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Publication numberUS20070061961 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/231,239
Publication dateMar 22, 2007
Filing dateSep 20, 2005
Priority dateSep 20, 2005
Publication number11231239, 231239, US 2007/0061961 A1, US 2007/061961 A1, US 20070061961 A1, US 20070061961A1, US 2007061961 A1, US 2007061961A1, US-A1-20070061961, US-A1-2007061961, US2007/0061961A1, US2007/061961A1, US20070061961 A1, US20070061961A1, US2007061961 A1, US2007061961A1
InventorsLouis Shamie
Original AssigneeDelta Enterprise Corp.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Crib and bassinet assembly
US 20070061961 A1
Abstract
A crib and bassinet assembly is provided for accommodating newborns as well as older babies and children. The assembly includes a crib having opposing sides, each having a top rail. A bassinet is removably coupled to the top rails such that its foot end adjoins one side of the crib and its head end adjoins the opposite side. A method for providing a bedding arrangement for an infant is also provided which includes suspending the bassinet between the top rails of the crib.
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1. A crib and bassinet assembly comprising:
a crib including a pair of opposing end boards, a dropside movably coupled to said end boards, and a second side opposing said dropside and coupled to said end boards, said dropside including top and bottom rails and a plurality of slats extending between said top and bottom rails, said second side including top and bottom rails and a plurality of slats extending between said top and bottom rails;
a bassinet having a head end and foot end, the distance between the head and foot ends approximating the distance between the dropside and the second side of the crib,
a first attachment mechanism for coupling the bassinet to the top rail of the crib dropside,
a second attachment mechanism for coupling the bassinet to the top rail of the second side of the crib, and
an adjusting mechanism operatively associated with at least one of the first and second attachment mechanisms.
2. An assembly as described in claim 1 wherein at least one of the first and second attachment mechanisms includes a strap and the adjusting mechanism includes a buckle secured to the strap.
3. An assembly as described in claim 1 wherein at least one of the first and second attachment mechanisms includes a portion designed to extend around one of the top rails and between adjoining slats.
4. An assembly as described in claim 1 including a changing table having a length approximating the distance between the dropside and second side of the crib and attachment members for coupling the changing table to the top rails of the dropside and second side, respectively.
5. An assembly as described in claims 4 wherein the changing table includes a bottom wall, a displaceable floor above the bottom wall, and a storage compartment between the floor and bottom wall.
6. An assembly as described in claim 4 including a tray having a length approximately the distance between the dropside and second side of the crib, the combined widths of the bassinet, changing table and tray approximating the distance between the crib end boards.
7. A crib and bassinet assembly comprising:
a crib including a pair of opposing end boards, a dropside movably coupled to said end boards, and a second side opposing said dropside and coupled to said end boards, said dropside including top and bottom rails and a plurality of slats extending between said top and bottom rails, said second side including top and bottom rails and a plurality of slats extending between said top and bottom rails;
a bassinet having a head end and foot end, the distance between the head and foot ends approximating the distance between the dropside and the second side of the crib,
a first attachment mechanism removably suspending the bassinet from the top rail of the crib dropside, and
a second attachment mechanism removably suspending the bassinet from the top rail of the second side of the crib,
wherein the head end of the bassinet adjoins one of the dropside and second side and the foot end of the bassinet adjoins the other of the dropside and second side.
8. An assembly as described in claim 7 wherein at least one of the first and second attachment mechanisms includes a strap and an adjusting mechanism for adjusting the length of the strap.
9. An assembly as described in claim 8 wherein the adjustment mechanism is a buckle having interlocking elements connecting a first portion of the strap with a second portion of the strap.
10. An assembly as described in claim 7 including a changing table having a length approximating the distance between the dropside and second side of the crib and attachment members suspending the changing table from the top rails of the dropside and second side, respectively.
11. An assembly as described in claim 7 wherein the changing table includes a displaceable floor and a storage compartment beneath the floor.
12. An assembly as described in claim 7 including an adjustment mechanism associated with at least one of the first and second attachment mechanisms for adjusting the level of the bassinet with respect to at least one of the top rails of the crib.
13. An assembly as described in claim 7 wherein the foot end of the bassinet is positioned entirely beneath an adjoining top rail of the crib.
14. An assembly as described in claim 7 wherein the bassinet adjoins an end board of the crib.
15. A method for providing a convenient bedding arrangement for an infant comprising:
providing a bassinet having a head end and a foot end, the distance between the head end and foot end being about 680 millimeters; and
removably securing the bassinet to a crib including a pair of opposing end boards, a dropside movably coupled to the end boards, and a second side opposing the dropside and coupled to the end boards, the dropside including top and bottom rails and a plurality of slats extending between the top and bottom rails, the second side including top and bottom rails and a plurality of slats extending between the top and bottom rails, wherein the bassinet is removably secured to the crib by suspending it between the top rails of the top rails of the dropside and second side such that the foot end of the bassinet adjoins one of the dropside and second side and the head end of the bassinet adjoins the other of the dropside and second side.
16. The method of claim 15 including adjusting the level of at least one end of the bassinet with respect to one of the top rails of the crib and securing the bassinet at a selected level.
17. The method of claim 15 including suspending the bassinet in adjoining relation to one of the crib end boards by connecting a strap between the bassinet and at least one of the top rails and adjusting the strap until it is substantially taut.
18. The method of claim 17 including removably suspending a changing table from the top rails of the crib.
19. The method of claim 16 including positioning the foot end of the bassinet entirely beneath an adjoining top rail of the crib.
20. The method of claim 16 including adjusting the elevation of the dropside so that the top rail of the dropside is substantially level with the top rail of the second side of the crib.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The field of the invention relates to a versatile crib and bassinet assembly designed to accommodate newborns as well as more mature babies and small children.

2. Brief Description of the Related Art

Cribs are ordinarily employed as bedsteads for babies and small children. Most cribs include slatted ends and/or sides for confinement purposes as well as to allow parents to easily see the baby or small child within the crib. At least one of the sides can be moved vertically between upper and lower positions to facilitate access to the baby or child. To provide further convenience, many cribs include a spring hanger that may be positioned in any of a plurality of vertical positions. A mattress supported by the spring hanger can accordingly be positioned at a relatively high position to facilitate access to a baby and a relatively low position to prevent small children from climbing out of the crib.

The dimensions of cribs are set by government standards in the United States. Most cribs marketed in the United States accordingly have the same length and width. For example, the distance between end boards of a crib is about 1310 mm, while the distance from the dropside to the side opposing the dropside is about 680 mm.

Despite the fact that the mattress height of a crib is adjustable and that the dropside may be lowered to facilitate access to a baby, it remains relatively difficult to remove a baby from a crib. Bassinets are often employed to provide a relatively high sleeping surface for an infant. Portable baby cribs/bassinet combinations have also been marketed. The bassinet portions of such combinations are designed for use by babies less than 15 pounds. The mattress of the assembly can be used by children weighing less than 30 pounds and who are unable to climb out of the assembly. The portable crib/bassinet combinations available in the market do not include a dropside.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A crib and bassinet assembly is provided that offers versatility, convenience and requires a minimum of space. The crib is comprised of a pair of opposing end boards, a dropside, and a side opposite from the dropside. The dropside includes top and bottom rails connected by a plurality of vertical slats. The side opposite the dropside also includes a top rail. A bassinet is mounted to the crib such that the foot end of the bassinet is removably secured to one of the top rails while the head end of the bassinet is removably secured to the opposing top rail. The dropside is preferably positioned such that its top rail is at substantially the same height as the opposing top rail. The bassinet is preferably secured by adjustable securement members such as belt and buckle assemblies. The length of the bassinet approximates the distance between the top rails. One side of the bassinet preferably adjoins one of the two end boards of the crib

In accordance with one preferred embodiment of the invention, a dressing table and/or a storage compartment are also releasably mounted to the top rails of the crib dropside and opposing side, respectively. The dressing table may include an adjustable safety belt for securing a baby. The dressing table may further include a lower compartment that is accessible by displacement of the floor ordinarily used for supporting the baby. The bassinet and adjoining structures preferably occupy the entire area defined by the end boards and the two sides of the crib.

A method in accordance with the invention includes providing a bassinet having head and foot ends, connecting one of the ends to the top rail of a crib dropside, connecting another of the ends to a top rail of a side of a crib opposite from the crib dropside, whereby the foot end of the bassinet and the head end of the bassinet adjoin the opposite sides of the crib. Attachment mechanisms are preferably adjusted as necessary such that the bassinet is substantially level and will not be likely to tilt in any direction with respect to the crib.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a top perspective view of a crib including a bassinet, a dressing table and a storage tray;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the connection of belt buckle halves used to secure any of the bassinet, dressing table or storage compartment to a top rail of the crib;

FIG. 3 shows a belt with a closed buckle securing the storage compartment to a top rail of the crib;

FIG. 4 shows a step of adjusting the belt or strap by pulling a tab extending from the buckle;

FIG. 5 is a top perspective view of a crib and bassinet assembly showing the floor of a dressing table raised to expose a lower compartment containing a bathtub.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to FIG. 1, a crib 10 is shown having first and second end boards 12,14, a dropside 16 and a side 18 opposite from the dropside. The dropside 16 is movable vertically with respect to the end boards to which it is connected. Suitable latching mechanisms (not shown) are employed so that the dropside can be maintained at a selected height. Both the dropside 16 and the opposite side 18 include a top rail 20, a bottom rail 22, and slats 24 extending between the top and bottom rails. The top rails may be designed as teething rails, as known to the art. The end boards 12, 14 also include top and bottom rails 26, 28 with connecting slats 30. Alternative end board designs, with or without slats, may be employed. As used herein, the term “slats” is intended to include vertical stretchers of any design connecting the top and bottom rails, whether having rectangular, round, oval or other cross sectional configurations. The sides of the crib and end boards are comprised of substantially rigid materials such as wood, plastic and/or metal.

A mattress 32 is provided within the crib. A mechanism (not shown) is preferably provided for adjusting the elevation of the mattress and maintaining it at the selected elevation.

A bassinet 34, a changing table 36 and a storage tray 38 are suspended from the top rails 20 of the dropside 16 and second side 18 of the crib, respectively. The bassinet 34 includes walls defining a compartment and a hood 39 covering a portion of the compartment. The bassinet is preferably positioned such that its foot end adjoins the dropside 16 while its head end adjoins the second side 18 of the crib opposite the dropside. One of the two sidewalls of the bassinet 34 preferably adjoins one of the end boards. While not preferred, the bassinet could be positioned elsewhere and its orientation reversed from that shown. The bassinet is preferably about 400 mm in width and has a depth of about 300 mm. The maximum height of the hood as measured from the floor of the basinet is preferably about 650 mm.

Two pairs of straps 40 or belts are provided for releasably securing the bassinet to the top rails. Each strap is preferably secured near a corner of the bassinet. A buckle 42 is used to connect the portion of the strap 40 secured to the bassinet and a second portion of the strap that is looped around a top rail. When the two halves of the buckle are coupled as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, the bassinet is effectively suspended from the top rails. The length of the strap and buckle assembly may be adjusted by pulling a tab 44 extending from the buckle half mounted to the upper portion of the strap. By adjusting all four straps in the manner shown, the bassinet can be positioned such that its floor is substantially level. Lateral movement of the bassinet is restricted by engagement of the straps with the vertical slats 24. Forward and rearward movement is restricted by the two sides 16, 18 of the crib, both of which are preferably in close proximity to the head and foot ends thereof. It will be appreciated that the bassinet can be leveled using only adjustable attachment mechanisms at one end of the bassinet. The attachment mechanisms at the opposite end do not need to be adjustable.

Strap and buckle assemblies are similarly secured to the changing table 36 and the storage tray 38. Each of these elements is coupled to the top rail by employing the strap and buckle assemblies, their positions being adjusted by pulling the tab portions of the straps as needed to provide level surfaces at a height desired by the user. The changing table, tray and bassinet may be suspended such that the foot end of the bassinet and both ends and sides of the changing table and tray are below the elevations of the top rails. As shown in FIGS. 1 and 5, the bassinet, changing table and storage tray are sized to occupy substantially the entire area defined by the crib sides 16, 18 and end boards 12, 14. This arrangement helps prevent lateral motion of these elements with respect to the crib and each other. A safety strap and buckle assembly 46 may be affixed to the changing table in order to secure a baby thereto. While the bassinet, changing table and storage tray are preferably individual elements, they could be integral with each other or connected to each other.

Referring to FIG. 5, the depths of the bassinet and changing table are substantially the same while the storage tray 38 is shallower. As the entire depth of the changing table is not required for changing a baby, the lower portion thereof can function as a storage compartment. The floor 48 of the changing table can be raised or removed to gain access to the compartment. A bathtub 50 can, for example, be removably positioned within the compartment.

In use, the crib dropside 16 is positioned such that the top rail 20 thereof is as close to the same elevation as the top rail of the opposing side 18 of the crib as possible. This corresponds to the highest vertical dropside position for most cribs. Once the dropside is locked in position, the bassinet is positioned within the crib such that the foot end thereof adjoins the dropside and the head end adjoins the opposing side 18. The mattress 32 may be raised to its highest position so that the bassinet is near the top rails when placed within the crib and on the mattress. One end of the bassinet is secured to one of the top rails using the appropriate strap and buckle assemblies. The other end of the bassinet is then secured to the opposing top rail. The straps are adjusted as necessary to level the bassinet as it is suspended above the mattress and to minimize the extent to which the bassinet can move about its longitudinal axis.

The changing table 36 and storage tray 38 are secured to the top rails 20 in a similar manner. Each is preferably suspended such that the top edges of the side and end walls thereof are slightly below the top rails. The bassinet, changing table and tray have combined widths that approximate the distance between the end boards 12, 14. The preferred widths of the bassinet, changing table and tray are about 400 millimeters, 500 millimeters and 400 millimeters, respectively. The depth of the changing table, as measured from the floor 48, is preferably about 100 millimeters, with a total depth as measured from the bottom wall being about 300 millimeters. The depth of the tray is preferably about 100 millimeters. The bassinet, changing table and tray are preferably mounted such that the bassinet adjoins an end board.

It will be appreciated that the means for attaching the bassinet and other components to the crib may be different from those shown and described herein. Hooks or other members can be employed so long as they can be effectively locked to the top rails and released by unlocking them.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification5/93.1
International ClassificationA47D7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47D7/04, A47D7/007, A47D5/00
European ClassificationA47D7/00D, A47D7/04
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Sep 20, 2005ASAssignment
Owner name: DELTA ENTERPRISE CORP., NEW YORK
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:SHAMIE, LOUIS;REEL/FRAME:017020/0555
Effective date: 20050818