Patents Assigned to Graco Children's Products Inc.
  • Patent number: 10710478
    Abstract: A rotatable child safety seat can include a seat base configured to rest on a vehicle seat and a seat shell for receiving a child therein. The seat shell can rotate with respect to the seat base and with a rotation axis offset from a center of the longitudinal axis of the seat base. The seat base can include a seat belt lock-off system for maintaining positioning of the automobile seat belt with respect to the seat base and for adding tension into the automobile seat belt. The child safety seat can include two separate seat belt/LATCH belt pathways. One seat belt/LATCH belt pathway can be provided along the seat back of the seat shell and used when the child safety seat is in a forward-facing configuration and the other seat belt/LATCH belt pathway can be provided in the seat base and used when in a rearward-facing configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Henry Reaves, Taylor Daniel Genoway, Thomas Jake Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10562419
    Abstract: A child's booster seat is provided and can include a booster seat base and seat back. The booster seat base can be collapsed or folded from an in-use configuration to a collapsed configuration to improve portability of the booster seat base. The booster seat base can include multiple seating surface panels that are rotatably coupled to one another to allow the booster seat base to be collapsed from an in-use width to a collapsed width that is less than the in-use width. The booster seat base can also be coupled and decoupled from the booster seat back. The booster seat base can include tab members that can be inserted into tab receiving cavities of the booster seat back. Adjustment of the booster seat base from the in-use configuration to the collapsed configuration can also facilitate removal of the tab members from the tab receiving cavities of the booster seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Taylor Daniel Genoway, Nicholas Henry Reaves, Joonho Na, Andrew Phillip Kitchens, Joshua William Gazaway, Matthew Alan Morgenstern
  • Publication number: 20200008587
    Abstract: A child safety seat, such as a car seat, booster seat, stroller seat, or high chair, can include a crotch buckle positioner that provides adjustability for the harness system as the child grows. The seat can include a seat bottom, a seat back, a harness system, and a crotch belt positioner. Crotch belt webbing, including a buckle, can extend up through a portion of the crotch belt positioner and is adjusted by the crotch belt positioner. The crotch belt positioner can be adjusted into multiple positions along the seat bottom. Adjusting the crotch belt positioner from a first position to a second position can adjust at least one of the length of the crotch belt webbing that extends about the top surface of the seat bottom and the position that the relational position that the crotch belt webbing extends up through crotch belt positioner with respect to the seat bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph Christopher Webb
  • Patent number: 10518671
    Abstract: A car seat may include a seat shell configured for supporting a child thereon, a base supporting the seat shell, and a support frame positioned at least partially within the seat shell and/or the base and configured to manage energy during a crash event. The support frame may include a first frame portion and a second frame portion attached to the first frame portion. The first frame portion may include a first side support and a second side support spaced apart from one another, and the second frame portion may include a first side support and a second side support spaced apart from one another. A stiffness of each of the first side support and the second side support of the second frame portion may be different than a stiffness of each of the first side support and the second side support of the first frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jake Mitchell, Daniel Brunick, Nicholas Lombardi, William Conway
  • Patent number: 10470585
    Abstract: An adjustable mode child rocker can be adjusted to provide a number of different swinging/rocking motions to a child positioned within the rocker. The child rocker can include a seat assembly that can include a seat upon which a child can sit. The child rocker can also include a trolley assembly that is directly or indirectly attached to the seat assembly and can include multiple wheels near the bottom of the trolley assembly. The child rocker can also include at least one stationary track and at least one adjustable track for the wheels to move along to provide the different rocking/swinging motions to the seat assembly. The adjustable track(s) is adjustable from at least a first position to a second position to change the distance between the troughs of the respective stationary and adjustable tracks along a longitudinal axis of the child rocker and thereby changing the rocking/swinging motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Chad Brandon Robbins, Brian S. Kelly, Ryan William Nottage, Lauren Pusey, Andrew Liu, Nicholas E. Papageorge
  • Publication number: 20190231087
    Abstract: The convertible child high-chair and step stool can include a frame having a front leg stand and a rear leg stand. A height adjustment mechanism can be coupled to the front leg stand or the rear leg stand and can be adjustable along the vertical axis of the front leg stand or the rear leg stand from a raised position to a lowered position. The apparatus can also include a booster seat and removable platform step. In the raised position, the booster seat can be coupled to the height adjustment mechanism to provide a high chair. In the lowered position, the booster seat can be removed and the removable platform step can be coupled to the height adjustment mechanism and the frame to provide a step stool. The apparatus can also include wheel assemblies coupled to the frame that limit the potential for tip hazards in the step stool configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Emil Dziak, Connie Yuanfang Gu, Shahnaz Selena Kasam, Ming Cheng Hsu, Chiyuan Chen
  • Publication number: 20190168643
    Abstract: A child apparatus can include one or more shells/frames upon which a child can sit or lie. All or a portion of each shell/frame can be covered in soft goods. The soft goods component can include one or more channels or tunnels provided along all or a portion of a perimeter of the soft goods component. One or more stiffening members can be inserted into the one or more channels or tunnels. The shell/frame can include one or more cavities for receiving a portion of the stiffening member therein to couple the soft goods component to the shell/frame. Alternatively, the shell/frame can include soft goods retaining tabs along a back or side of the shell/frame, and the elongated stiffening member can be inserted between each soft goods retaining tab and the back or side of the shell/frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Kelly Runk, Maureen Tobin, Brittany Hassler, William Conway, Nicholas James Lombardi, Taylor Daniel Genoway
  • Patent number: 10258761
    Abstract: A children's soothing device, such as a motorized swing, a motorized glider, a motorized rocker, a motorized bouncer, a playard, a crib, a car seat, a stroller, an infant carrier, or a bassinet, can include one or more speakers, one or more vibrating motors or solenoids, and one or more light attractions or lights for soothing a child. The children's soothing device can include a control system for storing and reading sound and other data files to output music or other sounds through the speakers and to activate and deactivate the vibrating motors in a synchronized pattern with the sound or music. The children's soother device can also evaluate the sound and other data files to synchronize the activation, deactivation, and/or change of state of the light attraction or lights with the sound/music and the vibrating motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventor: Bart A. Smudde
  • Patent number: 10245981
    Abstract: A child's booster seat with detachable belt positioner car seat is provided. The booster seat can include a seat back that can be coupled and decoupled from a seat base. The seat base can include a primary seat base and a removable seat base. The removable seat base can be coupled and decoupled from the primary seat base and used as a booster seat for a child without the primary seat base. The primary seat base can include protrusions and/or recesses and the removable seat base can include recesses and/or bosses for aligning and/or coupling the removable seat base to the primary seat base. A pair of armrests can be adjustably coupled to the seat base, such as to the removable seat base. The seat base can further include one or more lap belt positioners. The seat back can include an adjustable headrest and one or more shoulder belt positioners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Jake Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10238341
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for autonomously soothing babies. An example method may include receiving a first sound input from a microphone, processing the first sound input, determining a baby status based at least in part on the first sound input, determining an output action based at least in part on the baby status; and implementing the output action at the children's apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Rubin, Bradley Keith Hondros, Mubeen Ahmad, William Andrew Steer, Justin Pinkney, Bart A. Smudde, Brian S. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20190077282
    Abstract: A rotatable child safety seat can include a seat base configured to rest on a vehicle seat and a seat shell for receiving a child therein. The seat shell can rotate with respect to the seat base and with a rotation axis offset from a center of the longitudinal axis of the seat base. The seat base can include a seat belt lock-off system for maintaining positioning of the automobile seat belt with respect to the seat base and for adding tension into the automobile seat belt. The child safety seat can include two separate seat belt/LATCH belt pathways. One seat belt/LATCH belt pathway can be provided along the seat back of the seat shell and used when the child safety seat is in a forward-facing configuration and the other seat belt/LATCH belt pathway can be provided in the seat base and used when in a rearward-facing configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Henry Reaves, Taylor Daniel Genoway, Thomas Jake Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20190076094
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for autonomously soothing babies. An example method may include receiving a first sound input from a microphone, processing the first sound input, determining a baby status based at least in part on the first sound input, determining an output action based at least in part on the baby status; and implementing the output action at the children's apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Walter Minnicks, Zachary Rubin, Bradley Keith Hondros, Mubeen Ahmad, William Andrew Steer, Justin Pinkney, Bart A. Smudde, Brian S. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10173553
    Abstract: A child car seat can include a seat base and a seat shell. The seat shell can include a seat bottom and a seat back along a front side of the seat shell. Shoulder straps can be provided to assist holding a child in place in the car seat. The shoulder straps can extend through openings in the seat back of the seat shell and can be coupled to a splitter plate positioned along a back side of the seat shell. The splitter plate can include a slot for receiving a tightening strap and a roller or radiused edge positioned adjacent the slot to help the tightening strap slide along the roller or radiused edge when tension is applied to it. The tightening strap can be routed through the slot and under the seat shell and can pass through another slot along the seat bottom to tighten the shoulder straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Jake Mitchell, Nicholas James Lombardi, Nicholas Henry Reaves, Daniel J. Brunick, Andrew Phillip Kitchens
  • Publication number: 20180361888
    Abstract: An anchor belt retractor system can be provided with a booster seat. The booster seat can include a booster seat base and optionally a seat back. The booster seat base can include a cavity or housing within which the anchor belt retractor system is housed. The anchor belt retractor system can include at least one spool or drum about which webbing can be wound. The system can also include a first anchor webbing having a first end coupled to the spool and a second end coupled to an anchor latch. The system can also include a second anchor webbing having a first end coupled to the spool and a second end coupled to a second anchor latch. The spool or drum can be spring-biased to take up any slack in the first and second anchor webbings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Laurence Campbell, Andrew Phillip Kitchens
  • Publication number: 20180296006
    Abstract: An adjustable mode child rocker can be adjusted to provide a number of different swinging/rocking motions to a child positioned within the rocker. The child rocker can include a seat assembly that can include a seat upon which a child can sit. The child rocker can also include a trolley assembly that is directly or indirectly attached to the seat assembly and can include multiple wheels near the bottom of the trolley assembly. The child rocker can also include at least one stationary track and at least one adjustable track for the wheels to move along to provide the different rocking/swinging motions to the seat assembly. The adjustable track(s) is adjustable from at least a first position to a second position to change the distance between the troughs of the respective stationary and adjustable tracks along a longitudinal axis of the child rocker and thereby changing the rocking/swinging motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Chad Brandon Robbins, Brian S. Kelly, Ryan William Nottage, Lauren Pusey, Andrew Liu, Nicholas E. Papageorge
  • Patent number: 10059244
    Abstract: A child seat can include a seat bottom and seat back. The seat back can be fixedly, rotatably, and/or removably coupled to the seat bottom. The child seat can further include an adjustable cup holder that can be integrally formed with the seat bottom or positioned adjacent to the seat bottom. For example, the child seat can include one or more arm rests positioned adjacent the seat bottom and the adjustable cup holder can be provided in at least one of the arm rests. The adjustable cup holder can include a static cup holder section and a rotatable cup holder section. The rotatable cup holder section can rotate with respect to the static cup holder section from a stored configuration to a use configuration. The adjustable cup holder can include alignment tabs and corresponding recessed slots and/or bosses and corresponding boss receivers to assist in positioning the adjustable cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas James Lombardi, Zachary Rubin
  • Publication number: 20180070739
    Abstract: A child containment system has a child containment structure with a bottom and a perimeter wall surrounding the bottom. A bassinet has an infant support surface and a surrounding wall around the infant support surface. The bassinet can be mounted to the child containment structure with the infant support surface elevated above the bottom of the child containment structure. An infant support unit can have a frame, a bed supported by the frame, and legs that extend from one end of the infant support unit to the distal second end. The infant support unit is configured for use in a first operational mode in which the infant support unit at least partially positioned within the child containment structure with the bed overlying the bassinet's infant support surface, and with a portion of the legs contacting the bassinet's infant support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: John (Jason) C. Arnold, IV, Brandon Burkholder, Annette Stella, Matthew Rivera
  • Patent number: 9901187
    Abstract: A child containment device has a playard and a bassinet accessory supported on the playard. A mattress is positioned within the bassinet accessory. The device can have a mattress support structure attached to the bassinet accessory or the mattress and can have a bassinet support structure attached to the bassinet accessory. The mattress support structure can keep the mattress flat and level and be irremovably attached to the mattress or bassinet accessory. The bassinet support structure can be irremovably attached to the bassinet accessory or can be configured to orient the mattress to contact a playard floor panel or be oriented 30° or more from a level orientation if improperly installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Brandon Burkholder, Matthew Rivera, Annette Stella
  • Patent number: D812916
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Cera
  • Patent number: D813557
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Haley, Nicholas Cera