Closed Patents (Class 5/97)
  • Patent number: 9706854
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a multifunctional crib, which includes a bedstead, a bedplate member and a bouncing member. The bedstead includes an upper enclosure frame, a lower enclosure frame and at least three three-way connectors that connect the upper and lower enclosure frames. The bedplate member is removable and can be installed on the bedstead. The bouncing member is removable and can be installed in a closed area of the lower enclosure frame, which is below the bedplate member. There is bouncing space between the bouncing member and the ground. An exterior protective net is installed outside the periphery of the bedstead. Such a crib can serve as not only a crib, but also a trampoline and game pool, to avoid a waste of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Jie Zhou
  • Patent number: 9149128
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a play yard configured for providing an enclosed space for a child. According to various embodiments, the play yard comprises a rigid support frame and removable, flexible liner. The frame includes one or more moveable retention members configured to engage the liner in order to form a bounded play yard space. By permitting the liner to be secured to the frame via the retention members, a user is able to easily secure the liner to the frame for use and remove the liner from the frame for washing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Kids II, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Russell Rampton, Edgar Montague, Robert Gibson, Steve Burns, John Matthew Thomson
  • Patent number: 9149127
    Abstract: A circulation unit is provided including a dual-fan unit having a first fan and a separate second fan. The first fan is configured to draw in fresh air from the ambient environment and direct the fresh air into the crib, while the second fan is configured to draw in dangerous gas from the crib and expel the dangerous gas to the ambient environment. The dual fan unit is fluidly coupled to a venting unit via a pair of fluid conduits. The venting unit is placeable within the crib, while the dual fan unit is placeable outside of the crib so as to distance the infant from electrical components and potentially harmful mechanical components, such as the fans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sanmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandra Manouchehri, Michael A Parness
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8640280
    Abstract: A apparatus with an adjustable height mattress can include a crib frame with a stationary support frame secured to it. The mattress rests generally on an elevator frame which slides up and down with respect to the stationary frame. The crib further includes a height adjusting mechanism for adjusting height of the elevator frame, an operating mechanism for operating and locking the height adjusting mechanism and a leveling mechanism for maintaining the level of elevator frame horizontally stable. The mattress height can be adjusted not only on a semi-permanent basis, but can also be varied as needed. The mattress can be set high when a parent is placing a child in the crib and can be lowered with the child on it for the child's safety. The elevator frame may also be manually raised with the child on it via an external handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Inicia IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Roberto Gutierrez, Anna L. Jacques
  • Patent number: 8616932
    Abstract: A collapsible umbrella gym for an infant or toddler which is highly portable, and combines the desirable attributes of an activity arch and support mat such as an activity mat. The gym comprises a frame assembly which is selectively movable between collapsed and uncollapsed states. When in its fully deployed, uncollapsed state, the frame assembly assumes a configuration which provides the functional attributes of an activity gym or activity arch, with multiple toys or mobiles being suspended from the frame assembly at locations which are easily accessible to an infant or toddler lying underneath the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Infantino, LLC
    Inventors: Lisa Ellen Gelfond, Maureen Anne O'Connor, Eric Christopher Sugalski
  • Patent number: 8474071
    Abstract: A self-deployable device (1) for a child, comprising an arcuate structure (110, 120) capable of supporting in the deployed state at least one wall (20) made of flexible material defining a space for receiving a child, and at least one stiffener bar (200, 201) to withstand bearing against the arcuate structure. Just one (210, 211) of the two ends of the bar is secured to the arcuate structure by a fixed connection, such that said bar is able to remain connected to the arcuate structure when said structure passes from the folded-up state to the deployed state and/or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Serpolet
    Inventors: Jérôme Tricault, Emmanuel Sordoillet
  • Patent number: 8453278
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an infant support structure. In particular, the present invention relates to an infant support structure with a movable portion that facilitates access to a particular area or portion of the infant support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Aiken, Mark Weppner
  • Patent number: 8407832
    Abstract: An infant support structure with a collapsible frame is disclosed. In one embodiment, the infant support structure includes a frame with a coupling or lock mechanism that is configured to maintain the collapsible frame in a deployed or use configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Galley
  • Patent number: 8316483
    Abstract: Foldable and portable playard assemblies with a storage compartment and methods of use thereof are disclosed. An example playard includes a lower frame having a collapsed position and an erected position, an upper frame having a collapsed position and an erected position and a plurality of corner posts coupling the lower frame and the upper frame. The example playard also includes an upper extension member coupled to and extending from the upper frame and a lower extension member coupled to extending from the lower frame. The upper extension member, the lower extension and two of the plurality of corner posts form a storage compartment frame. In addition, the storage compartment frame remains in an extended position when the lower frame is in the collapsed position and the upper frame is in the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley H. Thomas, Phillip Holsinger, Traci J. Barron
  • Patent number: 8316482
    Abstract: The sleeping enclosure for an infant is comprised of a sleeping cushion and a dome-shaped net that rests atop. The sleeping enclosure is a soft pillow-like structure that is further defined by retaining walls such that an infant rests within and is incapable of rolling out of the sleeping cushion. The sleeping cushion rests and secures atop a mattress via at least one adjustable strap, which in conjunction with the sleeping cushion encircles said mattress. The dome shaped net rests atop the retaining walls and prevents objects from falling upon an infant contained within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Milane Martin, III
  • Publication number: 20120117726
    Abstract: A cover for use with a crib having a headboard, a footboard, and a pair of side rails is provided. The cover includes a dome-shaped top, a first plurality of straps configured to together extend substantially along the height of the crib to secure the dome-shaped top to the crib, and a second plurality of straps configured to together extend substantially along the height of the crib to secure the dome-shaped top to the crib.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Mark A. LaMantia
  • Patent number: 7793368
    Abstract: A mesh crib bumper enclosure having four connected vertical mesh fabric panel sections installed in a crib by suspending it from top and bottom corners and securing it to four corner posts. The enclosure panels are stretched tightly between the corner posts using a locking fastener. The mesh fabric panels allow air to circulate through the crib to prevent exhaled carbon dioxide from building up. The enclosure corners receive vertical support members for vertical structural integrity while top and bottom edges can receive horizontal support members for horizontal structural integrity. The enclosure bottom corners use tie string fasteners to secure the enclosure to bottom crib rails to keep the bottom edges in contact the mattress. Other embodiments use a mesh panel base attached to the enclosure bottom and/or a mesh panel sealable top for sealing off the top to prevent insects and animals from entering the mesh crib bumper enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: James W. Burrell, IV
  • Publication number: 20090049606
    Abstract: Rotation device is configured at the bottom of the body of a diaper changer so that the diaper changer is capable of rotating horizontally relative to the playard frame via the rotation device when mounting thereon. The rotation device includes a rotator and a supporter where the rotator connects to the body and mounts on the supporter for allowing the body to rotate relative to the supporter. The supporter is further configured at one side of the playard frame. The body can also be rotatably mounted on the playard frame by mounted the rotator directly into a shafting hole on the playard frame. With the rotation device, the diaper changer can be selectively set in a first using status for changing a baby's diaper or a second using status for allowing a babysitter for easy holding the baby up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Guang-Hui Zhao, Hong-Bin Xu
  • Patent number: 7490379
    Abstract: The present invention is an infant play mat. This play is designed so that it is light-weight and easily portable. One embodiment of the play mat includes a cushioned base, a hub, a tension control device, a plurality of cords and four supports. Each support may be detachably coupled to a height extension member that is detachably coupled to the base. The height extension members allow the height of the supports relative to the base to be increased or decreased so that the mat can accommodate infants of various sizes and ages. The tension control device can be adjusted to increase or decrease the tension in the cords so that the supports are detachably coupled to or detached from the hub. The play mat can be easily dissembled by detaching the supports and/or height extension members from the base so that they can be placed into a carrying case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventors: Angela Danielle Solomon, Luis H. Solomon
  • Patent number: 7430770
    Abstract: A enclosure assembly with a support for a mattress of a bed to accommodate a person on the mattress, the enclosure assembly including a framework having connectors to secure the framework in an upstanding relation peripherally about the mattress, the framework including corner posts each extending a generally common distance above the mattress, and frame members spanning the corner posts. A net having inside and outside surfaces is supported on the framework and has at least one normally closed opening provided with a closure member which may only be opened from the outside of the net, thereby at least partially defining a “safe zone” about the periphery of the mattress. The enclosure assembly also comprises a coverlet which overlies the mattress and is removably interconnected along its periphery to the inside surface of the net, thereby further defining the “safe zone” about the mattress on which the person may rest without risk of falling off the mattress and harming themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Elizabeth Ramirez
  • Publication number: 20080196162
    Abstract: A collapsible structure is movable between an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The collapsible structure includes a plurality of collapsible scissor assemblies. Each scissor assembly includes a first frame member pivotally coupled to a second frame member at a first pivot point. Frame members of adjacent scissor assemblies are coupled to a first connector assembly or a second connector assembly. A support assembly is coupled to a first scissor assembly and includes a member pivotally coupled at a first end to the first connector assembly or the first frame member and slidably coupled at an opposing second end to the second frame member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: North Pole Limited
    Inventors: Lil Pil Yul, Huang Chang Jiu, Ye Zhengyi
  • Patent number: 7302724
    Abstract: The present invention is an infant play mat. This play mat is designed so that it is light-weight and easily portable. The play mat includes a cushioned base and at least two arching supports that are capable of folding. Each support arch is detachably coupled to two height extension members that are detachably coupled to the base. The height extension members allow the height of the supports to be increased or decreased relative to the base so that the mat can be used by infants of various sizes and ages. In one embodiment each support includes at least two flexible joints which enable the support to be folded compactly so as to provide enhanced portability. The mat can be easily folded by detaching the supports and/or height extension members from the base so that both the supports and the base can be folded then placed into a carrying case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventors: Angela Danielle Solomon, Luis H. Solomon
  • Patent number: 7150052
    Abstract: A crib cover assembly includes a U-shaped central frame that includes an elongated cross bar and a pair of oppositely spaced end bars monolithically formed with the cross bar. The end bars are horizontally registered with opposed latitudinal edges of the crib and are abutted thereagainst. A pair of arcuately shaped guide rails are conjoined to the central frame and extend over and around the end bars. The guide rails form a pair of dome shaped regions over the central portion. The support and end bars are intercalated between a crib top edge and the guide rails. A retractable cover, that is adaptable between open and closed positions, is conjoined to the guide rails and is seated therebetween. The retractable cover has a longitudinal length spanning across an entire longitudinal length of the crib. The cover and the central frame are formed from wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventors: Keith D. Lawson, Cindy E. Lawson
  • Patent number: 7096874
    Abstract: A collapsible, portable canopy is adapted for use with a co-sleeper, crib or play yard. The canopy includes a frame and has at least three canopy support arms pivotally attached to an arm attachment portion. The canopy cover has a central opening at the top that fits over the frame and includes tubular enclosures located on an inner surface of the canopy cover that are open at their upper ends adjacent the opening and fit slidably over the canopy support arms. The central opening has a removable cover. The support arms of the frame are inserted into the tubular members through the central opening. The canopy cover includes an elastic member integral with the surrounding lower edge that urges it and the support arms toward the outer perimeter of a co-sleeper, crib or play yard. The canopy cover is made of mesh material and includes a reclosable opening for interior access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Arms Reach Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Sharon Forshpan
  • Patent number: 7055191
    Abstract: A playpen includes a plurality of support bars, a bed cushion, and a fixing device to fix the bed cushion on the support bars. Thus, the snapping plate of each of the holders of the fixing device is locked on the respective positioning seat, and the sleeve of each of the holders of the fixing device is locked on the respective support bar by the locking, so that each of the holders is positioned on the respective positioning seat and the respective support bar so as to support the bed cushion rigidly and stably, thereby preventing the bed cushion from becoming loosened or detached from the playpen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: Owen Chen
  • Patent number: 7040585
    Abstract: A toys bracing bracket for mounting on a playpen or a play pad is detachable. It mainly includes a central pivot dock that has a first anchor section and a second anchor section to couple with a plurality of connection rods. Each of the connection rods is coupled with an elastic element so that the connection rods may be easily pulled and extended for mounting on the playpen or play pad, or be folded easily to facilitate carrying and storing, and to enhance safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Link Treasure Limited
    Inventors: Huang-Yi Cheng, Ming-Chi Tsai, Ho-Sheng Chen
  • Patent number: 6964071
    Abstract: A bassinet support unit receives a tub-shaped bassinet. C-shaped hook elements mounted on the respective ends the bassinet are each configured to receive a corresponding elongate support rod that extends across a respective end of the bassinet support unit. The selected C-shaped hook element receives the corresponding support rod and thus inclines the bassinet with respect to a flat substantially horizontal planar top piece of the bassinet support unit. When an at least partially upward force is applied to the bassinet a lower end portion of the C-shaped hook element then receives a part of the support rod. The lower end portion then prevents upward movement of the bassinet and/or limits rotative movement of the bassinet about a longitudinal axis thereof. In some embodiments a pair of J-shaped hook element having openings facing each other can be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis W. Lahmann
  • Patent number: 6959462
    Abstract: A bassinet having an accommodating space is provided. The bassinet can be supported on a baby play yard and has an accommodating portion. The accommodating portion is connected to the underneath of the bassinet and configured to define an accommodating space for receiving articles. A side face of the baby play yard is provided with an opening, so that it is convenient for a user to take out the articles received in the accommodating space. As a result, when necessary, the user just squats down, opens the opening on the side face, and thus can take out the articles very easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shun-Min Chen
  • Patent number: 6874177
    Abstract: A baby furniture includes a boundary frame, a body supporting member spaced apart with the boundary frame, and a plurality of supporting legs connected the boundary frame with the supporting member. A boundary shelter is supported by the boundary frame to surround an interior space within the supporting legs and define a play yard cavity within the supporting legs at a position above the body supporting member and a bassinet cavity within the supporting legs at a position below the body supporting member. Therefore, the baby furniture functions as a play yard when an opening of the play yard cavity faces upwardly and as a bassinet when an opening of the bassinet cavity faces upwardly by flipping the baby furniture in an up side down manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Ben Ming Hsia
  • Patent number: 6859958
    Abstract: An enclosure for a crib or playpen includes a dome-shaped top and a box-shaped bottom structure completely enclosing the interior of a crib or playpen. The enclosure includes a flap in the dome-shaped top to allowing a parent or guardian to easily place a child in or remove a child from the crib or playpen. The enclosure also has features which prevent a child from opening the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Mark LaMantia
  • Patent number: 6851136
    Abstract: A portable “pop-up” structure comprising a first part (10) forming a receptacle, and a second part (11) forming an enclosure for the receptacle. The first and second parts are separable and each may be folded into a plurality of overlying loops for storing. Each part of the structure is made from a flexible coilable material frame with a foldable cloth-like material between the frame members. Thus, the structure forms a portable cot or animal bed which may be quickly released and erected using the “pop-up” principle, yet readily folded and stowed when not required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Finecard International Limited
    Inventor: Anthony Paul Brereton
  • Patent number: 6848129
    Abstract: A crib apparatus comprises a headboard and a footboard, the headboard and footboard being spaced from and arranged substantially parallel to one another, and first and second side rails. The first and second side rails are spaced from and arranged substantially parallel to one another and substantially orthogonal to the headboard and the footboard. Each of the first and second side rails is operatively attached to the headboard and footboard. The crib apparatus further includes a mattress frame for supporting a mattress, the mattress frame being operatively attached to at least the headboard and footboard and being substantially orthogonal to the headboard, footboard and side rails. At least one of the headboard and the footboard includes an access opening therein through which the mattress can be slidably removed from the crib apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Research for Strategic Management, LLC
    Inventors: Mary Anne G. Amato, Johan A. Julin
  • Publication number: 20040244109
    Abstract: A combination crib and high chair apparatus for supporting a child in a reclining position, and a seated position, respectively. The apparatus includes a deck having a head end, a foot end and generally parallel sides. Side rails are positioned adjacent the sides. End rail are positioned adjacent the ends of the deck. A seat is oriented adjacent one of the ends of the deck. The seat extends outwardly from the end. A base is coupled to the deck and the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: John W. Koenig, Gregory W. Branson, William L. Jacques, Diana W. Juratovac, Kenneth L. Kramer, Robert Mark LeBlanc, Peter A. Koloski, Thornton K. Lothrop, Kristin R. Romak, John E. Sagel, Rainer B. Teufel
  • Patent number: 6772458
    Abstract: A collapsible enclosure for restraining a patient to an area about a bed comprises a frame having a horizontal eave portion, a horizontal base portion opposing the horizontal eave portion, and at least two vertical members upstanding from the horizontal base portion for supporting the horizontal eave portion. The frame collapses as an integral unit for storage and transfer. A net assembly secured to the frame defines an area about a bed such that a patient is allowed to move freely within the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Vivax Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ellen, John J. Gildea
  • Publication number: 20040099301
    Abstract: A cover for the protection of an infant comprises a central hub member which is pivotally connected at one end to an extendable and collapsible support frame made up of link arms and pivotally, flexible connected frame ribs. The ribs reside in channels in an exterior surface covering of mesh cloth or transparent or opaque material. The hub member is connected, at its other end, to a string-like line which extends through an opening on the top of the cover. The line is attached to a handle. With the cover in a collapsed position, the handle is pulled upwards, which causes the attached line and the hub to move upward. This results in the link arms pivoting the frame ribs outward and upward. Upon continued pulling on the handle, the hub is pulled into and secured within the opening, causing the frame and surface covering to become fully extended. The cover forming the resulting enclosed space is lightweight and can readily be secured to a crib or simply placed on a bed, the ground, or other unprotected area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventors: Mei Zhang, Sun Hua Wen, Bian Hung Li
  • Patent number: 6694546
    Abstract: A canopy assembly for a crib. The canopy assembly has a hub, a canopy base, and a number of curved arms which connect to each other to alternatively form a dome canopy and a concave (fluted dome) canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Jean Kasem
  • Publication number: 20030177576
    Abstract: An enclosure for a crib or playpen includes a dome-shaped top and a box-shaped bottom structure for completely enclosing the interior of a crib or playpen. The enclosure includes a flap in the dome-shaped top to allowing a parent or guardian to easily place a child in or remove a child from the crib or playpen. The enclosure also has features which prevent a child from opening the flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventor: Mark LaMantia
  • Patent number: 6550083
    Abstract: An enclosure for a crib or playpen includes a dome-shaped top and a box-shaped bottom structure for completely enclosing the interior of a crib or playpen. The enclosure includes a flap in the dome-shaped top to allowing a parent or guardian to easily place a child in or remove a child from the crib or playpen. The enclosure also has features which prevent a child from opening the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: Mark LaMantia
  • Patent number: 6543070
    Abstract: A playard includes a changing table. The changing table includes two arm assemblies and first and second rails connected therebetween. Each arm assembly has a pivot arm and a folding arm pivotally attached to the pivot arm. The pivot arms are attachable to upper side rail members of the playard. The pivot arms are connected to the first rail and the folding arms are connected to the second rail. The folding arms are pivotal about the pivot arms so that the changing table is movable between an open position in which the second rail is positioned away from the first rail and a closed position in which the second rail is positioned adjacent to the first rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Longenecker, Jason D. Covill
  • Patent number: 6516823
    Abstract: A canopy for covering the top of a playyard, the canopy comprising a canopy cover, a canopy support adapted to be coupled to a playyard and configured to support the canopy cover, the canopy support includes a rod connector and four support rods, each support rod includes an inner end pivotably coupled to the rod connector and an outer end adapted to be coupled to one of four corner pieces included in the playyard to retain the canopy support on the playyard, and the rod connector includes a connector ring arranged to pass through apertures formed in the inner ends of each support rod to establish a pivot axis of each support rod about the connector ring and about which each support rod is free to pivot relative to the connector ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Glover, Jerome J. Drobinski
  • Patent number: 6467107
    Abstract: A playyard includes a retainer carried on a canopy frame support rod. The retainer is configured to be coupled to a retainer mount carried on a playyard frame so that a canopy cover attached to the canopy frame support rod is retained in place on the playground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Glover, Jerome J. Drobinski
  • Patent number: 6425150
    Abstract: A playyard system including a playyard structure and a canopy is provided. The canopy is detachably mounted onto a top frame of the playyard structure by directly connecting support members of the canopy with improved connecting end portions to corresponding corner blocks of the playyard with improved connecting grooves thereby the playyard system may be manufactured with fewer component number and lower cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Inventor: Kenny Cheng
  • Patent number: 6418575
    Abstract: A baby playpen-bassinet combination comprising a playpen and a bassinet detachably mounted onto the top of the playpen is provided. The playpen comprises an upper frame, a supporting frame, a bottom frame and a fabric body. The upper frame includes four corner blocks each of which is provided with a vertical hole. The fabric body includes two lateral outer fabric sides provided with connecting members. The bassinet comprises a main body, two suspension sleeves, two extension portions, two supporting rods and a bottom plate. The two suspension sleeves are connected to respective longitudinal sides of the main body. The two extension portions are connected to respective lateral sides of the main body and provided with connecting members engageable with the connecting members of the playpen, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Kenny Cheng
  • Patent number: 6263894
    Abstract: A protective cover against insects for babies' and toddlers' enclosures such as cribs, playpens, strollers and the like includes an unstructured tubular body portion and an unstructured dome-shaped hood, both made of insect netting material which “breathes” and is transparent. The tubular body at its upper edge and the hood at its periphery each have a stretchable band or fastener that reduces the effective dimensions of the body edge and hood periphery so that the body may be drawn downwardly over the enclosure and be held in place by the reduced dimension of the edge and the hood is drawn downwardly over the top of the enclosure and its periphery overlaps the top edge of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Mark LaMantia
  • Patent number: 6192535
    Abstract: Accessories for a foldable play yard apparatus, and more particularly to a play yard apparatus supporting a bassinet, include a storage unit and a canopy. The storage unit is adapted to be supported by the play yard apparatus adjacent to the bassinet and to provide a plurality of compartments suitable for organizing and readily presenting childcare items such as diapers, linens, and toys. The canopy is for the bassinet and includes a system of fasteners adapted to engage mating features on the bassinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Warner, Jr., Leland M. Faa
  • Patent number: 6148455
    Abstract: A method for converting a canopy crib to a standard crib. The canopy assembly has a number of canopy legs whose bottom portion removably fits inside respective hollows of the crib assembly. The canopy assembly is removed by pulling the canopy legs from the crib assembly to expose the hollows and then separately covering the hollows with plugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Jean Kasem
  • Patent number: 6131217
    Abstract: A method of converting a canopy crib to a standard crib, particularly useful for cribs made of wood. A canopy assembly is removably connected on top of a crib assembly. The canopy assembly has a number of canopy legs that removably fit over and cover respective supports on the crib assembly. The canopy assembly may be removed by pulling the canopy legs off the supports to expose the supports and then separately covering the supports with caps. In a particular embodiment, the canopy crib has a pair of movable side members opposite each other, a pair of angled rods extending vertically through on either side of each one of the movable side members is used to secure a respective pair of caps to their respective supports. Each rod has an end portion which is fastened to an adjacent cap and support to secure the cap, in a rotation free manner, to the support. The same mechanism may also be used to secure the canopy leg to the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Jean Kasem
  • Patent number: 6131218
    Abstract: A playpen having a rectangular frame with four upper support bars, and four positioning brackets each secured between two of the four upper support bars. An upper mattress support device for the playpen having a flexible support received in the frame and an upper periphery enclosing each of the upper support bars, a plurality of support members each secured on the flexible support, an upper mattress received in the flexible support and supported on each of the support members, and four fasteners each secured to one of the positioning brackets and each secured to the periphery of the flexible support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Kun Wang
  • Patent number: 6123091
    Abstract: A combination playyard and canopy assembly is provided. The playyard includes a top frame having first and second side rails and first and second end rails that define an opening. The canopy includes a mounting clip, frame members, and a cover. The frame members are pivotably coupled to the mounting clip for movement about a common pivot axis and the cover is attached to the frame members. The frame members are pivotable relative to the mounting clip between a first position in which the cover extends over the opening and a second position in which the cover is moved away from the opening to allow access to the interior region of the playyard. The mounting clip includes deformable members snapped onto the top frame to mount the canopy to the top frame. The bottom perimetral edge of the cover is attached to the top frame so that the cover encompasses the entire top frame when the frame members are in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Flynn, Yi M. Wang, Richard Glover
  • Patent number: 6119288
    Abstract: A play pen with an inflatable base having a bottom and at least three outer edges; inflatable side walls equal in number to the number of outer edges on the base, with a first side wall connected to one outer edge of the base, and the first two remaining side walls attached to each side of the first side wall, and all the side walls being removably attachable at their bottoms to a corresponding outer edge of the base, leaving two side walls as distal end side walls each being removably attachable to the other; base supports and side supports to provide structural integrity to the play pen; and a removable canopy on top of the play pen held by canopy connectors on the side supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Philip J. Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 6112347
    Abstract: A bedside crib (hereinafter "co-sleeper") that attaches to the parental bed that may be easily converted for use as a child's easel, couch, bassinet or toy display/storage device. The co-sleeper provides a rigid enclosure formed of a pair of sides, front and rear leg portions, a removable back, a mattress base with front retaining lip, and at least one removable shelf. The mattress base is hingedly attached to the front leg portion to tilt upwardly at an acute angle to a ground surface to serve as a child's easel. When the mattress base is tilted at a right angle to the ground surface and the back of the co-sleeper is removed, the latter may serve as a toy storage/display device. A removable front allows the enclosure to function as a bassinet. Height-adjustable leg extensions attach to the sides to adjust the co-sleeper to different heights for use with various beds and to raise or lower the co-sleeper for use in alternative modes (bassinet, couch, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventors: Douglas Tharalson, Diana M. Tharalson
  • Patent number: 6109280
    Abstract: A cabana system adapted for use in a stand-alone mode is disclosed. The system includes a separable floor for use as a cover for a playyard of the type having vertically extending reception apertures in the upper corners thereof. The system is comprised of a frame fabricated of two flexible rods. Each flexible rod is hollow with free ends adapted to be received within apertures of a playyard. The rods are positioned in side-by-side relationship to thereby form a generally cylindrical central extent. The rod placement further forms spaced semi-circular planar surfaces on opposite sides thereof at the ends of the central sections. A fabric cover covers the tubes with a screen door in a semi-circular configuration in one planar face thereof with a fastener for coupling and uncoupling the screened panel. A fabric floor is formed as an extension of one planar face remote from the screen door and is adapted to depend downwardly over one side of the playyard when deployed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Evenflo Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Marty Custer