Takinagans were used to transport babies. They were made of wood and covered with a casing made of leather or fabric. The baby was in a standing position, with his feet resting on a board. The mother could then place the takinagan on her back. This allowed the child to observe his environment and thus begin to learn how everyday tasks were accomplished. The takinagan also had the advantage of floating, which probably saved the lives of several babies during the capsizing of a boat.