US 2510953 A
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June 13, 1950 H. B. BRosE ETAL 2,510,953
NURSING BOTTLE HOLDER Filed Aug. 6, 1947 INVENTORS,
Patented June 13, 1950 OFFICE NURSING BOTTLE HOLDER Horace B. Brose and Lazetta D. Brose, Chicago, Ill.
Application August 6, 1947, Serial No. 766,643
. 3 Claims. (Cl. 248-102) This invention relates to a nursing bottle holder adapted for use by young babies throughout all or most of the nursing period. It combines in itself means for holding a bottle while a baby is lying on its side, and also means for suspending a bottle when the baby is lying on its back. This dual adaptability renders the nursing bottle holder serviceable both during the rst few months of a babys life when it takes a bottle while lying on its side, and the months following when the baby is more active and prefers to hold the bottle while lying on its back.
For its principal object our invention aims to provide a dual-purpose holder which will be inexpensive, sanitary, and safe when in use. It also aims to provide a holder of the kind mentioned which will be easy to keep clean, and which will tend to keep the bottle food warm while nursing.
These and other objects of our invention as will be hereinafter noted may be realized from a construction as set forth in the accompanying drawing wherein:
Figure 1 is a view in perspective of a nursing baby lying on its side with the present holder in operative position relative thereto;
Fig. 2 is a view in perspective of the holder per se with the pocket panel removed from the cushion;
Fig. 3 which is a similar view shows the pocket panel attached to the cushion;
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary detail in section taken on line 4 4 of Fig. 3; and
Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the pocket panel, detached from the cushion, in its operative suspended position.
As best shown in Fig. 2, the present bottle holder comprises a pad in the form of a cushion C having relatively flat top and bottom surfaces. The sides s of the cushion are shaped by preference to provide a contour therefor which is slightly narrower at one end than the other with the corners easily rounded. The sides s which are continuous may be joined to the top and bottom as by a binding b which is extened both outwardly and upwardly (see Fig. 5). The material of which the cushion and binding is made is preferably stainproof and waterproof so that it may be kept clean and sanitary.
The cushion top t furnishes a mounting for a pair of snap buttons 6 each being exposed at the top adjacent one of its sides. With a cushion of this general description, I associate a panel P, desirably of the same kind of material having around its edge a reenforcing binding e which is deliected upwardly by the upturned cushion binding b. This panel is provided with a pair of socket fittings l each for receiving one button E with a snap it whereby the panel may be detachably secured to the top of the cushion. The contour of the panel is substantially the same as that of the cushion so that when fitted thereto it becomes to all appearances an integral part thereof (see Fig. 3). The panel P is also provided adjacent each corner at its larger end with an eyelet 8 -for a purpose which will hereinafter appear.
Attached to the top face of the panel inwardly of its sides is a iiap i0. To facillitate the connection between the flap edges and the panel I may form the top face of the latter with acenter section c which extends from end to end of the panel between the secured edges of the flap, and outwardly thereof two outer sections o. The flap edges to be secured are inserted within the seams provided by these three sections, and anchored in place as by invisible stitching. When in a flattened state, as shown in Fig. 2, the ap is folded at Il along a line which is relatively close to one side of the panel. The flap is slightly narrower at one end than the other, thus conforming in a general way to the contour of the panel whereon it is mounted.
When the panel P is affixed to the cushion pad, as shown in Fig. 3, the flap may be arched upwardly to provide, as it were, a tunnel which is somewhat truncated in form. Into the larger end of this tunnel may be inserted the nipple end of a nursing bottle B whose full diameter below the mouth is slightly greater than that of the small end of the tunnel. The bottle is accordingly free to enter the tunnel to the point of its shoulder engaging with the smaller end thereof, the nipple then being projected outwardly beyond the tunnel and the proximate end of the cushion pad so as to be accessible to a nursing baby when lying in the position shown in Fig. 1. The cushion C being of yielding structure with rounded corners and edges, cannot injure the baby. The height of the cushion is such as to support the bottle horizontally at an elevation which is about in line with the mouth of the infant when its head is lying sidewise, as shown. The relatively tight iit of the bottle when disposed within the tunnel ilap in the manner just described will normally prevent any reverse movement of the bottle while positioned within the holder. The fit of the enclosing ap will also tend to keep the food Warm Within the bottle While nursing proceeds.
This way of holding the bottle will be found preferable during the rst few months of the childs life, before it has reached the stage of greater activity. Later, perhaps after six months or so, the child may prefer to take the bottle in its hands while it is nursing. At such times the cushion C will not serve any useful purpose as a holder, so may be treated as a plaything thereafter. The pocket panel, however, is then detached and suspended as by tapes I which may j i be attached to its eyelets 8 for connection with opposite sides of the crib at the top. By this means the panel P is suspended vertically with the large end of the ilap tunnel uppermost. rlhe bottle when introduced into the tunnel, nipple down, may then be supported in a position above the baby, convenient to be grasped so that the nipple may readily enter the babys mouth. The weight of the bottle is supported by the panel and suspension ties, and all that the child has to do is to guide the nipple into its mouth. When through nursing, the panel will tend to swing away from the face of the child so as to be conveniently out of the way.
The present bottle holder is advantageous in various respects. It may be maintained in a sanitary condition by cleaning of its surfaces which are fully exposed and accessible at all times. The secured edges of the flap which provide the tunnel pocket are concealed between the adi acent sections of the panel top, thereby being removed beyond reach of the child. The flap which is of ilexible material and preferably the same as the material composing the panel and cushion is adapted to be folded down flat as shown in Fig. 2, whenever the holder is not in use. This conduces` to greater compactness and ease of storage. The eyelets 'l' are desirably or the concealed type so as to avoid protrusion above the top surface of the panel, thereby offering proper protection against danger to the child.
l. A horizontal nursing bottle support which comprises a cushion having a hat top and sidesl with rounded corners, a panel contoured to conl form with the cushion. top and adaptedV to be tted thereupon, means carried by the cushion top in cooperation with other complementary means on the panel for securing the one releasably to the other, an upturned-,binding afixed marginally to the cushion, a binding'afixed ,marginally to the panel, the binding oi the latter being upturned by pressure engagement with the binding of the cushion when the panel is secured in place thereupon, and a tunnel pocket open at opposite ends carried by the panel adapted to receive therein and closely embrace a horizontally disposed nursing bottle the opposite ends of whose body lie inwardly of the upturned marginal binding to be confined thereby against endwise movement outwardly o the tunnel pocket.
2. A horizontal nursing bottle support which comprises a cushion having a flat top and vertical sides with rounded corners, the height of the sides being uniform at every point, a flat panel contoured peripherally to conform with the cushion top and adapted to be releasably secured thereupon with the panel edges adjacent the edges of the top at every point, and an upstanding transversely continuous tunnel pocket open at opposite ends carried by the panel and adapted to receive therein a horizontally disposed nursing bottle whose opposite ends are disposed within the connes of the panel, the top face of the panel comprising three parallel sections which meet along two lines coincident with the bases of the tunnel pocket, andthe bases of the tunnel pocket being disposed between adjacent sections of the top and invisibly secured in place thereto, the tunnel pocket, when empty, being foldable to lie wholly within the confines of the flap.
3. A horizontal nursing bottle support which comprises a cushion having a flat top and Sides with round corners, a flat panel contouredto conform with the cushion top and adapted to be releasably secured thereto, and a tunnel pocket continuous transversely and longitudinally in the form or" a lexible flap having its opposite edges secured invisibly to the panel top and open at opposite ends for receiving therein a horizontally disposed nursing bottle when rested upon the flat panel surmounting the cushion, the tunnel pocket being adapted for folding lengthwise whereby to lie flat upon the panel and wholly within the confines thereof when collapsed'thereupon.
HORACE B. BROSE. LAZETTA D. BROSE.
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