comparison. I will follow up with him and keep you posted. The images he mentioned weren’t attached; I know we all forget to do that.
Clara was first to mention (what I thought was) the safety concern, specifically the billowing of the lining inside the hood (photo at top right). This is loose enough that a smaller child could suffocate within its folds.The solution for this is in construction, to tack the center of the hood lining to the center of the hood’s shell. At that point it should be re-evaluated for the possible necessity of a second row of stitching off to either side, tacking the lining to the shell.
Clarisse mentioned bringing the hood in closer around the face but mentioned the caveat of no drawstrings. Drawstrings are illegal here and in the UK (perhaps Canada?) but nowhere else that I know of. They’re banned because kids get them caught getting off the bus or merry go round. I’m not sure it would be an issue in this case.
Both Clara and Clarisse mentioned bringing the unit closer to shape the baby’s form. I agree that rounding off the corners is beneficial. First is that heat is conserved within the unit if it’s not heating wasted space -which is critical since one quarter of a baby’s body length is in their head so a gaping opening represents a substantive heat loss. The second benefit to streamlining the design is that it could possibly reduce material use and costs although we can’t really know; the latter may not amount to much in the way of savings depending on the marker’s design.
Again, thanks for your input. I will post more once I hear back from Rajan.