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Sleepy Bag is a backpack for children Preschool and Pre-K that houses a pillow and a blanket for them to use during scheduled nap time

Sleepy Bag

Taking a piece of home with you

For children Pre-K and under, home can mean a few different things. One of the main things is the how easy it is to fall asleep in a familiar place where you know are safe.

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Young Preschoolers between the ages of 2 - 5 years old. At this age the children have still not broken away from constantly needing the presence of their parents.

Interview

Regardless of age they are always asking for their parents. Sleeping can be the most difficult for them since they are not at home. Can sometimes carry a photo,a special toy, or a blanket to help them go to sleep. 

music and sleep

There are various clear connections between the playing of music during sleep for children and their sleep quality. Studies have found that there are 6 main reasons that the playing of music has a positive impact on a child under the age of 5.  

increase sleep quality

Reduction of insomnia

Reduce Stress

Helps develop brain

Aid pain relief

Provides white noise

Sketches

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Phase 1:

Primarily I two main directions I was trying to design for. Social Comfort and Comfort in Sleeping in preschools. Saw more opportunity in sleeping since there are too many variants of personalities for the age group. 

Phase 2:

Looked at different ways to help children to sleep. From color association and moods, to cues received by the 5 senses. Continued down a tactile and auditory.

Phase 3:

Begin working out details such as how the child interacts with the speaker and also beginning to include customization features for them to make it their own. Continue to experiment with different materials.

Prototypes

Observing how much the rim of the pillow interferes with the neck or shoulders of the user. 

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Quick mock up of a secure method of releasing for a pull down pillow. Scratched since it would either be too strong.

Took apart an existing backpack to take not of its construction and to think about why the materials used were chosen

Printed quick silhouettes to have a quick visual for size

Primary construction and development of pattern

Making sure new pattern fits all necessary items.

Materials comparison &Selection

There were several needs that needed to be met. Most
were related to their durability, weatherproof abilities, comfort, washability, and special features.

Pillow

Wool
Tough
Gets itchy

Not water resistant

Cotton

Breathable

Soft

Long lasting

Linen

Low Maintenance

Light and Breathable

Not Durable

Backpack

Upholstery Fabric

Tough
Holds shape
Not very soft

Canvas
Durable

Natural

Nylon
Repels Insects

Water resistant
Durable

Pillow Filler

Polyester
Cheapest

Good for solely decorative purposed

Down

Softer and longer lasting
Can be costly

Foam
Holds shape well
Super Soft
Not Durable

Blanket

Cotton

Breathable

Hypoallergenic

Long lasting

Polyester
Long Lasting

Very washable

Fleece
Synthetic wool almost

Good for different weather

Final

Features

Back pack

Nylon material to repel water and insects

Pull off pillow

Cotton on the face side of the pillow

Mini speaker for soft music

Custom Marker for customizing backpack

Marker can only mark the backpack

Compact

Fits small folders and a change of clothes

Speaker & Marker

Low Volume Speaker
Slim
Fabric Speaker Grille
      Reduce higher
frequencies
Pop-out Markers
Silicon Band

Markers can only mark backpack

Blend marker