Ann Moore (inventor)

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Ann Moore (born 1934) is an American nurse credited as the inventor of the Snugli and Weego child carriers.[1]

Moore was a pediatric nurse by training, and, following humanitarian work in Germany and Morocco, she was one of the earliest volunteers for the Peace Corps. She served in Togo during the 1960s and was accompanied by her husband and fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Mike.[1][2]

After the birth of the couple's first daughter, following their return to the United States, Ann attempted to carry her child in the style used in West Africa by using a long shawl as a sling to strap the infant to her back. Finding this method to be ineffective, as the child would slip, Moore and her mother, Agnes Lucille Aukerman, developed a backpack harness that would become the forerunner to the Snugli.[1] The Snugli was patented in 1969.[3][4]

Moore's modifications to the infant carrier resulted in additional patents.[5][6] In 1988 and 1989, she was issued patents for the Air Lift, a backpack carrier for portable oxygen dispensers.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c Heather Bruce Satrom. "Lemelson Center Invention Features: Protecting Precious Cargo: Ann Moore". Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation - Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  2. ^ "The Mom Who Invented The Snugli". CBS News. 2001-03-06. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Patent 3,481,517". 
  4. ^ "Lemelson Inventor of the Week". Lemelson-MIT Program. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Patent 4,434,920". 
  6. ^ "U.S. Patent D277,811". 
  7. ^ "U.S. Patent 4,739,913". 
  8. ^ "U.S. Patent D305,078". 

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