Automobile Patents (Class 5/94)
  • Patent number: 9622592
    Abstract: Seat inserts and methods of manufacture are described. An example seat insert includes a fastener to removably couple the seat insert to a bassinet or playard. The example seat include also includes a first base panel having a first length, a first end and a second end and a second base panel having a second length, a first end and a second end. The second end of the first base panel is coupled to the first end of the second base panel. In addition, the first length is longer than the second length so that the first base panel is positioned at a first incline and the second base panel is positioned at a second incline different than the first incline to cause a child occupant to assume a semi-upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: KOLCRAFT ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Traci J. Barron, Marisa A. Williams
  • Patent number: 9254067
    Abstract: An infant support has an inflatable seat back portion forming a back support and a portion of a bottom side, a bottom support portion extending below the seat back portion in a direction of a longitudinal end of the infant support device, the bottom support portion forming at least a portion of a bottom side of the infant support. Additionally, an inflatable side portion extends from the seat back portion along transverse sides of the infant support. Together, the inflatable portions form an infant tub when inflated. The bottom support and side portion can be partially or fully deflated, and will thereby dangle or depend from the seat back portion, the infant support thereby forming a chair. A number of inflatable infant care items are combined with the inflatable infant support to form an infant care travel kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventors: Galia Yaari, Michal Yaari
  • Patent number: 9226595
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of child containment devices, and specifically to a child containment device including a mechanism for holding a mattress in place on the floor of the containment device. According to an example embodiment, the invention comprises a side wall enclosure formed from one or more sidewall panels and a floor panel coupled to the sidewall enclosure to define a receptacle for receiving an infant or child. The invention further includes a mattress for placement upon the floor panel. A mattress retaining mechanism is coupled to the sidewall enclosure and is configured to hold the mattress in place against the floor panel, such that horizontal and vertical movement of mattress is considerably reduced or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Kids II, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Jackson
  • Patent number: 9211820
    Abstract: A child safety seat has a seat bottom, a seat back coupled to the seat bottom at a seat bight region, and a seating surface defined by the seat bottom and seat back to support a child occupant. A structural element is coupled to the seat bottom, the seat back, or both. A bumper has a substantially rigid component or portion and is mounted to the structural element and protrudes from a side of the child safety seat. The bumper is positioned to redirect energy from a side impact with the child safety seat away from the seat back, the seat bottom, or both and to the structural element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Allen, Drew Kitchens, Daniel Brunick, William Conway
  • Patent number: 9108096
    Abstract: Embodiments of portable electronic device holders and methods of manufacture of portable electronic device holders are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Solheim, Olly Eades, Les Bryant, Martin Jertson
  • Patent number: 9101203
    Abstract: An exterior-anchored automobile hammock is used to provide a suspended sleeping apparatus inside a four-door automobile. The exterior-anchored automobile hammock has a main hammock structure, a front windshield strap and buckle, a rear windshield strap and buckle, and a roof strap and buckle. The exterior-anchored automobile hammock is anchored to the vehicle via two front end anchors, two rear end anchors, and a roof strap. All five anchored sections are adjustable for various sizes of automobiles and user preferences. The exterior-anchored automobile hammock suspends over the automobiles interior, with the front seats reclined, allowing the user or users to lie perpendicular to the automobile's axels or diagonally from door to door if more room is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Hanson Eugene Ely
  • Patent number: 7950082
    Abstract: Cradle for a passenger cabin of an aircraft, suitable for a child of less than 2 years old capable of sitting upright, comprising a rigid and formable structure formed by a rectangular frame and two uprights, designed to be fixed to one wall of the cabin, and a cover with mattress attached to the rectangular frame. The cover comprises in one of its longitudinal sides two windows separated by a strip of fabric and closed by a retractable tulle flap in such a way that the child can sit upright in the cradle with his or her legs passing out of the cradle through the windows and on either side of the fabric strip when the flap has been retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: TMC Holding
    Inventor: Gilles Negre
  • Patent number: 7832037
    Abstract: A stowable baby changing system including a housing having a mount connectable to a first automobile seat, a sheet extendable from the housing over and above a seating surface of a second automobile seat, a locking mechanism for fixing the sheet in an extended position, and one or more attachments on a distal end of the sheet to secure the sheet over the seating surface, wherein the sheet is suspended above the seating surface in the extended position providing a clearance between the sheet and the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Rachel G. Overton
  • Patent number: 7810181
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing the position of an infant while sleeping features a shell assembly including a base panel having two longitudinal sides and two lateral sides, an end wall extending generally upwardly from one of the lateral sides, two side walls extending generally upwardly from the longitudinal sides, a shell cover comprising an outer surface and conforming generally to the shell assembly, and a removable positioner insert disposed atop the base panel and comprising left and right nacelles attached to an insert base and separated by a distance selected to accommodate the width of an infant placed between the nacelles, to inhibit lateral motion of the infant while sleeping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: The First Years Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Brewin, Antonio S. Fernandes, Bryan R. Hotaling, Lawrence J. Salvo
  • Publication number: 20100107331
    Abstract: Cradle (10) for a passenger cabin of an aircraft, suitable for a child of less than 2 years old capable of sitting upright, comprising a rigid and formable structure formed by a rectangular frame (12) and two uprights (14, 16), designed to be fixed to one wall of the cabin, and a cover (18) with mattress attached to the rectangular frame. The cover comprises in one of its longitudinal sides two windows separated by a strip of fabric and closed by a retractable tulle flap in such a way that the child can sit upright in the cradle with his or her legs passing out of the cradle through the windows and on either side of the fabric strip when the flap has been retracted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Gilles Negre
  • Patent number: 7703803
    Abstract: A safety restraint system for a vehicle includes a safety net stored in a wall mounted cartridge wherein a guiding bar, securable in a locking mechanism, steers the safety net away from the wall and provides a secured space around a bunk. The safety net is secured adjacent to the bunk using a locking bar. The safety net may be provided with one or several safety belts at least partly attached to the safety net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Tomas Ekberg, Niklas Thuresson
  • Patent number: 7455353
    Abstract: The infant product of the invention is of the type having an infant receptacle suspended from a frame. The infant product is foldable between a deployed position for use and a compact configuration for shipping and storage. In the assembled configuration, the infant receptacle is convertible between a bassinet configuration in which the infant receptacle has a substantially planar support surface and an infant seat configuration in which the support surface of the infant receptacle is partially titled or disposed at an angle such that the infant can be supported in an elevated or seated position. The infant product may include a fabric canopy incorporating floating webs and a quick connect system for securing the canopy in an open position. When the canopy is closed, it is folded so as to lie flat against the infant receptacle. The infant receptacle may also include a lateral support assembly to cradle the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Julia Favorito (nee Wilkins), John S. Canna, Sandra M. Darling, Kenneth Von Felten, Brian L. Badger
  • Patent number: 7444694
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing the position of an infant while sleeping features a shell assembly including a base panel having two longitudinal sides and two lateral sides, an end wall extending generally upwardly from one of the lateral sides, two side walls extending generally upwardly from the longitudinal sides, a shell cover comprising an outer surface and conforming generally to the shell assembly, and a removable positioner insert disposed atop the base panel and comprising left and right nacelles attached to an insert base and separated by a distance selected to accommodate the width of an infant placed between the nacelles, to inhibit lateral motion of the infant while sleeping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: The First Years Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Brewin, Antonio S. Fernandes, Bryan R. Hotaling, Lawrence J. Salvo
  • Patent number: 7383789
    Abstract: A portable pet booster seat apparatus is provided which is adapted to be fitted securely on the seat of a vehicle. The booster seat includes a base, a back, a front and side portions that are all interconnected. A strap is provided that extends across the back and/or base of the includes a base portion which includes attachment fittings that are adapted to be fitted to the attachment brackets of a LATCH infant seat device. The booster seat apparatus may also include an additional strap for use in attaching the device to vehicle seats not fitted with the LATCH device. The portable pet booster seat apparatus may also include a removable and replaceable cover assembly. The booster seat apparatus is attached to the seat at or near the base of the booster seat, and thus has improved stability. It can also be more firmly attached to the vehicle seat and is less likely to move or shift during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Leonard Wilkes
  • Publication number: 20080052821
    Abstract: An infant bed construction for co-sleeping in the same bed as an adult is comprised of a frame that includes a head end wall, two side walls, and a base panel. A safety bar to protect the area of the head of the infant includes an arched member having opposed ends secured in a pair of mounting brackets on opposed side walls. The legs of the safety bar are releasably joined to the mounting brackets, and the safety bar may be pivoted from a generally vertical protective placement over the head of the infant, to a forward storage position that is adjacent to the head end wall of the infant bed. A safety bar key/keyway mounting arrangement is oriented so that the safety bar will pull out of the mounting brackets if the safety bar is pulled upwardly. As a result, the construction of the infant bed prevents using the safety bar as a handle for lifting the infant bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Farah Morton
  • Patent number: 7261375
    Abstract: A sling construction in the form of a hammock includes a number of panels stitched together in the form of an open top container for placement in the back seat of a motor vehicle to protect the interior of the vehicle and to further protect animals within the sling construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Travel Caddy, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Godshaw, Andrezj M. Redzisz
  • Patent number: 6954955
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing the position of an infant while sleeping including a substantially rigid basin assembly having three sides and a base and defining an open end. A basin cover conforms generally to the basin and defines a sleep space, sized and configured for holding an infant, the cover includes a fabric outer surface and at least one of the sides of the basin assembly comprises a plurality of standoffs extending into the basin assembly and defining recesses therebetween. The cover can have an air-permeable section overlaying the recesses to enable pneumatic communication between the sleep space and the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: The First Years Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Brewin, Antonio S. Fernandes, Bryan R. Hotaling, Lawrence J. Salvo
  • Patent number: 6851745
    Abstract: The infant product of the invention is of the type having an infant receptacle suspended from a frame. The infant product is foldable between a deployed position for use and a compact configuration for shipping and storage. In the assembled configuration, the infant receptacle is convertible between a bassinet configuration in which the infant receptacle has a substantially planar support surface and an infant seat configuration in which the support surface of the infant receptacle is partially titled or disposed at an angle such that the infant can be supported in an elevated or seated position. The infant product may include a fabric canopy incorporating floating webs and a quick connect system for securing the canopy in an open position. When the canopy is closed, it is folded so as to lie flat against the infant receptacle. The infant receptacle may also include a lateral support assembly to cradle the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Fisher-Price, Inc.
    Inventors: Julia Favorita nee Wilkins, John S. Canna, Sandra M. Darling, Kenneth Von Felten, Brian L. Badger
  • Patent number: 6848128
    Abstract: A portable infant cushion (10) includes a base (12) having a top surface (14) for engaging the body of an infant placed onto the top surface and for transferring the weight of the infant. The top surface (14) includes a head support portion (20) non-releasably attached to the base (12) and having a head engaging surface elevated relative to the base for supporting the head of the infant. The top surface (14) includes a body support portion (18) connected to the base (12) which is longitudinally spaced from the head support (20) and is for supporting the body of an infant. A side wall (24) extends peripherally around the base (12) and having an elevated surface elevated higher than the head support (20). The cushion (10) includes a blanket (32) for covering the infant adapted to be placed on the top surface (14). The blanket (32) has at least a portion secured to the side wall (24). The blanket (32) is extensible over the top surface (14) without extending over the head support portion (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventors: Esther A. L. Verbovszky, Carl J. Myers
  • Publication number: 20030192119
    Abstract: A portable infant cushion (10) includes a base (12) having a top surface (14) for engaging the body of an infant placed onto the top surface and for transferring the weight of the infant. The top surface (14) includes a head support portion (20) non-releasably attached to the base (12) and having a head engaging surface elevated relative to the base for supporting the head of the infant. The top surface (14) includes a body support portion (18) connected to the base (12) which is longitudinally spaced from the head support (20) and is for supporting the body of an infant. A side wall (24) extends peripherally around the base (12) and having an elevated surface elevated higher than the head support (20). The cushion (10) includes a blanket (32) for covering the infant adapted to be placed on the top surface (14). The blanket (32) has at least a portion secured to the side wall (24). The blanket (32) is extensible over the top surface (14) without extending over the head support portion (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventors: Esther A. L. Verbovszky, Carl J. Myers
  • Patent number: 6574810
    Abstract: A seat for supporting an infant which may be configured to resemble a flower. The seat may also be used as a pet bed. The seat includes a center portion upon which the infant is seated with one or more side supports extending outwardly therefrom to substantially surround the infant. The side supports may be configured to resemble the petals of a flower (e.g., a rose, a daisy, a black-eyed susan, a sunflower, etc.) with the center portion being the center part of the flower. The seat is especially useful for an infant that cannot yet support themselves in a sitting-up position by stopping them from fully tipping over in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Anita J. Mangiaracina
  • Patent number: 6554343
    Abstract: A safety seat for a baby including a baby container, a mounting rod and a baby restraint pad. The baby container is made of a shell and a wire frame. The shell is an elastic material, which is either net-like or opaque. The wire frame is covered by the elastic material and forms the shell into a three-dimensional curved triangular shape with an interior volume for holding a baby. The shape has a rectangular base, parabolic sides and curved end pieces. The mounting rod connects to the baby container along a top edge of the triangular shape so as to form a single axis of rotation for swinging the container. The mounting rod also attaches to a support frame of a motor vehicle, stroller or rocker. The baby restraint pad has a rectangular base corresponding to the base of the baby container so that the pad can be placed in an interior volume of the baby container. The baby restraint pad also has stabilizer blocks longitudinally spaced on the top surface of the pad so as to securely hold a baby when swinging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Iwao Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 6546574
    Abstract: A portable baby carrier with a bed having sidewalls and two hoods which can be used alone or in conjunction with each other. Each hood is storable in a channel located in a sidewall of the carrier. The top hood extends to cover the infant's head and is made of a fabric material while the opposite end lower hood is made of a mesh net material. The mating facing edges of the two hoods zipper together to form a complete enclosure around the infant to protect the infant. Either hood may be used independent of the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: Robert F. Bader
  • Patent number: 6526607
    Abstract: A lightweight, soft-sided, oval basket for use as a portable infant bed. The basket bed includes a basket body made with a continuous coil material produced by encasing a monofilament nylon cord and filler material in a fabric tube or casing. A decorative braiding stitch wraps around the coil material to provide support. Starting at the center of the bottom panel of the basket body, the coil material is spiraled concentrically outward and then upward to form an elongated oval basket body. The adjacent rows of the coil material are joined with transparent, nylon zigzag machine stitching. The coil material is used to produce handles which are formed along the top, center sections of the side walls. An optional lightweight rigid support member is placed over the top surface of the bottom member to provide additional support thereto. An optional mattress is also provided that fits inside the basket and over the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventors: Violette M. Shillam, William L. Freeman, III
  • Publication number: 20030014815
    Abstract: A lightweight, soft-sided, oval basket for use as a portable infant bed. The basket bed includes a basket body made with a continuous coil material produced by encasing a monofilament nylon cord and filler material in a fabric tube or casing. A decorative braiding stitch wraps around the coil material to provide support. Starting at the center of the bottom panel of the basket body, the coil material is spiraled concentrically outward and then upward to form an elongated oval basket body. The adjacent rows of the coil material are joined with transparent, nylon zigzag machine stitching. The coil material is used to produce handles which are formed along the top, center sections of the side walls. An optional lightweight rigid support member is placed over the top surface of the bottom member to provide additional support thereto. An optional mattress is also provided that fits inside the basket and over the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventors: Violette M. Shillam, William L. Freeman,
  • Patent number: 6390555
    Abstract: The infant product of the invention is of the type having an infant receptacle suspended from a frame. The infant product is foldable between a deployed position for use and a compact configuration for shipping and storage. In the assembled configuration, the infant receptacle is convertible between a bassinet configuration in which the infant receptacle has a substantially planar support surface and an infant seat configuration in which the support surface of the infant receptacle is partially titled or disposed at an angle such that the infant can be supported in an elevated or seated position. The infant product may include a fabric canopy incorporating floating webs and a quick connect system for securing the canopy in an open position. When the canopy is closed, it is folded so as to lie flat against the infant receptacle. The infant receptacle may also include a lateral support assembly to cradle the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Fisher-Price, Inc.
    Inventors: Julia Wilkins, John S. Canna, Sandra M. Darling, Kenneth Von Felten
  • Patent number: 6370715
    Abstract: A portable bed for a newborn infant made up of a rectangular flat support surface which holds a firm infant mattress pad, the surface having a rigid headboard perpendicularly attached at one end, and rigid perpendicular partial side walls attached to both the support surface and to the headboard. A hinge is provided about midway along the longitudinal length of the support surface allowing the unit to be closed against itself to facilitate easy transport. A soft fabric cover is provided to cover the surface, headboard and side walls. A firm waterproof mattress pad having the same dimensions as the support surface is also provided. A pair of handles may also be provided at either end of the support surface for carrying the unit when folded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Farah Delight Morton
  • Patent number: 6327726
    Abstract: A baby diaper-changing pad suitable for use in a passenger motor vehicle having at least two rows of seats has a roll-up mat of an elastic material which has at two opposite ends straps and/or loops by which the mat can be affixed to two head supports of two seats of the vehicle disposed one behind the other in the direction of travel. A soft baby pad is provided on the inner side between the ends with the straps and/or loops. The arrangement of the baby pad on the mat and the dimensions of the mat and of its straps and/or loops are chosen such that, when the mat is affixed to the head supports, it rests in that area with its exterior on a seat surface of the rear seat in the direction of travel in which the baby pad is disposed on the inner side of the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventor: Norbert Weber
  • Patent number: 6257659
    Abstract: The infant product of the invention is of the type having an infant receptacle suspended from a frame. The infant product is foldable between a deployed position for use and a compact configuration for shipping and storage. In the assembled configuration, the infant receptacle is convertible between a bassinet configuration in which the infant receptacle has a substantially planar support surface and an infant seat configuration in which the support surface of the infant receptacle is partially titled or disposed at an angle such that the infant can be supported in an elevated or seated position. The infant product may include a fabric canopy incorporating floating webs and a quick connect system for securing the canopy in an open position. When the canopy is closed, it is folded so as to lie flat against the infant receptacle. The infant receptacle may also include a lateral support assembly to cradle the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Fisher-Price, Inc.
    Inventors: Julia Wilkins, John S. Canna, Sandra M. Darling, Kenneth Von Felten
  • Patent number: 6205600
    Abstract: A child restraint car bed is disclosed comprising a shell body (12) including a chamber (5) sized to receive an infant; and first and second through-slots (44, 46) extending through the shell body and communicating with the chamber. A lower surface portion (42) of the first sidewall is concave to support an infant in an on-side position and the bottom chamber surface (40) is substantially planar to support the child in a supine position. A harness assembly (78) is further provided for engaging the shell body and includes retention straps (80, 82, 84) having hook and loop end portions (86, 92, 94) that extend through the through-slots (44, 46) and attach to an infant positioned within the chamber to fixedly secure the infant to the shell body. The harness assembly laterally moves within the through-slots (44, 46) into alternative locations to adjust to a variable body position assumed by an infant in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Sedlack
  • Patent number: 6058529
    Abstract: An infant car bed for a vehicle comprises a resilient, flexible shell having front, rear, and end portions attached to a bottom portion for transporting a recumbent infant. Front, rear, and end portions include interior and exterior walls which encase a plurality of hollow chambers separated by partitions. Air within the chambers is expelled through the channels when the volume of the chambers is reduced as a result of pressure being exerted upon an exterior wall. Air is drawn back into the chambers when pressure on the wall is relieved to restore the volume of the chamber. The controlled exhaust of air from the chambers absorbs energy from a direct impact with the car bed. Front and rear shell portions further include a recess for securing the car bed to a seat by guiding a seat belt around the front side of the car bed. Straps are mounted to the rear portion of the shell through which a seat belt may be inserted to further secure the car bed to a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: John B. Goysich
  • Patent number: 6012184
    Abstract: A warming cover configured to cover animate objects, like humans, animals or other living things. The warming cover may be configured to cover transport devices such as child seats, strollers, wheel chairs, or the like, or it may be configured as a blanket, a sleeping bag or a coat. In any event, the warming cover preferably comprises a body of material configured to cover an animate object, an opening in the body of material configured to expose a portion of the animate object to the outside, an opening cover, and elevation means for elevating the opening cover away from the animate object. The warming cover may further comprise a flap attached to the body of material, which preferably is configured to cover at least a portion of the opening when the opening cover is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Katherine E. Childers
  • Patent number: 6012189
    Abstract: A bunting bag, particularly well suited for use with children and child carriers, has a top portion detachably coupled to a bottom portion so that the top portion may be completely removed from the bottom portion. The bottom portion is configured or shaped to nest or mate in the child carrier without folds or substantial overhangs. The bottom portion has a head, back, seat, leg, left and right portions and surface area. The top portion has a head, body, and leg portion and preferably covers the bottom portion. The top portion has a surface area less than the surface area of the bottom portion. A first and second two-way zipper couples the bottom end and left and right side of the top and bottom portions. The zippers allow the head portion to fold over the body portion to expose the child's head. In addition, the head and body portions may fold over the leg portion. Furthermore, the leg portion may fold up over the body portion to expose the child's legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Sherri H. Dudley
  • Patent number: 5947552
    Abstract: The infant product of the invention is of the type having an infant receptacle suspended from a frame. The infant product is foldable between a deployed position for use and a compact configuration for shipping and storage. In the assembled configuration, the infant receptacle is convertible between a bassinet configuration in which the infant receptacle has a substantially planar support surface and an infant seat configuration in which the support surface of the infant receptacle is partially titled or disposed at an angle such that the infant can be supported in an elevated or seated position. The infant product may include a fabric canopy incorporating floating webs and a quick connect system for securing the canopy in an open position. When the canopy is closed, it is folded so as to lie flat against the infant receptacle. The infant receptacle may also include a lateral support assembly to cradle the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Julia Wilkins, John S. Canna, Sandra M. Darling, Kenneth Von Felten
  • Patent number: 5852838
    Abstract: The instant invention provides a cushion for use with sloped vehicle seats, to provide a substantially level and horizontal surface upon which to change infant's diapers. The cushion features a top surface and a bottom surface, with the bottom surface being angled slightly relative to the top surface. The cushion has a generally triangular cross section, featuring a relatively thin front edge, and a relatively thick rear edge. The angle between the top and bottom surfaces roughly matches the slope of the vehicle seat, so that when the cushion is placed on a sloped seat with the thick edge toward the rear and with the thin edge toward the front, the top surface is substantially level and horizontal. The cushion can be provided with one or more torso supports on the top surface to further stabilize the infant. The bottom surface of the cushion can be provided with one or more cut-outs to lighten the cushion and allow it to conform to the seat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Inventor: Christopher W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5727814
    Abstract: A reinforced woven blanket can be used to protect a passenger lying on a seat of a motor vehicle, by surrounding the entire torso with a single restraint that can use the known webbing, latch plates, buckles, and anchorage, that comply with today's federal requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Stephen E. White
  • Patent number: 5644806
    Abstract: A playyard system with a handle and wheels comprising a floor separable from a playyard and formed of a plurality of similarly shaped rigid rectangular segments. The floor is adapted to be placed around a collapsed playyard to form a generally rectilinear configuration with an upper end and a lower end. A handle is secured to one of the segments of the floor adjacent to the upper end. The handle includes a gripping portion at the upper extent and a generally rigid intermediate wire formed with parallel vertical extents and an enlarged lower extent. The handle also has associated therewith apertured brackets secured to the floor for allowing for the sliding of the wire within the brackets to lower the handle toward the floor when in the stowed orientation and to raise the handle from the floor when in the elevated orientation for transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: James F. Mariol
    Inventors: John V. Mariol, Christopher Arens
  • Patent number: 5604941
    Abstract: A portable crib for a sofa including a front section comprised of an inner gate and an outer gate. The inner gate is slidably received within the outer gate. The device includes a pair of side sections. Each of the side sections is comprised of an inner gate and an outer gate. The inner gate is slidably received within the outer gate. Each outer gate is secured to the inner gate and the outer gate of the front section. A sofa securement mechanism is hingedly coupled with a lower distal end of each of the inner gate and the outer gate of the front section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventor: Edward Rom an
  • Patent number: 5566413
    Abstract: A restraining device is provided for restraining an infant in an isolette or incubator, allowing the infant to be transported in such device. A tray is adapted for secured receipt within the isolette. A foam pad is received by the tray, the pad having a recess contoured therein to accommodate and receive an infant. The recess is preferably topographically sculptured to more securely receive the infant and to prevent movement of the infant within the recess. A belt or harness passes from the tray and through the sculptured recess to engage and secure the infant therein. Accordingly, with the isolette secured to the vehicle, the tray secured to the isolette, and the infant secured through the harness to the tray, the infant cannot move about within the isolette when being transported or when the transporting vehicle experiences abrupt changes in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventors: Adele A. Webb, Cindy A. Ebner, Mary V. Hamann
  • Patent number: 5341530
    Abstract: An inflatable crib permits the safe, comfortable transport of an infant, while the crib is inflated, and requires minimal storage space when deflated. Carrying straps provide load bearing support to the cradle base on which a child is carried. An inflatable mattress adds to the child's comfort. A protective covering shields the child from sun, elements, and insects. The carrying straps have form retaining, self supporting first and second cross members extending above the crib and are adapted to releasable support the protective covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Inventor: Raymond Ward
  • Patent number: 5224229
    Abstract: An infant protective device for use while traveling in a vehicle, such as an airplane, which is designed so that an infant or small child can survive the impact of a crash. The device has a tubular casing with interior surfaces which are lined with resilient material for cushioning. An adult occupant of a vehicle using a seat belt straps the device to his or her seat belt, thus restraining the casing from untoward displacement during a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Inventor: Dale A. Smith
  • Patent number: 5185896
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for increasing the useful surface area of a rear seat of an automobile. A first inflatable cell of approximately rectangular block shape fits between the front and rear seats of the automobile. The cell has an upwardly facing top surface for supporting a load at about the level of the seats, and a downwardly facing bottom surface for supporting the cell on a floor of the automobile, or the like. The bottom surface conforms to the shape of the floor and defines a concave portion for accepting a drive shaft hump extending upwardly from the floor. At least one second inflatable cell extends downwardly from the concave portion so that with the first cell and the at least one second cell inflated, the apparatus is caused to fit conformably to the floor and drive shaft hump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Inventor: Jacob Z. Bonda
  • Patent number: 5134733
    Abstract: A car bed for an infant comprises a cot body having a generally rigid rim providing support for rigid end portions, side portions and a bottom portion. A U-shaped handle has the ends of its limbs pivotally attached to the end portions of the cot body for angular movement about an axis extending longitudinally above the center of gravity of the cot body, between a position in which said limbs are perpendicular to said bottom portion and a position in which the handle is located to one side of said opening. In use, a seat belt is received in guide formations on the handle. Since the handle is located above the center of gravity of the car bed as a whole, the cot body will rotate as a unit deceleration, so that the bottom portion of the cost body is displaced forwardly in an arcuate path to a forwardly and upwardly inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Assignee: Britax Romer Kindersicherheit GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Wetter, Waldemar Czernakowski
  • Patent number: 5115524
    Abstract: A light-weight, compact, portable knock-down crib comprised of a single flat sheet of foldable material having an integrally formed rectangular base. A pair of side wall and end wall panels are foldable on folding score lines about the base. Attachment tabs and slots are provided to interlock the panels elevated transversely from the base in a position of use to form an open-top enclosure. Collapsing folding score lines extend transversely across the flat sheet and centrally align with the pair of side wall panels. The panels are foldable on the rectangular base and the flat sheet is folded into a hand-portable package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Inventor: H. B. Antosko
  • Patent number: 5115523
    Abstract: An infant restraint device is provided for securing and supporting an infant inside a motor vehicle. The device includes a shell assembly having upper and lower shell portions pivotally coupled together. The upper shell portion can be positioned in either a first generally planar orientation or in a second angular orientation with respect to the lower shell portion. A locking mechanism is provided for securing the upper and lower shell portions together in either the first or second orientations. In the first generally planar orientation, the device provides a car bed for the infant. In the second angular orientation, the device provides a standard rear-facing infant seat. A collapsible lower support surface provides a seat for the infant when the device is in the angular orientation. The lower support surface bends along a flexible portion when the upper shell portion of the device moves to the planar orientation to provide a generally planar support surface for the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Cone
  • Patent number: 5092004
    Abstract: A restraint device is provided for securing and supporting an infant. The device includes a shell assembly formed to include a chamber sized to receive the infant. The shell assembly includes first and second spaced apart side walls and a generally rigid end wall defining a boundary of the chamber. In one embodiment, the rigid end wall includes a yieldable section movable between a fixed first position and a yielded second position in response to a force acting against the yieldable section. In another embodiment, the restraint device includes an upper shell portion coupled to a lower shell portion and a foldable seat situated inside the lower shell portion to provide means for supporting a lower portion of an infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc,
    Inventors: Richard E. Cone, Donald L. Gerken
  • Patent number: 5038426
    Abstract: A portable bassinet made of cardboard which has outer, canopy-housing and an inner box or bassinet-proper for selected insertions into the outer box. One of the four side walls of the inner box is connected to the rest of the inner box only along its lower horizontal edge surface, with the rest of this side wall being free, in order to provide a pivotal safety wall. The safety wall is pivoted to a downward position when the inner box is used as a bassinet, with an infant placed therein, whereby the inner box is prevent from being fully inserted into the outer main box or canopy-housing, in order to prevent accidental suffocation. Handles are provided for aiding in the carrying of the assembly. A first handle is provided on a side wall surface of the inner box which cooperates with a cutout or opening in the corresponding side wall of the outer box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Inventor: Daliah Boretski
  • Patent number: 5005234
    Abstract: An infant car bed for a vehicle is provided which is particularly suitable for the transport of premature or physically disabled infants. The car bed includes an "L" shaped base member adapted to hold an apnea monitor and secured by a vehicle seat belt on a forward facing or rearward facing seat such that the base of the "L" shaped base member rests upon the seat and the vertical leg portion of the "L" shaped base member is proximate the back of the seat. A bed member having a webbed top cover is povitally secured to the upper portion of the vertical leg portion of the base member at a point above the center of gravity of the bed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Assignee: Hartley Associates Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara J. Kelleher, Michael J. Walsh, Richard E. Cone
  • Patent number: 4998307
    Abstract: An infant restraint device is provided for securing and supporting an infant inside a motor vehicle. The device includes a shell assembly having upper and lower shell portions pivotally coupled together. The upper shell portion can be positioned in either a first generally planar orientation or in a second angular orientation with respect to the lower shell portion. A locking mechanism is provided for securing the upper and lower shell portions together in either the first or second orientations. In the first generally planar orientation, the device provides a car bed for the infant. In the second angular orientation, the device provides a standard rear-facing infant seat. A collapsible lower support surface provides a seat for the infant when the device is in the angular orientation. The lower support surface bends along a flexible portion when the upper shell portion of the device moves to the planar orientation to provide a generally planar support surface for the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Cone
  • Patent number: RE40754
    Abstract: A portable bed for a newborn infant made up of a rectangular flat support surface which holds a firm infant mattress pad, the surface having a rigid headboard perpendicularly attached at one end, and rigid perpendicular partial side walls attached to both the support surface and to the headboard. A hinge is provided about midway along the longitudinal length of the support surface allowing the unit to be closed against itself to facilitate easy transport. A soft fabric cover is provided to cover the surface, headboard and side walls. A firm waterproof mattress pad having the same dimensions as the support surface is also provided. A pair of handles may also be provided at either end of the support surface for carrying the unit when folded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Farah D. Morton