Crib Patents (Class 5/93.1)
  • Patent number: 9763523
    Abstract: A child containment device and a mattress support assembly for a child containment device providing a generally flat mattress configuration under load of a child supported thereon; a multi-paneled mattress for a child containment device allowing repositioning of mattress panels between an expanded state and a compact state, and wherein in the expanded state, structural couplings maintain the mattress in a generally flat configuration; and a chamfered corner arrangement for resisting curling of a mattress for a child containment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: John M. Thomson, Stephen R. Burns, Joseph W. Staley, Chaitanya Tadipatri, Frank Chih-Feng Chen, Mark Mendes
  • Patent number: 9706855
    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 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: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: John (Jason) C. Arnold, IV, Brandon Burkholder, Annette Stella, Matthew Rivera
  • Patent number: 9642481
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for making same utilizing a breathable mesh material having a reduced suffocation resistance level for infant and toddler use. The breathable mesh material includes an inner and outer fabric that includes larger openings on the front substructure than on the back substructure and a pile substructure is integrated and extends between the front and back substructures allowing air to substantially move effectively therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: BreathableBaby, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Richard Waters, Susan Marie Waters
  • Patent number: 9622593
    Abstract: A folding lock assembly for use in a frame for a portable child enclosure that includes a body housing first and second hinges for connecting a pair of equal-length side frame members. The hinges are limited in the degree of pivotal movement permitted between a locked position in which the frame members are linearly aligned and a folded position in which the frame members are substantially parallel. The first hinge permits angular rotation less than 90 degrees while the second hinge permits angular rotation greater than 90 degrees. The differences in the range of hinge rotation offset the distal ends of the frame when the connected members are folded to eliminate a pinch point between frame end members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ARTSANA USA, INC.
    Inventors: Michael L. Longenecker, James M. Dillner
  • Patent number: 9364098
    Abstract: A child holding accessory can be desirably installed on a rigid support frame, and has two opposite regions adapted to receive a child in different configurations of use. Examples of construction for these holding regions can include, without limitation, a changing table and a child sleep bed. The child holding accessory can be attached with the support frame via one or more fixtures that is adjustable to turn upward either of the first and second regions for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Joseph F. Fiore, III, Andrew J. Taylor, Sharon A. Gillett, Andrew J. Horst, Curtis M. Hartenstine, Nathanael Saint, Guang-Hui Zhao, Haibo Zeng, Wuxing Xu, Jonathan M. Pacella
  • Patent number: 9351588
    Abstract: A play yard system for infants or small children. They play yard includes a frame, and the system includes at least one child support unit for mounting to the frame of the play yard. The at least one child support unit may take the form of a bassinet and/or a changing table. The play yard frame may be collapsible for storage and transport, and the child support unit may be removable from the play yard frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Burns, Chaitanya Tadipatri
  • Patent number: 9351586
    Abstract: A child containment system has a child containment structure with a bottom, a top rail, and a surrounding side wall that can be arranged to extend between the bottom and the top rail. An infant sleeping apparatus has a fabric bed and a frame. A connector arrangement includes at least one connector carried on a portion of the child containment system and at least one connector part carried on the infant sleeping apparatus. The infant sleeping apparatus is removably mountable to the child containment structure with the fabric bed above the bottom and with the connector part coupled to the connector at a position that is below the top rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Burkholder, Matt Rivera, Annette Stella
  • Patent number: 9198524
    Abstract: An infant supporting apparatus includes a leg frame, a support frame portion connected with the leg frame via a rotary joint, a reversible infant resting support suspended from the support frame portion and having a first and a second bearing surface, an offset frame portion, and a side panel connected with the support frame portion and the offset frame portion. The support frame portion can rotate relative to the leg frame to position the first or second bearing surface upward for placement of a child thereon. The infant resting support is adjustable relative to the side panel between a first and a second state. The first bearing surface faces upward and the side panel expands above the infant resting support in the first state, and the second bearing surface faces upward and the side panel is in a collapsed position relative to the infant resting support in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Andrew J. R. Horst, Curtis M. Hartenstine, Ryan N. Miller
  • Patent number: 9113723
    Abstract: An improved bassinet frame for an infant playard comprising a plurality of structural members configured to nest within a playard top frame top and rest upon supports on corner members of the playard frame. The bassinet frame includes a pair of spaced-apart, parallel side members connected by a pair of perpendicularly aligned uplift preventing end members. The bassinet frame end members extend beneath playard frame end members when the bassinet frame is deployed for use such that the playard end frame members inhibit uplift of the bassinet frame. The side members each further include a joint positioned approximately midway along the respective lengths allowing the bassinet frame to be folded along an axis parallel to its width. Folding the bassinet frame retracts the end members from beneath the playard end frame members and allows the bassinet frame to be removed from the playard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: ARTSANA USA, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff G. Greger, Michael L. Longenecker
  • Patent number: 9101517
    Abstract: A siderail assembly for a patient-support apparatus including a frame and defining a head end, a foot end longitudinally spaced-apart therefrom, and two laterally spaced-apart sides, comprises a siderail body and a movement assembly. The movement assembly is coupled to the siderail body and is configured to be coupled with the frame of the patient-support apparatus. The movement assembly is configured so that the siderail body moves relative to the frame about a generally laterally-extending axis between a lowered position, a first raised position, and a second raised position laterally spaced apart from the first raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Simmonds, Joseph A. Kummer
  • Patent number: 9089225
    Abstract: A child holding accessory can be desirably installed on the play yard for use, and has two opposite regions adapted to receive a child in different configurations of use. Examples of construction for these holding regions can include, without limitation, a changing table and a child sleep bed. The child holding accessory can be attached with the play yard via one or more fixtures that is adjustable to turn upward either of the first and second regions for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Joseph F. Fiore, III, Andrew J. Taylor, Sharon A. Gillett, Andrew J. Horst, Curtis M. Hartenstine, Nathanael Saint, Guang-Hui Zhao, Haibo Zeng, Wuxing Xu, Jonathan M. Pacella
  • Patent number: 9044103
    Abstract: Bassinet assemblies and related methods are disclosed. An example bassinet assembly includes an upper frame, a first support arm and a second support arm coupled to the upper frame and a floorboard coupled or adjacent to the first support arm and the second support arm. The example bassinet assembly also includes a support liner coupled between the floorboard and the upper frame and a cover disposed over at least a portion of each of the upper frame, the support liner and the floorboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: KOLCRAFT ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Thomsen, Marisa Ann Jannaman, Traci J. Barron
  • Publication number: 20150121618
    Abstract: A portable modular enclosure used for a baby in a porta crib or play yard. The enclosure has four panels made of mesh material with a flexible frame so that a baby will not be able to clearly see through the panels. The enclosure is constructed of four panels removably connected by snaps, zippers or other connecting means. All our panels fold down to a size which can be inserted into a single carrying case for transportation. The front panel has a flap cut into the panel providing access to the enclosure which can be closed shut or suspended in the open position with VELCRO.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Batsheva Svei
  • Patent number: 9021629
    Abstract: A baby crib includes an upright segment having a lower end portion and an upper end portion, a base connected with the lower end portion of the upright segment, an elongated support structure extending along a horizontal plane above the base and connected with the upper end portion, and a bassinet assembled with the support structure and having an inner space adapted to receive the placement of a baby therein. The bassinet has a sidewall provided with a side opening communicating with the inner space. The support structure is operable to displace the bassinet horizontally to modify a distance between the bassinet and the upright segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Kenny Cheng
  • Publication number: 20150113728
    Abstract: A changing carrier for a playard includes a frame used to be attached detachably to the top of the playard, and a fabric body wrapping around the frame to confine a receiving space within the frame. The frame includes a pair of brackets, each of which is adapted to be connected slidably and detachably to a respective one of two upper side rails of the playard. The frame is movable relative to the playard between a detached position, where each bracket is not connected to the respective upper side rails, and a stop position, where each bracket connects to the respective upper side rail and where the frame abuts against an upper end rail of the playard interconnecting the upper side rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jonathan K. MOUNTZ
  • Publication number: 20150113729
    Abstract: The invention relates to a child bed assembly (1) comprising an infant bed frame assembly (10); an inlay (40) for an infant bed; and a toddler bed frame (82). The infant bed frame assembly (10) comprises an upper frame section (12), a base frame portion (14) and at least one connecting member (16) connecting said base frame portion (14) to said upper frame section (12). The upper frame section (12) comprises a first sidebar (18), a second sidebar (20) spaced apart from the first sidebar (18), and a first crossbar (22) coupled to the first and second sidebars (18, 20) proximate a first end of each of said first and second sidebars (18, 20). The upper frame section (12) is pivotally coupled to the at least one connecting member (16) such that the first crossbar (22) is movable between a first position wherein the first crossbar (22) is at a first distance from the base frame portion (14) and a second position wherein the first crossbar (22) is at a second distance from the base frame portion (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: So To Company Ltd
    Inventor: Katharine Paterson
  • Patent number: 9009887
    Abstract: A travel cot includes a frame unit, and two articulation units. The frame unit includes four corner blocks, four support legs, four elastic plates, two first connecting bars, and four second connecting bars. Each of the articulation units includes a positioning plate, a clamping plate, a movable plate, at least one positioning ball, at least one compression spring, a pivot shaft, and a hooked piece. Thus, the hooked piece of each of the articulation units is hooked on the clamping plate and the movable plate to limit the bending direction of the second connecting bars, so that the second connecting bars can only be pivoted upward and cannot be pivoted downward by limit of the hooked piece to prevent the second connecting bars from being bent downward and injuring the infant or baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Delsun Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Feng-Jun Lo
  • Patent number: 8997277
    Abstract: A playard having a floor and an upper frame is disclosed. The upper frame includes a first end supported a first distance above the floor, a second end supported a second distance above the floor, and at least two opposed sides. Each of the opposed sides includes a first rail, a second rail, and a joint joining the first and second rails. The joint is positioned in a first plane when the joint secures the first and second rails in an erected position, the first plane being transversely oriented with respect to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes Thomas, Ken Zorovich
  • Publication number: 20150082538
    Abstract: A child holding accessory includes a reversible resting support and at least one fixture for attaching the resting support with a rigid support frame. The reversible resting support has a first and a second bearing surface facing opposite directions, the first and second bearing surfaces respectively having different profiles, and each of the first and second regions being positionable to be upwardly facing to receive a child thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Joseph F. FIORE, JR., Curtis M. HARTENSTINE, Andrew J. HORST, Zheng-Wen GUO, Nangui BU
  • Patent number: 8984682
    Abstract: A reversible platform and a crib therewith are disclosed. The reversible platform includes a pivotally-engaging mechanism and a bracket. The pivotally-engaging mechanism is disposed on a crib frame. The bracket is connected to the crib frame through the pivotally-engaging mechanism. The bracket has a first side and a second side opposite to the first side. The bracket is capable of being rotated to be disposed selectively with the first side or the second side facing upward for providing application space. Thereby, the invention can provide two application platforms with one occupied space of the crib frame, so as to solve the issue in the prior art that additional accessories provided for a conventional crib is provided for multiple functions occupy more space and the operation therefor is usually inconvenient to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventor: Guang-Hui Zhao
  • Patent number: 8973180
    Abstract: A reversible changing table installed on a crib frame of a crib includes a bracket and a pivoting mechanism. The pivoting mechanism is disposed on at least one corner of the bracket and has a locking mechanism. The bracket is installed on the crib frame through the pivoting mechanism such that the bracket is capable of being rotated with respect to the crib frame, and the locking mechanism is used for preventing the bracket from being rotated with respect to the crib frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Hai-Bo Zeng, Ganqing Fang, Guang-Hui Zhao
  • Patent number: 8966679
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a locking mechanism for a collapsible play yard frame. In various embodiments, the locking mechanism is configured to be adjusted between a locked position, in which the play yard frame is restricted from collapsing, and an unlocked position, in which the play yard frame is permitted to collapse. In particular embodiments, the locking mechanism is operatively connected to the play yard frame's lower frame members and includes a rotatable member configured for being rotated to adjust the locking mechanism between the locked position and the unlocked position. The locking mechanism's rotatable member enables the locking mechanism to be secured in the locked position when the play yard is in use and is easily adjusted by a user to the unlocked position when the play yard is to be collapsed for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kids II, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Mendes, Er-Jui Chen
  • Patent number: 8968048
    Abstract: An infant activity device comprising two or more arches configured for creating an activity space therebelow defined by a location of articulation of the arches, and further comprising an arch configuration member configured for displacement between different articulation configurations of the arches by sliding with respect to at least one arch and further configured for retaining the arches at any desired articulation configuration to thereby alter the activity space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tiny Love Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoshana Oren, Fredrik Aboukrat, Giora Shachal
  • Publication number: 20150047122
    Abstract: An infant playpen includes a plurality of upright legs, and a first and a second upper side rail assembly supported by the upright legs. Each of the first and a second upper side rail assembly includes at least one elongated segment having an outer surface, and a plurality of positioning regions are defined on the outer surfaces of the elongated segments, each of the positioning regions being configured to locate a connection of a removable accessory on the infant playpen. An infant care system is also disclosed, which includes the infant playpen and a removable accessory installed thereon. One selected positioning region of the first upper side rail assembly can be received in a housing of the removable accessory, and a locking part of the removable accessory is displaced to a locked position that retains the selected positioning region in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jerry S. INGRAM, Curtis M. HARTENSTINE, Daniel A. SACK, Ryan N. MILLER, William B. BELLOWS, Nathanael SAINT, Andrew J. HORST, Benjamin A. STACK
  • Patent number: 8955174
    Abstract: A cover is provided that is adapted to wrap around at least a portion of a child container such as a crib or play yard. The cover includes at least one fabric sheet having a surface area sufficient to cover substantially all of a top face of a mattress in the child container. The sheet includes at least one mattress fastener such as a sleeve or band that is operative to mount the sheet to the mattress. The cover also includes at least one panel connected to the sheet which wraps inner faces of the walls of the child container, which extends over the upper edges of the walls, and which extends over adjacent portions of the outer faces of the walls. The at least one panel includes at least one fastener component that is usable to fasten the cover adjacent the outer faces is of the child container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Foundations Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Lawlor, David Stitchick, Robert Kansa, Mark A. Suvak, Chris A. Wyman
  • Patent number: 8950020
    Abstract: An automatic bassinet rocking device imparts a rocking motion to a bassinet or rocking crib. A housing is supported above the rocker base of the bassinet on adjustable legs so that the device straddles the curved rocking base. A reciprocating rod descends from the housing and attaches to a strap or clamp at an anchor point on the rocker base. An oscillatory drive inside the housing imparts a reciprocating motion via the reciprocating rod onto the rocker base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D'Arrigo
  • Publication number: 20150033473
    Abstract: A metal crib bedstead includes a pair of symmetrical widthwise frames, a pair of symmetrical longitudinal frames, a mattress support frame and four elongated anchor planks. The widthwise frames and the longitudinal frames are made of metal and coupled together by wedging and welding. The mattress support frame includes an outer frame, a mesh frame and a plurality of springs connecting the mesh frame to the outer frame to evenly hold a mattress on the mattress support frame. The elongated anchor planks connect to the widthwise frame and the mattress support frame, and four anchor struts are fastened on the outer frame respectively near the lower ends of the elongated anchor planks for the anchor planks to rest without swaying. Hence the mattress support frame with different sizes can be coupled with the widthwise frames and the longitudinal frames. Assembly can be done quickly with enhanced strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: KUO-CHANG WU
  • Patent number: 8943622
    Abstract: An infant playpen apparatus includes a playpen frame having two opposite side frame portions, two rail structures respectively affixed with the two side frame portions, a support platform operable to detachably assemble with the rail structures, and two coupling structures connected with the support platform and operable to respectively assemble with the rail structures. At least one of the coupling structures includes a latch that can lock an assembly of the support platform with the rail structure, and unlock the assembly of the support platform with the rail structure for removing the support assembly from the rail structure. The playpen apparatus can further include a bassinet held with the playpen frame. The support platform can slide along the rail structures between a first position where the support platform substantially uncovers the bassinet, and a second position where the support platform lies above and substantially overlaps with the bassinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Nathaneal Saint, Jonathan K. Mountz, Andrew J. Winterhalter, Jonathan M. Pacella, William B. Bellows
  • Publication number: 20150020308
    Abstract: An apparatus has an accessory for a child. The accessory has at least one structural element. A vibration element is secured to the at least one structural element. A controller is in communication with the vibration element for controlling the vibration element. A power source for powering at least one of the controller and the vibration element in included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Sheila Reichle
  • Patent number: 8935821
    Abstract: A bedding apparatus may include a frame, a fabric cover, and a liquid containment member. The frame may include first and second members coupled to a base for pivotable motion relative thereto between first and second positions. The base may define an opening surrounded by the first and second members when the first and second members are in the first position. The fabric cover may be coupled to the first and second members and may be maintained in a taught condition by the first and second members when the first and second members are in the first position. The liquid containment member may be disposed below the cover and includes sidewalls and a bottom wall attached to the sidewalls. The sidewalls are attached to the base and extend through the opening. The sidewalls may include a mesh material allowing fluid-flow therethrough. The bottom wall may include a liquid-impermeable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Phoenix Design, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly M. Obriot
  • Publication number: 20150007387
    Abstract: A travel cot includes a frame unit, and two articulation units. The frame unit includes four corner blocks, four support legs, four elastic plates, two first connecting bars, and four second connecting bars. Each of the articulation units includes a positioning plate, a clamping plate, a movable plate, at least one positioning ball, at least one compression spring, a pivot shaft, and a hooked piece. Thus, the hooked piece of each of the articulation units is hooked on the clamping plate and the movable plate to limit the bending direction of the second connecting bars, so that the second connecting bars can only be pivoted upward and cannot be pivoted downward by limit of the hooked piece to prevent the second connecting bars from being bent downward and injuring the infant or baby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Feng-Jun Lo
  • Patent number: 8925127
    Abstract: A baby crib includes a frame structure, a support base located at a bottom of the frame, the support base including at least one opening, and a cushion pad disposed on the support base, the cushion pad including at least one strap disposed at a position corresponding to the opening. The strap has a first end secured with the cushion pad, and a second end that is formed as a free end adapted to pass through the opening and detachably fasten with the frame structure via a fastener. As the cushion pad is securely held with the support base of the baby crib, injuries caused by accidental lift of the cushion pad can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignees: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited, Graco Children's Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Fang Xiang Yan, Brandon Michael Burkholder, Annette Carol Stella, Matthew Luis Rivera
  • Patent number: 8918929
    Abstract: A displaceable sidewall of an infant crib made from outwardly rotatable bi-fold door sets that cooperate to open outward to provide limited or complete access to the bed space. Each of the doors has a latch mechanism to retain the doors in a closed position and the central doors have an interlocking locking and release means for ease of access and for maintaining the integrity of the sidewall when closed and locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Kayser, Masood A Qurashi
  • Publication number: 20140359938
    Abstract: A play yard system for infants or small children. They play yard includes a frame, and the system includes at least one child support unit for mounting to the frame of the play yard. The at least one child support unit may take the form of a bassinet and/or a changing table. The play yard frame may be collapsible for storage and transport, and the child support unit may be removable from the play yard frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen R. BURNS, Chaitanya TADIPATRI
  • Patent number: 8893325
    Abstract: A child containment system includes a child containment structure that has a bottom and a perimeter wall surrounding the bottom; a bassinet that has an infant support surface and a surrounding wall around the support surface, the bassinet mounted to the child containment structure with the bottom panel elevated above the support surface; and an infant support unit that has a frame, a bed supported by the frame, and a connector structure positioned adjacent each opposed end of the infant support unit. In a first operational mode the infant support unit is removably mounted to the child containment structure with the bed overlying the support surface with each connector structure coupled to a corresponding portion of the perimeter wall. The frame is configured to support the bed above a rest surface in a second operational mode in which the infant support unit is detached from the child containment structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John (Jason) C. Arnold, IV, Brandon Burkholder, Annette Stella, Matthew Rivera
  • Patent number: 8881326
    Abstract: A modular infant furniture having crib and play-pen configurations as well as versatile connectors therefor are disclosed, where modular infant furniture includes a bar assembly having superior and inferior connectors, and where a bar element, compatible with female connectors and/or male connectors, extends between the superior and inferior connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Shlomo Hen
  • Publication number: 20140304910
    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 has a frame, a bed supported by the frame, a connector structure positioned adjacent a first end of the infant support unit, and a leg having a portion under a second end of the infant support unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: John (Jason) C. Arnold, IV, Brandon Burkholder, Annette Stella, Matthew Rivera
  • Patent number: 8844071
    Abstract: A self-contained convertible bed and storage system is disclosed herein to accommodate the needs of various users by transforming into an assembly fit either for crib use or an assembly fit for bed use with storage capabilities. The self-contained convertible bed and storage system preferably comprises: a crib framework assembly; a mattress platform assembly; and a support system having a fourfold corner-support-system, a front sidewall support, and a rear sidewall support. The crib framework assembly and the mattress platform assembly are releasably attached one to another to form a multi-purpose changeable bed arrangement. The crib framework assembly, mattress platform assembly, support system may be arranged in combination to form a crib. Alternatively, the mattress platform assembly and support system may be arranged in combination to form a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: David Samuel Alexander
  • Patent number: 8813278
    Abstract: A handrail structure adapted to a crib comprises a handrail member, a locking mechanism and a first pivoting member. A first pivoting portion of the handrail member is pivotally connected to the locking mechanism by the first pivoting member. A second pivoting portion of the handrail member is pivotally connected to a support member by a second pivoting member. The locking mechanism is capable of selectively locking or releasing the first pivoting portion. The second pivoting portion has an opening formed thereon and the second pivoting member is movably disposed in the opening. The second pivoting member abuts against a first edge of the opening when the locking mechanism locks the first pivoting portion. The handrail member is capable of being rotated with respect to at least one of the locking mechanism and the support member when the second pivoting member abuts against a second edge of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Zong-Wang Cui, Jonathan M. Pacella
  • Patent number: 8806674
    Abstract: A foldable structure includes: an upper assembly forming an upper portion of the structure; a base assembly forming a lower portion of the structure; a centrally-located hub assembly operatively connected to the base assembly; and a post extending from each corner of the upper assembly to a corner of the base assembly. The upper assembly includes a plurality of arm assemblies. At least one latching mechanism is provided at each corner of the upper assembly extending from an upper portion of at least one of the posts to a portion of at least one of the arm assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Thorley Industries LLC
    Inventors: Henry F. Thorne, Robert D. Daley, Frederick Karl Hopke, Elijah M. Wiegmann, Jessica A. Bailey, Jared A. Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 8806687
    Abstract: A crib is provided that includes a mattress support portion, a horizontal member and a vertical member. The horizontal member may correspond to a portion of a front or back wall of the crib. The vertical member may correspond to a post adjacent the horizontal member, which vertical member includes an upper end that extends above the mattress support portion and a lower end that extends below the mattress support portion. The crib may also include at least one bumper mounted with a fastener that connects the vertical member to the horizontal member of the crib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Foundations Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Houry
  • Patent number: 8806673
    Abstract: A child containment system has a child containment structure with a bottom and a perimeter wall surrounding the bottom. A connector part is on each of two opposed outward facing surfaces of the perimeter wall. The system has a bassinet with a bottom panel and surrounding wall around the bottom panel. The bassinet is removably mounted to the perimeter wall with the bottom panel elevated above the bottom. The system has an infant sleeping apparatus with a fabric panel, a top surface, a pair of opposed sides, and a pair of opposed ends. The infant sleeping apparatus has a connector part positioned near each of the pair of the opposed ends. The infant sleeping apparatus is removably mounted to the containment structure with the fabric panel overlying the bassinet bottom panel with each connector part of the sleeping apparatus coupled to one of the connector parts of the containment structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Burkholder, Matt Rivera, Annette Stella
  • Publication number: 20140215712
    Abstract: A sleeping apparatus for infants and children, such as a bassinet, includes a child-receiving sleep receptacle and a frame assembly attached to and supporting the child-receiving sleep receptacle. The child-receiving sleep receptacle includes sidewalls extending between a head end of the child-receiving sleep receptacle and a foot end of the child-receiving sleep receptacle. One or more fasteners extend along one or more of the sidewalls and are operable for opening and closing and thereby lengthening and shortening a height of the one or more sidewalls so as to change an inclination of the foot end of the child-receiving sleep receptacle or of the head end of the child-receiving sleep receptacle, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Qing XU, Daniel CORSO, Alex SORIANO, Brice WEETER, Julia PRITCHETT
  • Publication number: 20140215713
    Abstract: Play gyms and methods of operating the same are disclosed. A disclosed example includes a floor mat dimensioned to be positioned within a play yard and/or a bassinet. It also includes a play gym to suspend an object above the mat when the mat is positioned in the play yard and/or the bassinet, and at least one connector to couple the play gym to the mat when the mat is removed from the play yard and/or the bassinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Peter J. Myers, Joseph Paul Sejnowski
  • Publication number: 20140208503
    Abstract: An infant supporting apparatus includes a leg frame, a support frame portion connected with the leg frame via a rotary joint, a reversible infant resting support suspended from the support frame portion and having a first and a second bearing surface, an offset frame portion, and a side panel connected with the support frame portion and the offset frame portion. The support frame portion can rotate relative to the leg frame to position the first or second bearing surface upward for placement of a child thereon. The infant resting support is adjustable relative to the side panel between a first and a second state. The first bearing surface faces upward and the side panel expands above the infant resting support in the first state, and the second bearing surface faces upward and the side panel is in a collapsed position relative to the infant resting support in the second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: WONDERLAND NURSERYGOODS COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Andrew J.R. HORST, Curtis M. HARTENSTINE, Ryan N. MILLER
  • Publication number: 20140201907
    Abstract: Systems and methods allow furniture, such as cribs, to be easily customized to suit the consumer's specific style, personality, and needs. For example, systems and methods employ techniques for easily attaching any combination of selected accessories to customize the furniture. Such accessories may fulfill decorative, functional, educational, and/or entertainment functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: LaJobi, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Fiore, JR., Shannon Rooney, Ann Jasperson, Danielle Kavanagh
  • Patent number: 8769737
    Abstract: An infant bed system having a base, a mattress with a top surface having a half-pipe indentation, the mattress is shaped and sized to be snugly placed atop the base, legs that extend downwardly from the base, and raised side walls that extend upwardly from the side wall of the base. A vibrating component in the base is adapted to provide vibrations to the mattress. A speaker produces womb sounds or heartbeat sounds. A control panel on the base allows for turning on and off of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Michael D. Duggins
  • Patent number: 8769738
    Abstract: A bassinet set is used for hanging on a playard. The bassinet set includes a bassinet and a placing device. The bassinet has at least one first angle adjusting sleeve formed on an inner wall of the bassinet. The placing device is removably disposed on the bassinet. The placing device includes a holding body and a tubular frame. The holding body is used for holding an infant. The tubular frame is disposed around the holding body. The tubular frame includes a first end portion and the second end portion. The second end portion is used for detachably connecting to the first end portion after the first end portion passes through the first angle adjusting sleeve, so as to make the holding body oblique to the bassinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Andrew J. Horst, Jonathan M. Pacella
  • Publication number: 20140173822
    Abstract: An infant sleep pod providing passive and/or active safety features. The infant sleep pod provides a safe sleeping environment for infants sharing sleep areas with adults. The infant sleep pod provides a firm, flat, separate, portable, and dedicated sleep space for an infant. The infant sleep pod includes a base with a bed and sidewall, and a bridge extending across the bed. The bridge covers a head portion of the bed, while a foot portion of the bed is left open for inserting and removing the infant. The bridge prevents pillows and blankets from covering the bed and infant. The infant sleep pod also includes electronics for monitoring the sleep pod. The electronics include a sensor unit in the bridge and a control unit in communication with the sensor unit. The control unit and sensor unit are operable to detect unsafe conditions and, in response, generate alerts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: UWM Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer J. Doering, Greg Krzecki
  • Patent number: 8756727
    Abstract: A foldable enclosure apparatus for a child includes: an upper assembly forming an upper portion of the enclosure; a base assembly connected to the upper assembly forming a lower portion of the enclosure and including a plurality of base legs provided in an X-shaped configuration; and at least four lower corner assemblies such that each of the plurality of base legs is connected to at least one of the four lower corner assemblies; and a hub assembly connected to the base assembly and centrally located with respect to the four corner assemblies. At least one of the at least four lower corner assemblies includes a wheel and the wheel is set at an angle such that an axis of rotation of the wheel is generally perpendicular to a plane of at least one of the plurality of base legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Thorley Industries LLC
    Inventors: Henry F. Thorne, Robert D. Daley