Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: Co-Motion Cappuccino Tandem,'88 Bob Jackson Touring Bike, Co-Motion Cascadia Touring Bike, Merckx Strasbourg71
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I am almost always positive about ideas on here but I have to be honest. Commercially made kid seats are designed to be safe with wrap around sides around shoulders and head for extra protection. Your child may need that protection even if you are an excellent rider because things happen to bikers even if you do not make a mistake. Used bike kid carriers are readily available on this forum, Craig's List, eBay and if you drive around the neighborhood in the spring on trash night you are bound to find one free at the curb that some other kid has grown out of. Little kids are worth the extra margin of protection a commercial seat has I think. I recommend saving the innovation ideas for racks, panniers, mirrors, seats and everything else, but for toddler safety stick with the tried and true (and safety certified) solutions...
Sorry to not be encouraging about this...
I would have been happy to send you our old RhodeGear seat, but I have already given it away. Check Craig's List as a start and I bet for next to nothing you can pick one up that is a lot safer.
I do have to commend you for a clever idea, however!