Infants' Patents (Class 2/111)
  • Patent number: 10458773
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for garment property determination are disclosed. One or more movable portions of a mannequin are adjusted, thereby causing the mannequin to change from a first size to a second size. Signals are received from one or more sensors of the mannequin, and pressure readings applied to at least one location on an exterior surface of the mannequin are determined from the signals. Data that correlates at least a first pressure reading with the first size of the mannequin and that correlates at least a second pressure reading with the second size of the mannequin are stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry James Lewis Eakins
  • Patent number: 10104916
    Abstract: A swaddling garment or sleep sack for infants has a main body and at least one arm sleeve which can be either removably or non-removably attached to the garment. An infant pacifier is attached, either removably or non-removably, to the remote end of the arm sleeve. A closure element is provided at the remote end of the arm sleeve to close the remote end of the arm sleeve when the pacifier is removed. The arm sleeve is formed from a material and configured such that when it is removed from the garment, can be used as a pillow or blanket for an infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Karen H Barski
  • Patent number: 9539153
    Abstract: A folded disposable absorbent garment has an absorbent chassis, a pair of front side panels extending from a front region of the absorbent chassis, and a pair of back side panels extending from a back region of the absorbent chassis. Each of the front side panels has a first fastening component and each of the back side panels has a second fastening component. Each of the second fastening components is releasably attached to a respective one of the first fastening components to define a pair of refastenable seams. The front side panels and the back side panels are folded such that each of the refastenable seams overlies an outer surface of one of the front region and the back region of the absorbent chassis in a plane generally parallel to the front and back regions of the absorbent chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Popp, Marcille Faye Ruman, Kathleen Irene Bennett
  • Patent number: 9259366
    Abstract: A disposable wearing article including a tape tab being capable of fix the used disposable wearing article by a simple handling. The disposable diaper includes a chassis, an absorbent structure attached to a skin-contact surface of the chassis and a tape tab attached to a non-skin-contact surface. The tape tab is attached to a rear waist sheet and folded back so as to define a first section, a second section and a third section. The first section is provided with a mechanical fastener which is substantially not retained on the second section. Outside in the longitudinal direction of a fastening portion provided with the mechanical fastener, first temporary joint spots for temporarily joining part of the first and second sections and second temporary joint spots for temporarily joining part of the first through third sections are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Takino, Katsufumi Aoki
  • Patent number: 9032551
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a medical compression stocking applicator having an elongate member which has a pair of opposed sidewalls and an interconnecting wall and therefore may be substantially U-shaped in cross-section and is open at each end. The elongate member also includes a heel opening between the ends of the elongate member. The heel opening extends entirely through the elongate member, and is adapted to support a person's heel during application of a stocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: EZY-AS ABC PTY LTD
    Inventor: Barry George Hildebrandt
  • Patent number: 8943615
    Abstract: An innovative sleeping suit for infants, configured to provide warmth, a contained environment, and positive proprioceptive input, and thereby reduce neurological reflexive twitching or habitual waking patterns prevalent when infants are placed on their backs for sleeping and are not swaddled. The weighting in the suit is believed to reduce the neurological reflexive twitching and provides a swaddling effect to infants helping them to fall asleep and remain sleeping when on their backs. At least a portion of an anterior portion of the suit includes the weighting. The weighting may be accomplished by varying the thickness of the materials and/or quantity of layers of materials used on the anterior portion of the suit. The weighting may be distributed uniformly throughout the suit, the anterior portion of the suit, or can be strategically placed at proprioceptive target points along the anterior portion of the suit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Baby Merlin Company
    Inventors: Maureen A. Howard, Robert C. Howard
  • Patent number: 8821461
    Abstract: A full coverage gown that is used in medical facilities is presented. The gown includes a urine catheter pocket affixed to the gown. The gown also includes a pair of ties affixed to the gown above the urine catheter pocket. The pair of ties is configured to loop and tie around a hook attached to a urine catheter bag to prevent a backflow of urine and to secure the urine catheter bag within the catheter pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Capstone Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Cynthia Kovensky
  • Patent number: 8690835
    Abstract: A garment for use with a patient requiring treatment with a central venous catheter and/or gastrostomy tube. Access openings are provided through which the catheter or tube may be reached from the outside of the garment and, in the case of the catheter, coiled on the outside of the garment. Flaps are attached to the garment for covering the access openings and securing the catheter or tube under the flaps. When the access openings are connected with an open ended slot to a central longitudinal opening in the front of the garment, the catheter or tube may be passed into the access opening and the garment put on and taken off without disturbing the medical appliance to which the catheter or tube is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Nicole A. Parris
  • Patent number: 8607364
    Abstract: Ergonomic garment for swaddling an infant garment with an elongate retractable fabric shell having an outer surface and inner surface defining an interior volume for receiving the arms, legs and trunk of an infant therein. Garments have a head end for receiving the arms of said infant, a foot end for receiving the legs of said infant, and a mid section for receiving the trunk of said infant that is narrower than said head end and said foot end, and a neck opening at the head end for receiving a neck of said infant. Garments have an ergonomic peanut-like shape. Garments have a reversible closure means accessing said interior volume of said fabric shell extending longitudinally along the central axis of said fabric shell from said head end to said foot end, a chin protector closure means and optionally a means for accepting an automotive seat belt. Detachable arms and/or leggings and attached retractable arms and/or leggings garments are shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Karen H. Barski
  • Patent number: 8576531
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a multiphase electric circuit is disclosed for shutting down a current conducted over respectively one AC power controller. The neutral points of the voltage systems connected to the phases are not connected to each other via a neutral conductor. The AC power controller of each phase is provided with two thyristors. A single series connection is connected parallel to all phases, which series connection comprises a capacitor and a number of parallel-connected quenching switches corresponding to the number of phases. The capacitor can be charged up via a diode bridge and a transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: GE Energy Power Conversion Technology Limited
    Inventors: Bernhard Eggert, Bernd Moll, Hartmut Schuett, Wolfgang Lasse
  • Patent number: 8506546
    Abstract: A diaper having a front portion with at least one line of weakness adapted to be torn and at least one umbilical cover defined in part by the at least one line of weakness. The at least one umbilical cover is moveable from a starting position to an anchored position upon tearing the at least one line of weakness. The diaper has at least one umbilical cover anchor adapted to maintain the at least one umbilical cover in the anchored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Chantel Spring Buhrow, Kusum Gosain, Shannon Kathleen Melius, John Timothy Hahn, Vipula Jitendra Tailor, Earl David Brock
  • Patent number: 8359663
    Abstract: A babybody includes a front piece (1) and a back piece, two shoulder sections (4) and a crotch (2). The distinguishing features of the babybody are that the back piece includes an outerlying element (3) and an innerlying element (5), that the innerlying element (5) has a free upper edge (10) and that an intermediate portion of the upper free edge (10) is situated at a level which is nearer to the crotch (2) than the ends of the upper free edge (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Jessica Blomkwist
  • Patent number: 8356365
    Abstract: A sleeping garment for toddlers that adjusts via a hook and loop connection at one flap per each of the feet to accommodate for the child's growth to extend the usability of the garment for that child as well as to preserve it for subsequent children as a “hand-me-down.” The hook portions are flaps of fabric located at the bottom of the toes and the hook is folded upward to the loops located at the top of the feet to adjust to the rapidly growing size of the child's feet. There are five claims submitted with seven drawings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Jodi Sue Wolfson
  • Patent number: 8181273
    Abstract: The present embodiment of the subject inventive matter is a one piece disposable diaper clothing that generally comprises of at least one waistband, a diaper that is attached to the at least one waistband and at least one panel that is attached to the at least one waistband. The waistband includes a fastening means that secures the disposable diaper clothing in place on a child. The at least one panel includes a fabric. The diaper coupled with the at least one panel provides a garment like appearance when worn about the lower torso region of the child. As such, the diaper is placed about the lower torso region of the child thereby keeping the panel towards a front waist of the child. The waistband is extended throughout a rear waist towards the front waist of the child. Then the waistband attached with the panel is secured on a waist of the child by the fastening means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Michelle Kane
  • Patent number: 8118364
    Abstract: A travel blanket is placed upon an infant in a car seat. The travel blanket has contoured sleeves and an open back construction, as well as stabilization means for securing the base section of the blanket onto an outer, exterior bottom portion of the seat. With these features, the travel blanket can be readily donned upon an infant that is buckled within a car safety seat without the need to adjust safety straps. The travel blanket includes a base section constructed with a base periphery integrated with the base stabilization means. Lateral sections of the travel blanket further include lateral perimeters appointed for aiding in securing the lateral sections over the infant, without wrapping the torso of the infant. Contoured arm sleeves provide enhanced safety to infants. The sleeves snuggly fit over the infant's wrists and do not have loose flowing material about the arms and wrists, which could present a suffocation risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Margaret A. Davis
  • Patent number: 8117698
    Abstract: A system of placing a vest with a rear hook and loop fastener on an infant, laying the child on a changing pad having a surface hook and loop fastener, and attaching the vest to the changing pad by fastening the hook and loop fasteners together, securely holding the infant onto a changing pad while changing a diaper. The changing pad has a flap that when closed, covers the surface hook and loop fastener when the system is not in use, to prevent snagging other clothing. The vest that can be placed on the child prior to and in preparation for changing a diaper when the child is standing, seated upright, or lying down. The vest has a front hook and loop closure for easy opening and closing by the user. The vest optionally includes tethered toys to amuse the child during diaper changing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Zaida Khaze Harry
  • Publication number: 20110126337
    Abstract: An infant or child garment comprising spacer mesh.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Sandra Aris, Dominique Aris
  • Publication number: 20110126338
    Abstract: Garment attachments attached to and/or adapted to be attached to any type of garment designed for children and/or infants in one or more locations that are within a child's/infant's reach and/or in locations that are selected so that when a child/infant reaches for something to grasp he/she is likely to encounter the garment attachment. The garment attachment may be of any size and shape that can be grasped by a child or infant while being of insufficient size and shape to cover the child's/infant's airways, i.e. nose and mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Nancy Steinbeck
  • Patent number: 7882570
    Abstract: An infant garment preserves body heat and facilitates access to a localized region of the body surface of a patient. The garment has a slit on the front that allows the region of the patient's body surface to be monitored and, if necessary, treated without requiring removal of the garment. The garment also has sleeves with cuffs that can be reversibly folded to cover or uncover the hand-openings in the distal ends of the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Jonelle Krier
  • Patent number: 7805772
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for gloving a person and a gloving package. The method includes automatically advancing a glove package or packages containing gloves from a storage location to a location where they are accessible to a persons hands so that the person can glove himself or herself without contaminating the gloves. The apparatus comprises of a gloving machine for applying gloves to the hands of a person. The gloving package is comprised of a top and bottom layer and a means for securing glove(s) within the layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Llewellyn Angelo Williams
  • Patent number: 7770237
    Abstract: A baby garment for accessing and protecting the umbilical cord for allowing the cleaning of and protecting a baby's umbilical cord. The baby garment for accessing and protecting the umbilical cord includes includes a piece of material having front and back portions and also having an umbilical-exposing hole being disposed through the front portion and about the baby's umbilical cord to allow a user to effectively clean the umbilical cord without the user having to remove the baby garment from the baby, and an oversized cover being hingedly attached to the front portion and being fastenably closeable and loosely disposed over the umbilical cord to effectively protect and not to irritate the umbilical cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventors: Andre L. Wright, Tracy L. Wright
  • Patent number: 7765614
    Abstract: A disposable wearing diaper includes a front panel section and a rear panel section facing each other so as to define respective waist regions. The rear panel section overlaps the outer side of the front panel section and these front and rear panel sections are connected to each other along transversely opposite side edges of the respective panel sections. The disposable diaper has finger-grips provided at positions on an upper end of the rear panel section at which the rear panel section overlap the front panel section. The finger-grip comprises a proximal zone and a distal zone extending from the proximal zone which is contiguous to the rear panel section and the distal zone is placed aside with respect to the proximal zone toward a lower end of the rear panel section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Takino, Takayuki Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 7725954
    Abstract: An apparatus for retaining a pacifier within reach of a mouth of a child is disclosed. The apparatus includes a cord connected at both ends to a garment, wherein a first end of the cord is detachably coupled to the garment so as to allow the insertion of the cord into a pacifier ring when the first end of the cord is detached from the garment. The cord may be positioned horizontally across a chest area of the child's garment, such that a midpoint of the cord is located substantially on a midpoint of the garment. Further, the cord may be an elastic cord covered in an inelastic fabric. Also, the first end of the cord may be a piece of hook and loop fabric for coupling with a hook and loop fabric on the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventors: Lisa DelPrete, Stephen DelPrete
  • Patent number: 7665151
    Abstract: A garment with bib attachment consists of a garment body having a front, opposed first and second sides, an upper end, a neck-receiving opening formed in the upper end of the garment body, a first arm stall formed in the upper end of the garment body on a first side of the neck-receiving opening, and a second arm stall formed in the upper end of the garment body on a second side of the neck-receiving opening. First and second pockets are formed in the upper end of the garment body on either side of the neck-receiving opening. A bib is formed a first extension extending into the first pocket and a second extension extending into the second pocket. The first and second extensions are detachably secured to the garment within the first and second pockets, respectively, suspending the bib on the front of the garment body under the neck-receiving opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Rebecca M. Finell
  • Publication number: 20100024092
    Abstract: A garment includes a unitary garment body having opposed front and rear panels, opposed first and second sides, opposed upper and lower ends, a neck-receiving opening formed in the upper end of the garment body, an arm stall formed in the upper end of the garment body on either side of the neck-receiving opening, a crotch formed in the lower end of the garment body, and a leg stall formed in the lower end of the garment body on either side of the crotch. The front panel defines a waist section adjacent to the crotch between the crotch and the arm stalls. An elongate access opening is formed in the waist section of the front panel, which extends laterally across the waist section of the front panel from the first side of the garment body to the second side of the garment body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: REBECCA M. FINELL
  • Patent number: 7591811
    Abstract: A diaper with legs is a lower torso garment worn by a user to retain excreted waste matter. The diaper may have fasteners to close the waist and legs, or may be of the pull-on type. The diaper includes a flat sheet wrapped around the torso with legs extending from the sides of the sheet. A front waist arch and a rear waist arch are disposed at an upper portion of the edges of the sheet. The arches extend the height of the diaper in front and back. An elastic material is disposed at the waist arches, at the junction between the legs and the central portion of the diaper, and at the end of the legs. The elastic material disposed at the end of the legs and at the junction between the legs and the central portion provides double leak protection at the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Lisa Diane Crislip Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20090222971
    Abstract: A wearable garment for maintaining an infant in the supine position while sleeping is disclosed. The garment includes a body for holding an infant, first and second pockets, first and second support pads insertable in the first and second pockets, and means for preventing the unintentional removal of the support pads from the pockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: Philip Chen
  • Patent number: 7530118
    Abstract: Car Seat Slip Sleep and Outer Wear is a traditional sleep sack with an opening for passage of a safety strap. To use Car Seat Slip Sleep and Outer Wear, a user places the baby inside the garment and secures any flaps in place. When it is time to put the baby in the car seat, the flaps on the front and back of the garment, if present, can be undone, revealing the opening in the center of the garment. The baby is then positioned within the garment such that the opening can be utilized to secure the baby inside a car seat. The center strap of the car seat can be placed through the opening and between the baby's legs to secure the child in the car seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventors: Lisa A. Osborne, Utte Osborne
  • Publication number: 20080196141
    Abstract: Car Seat Slip Sleep and Outer Wear is a traditional sleep sack with an opening for passage of a safety strap. To use Car Seat Slip Sleep and Outer Wear, a user places the baby inside the garment and secures any flaps in place. When it is time to put the baby in the car seat, the flaps on the front and back of the garment, if present, can be undone, revealing the opening in the center of the garment. The baby is then positioned within the garment such that the opening can be utilized to secure the baby inside a car seat. The center strap of the car seat can be placed through the opening and between the baby's legs to secure the child in the car seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Lisa A. Osborne, Utte Osborne
  • Patent number: 7409726
    Abstract: Methods for securing bibs to garments and related articles of clothing. Various schemes are disclosed for securing a bib to a mating garment using one or more points of attachment employing a respective mating pair of fastener halves at each point of attachment. The schemes include employment of a mating pair of fastener to secure the bib to a shoulder of a garment. Meanwhile, in some embodiments a mating pair of fastener is used to secure the lower portion of the bib to a chest area of the garment. Under other embodiments, a three-point attachment scheme is employed including using a pairs of fasteners to secure the straps of a bib to the shoulders of the garment and another mating pair of fasteners to secure the lower portion of the bib to the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventors: Angela B. Bahm, Linda L. Baker, R. Alan Burnett
  • Patent number: 7409729
    Abstract: Methods for securing bibs to garments and related articles of clothing. Various schemes are disclosed for securing a bib to a mating garment using one or more points of attachment employing a respective mating pair of fastener halves at each point of attachment. The schemes include employment of a mating pair of fasteners to secure the lower portion of a bib to the front of a garment. Meanwhile, in some embodiments the neck straps of a bib are secured to the back of the neck area of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventors: Angela B. Bahm, Linda L. Baker
  • Patent number: 7047569
    Abstract: A garment for children is provided having a body portion formed from a single piece of material in a simple geometric design. A generally curved body portion uses as few as four slits to form a front portion, back portion and opposing arm portions. A front slit can be provided to split the front portion. A neck opening is centrally located and permits the garment to fold around and be secured to the child while the child lays on the same. Optional mitten and hood members can be integrally or removably formed with the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventors: Joi Mahon, LeeAnn M. Fowler
  • Patent number: 6978479
    Abstract: A garment for swaddling a baby includes an elongate shell having an outer surface, and an inner surface opposite the outer surface defining an interior volume for receiving the arms, legs, and trunk of a baby therein. The shell has a head end, a foot end opposite the head end, lateral sides extending between the head end and the foot end, and a neck opening at the head end for receiving a neck of the baby. The garment also includes a backboard attached to the elongate shell between the head end and the foot end for preventing the baby from rolling over when the baby is swaddled within the elongate shell. The backboard includes an elongate body for supporting a trunk of the baby. The body has a first face facing the baby when the baby is swaddled within the elongate shell and a second face opposite the first face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventor: Bradley T. Thach
  • Patent number: 6516472
    Abstract: Nonwoven fabrics and fabric laminates are formed from continuous filaments or staple fibers of a select blend of specific grades of polyethylene and polypropylene which give improved fabric performance not heretofore recognized or described, such as high abrasion resistance, good tensile properties, excellent softness and the like. Furthermore, these blends have excellent melt spinning and processing properties which permit efficiently producing nonwoven fabrics at high productivity levels. The polymers are present as a lower-melting dominant continuous phase and at least one higher-melting noncontinuous phase dispersed therein. The lower-melting continuous phase forms at least 70 percent by weight of the fiber and comprises a linear low density polyethylene polymer of a melt index of greater than 10 and a density of less than 0.945 g/cc. At least one higher-melting noncontinuous phase comprises a polypropylene polymer with melt flow rate of greater than 20 g/10 min.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: BBA Nonwovens Simpsonville, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L. Gessner, J. Darrell Gillespie, Jared A. Austin, David D. Newkirk, William Fowells
  • Patent number: 6272888
    Abstract: Clothes which are used for small children including babies and infants are formed of elastic knitted fabric having thread knitted by a knitting machine. The thread of a belly part of the clothes, a crotchpart thereof, sidepart thereof and sleeve part thereof are knitted by a different method to differentiate expansiveness of each part. The belly part of the clothes bulges and wraps a baby's belly three-dimensionally, and is more expansive than other parts of the clothes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Wacoal Corp.
    Inventors: Hiyoshi Fujita, Hisako Komori
  • Patent number: 6260211
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a three dimensional disposable garment, subassemblies of the garment, and apparatus and methods for making the garment and subassemblies. The garment is designed to hold a primary absorbent sanitary pad. The garment may have elasticized leg and waist openings and be stretchable about the hip and stomach regions of a user. The garment provides backup protection to control egress of fluids that leak or seep around or through the primary sanitary pad. The garment includes a secondary absorbent positioned in the crotch area and extending into the body of the disposable garment, front and back, and preferably over the leg elastics to trap, inside the garment, leakage from the primary absorbent, and to prevent strike through onto e.g. outer clothing and bed linen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory John Rajala, Steven Craig Gehling, Paul Daniel Suke
  • Patent number: 6253380
    Abstract: An apparatus for irradiating an infant includes a frame for supporting the infant, and a source of radiation positioned below the frame and the infant. The frame includes a fully transparent section for allowing the radiation to pass therethrough to the infant. The apparatus further includes a therapy blanket detachably connected to the frame to cover the infant. The therapy blanket includes a transparent section through which radiation can pass to the infant. The therapy blanket forms a restraining garment and defines a pouch having a pair of sleeves for passively restricting the infant to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Michael Larsson, Hans R. Kunzler
  • Patent number: 6243871
    Abstract: A closing mechanism for garments including a torso portion and a bottom portion wherein the bottom portion extends from the posterior of the torso portion through the wearer's legs and removably attaches to the anterior portion. The bottom portion, or tail panel or lever, contains one or more patches of hook and loop members, and the anterior portion contains one or more corresponding patches of hook and loop members. A further embodiment of the invention, which may be used separately or in conjunction with the closing mechanism, constitutes a resilient portion upon the tail panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Jody C. Fidler
  • Patent number: 6098203
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a three dimensional disposable garment, subassemblies of the garment, and apparatus and methods for making the garment and subassemblies. The garment is designed to hold a primary absorbent sanitary pad. The garment may have elasticized leg and waist openings and be stretchable about the hip and stomach regions of a user. The garment provides backup protection to control egress of fluids that leak or seep around or through the primary sanitary pad. The garment includes a secondary absorbent positioned in the crotch area and extending into the body of the disposable garment, front and back, and preferably over the leg elastics to trap, inside the garment, leakage from the primary absorbent, and to prevent strike through onto e.g. outer clothing and bed linen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory John Rajala, Steven Craig Gehling, Paul Daniel Suke
  • Patent number: 6049909
    Abstract: A disposable infant garment (10) comprising a one piece body pattern portion (12) having fold lines (14), a neck opening (16) and a pair of armholes (18). A facility (20) is provided for fastening abutting edges (22) of the one piece body pattern portion (12) together after being placed onto a torso (24) of an infant (26) and folded into position along the fold lines (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Nina May Anderson
  • Patent number: 5926846
    Abstract: Safety vest for use in turbulent environments. The vest is made of a breathable material and sized to fit a child. A strap is securely affixed to the vest and sized to encircle a person so that the vest and a child wearing the vest may be secured to the person. The use of the vest will prevent a child from being ripped from a parent's arms during, for example, severe air turbulence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Amy R. Segal
  • Patent number: 5819317
    Abstract: An infant T-shirt (10) is provided with an improved crotch panel (14) having an absorbent layer (50) and a barrier layer (52) to retain fluids. The absorbent layer (50) may have an upper hydrophobic surface (54) and a lower hydrophilic surface (56). The barrier layer (52) may have a fluid barrier ply (60) and a fabric ply (62) to support the fluid barrier ply (60). The fabric ply (62) may define the outer surface of the crotch panel (14). Alternatively, an extension (80) of the T-shirt material may define that outer surface with the barrier layer (52) overlying the extension (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Intellitecs International Ltd.
    Inventor: David W. Conway
  • Patent number: 5806096
    Abstract: A medical tube-retaining garment to deter patients, especially children, from disturbing a surgical wound site on the torso. An inner garment resembling a shirt or undergarment having a split back is affixed to an outer garment made of a wrappable, elastic bandage material. Both the outer and inner garments close over the back by overlapping portions having hook and loop type fasteners, which rear entry design deters the patient or child from detaching the garments. A crotch strap passes from front to back of the outer garment to deter the child from pulling up on the inner garment to reveal the surgery site. Similarly, shoulder straps of the inner garment deter the child from pulling the inner garment down to reveal the site. Secondary hook and eye fasteners prevent separation of the hook and loop fasteners. When the inner and outer garments are secured over the back the child is sufficiently deterred from gaining access to the implanted tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Jacqueline R. Pennington
  • Patent number: 5632425
    Abstract: A wearable infant carrier. The carrier is a type of durable shirt having a front portion and a back portion which is removably attachable to the front portion. The carrier can be slipped on over the wearer's head so that the front portion is draped across the wearer's torso and the back portion extends from the wearer's shoulders along the back and around opposing sides of the wearer for attachment to the front portion to form a sitting support with the front portion. After the carrier is secured upon the wearer, an infant can be placed between the front portion of the carrier and the wearer's torso so that the infant sits in suspension upon the sitting support with the infant's legs straddling the sitting support. The carrier thereby holds the infant sandwiched between the front portion of the carrier and the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Inventor: Julie Hull
  • Patent number: 5621917
    Abstract: A garment formed essentially as a sack, the infant's feet occupying a common compartment, the garment having closures located along the top or shoulder portions of the garment and down the front of the garment, the closures comprising a series of intermittently spaced detachably fastenable closure means. The garment is further formed so as to have an aperture for the neck and apertures for the arms and/or hands. The garment may be formed by sewing to a back panel, right and left front panels along the outside edges corresponding to the underarms, the sides and foot of the garment. Alternatively, the garment may be formed by knitting or weaving a sack having an essentially T-shaped configuration. In the preferred embodiment, the series of intermittently spaced detachably fastenable closure means comprise hook and loop closure means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Inventor: Sandra R. Howsden
  • Patent number: 5582604
    Abstract: A diaper having an inflatable component and a pump is disclosed. The pump has a pump chamber having an inlet port and an outlet port, and a resilient chamber wall. The resilient chamber wall is deformable to displace air from the pump chamber to the inflatable component. A check valve provides unidirectional flow from the pump to the inflatable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Ahr, Donald C. Roe
  • Patent number: 5543206
    Abstract: The invention is directed to composite nonwoven fabrics and processes for producing the same. The fabric includes a layer of inelastic continuous or staple fibers formed from a blend of polyethylene and polypropylene laminated to an extensible web, such as a polyolefin film. Preferably, the composition of the fibers ranges between 5 to 50 percent by weight of polypropylene with the balance made up of polyethylene. The nonelastic fibers are capable of being highly elongated upon mechanical stretching without adversely impacting fiber tie down. Accordingly, a smooth, strong, coherent fabric is obtained, which is especially well suited for incorporation into disposable absorbent articles such as diapers, training pants, incontinence briefs and feminine hygiene products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Fiberweb North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared A. Austin, David D. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 5531731
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a garment with a tape fastener that provides for the display of printed information only when the garment is not being worn. The garment has opposite inner and outer surfaces and first and second waistband sections. The tape fastener, which is bonded to the first waistband section, includes an interior tape member and an exterior tape member. The interior tape member is bonded to the inner surface, and in one embodiment, contains the printed information. The exterior tape member includes a factory-bond section, which is bonded to the first waistband section, and a user-bond section, which is formed of a transparent material and includes an adhesive surface adapted to releasably engage the interior tape member. The printed information will not show through clothing when the garment is being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventor: Carl J. Brusky
  • Patent number: 5386595
    Abstract: A garment and attachment system of the present invention include a pair of first attachment pads attached to a first waist section of a garment shell. Each first attachment pad has a primary axis directed generally toward the nearest corner of the garment shell and forming an angle of from 25 to 45 degrees with the transverse axis of the garment shell. At least one second attachment pad is attached to a second waist section of the garment shell. A pair of strap members each have forward and rearward end portions with fasteners attached thereto. The fasteners are releasably engageable with the attachment pads. In particular embodiments, the attachment pads are formed of a loop material having a predetermined loop tip orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark
    Inventors: David A. Kuen, Alan F. Schleinz
  • Patent number: 5276923
    Abstract: A central elastomeric web, having concave sides to accommodate an individual's groin area, includes the central web to provide a plurality of tether webs extending longitudinally beyond the central web, with each tether web including a latch fastener for securement to a perimeter portion of an individual's shirt in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventor: Ann Cohen