TRAY WITH BABY FOOD JAR HOLDER
A tray includes a plate formed to include ajar receiver and a food receptacle arranged to lie in side-by-side relation to the food receptacle.
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This application claims priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119(e) to U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/645,057, filed Jan. 19, 2005, which is expressly incorporated by reference herein.BACKGROUND
The present disclosure relates to juvenile feeding apparatus, and particularly to juvenile feeding trays. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to holders for baby food jars.SUMMARY
A tray comprises a plate formed to include a jar receiver and a food receptacle arranged to lie in side-by-side relation to the food receptacle. The jar receiver is formed to include means for retaining an opened baby food jar in fixed relation to the plate to position an open mouth of the jar in alignment and communication with a first opening formed in the plate.
In the illustrated embodiment, the jar receiver includes a cylindrical ring appended to an underside of the plate and aligned with the first opening formed in the plate. Internal threads formed on the cylindrical ring are configured to mate with external threads provided around the open mouth of the jar and configured to mate with ajar lid to support the baby food jar in the jar receiver.
Also in the illustrated embodiment, the food receptacle is arranged to extend downwardly from the plate so that a top opening of the food receptacle lies alongside the first opening into a baby food jar retained in the jar receiver. During feeding a caregiver can scoop food from the baby food jar through the first opening in the plate and place it in a “staging zone” defined by the food receptacle before it is fed to a hungry child.
Also in the illustrated embodiment, one portion of the plate is formed to provide a handgrip. The jar receiver is arranged to lie between the handgrip and the food receptacle. A perimeter edge of the plate extends around the jar receiver and the food receptacle and mates with a lid sized to cover the two openings formed in the plate.
Additional features of the present disclosure will become apparent to those skilled in the art upon consideration of the following detailed description of illustrative embodiments exemplifying the best mode of carrying out the disclosure as presently perceived.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
The detailed description particularly relates to the accompanying figures in which:
A tray 10 formed to include a food receptacle 12 and covered by a lid 14 is shown in
Tray 10 includes a plate 20 having top and bottom surfaces 21, 22 bounded by a perimeter rim 24 as shown in
Food receptacle 12 includes a continuous side wall 26 appended to bottom surface 22 of plate 20 and arranged to border a D-shaped opening 28 formed at a right end of plate 20. Food receptacle 12 also includes a floor 30 appended to side wall 26.
Tray 10 also includes a jar receiver 32 depending from bottom surface 22 of the plate and lying in alignment with the round first opening 23 formed in plate 20 as shown best in
In the illustrated embodiment, a grip portion 38 made of a soft material is overmolded onto a left end of plate 20 to form a handgrip. Jar receiver 32 is arranged to lie between handgrip 38 and food receptacle 12 as shown best in
In use, food 40 can be transferred using a utensil (e.g., spoon 42 in
1. A juvenile feeding tray comprising
- a plate formed to include ajar receiver and a food receptacle arranged to lie in side-by-side relation to the food receptacle, the jar receiver being formed to include means for retaining an opened baby food jar in fixed relation to the plate to position an open mouth of the jar in alignment and communication with a first opening formed in the plate.
International Classification: A47G 21/00 (20060101); B65D 21/00 (20060101); B65D 1/34 (20060101);