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Oct. 27, 1936. D. ROSE INFANTS UNDERGARMENT Filed Jan. 30
Patented Oct. 27, 1936 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,058,509 mum's uNnEaGAnuEN'r David Rose, wauhua, Mass. Application January 30, 193 6, Serial No. 61,621
2 Claims- (01. 128-284) This invention relates generally to infants undergarments such as diapers or the like and more particularly to a combined band and diaper.
The object of the invention is to provide a washable garment of this type which is devoid of all fastenings and which adds greatly to the infats physical comfort as compared with the diapers and bands nowcommonly worn by infants.
The garment comprises an endless band preferably of a circumferentially elastic material which is sufllcient in width to serve as a substitute for the band commonly worn by infants. The diaper proper is made integral with the hand, is attached to the lower edge of the band and is so constructed in size and shape that it serves to cover the buttocks and hips of the infant. The diaper has a portion, including a tail portion, which passes forward between the infants legs and serves to cover the front of the infant. The tail and main body portion are preferably so related in size and shape, that, when worn, all of the lower portion of the infants torso is effectively covered. The free end of the tail engages the band without the aid of any fastening devices of any sort so that the same is firmly held in position on the infant.
Other objects of the present invention and the advantages that flow from the present invention will be apparent to persons skilled in the art from the following specification and the accompanying drawing which together illustrate the several embodiments of the present invention.
In the drawing:
Fig. 1 illustrates the present invention as worn by an infant.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the garment.
Figs. 3 and 4 show modified forms of the garment, the modification residing primarily in the endless band.
- Fig. 5 shows anothen modified form of the gar-- ment. i
Fig. 6 is a section on line 6-6 of Fig. 2. I Fig. '7 shows a modification in which the diaper is shirred or gathered.
Fig. 8 is a modified form of the band. The present garment comprises an endless band In and a downwardly dependent diaper ll integral with the endless band. The endless band It] may be made of any suitable woven or knitted material but is preferably circumferentially elastic so that it may be drawn over the childs legs and. onto the mid portion of the childs torso and have the same fit snugly and comfortably around the mid portion of the torso. This band is preferably made sufficient in width so that it may serve as a substitute for the band commonly worn by infants. This band is preferably made of a woven or knitted material which uti- 5 lizes for the circumferential threads a fiber covered squirted rubber-cored yarn which renders the band circumferentially elastic and whereby the garment may be readily put on or removed from the infant by stretching'the same over the 10 childs legs or buttocks and placing it over the midportion of the childs torso. The diaper II is preferably made of a non-elastic woven fabric and is integral with the band and depends from the lower edge of the band as shown. The upper 15 edge of the diaper is preferably long enough so that it extends across the entire back of the child and over the sides and hips of the child, leaving only the front of the infants body uncovered. The diaper ll may, if desired, be made of any 20 suitable washable textile fabric commonly used in diapers and may, if desired, be made of two' f or more thicknesses of such fabric. When the diaper is made of two or more thicknesses of such fabric, it may be desired to make the tail portion 5 of the diaper of only a single thickness of -fabric. The diaper, therefore, is illustrated as comprising a main body portion I2 and a tail portion l3. The main body portion I2 is of relatively thick absorbent textile fabric or of two on 30 more thicknesses of any suitable textile fabric while the tail portion l3 may be of a single thickness of any suitable textile fabric.
The main body portion I2 is so designed in size and shape that it effectively covers the but- '35 tocks, sides and hips of the infant and is long enough so that the lower portion thereof will extend between the legs of the infant and upwardly on the front of the infants body. The tail portion I3 is tapered as shown so that when 40, placed over the front of the childs body it cooperates with the lateral portions of the main body portion of the diaper so as to completely cover the lower part of the childs torso. The relatively narrow free end I4 is then passed up- 45 wardly between the band, the childs body and is then passed downwardly to engage the loop l5 which is carried bythe band [0. The loop I5 is preferably made of the same material as the band l0 and as shown is snug therewith. 5
It will now be understood that when the present garment is worn by the infant it fits snugly all around the childs body with a minimum creasing and without any fastenings of any sort and by virtue of the elasticity of the band I0 55 2 and the loop I! and by virtue of the engagement of the free end of the tall with the band and loop, the garment is firmly held and still permits the child maximum freedom of movement and action. a p
The diaper H is shown'as having its lateral edges vertical from the band downwardly to the tail portion l3. It will be understood that the shape-and design of the diaper II is such as to. provide adequate material for covering the buttocks and-hips of the infant andthat'the tail portion tapers more or less abruptly so as to provide a relatively narrow freeend for engaging the band and anchorin the garment. It will be understood, however, that if desired the shape of the diaper may be varied as desired butin any such variation the shape of the main body portion and of the tail portion should be such that the lower half-of the child's torso is adequately covered. For this purpose, it is preferred that the main body portion should be substantially wider than the tail portion and should be so shaped and designed that it covers the buttocks, hips, andsides of the infant, the tail portion serving to cover the exposed front portion of the lower part of the infants torso.
Instead of the single loop I 5 shown in Figs. 1
p and 2 the band may be provided with two or.
three parallel and vertically spaced relatively narrow loops or straps l6 as shown in Fig. 3. It will be understood that in this form of the in-- vention the relatively narrow free end of the diaper may be passed upwardly between the band and the loops l6 and then downwardly it will be interwoven with the three loops it. These straps I 6, like the strap l5, are also flat against the band and like l5, may be of the same elastic material as the band itself.
Fig. 4 shows another form in which no loops or straps are employed and in lieu thereof, the band is provided with slits II. In the use of this form of the garment, the free end I of the diaper is also passed upwardly between the band and the infant's body and then is directed downwardly through the slits l1, thereby passing the same in behind the loop portion l8.
Fig. 5 shows a form of the invention in which the tail portion of the diaper is provided with two relatively narrow free ends 20 and the band i is provided with two laterally spaced loops I9. It will be understood that these ends 20 are similarly drawn upwardly between the band and the infant's body and then each end is drawn downwardly to engage its corresponding loop IS. The point 2| from which the free ends of the diaper originate is so disposed that when the garment is worn by the infant, it preferably falls behind the front portion of the band with the result that the front of, the child's body remains covered.
Where the main bodyportion I2 of the diaper II is made of two or more thicknesses of material, the same are stitched together along the line 22, and also along the edges. The portion B may be only of a single layer andmay be integral with one of the layers of the main body portion l2. Fig. 6.illu strates this construction and 22 indicates the line of stitching at the bottom" of the inner second layer of fabric'.' The reference character 22 in the other figures indicates either the line of stitching or generally the line dividing the relatively thick main body portion of the diaper from the relatively thin tail portion. It willbe understood that if desired the tail portion may be of the same thickness" as the main body portion. It will also be understood that if without to the person skilled in the art desired the main body portion of the diaper will be of such length that when worn it will reach all the way up on the front of the infant up to the band so that the lateral portions of the lowa mannerthat the diaper when worn by the child is substantially flat-as distinguished from being shirred or gathered for fullness. This does not interfere with the extensibility of the band portion by reason of the factthat the material of which the band is made is highly extensible and the portion in front thereof which is not attached to the diaper renders the entire band sufflcient extensibility for donning and dofiing the garment. If desired, however, the diaper H may be attached to the band in such a way as to provide'a shirring or gathering of the diaper. portion. This is illustrated in Fig. 7 and the reference characters 24 indicate such shirring and gather- This may be obtained in any desired manner such as by sewing the diaper onto the band while the band is in a stretched condition. When the sewing is completed the band will contract and the diaper will then form the shirrings or gatherings so as to provide the desired fullness. The band in this type of garment obviously will have much greater extensibility than the type of garment in which the diaper portion isfiat and in which the attachment of the diaper to the band was made while the band was in its conas shown. If desired, however, the band may be made of a strip of material which is substantially longer than the size desired and the end parts thereof may be made to overlap and sewed to each other as shown in Fig. 8 by stitching 26, thereby forming the loop out of an integral part of the band material. The outer overlapping portion may be provided with a slit 21. In this type of garment the tall portion is preferably drawn through the space between the loop and the rear overlapping portion of the band and then drawn downwardly through the slit 21 and below the loop.
It will now be understood that the embodiments of the invention shown herein afford a combined infantsbandanddiaper which may be worn any extraneous means of attachment or fastenings of any sort; that it may be donned and doii'ed with great ease and with a minimum disturbance to the infant and that thegarment ofiers much greater comfort to the infant than other garments now commonly worn by infants. These embodiments invention and do not serve as limitations thereon, and many modifications will become apparent and falling within the scope of the claims.
' 1. An infant's undergarment comprising an endless band of circumferentially elastic fabric, a diaper integral with said band and depending therefrom along themajor circumferential portion thereof and having a main body portion substantially of oblong shape and of a width sufhcient to cover the back, buttocks, hips, and the lateral are illustrative of the present portions of the front of the infant, said diaper having a tapering tail portion of substantial width extending from the lower edge thereof for passing between the legs of the infant and covering the exposed portion of the front of the infant, and a loop integral with said band and disposed in the front portion thereof for receiving the free end of the tail portion and retaining the same therein in substantially flattened condition and by frictional engagement.
2. An infants undergarment comprising an endless band or circumferentially elastic fabric,- a diaper'integral with said band and depending therefrom along the major circumferential portion thereof and having a main body portion substantially of oblong shape and of a width suflicient to cover the back, buttocks, hips, and the lateral portions of the front of the infant, said diaper having a tapering tail portion of substantial width extending from the lower edge thereof for passing between the legs of the infant and covering the exposed portion of the front of the infant, said band having integral therewith a plurality of vertically spaced loops to receive the free end of the tail and to retain the same therein in substantially flattened condition and by frictional engagement.