US 20020124297 A1
The Drop No More-Baby Toy Belt is an original and newly created item (as described in this application) which will allow parents and child care givers to use on baby to protect baby toys from being thrown on the floor from highchairs and other locations. Babies can retrieve their own toys after they throw them (which they always do). The Baby Toy Belt eliminates frustration of baby, parents, and child-care givers, allowing for a safe solution to keep toys close to the baby where they belong. The Baby Toy Belt allows for multiple items and toys and becomes an extension of a toy in itself. The creative process has produced a highly flexible and useful multiple toy holder (product) and safeguard not found anywhere else.
“We would very much like to send a Baby Toy Belt upon your request.”
1. We claim the above, described subject matter “Drop No More-Baby Toy Belt (also known as Toy Belt and Baby Toy Belt)” to be our original and highly useful/flexible created invention (product). We have created the Baby Toy Belt from our own imagination and creative idea state. It involves a manufacturing process, using fabric material, developing a newly created artistic article which is valuable for the safety, health, and well being of the baby and those involved in child care. It eliminates much frustration in those precious early years. We should be allowed a patent (as long in time as law permits) to protect our rights to own the creation, produce, manufacture, and sell the Baby Toy Belt as described in this application.
This item has never been seen anywhere. Nowhere, after our initial idea was conceived (years ago) in somewhat different form, while raising our children and now grandchildren, have we seen this product or any product of its kind.
We have received many compliments on the product and no one has ever seen a product like it.
As of just recently, an extensive research on the Internet and in all levels of retail stores has exposed no product even vaguely similar to ours. We currently own the domain names BabyToyBelt.com, BabyToyBelts.com, ToyBelt.com and ToyBelts.com, but have not yet developed the web site due to high volume production and manufacturing set-ups being still in process.
We believe without any doubt that this creative invention should have a patent belonging to the inventors of the Baby Toy Belt, Richard W. Caris, Catherine R. Caris, and Shawna M. Caris.
 Our idea originated many years ago when my wife (Catherine inventor) and I were raising our children (one of them Shawna inventor).
 While raising the children, we took them to fast food restaurants etc. In the process, was the frustrating task of keeping toys and food on the table or highchair. We then came up with an idea to eliminate the frustration of toys and food constantly being thrown on the dirty ground. It was quite a beneficial item at the time but crude looking.
 When grandchildren came about, the frustration appeared again. We pulled from our minds and attic the original idea and began making them.
 My wife now sews and therefore makes many different looking Toy Belts. They give peace of mind, are safe, sanitary, and make babies and parents happy.
 The name originated out of the blue from using the belts for rattlers, keys, and any other baby items being used. The name Baby Toy Belt fits the description.
 Toy belts are time consuming to make, and therefore labor intense. However, a couple of years ago we decided to begin marketing them. Two years ago we applied for a provisional patent and now are applying for a non-provisional patent.
 We have received many compliments on the product and no one has ever seen a product like it. As of just recently, an extensive research on the Internet and in all levels of retail stores has exposed no product even vaguely similar to ours.
 The invention (Baby Toy Belt) is a processed article of manufacture, child attire for connecting small toys and other material. It has no previous existence prior to our creation many years ago, nor is it a modification to that specific creation other than raw material content and color due to modem technology available today. Therefore, the invention (Baby Toy Belt) is an original creation. Our created invention solves a number of problems relative to babies and their natural actions.
 Advantages, and the objective of the Baby Toy Belt, is for a safe method of avoiding baby toys (rattles, plastic keys, pacifiers, and other small toys of various types) from falling onto the floor (avoiding filth, germs and bacteria) as baby spits out or throws. This occurs many times at home, during a restaurant stay, and many other functions. Baby can retrieve toys itself or by an adult. Baby Toy Belts can also be tied to high chairs, booster chairs, strollers, swings, etc.
 Material Composition: Elastic, velcro, and other fasteners with various colors and designs for boys, girls, special occasions, etc.
 Weight: One ounce +/−.
 Strap length: Varies slightly depending on age.
 Belt width: Adjustable belt to fit all ages (3 months to 2 years)
 Design: Belt style with 3 to 4 hanging straps to connect toys and other material.
 Instructions: Belt fits around baby's chest or waist.
 Equipment needed: Sewing machine, scissors, tape measure, needles, and other sewing tools. The Baby Toy Belt involves a processing and assembly function.
 Raw materials: The raw materials (velcro, elastic, and fabric straps) are ordered or bought through fabric centers in bulk or small amounts, on a wholesale or retail basis according to color and type. The material is then cut into strips according to desired size.
 Step one—setting up the equipment and tools described above.
 Step two—purchasing the material according to design, color, and occasion.
 Step three—the main belt is an elastic material (1″+/− in width). It is to be cut 24″+/− in length. Fold over and sew ½″ on each end (protect from fraying). Then sew on (using zigzag stitching) 1½″ of velcro to each end for Toy Belt connection.
 Step four—the straps are web belting (usually three) and are 1″+/− (usually ¾″) wide. They are each to be cut 17″+/− in length. Fold over and sew ½″ on each end (protect from fraying). The top of the strap is then folded over, using 4″ length folded in half (secured by stitching) to form a loop to slide onto the belt. The bottom of the strap contains two pieces of velcro, one sewed at the immediate bottom and one sewed 1¾″+/− above it, resulting in a loop to hold babies toys, teething rings and cookies, etc. Repeat above strap procedure for additional straps (3-4 in total).
 Step five—design sewing or application of iron on appliques etc.
 Step Six—package and distribute.
 All material used in design (if any) is safe. Belt is elastic to stretch, and straps are web belting for safety against snapping etc. The Baby Toy Belt is solid and durable and can be thrown in the washer and dryer.