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Publication numberUS20090106894 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/932,605
Publication dateApr 30, 2009
Filing dateOct 31, 2007
Priority dateOct 31, 2007
Publication number11932605, 932605, US 2009/0106894 A1, US 2009/106894 A1, US 20090106894 A1, US 20090106894A1, US 2009106894 A1, US 2009106894A1, US-A1-20090106894, US-A1-2009106894, US2009/0106894A1, US2009/106894A1, US20090106894 A1, US20090106894A1, US2009106894 A1, US2009106894A1
InventorsPenny C. Yeo
Original AssigneeYeo Penny C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Foam bed for toddlers
US 20090106894 A1
Abstract
A foam bed for toddlers that is constructed entirely of non-toxic, soft and durable foam material. The foam bed consists essentially of a flat base portion which has its entire perimeter enclosed by one or more side panel portions that have an operative height attached integrally to the base portion by an attaching means.
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1. A foam bed for toddlers constructed entirely of non-toxic, soft and durable foam material, the foam bed comprising a flat base portion having an entire perimeter enclosed by one or more side panel portions, the side panel portions having an operative height, the one or more side panel portions attached integrally to the base portion by an attaching means.
2. The foam bed for toddlers of claim 1 in which the foam materials is flexible polyurethane foam.
3. The foam bed for toddlers of claim 1 in which the base portion having a predetermined shape selected from the group consisting of rectangular, square, round, oval, octagon and elliptical.
4. The foam bed for toddlers of claim 1 in which the base portion having a thickness in the range of between about 2 and about 7 inches.
5. The foam bed for toddlers of claim 3 in which the side panel portions having a rectangular shape and a thickness in the range of between about 3 and about 7 inches.
6. The foam bed for toddlers of claim 3 in which the side panel portion having a oval, circle or eclipse shape and a thickness in the range of between about 3 and about 7 inches.
7. The foam bed for toddlers of claim 1 in which the side panel portions having a height in the range of between about 5 and about 20 inches.
8. The foam bed for toddlers of claim 1 in which the attaching means is selected from the group consisting of Simalfa water-based adhesive, other non-toxic adhesive, threaded material, hot glue, and hook and loop fasteners.
9. The foam bed for toddlers of claim 1 in which the bed is covered by a mattress protector.
10. The foam bed for toddlers of claim 9 in which the mattress protector is a fitted bed sheet made of protective materials.
11. A method for constructing a foam bed for toddlers, the method comprising the following steps:
obtaining a rectangular shape flat block of foam material as a base portion, the base portion having a predetermined, operative length and width;
obtaining two pieces of rectangular shape foam material as side panels, the side panels having a predetermined length approximately the length of the base portion;
obtaining two pieces of rectangular shape foam material as end panels, the end panels having a predetermined length approximately the length of the base portion; and
attaching all four sides of the base panel firmly to the base of the side panels and the end panels by a suitable attaching means.
12. A method for caring for an infant, the method comprising the following steps:
Obtaining a foam bed constructed entirely of non-toxic, soft and durable foam material, the foam bed comprising a flat base portion having an entire perimeter enclosed by one or more side panel portions, the side panels having an operative height, the one or more side panel portions attached integrally to the base portion by a attaching means;
Placing the foam bed directly onto the floor; and
Placing the infant into the foam bed, such that the foam bed will protect the infant during sleep and while awake.
Description
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates to a bed for toddlers, and more specifically to a bed entirely made of light, sturdy and soft material(s) which enhances safety and comfort for toddlers.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Permanently mounted or removable rail or bar restraints are usually installed on cribs to prevent infants from falling out of bed. Unfortunately, these restraints typically allow the head and limbs to be inserted through the rails or bars of the bed or crib. These limbs may then become lodged between the rails or accidently struck by moving people or objects outside the crib. Also, as infants are getting bigger, stronger and more active, they may roll around and hurt themselves by bumping into or over the hard rails of their cribs.

To reduce these dangers, bumper pads or similar system such as those described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,410,765 issued May 2, 1995 to Dicken, U.S. Pat. No. 5,937,458 issued Aug. 17, 1999 to DeRosa or U.S. Pat. No. 6,957,464 issued Oct. 25, 2005 to Coauette have been developed. Typically, the padding of these systems are thin, padded strips covered with fabric or plastic and positioned on top of the mattress around the interior boundary of the crib. Other bumper pads have inflatable padded strips that are connected together and inflated to form a cushioned bumper around the crib.

As infants are growing into toddlers, parents usually switch them from cribs to toddler's beds for 3 major reasons:

1. Tall railings along all sides of the beds are no longer required since toddlers may be able to get in and out of their beds on their own.

2. Toddlers may climb on and over crib railings and be injured

3. Toddlers grow out of size of their cribs

A toddler's bed usually take the form of a regular bed with bedrails on both sides of the bed. The bedrails usually run around half the length of the entire bed. The main function of the bedrails is to prevent toddlers from rolling off their beds while they are sleeping. Bedrails are usually made with hard materials like wood and metal and padding are often added to provide cushioning. The problem with existing bumper pads or cushion is that they tend to be loosely stuffed with filler material. This results in the filler material being redistributed as the crib bumper is handled, particularly when it is washed, such that the crib bumper starts to lose its shape. This loss of shape may cause some portions of the bumper to become thinner and, therefore, provide less protection to the child.

ADVANTAGES AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is a bed for toddlers with special structural design and materials that enhance safety and comfort for toddlers. The present invention is a bed for toddlers that is made entirely out of sturdy but soft material such as flexible polyurethane foam. In one embodiment, the present invention has bedrails on all four sides of the bed that prevent toddlers from falling out.

One object of the present invention is relative light weight of the entire bed which allows users to move it around with ease. Parents could move the bed from room to room such that they can perform other tasks at home and still be able to keep an eye on their toddler in bed.

Another object of the present invention is to eliminate the use of filler materials on bumper padding which may shift distribution over time and offer less protection to toddlers.

Yet another object of the present invention is to enhance protection to toddlers with bedrails along all four sides of the bed.

Yet another object of the present invention is its low center of gravity which minimize the chance of toppling and potential hazards of toddler's falling off.

The present invention is a foam bed for toddlers that is made entirely of non-toxic, soft and durable foam material. The foam bed consists essentially of a flat base portion with its entire perimeter enclosed by one or more side panel portions and the side panels have an operative height and are attached integrally to the base portion by a attaching means.

The foam materials of the foam bed for toddlers is flexible polyurethane foam.

The base portion of the foam bed for toddlers has a predetermined shape selected from the group consisting of rectangular, square, round, oval, octagon and elliptical.

The base portion of the foam bed for toddlers has a thickness in the range of between about 2 and about 7 inches.

The side panel portions of the foam bed for toddlers have a rectangular shape and a thickness in the range of between about 3 and about 7 inches.

The side panel portions of the foam bed for toddlers have a oval, round, square, octagon or eclipse shape and a thickness in the range of between about 3 and about 7 inches.

The side panel portions of the foam bed for toddlers have a height in the range of between about 5 and about 20 inches.

The attaching means of the foam bed for toddlers is selected from the group consisting of Simalfa water-based adhesive, other non-toxic adhesive, threaded material, hot glue, and hook and loop fasteners.

The present invention is also a method for constructing a foam bed for toddlers. The method consists of the steps of obtaining a rectangular shape flat block of foam material as a base portion which has a predetermined, operative length and width, obtaining two pieces of rectangular shape foam material as side panels which have a predetermined length approximately the length of the base portion, obtaining two pieces of rectangular shape foam material as end panels which have a predetermined length approximately the length of the base portion and attaching all four sides of the base panel firmly to the base of the side panels and the end panels by a suitable attaching means.

The present invention is also a method for caring for an infant. The method consists of the steps of obtaining a foam bed that consists of a flat base portion that has an entire perimeter enclosed by one or more side panel portions which have an operative height, the one or more side panel portions attached integrally to the base portion by a attaching means and is constructed entirely of non-toxic, soft and durable foam material, placing the foam bed directly onto the floor and placing the infant into the foam bed, such that the foam bed will protect the infant during sleep and while awake.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a representative upper side view of an embodiment of the foam bed for toddlers 100 of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a representative upper side exploded view of an embodiment of the foam bed for toddlers 100 of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a representative upper side view of an alternative embodiment of the foam bed for toddlers 100′ of the present invention in oval shape.

FIG. 4 shows a representative method of use of an embodiment of the foam bed for toddlers 100 of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The description that follows is presented to enable one skilled in the art to make and use the present invention, and is provided in the context of a particular application and its requirements. Various modifications to the disclosed embodiments will be apparent to those skilled in the art, and the general principals discussed below may be applied to other embodiments and applications without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention. Therefore, the invention is not intended to be limited to the embodiments disclosed, but the invention is to be given the largest possible scope which is consistent with the principals and features described herein.

It will be understood that in the event parts of different embodiments have similar functions or uses, they may have been given similar or identical reference numerals and descriptions. It will be understood that such duplication of reference numerals is intended solely for efficiency and ease of understanding the present invention, and are not to be construed as limiting in any way, or as implying that the various embodiments themselves are identical.

FIG. 1 is a representative upper side view of an embodiment of the foam bed for toddlers 100 of the present invention. As shown in FIG. 1, foam bed for toddlers 100 of present invention takes the shape of an open rectangular box with round edges on all four internal corners of the center captivity 108. In one embodiment, the center captivity 108 should have a base area which is in the approximate range of 22 to 30 inches in width, or more or less, and 45 to 65 inches in length, or more or less, or comparable to the size of regular toddler's beds.

In one embodiment, the foam bed 100 consists of base 106, two side panels 102 and two end panels 104. In one embodiment, base 106, two side panels 102 and two end panels 104 are all made of light, soft and durable foam materials such as but not limited to flexible polyurethane foam or FPF. In one embodiment, the ideal building materials should be durable, soft and comfortable to the touch, capable to provide enough support for toddler's body weight, resistant to smoldering ignition, easy for fabrication, adaptable to styling and clean. FPF is usually produced in slab or block form and cut to size. In one embodiment, after the foam bed for toddlers 100 of the present invention is assembled, it is covered with a removable and washable mattress protector 120. In one embodiment, the mattress protector 120 can be a fitted sheet made of cloth that wraps around every component, namely, base 106, two side panels 102 and two end panels 104 of the foam bed for toddlers 100 of the present invention. The main purpose of mattress protector 120 is to provide protection and to avoid direct contact of toddler's body to the building material of the bed 100. Also, the mattress protector 120 helps to reinforce the entire structure of the foam bed for toddlers 100 of the present invention by wrapping it around completely. In one embodiment, mattress protector 120 can be removable for cleaning.

FIG. 2 is a representative upper side exploded view of an embodiment of the foam bed for toddlers 100. In one embodiment, the bed 100 can be constructed by piecing together a base 106, two side panels 102 and two end panels 104 or by craving out a rectangular shape captivity 108 out of the entire block of building material such as FPF or a combination thereof.

In one embodiment, as shown in FIG. 2, base 106, two side panels 102 and two end panels 104 are all made of light, soft and durable foam materials such as but not limited to flexible polyurethane foam or FPF. In one embodiment, the ideal building materials should be durable, soft and comfortable to the touch, capable to provide enough support for toddler's body weight, resistant to smoldering ignition, easy for fabrication, adaptable to styling and clean. FPF is usually produced in slab or block form and cut to size. In one embodiment, the dimension of base 106 is in the approximate range of 22-30 inches in width, or more or less, and the approximate range of 45-65 inches in length, or more or less, with the approximate range of 2-7 inch in thickness or more or less. The thickness of base 106 should be thick enough to withstand a regular toddler body weight and yet provide enough support but still maintain low to the ground to avoid toppling of the entire foam bed 100. As shown in FIG. 2, in one embodiment, the two ends of base 106 are attached to the base of respective end panels 104 by mechanical or chemical means such as but not limited to Simalfa water based adhesive or any adhesive that is non toxic, non corrosive to building material, durable, heat resistant and capable to provide adequate adhesive strength to withstand reasonable impact. In one embodiment, the width of end panels 104 should match the width of base 106. In one embodiment, the end panels 104 is a rectangle panel shape, optionally with round side edges, and thickness that is in the approximate range of 3-7 inches, or more or less.

As shown in FIG. 2, side panels 102 is a rectangular panel with round shoulders 202 and a thickness that is in the approximate range of 3-7 inches, or more or less. In one embodiment, the two sides of base 106 are attached to the base of respective side panels 102 also by adhesive. In an alternative embodiment, side panels 102 have no shoulders 202. As best shown in FIG. 1, after the foam bed 100 is assembled, it should create a rectangular shape captivity 108 with round corners. In one embodiment, the height of end panels 104 and side panels 102 should be in the approximate range of 5-20 inches, or more or less, such that it prevents toddlers from rolling off the present invention 100. The main advantage of is such that when babies are transiting out of their cribs because they are strong and large enough to climb out and might fall from the top of the rails of their cribs and get injured, the foam bed 100 of the present invention can prevent a hard fall due to the design that it sits low on the ground. Also, the foam bed 100 of the present invention has railing in the form of side panels 102 and end panels 104 which create a complete enclosure to further control toddlers from rolling out when they are asleep.

FIG. 3 is a representative upper side view of an alternative embodiment of the foam bed for toddlers 100′ of the present invention in oval shape. As shown in FIG. 3, the bed 100′ is oval or eclipse in shape. In one embodiment, base panel 106′ is in oval or eclipse shape with a thickness in the approximate range of 2-7 inches, or more or less. In one embodiment, the length of the major axis of base panel 106′ is in the approximate range of 45-65 inches, or more or less, and the width or length of the minor axis of base panel 106′ is in the approximate range of 22-30 inches, or more or less. As shown in FIG. 3, bed rail 302 is in a shape of a hollow oval or ecliptic column with the internal perimeter matches exactly to the outer perimeter of base panel 106′. In one embodiment, the side of base panel 106′ is attached firmly by mechanical or chemical means such as but not limited to water based adhesive or any adhesive that is non toxic, non corrosive to building material, durable, heat resistant and capable to provide adequate adhesive strength to withstand reasonable impact. In one embodiment, the height of bed rail 302 should be in the approximate range of 5-20 inches, or more or less, such that it prevents toddlers from rolling off the present invention 100. In one embodiment, bed rail 302 has a thickness that is in the approximate range of 3-7 inches, or more or less. After the assembly, as shown in FIG. 3, an ecliptic or oval shape captivity for toddlers to sleep in is created. In one embodiment, base panel 106′ and bed rail 302 are all made of light, soft and durable foam materials such as but not limited to flexible polyurethane foam or FPF. In another alternative embodiment, base panel 106′ is in square, oval or octagon shape with a bed rail 302 in corresponding shape.

FIG. 4 shows a representative method of use of an embodiment of the foam bed for toddlers 100 of the present invention. As shown in FIG. 4, center captivity area or container 108 of the present invention 100 is spacious enough for toddler 90 to sleep in comfortably. As shown in FIG. 4, side panels 104 and end panels 104 provide a soft but yet resilient railing to both protect toddler 90 from rolling off the foam bed 100 and minimize impact to toddler's 90 body. In one embodiment, since the foam bed for toddlers 100 of the present invention is low on the ground, even if toddler 90 climbs over side panels 104, it will not be a hard fall compared to most toddler's beds and cribs.

Unless defined otherwise, all technical and scientific terms used herein have the same meaning as commonly understood by one of ordinary skill in the art to which the present invention belongs. Although any methods and materials similar or equivalent to those described can be used in the practice or testing of the present invention, the preferred methods and materials are now described. All publications and patent documents referenced in the present invention are incorporated herein by reference.

While the principles of the invention have been made clear in illustrative embodiments, there will be immediately obvious to those skilled in the art many modifications of structure, arrangement, proportions, the elements, materials, and components used in the practice of the invention, and otherwise, which are particularly adapted to specific environments and operative requirements without departing from those principles. The appended claims are intended to cover and embrace any and all such modifications, with the limits only of the true purview, spirit and scope of the invention.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification5/93.1, 5/655, 5/732
International ClassificationA47D7/00, A47C27/14
Cooperative ClassificationA47D15/001, A47D15/008
European ClassificationA47D15/00B, A47D15/00F4