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Aug; 28, 1951 H. s. VWEINSTEIN CRIB ANCHOR FOR INFANTS Filed Sept. 2, 1949 f 29 INVENTOR.
521%371 2 insiaz'rz I iatented Aug. 28, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE can; ANCHOR Foa'nvFAN'rs Hilda s. Weinstein, Malverne, N. Y.
Application September 2, 1949, Serial No. 113,852
f1 Claim. 1
This invention relates to a crib anchor for an infant, the primary purpose of such anchor being to provide means for anchoring an infant to a crib so as to keep it from falling or slidin down under the covers with consequent risk of suffocation. Total movement of the infant is not restrained and plenty of freedom of action is allowed in every direction except that undue movement is restrained such as would let the infant slide down under the covers.
Other features of the invention are to provide a device as described, having generally the form of a diaper covering which is moisture-proof and which can easily and quickly be either applied or removed.
Another object of this invention is to provide a diaper covering which can be tied to the opposite sides of a crib so as to-prevent undue movement of an infant placed therein. A further object of this invention is to provide a covering which is formed out of a relatively soft outer fabric and a relatively thin flexible plastic sheet, with the marginal edges of the members secured together with a plastic binder strip.
A further object of this invention is to provide a crib anchor for infants which is so constructed and arranged that no strap or band will bind or chafe the infants body.
With the above and other objects in view, my invention consists in the arrangement, combination, and details of construction disclosed in the drawing and specification, and then more particularly pointed out in the appended claim.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a plan View of a moisture-proof diaper covering and crib anchor constructed according to an embodiment of this invention,
Figure 2 is a sectional view taken on the line 22 of Figure 1,
Figure 3 is a plan view, partly broken away, of the covering in open position.
Figure 4' is a fragmentary sectional View taken on the line 4-4 of Figure 1.
Referring to the drawing in detail, the numeral l designates generally a moisture absorbing fabric sheet of this invention adapted for placement between the legs of an infant so as to extend upwardly at the front and back of his body and encircle him at the waistline. Sheet I! includes a back panel H, a front panel [2, and a connecting or crotch panel I 3. The opposite edges of the back panel I I are disposed in downwardly divergent relation indicated at M, and the opposite edges of the front p n a formed to a similar contour with their lower ends disposed on the downward and inward curvature as indicated at l5. The opposite edges of the crotch panel 13 are disposed on a similar curvature as at IE, but oppositely disposed from the curvature [5 so that the connecting panel 50 formed will fit snugly around the legs of an infant; the two curvatures I5 and I6 forming oppositely disposed parabolic-like cutout portions.
A second or impervious sheet I! is secured inside of and to the absorbent sheet I0 and is preferably formed of a lesser erea than sheet I! to provide an inner lining therefor terminating just upwardly of the crotch panel 13 as best illustrated by Figure 2. Sheet I1 is preferably secured to sheet In by stitching disposed along its edges as at l8 and 20 with the opposite edges of the two sheets being disposed in coextensive relationship. The opposite edges of the sheets I!) and l 1- are also preferably bound by a binding tape l9 disposed in sewed engagement thereabout as at M, as well as'along the curved edges I5 and I6.
The impervious or moisture-proof sheet I! has a back edge 3| disposed adjacent the top or back panel II and a forward edge 20a disposed at the front of sheet l0 and secured thereto by stitching as shown by the transverse stitch line 20 extending between opposite curved edges l5. This arrangement of the impervious sheet I! places a front portion36 adjacent the crotch panel l3 and a rear portion 31 disposed adjacent the back panel II with the latter portion having a configuration similar to said back panel of the fabric sheet l0. 7
Extending along the edge of the back panel I I adjacent the edge 3| is an intermediate strip of fabric 35 which provides additional reinforcing for the fasteners attached to the back panel as hereinafter described. The upper edges 3| and 32 are respectively bound by binding tapes 22 and 24 folded or reverted thereover and sewed along turned-in edges, thereof to provide channels 33 and 34 extending therealong as best illustrated by Figure 2. The tapes 22 and 24 may be formed from any suitable material. However, I have found that plastic material similar to that from which sheet I! is formed is highly satisfactory due to the well-known wear-resistant characteristics and smooth exterior common to plastic materials.
Pairs of spaced snap fasteners 2| with complementary fastener members 23 are secured to the binding tapes 22 and 24 at their opposite ends and extend therethrough, as shown by dotted lines in Figure 4, to provide for adjustably securing the present device around the waistline of an infant when straddled over the crotch panel I3. A pair of intermediately positioned ties 25 and 26 extend from spaced points along one edge of sheet l0, and a second pair of ties 21 and 28 extend outwardly from the opposite side of sheet I at points alignable with the first mentioned points. Both pairs of ties 25 and 26, and ties 21 and 28, respectively, are adapted to be tied together as indicated in Figure l to draw the divergent edges M of sheet Ill together about the legs of an infant. The adjustability provided by the ties, as well as the spaced arrangement of the fasteners, allows for the sheet to be snugly fitted around the waist and hips of an infant to which the present device is applied.
An upper pair of cross ties or flexible members 29 and 30 formed as strips of flexible material extend through the channels 33 and 34, respectively, and are adapted tobe-tiedto oppositely disposed side rails 38 of a baby crib or the like. In this manner an infant to which the present invention is applied can be restrained against undue. turning and sliding when lying in a crib, but will be permitted to have free movement of its legs and arms. Preferably the impervious sheet I1 is, formed from non-elastic material having high strength characteristics to provide a moisture-proof protective barrier'that 'is highly resistant to wear, but which provides free ventilation through the fabric sheet In immediately adjacent the waistline of an infant to which it is applied Such a device placed over an infants diaper will prevent soiling and wetting of the bed clothing in the crib. without the need of a rubber mattress cqvering as is customarily used.
It will be understood by the construction herein defined and illustrated'by the accompanying drawings that I provide a; crib anchor in generally the form of a sheet-like covering for retaining the hip portion of an infant whereby the infant may have free movement of its extremities but is prevented from undesired slipping under the bed clothes, or other covering material.
I do not mean to confine myself to the exact details of construction herein disclosed, but claim all variations falling within the purview of the appended claim.
What I claim is:
A crib anchor and diaper covering for an infant, comprising a moisture-absorbing sheet forming front and rear panels, a moisture-impervious sheet formed with connected front and rear portions secured to said moisture-absorbing sheet with said rear portion having outer edges extending substantially co-extensive with the edges of said rear panel, cutout portions along the side edges of the sheets, fastening ties at the extremities of said cutout portions for securing the device about an infants legs, reverted binding tapes secured along top ends of said front and rear panels forming channels therealong, fastening means atv the ends. of each channel for 's e-, curing said front and rear panels about the in: fants waist, and a second tie means comprising a flexible member extended through at least qnei of said panels and projecting a substantial dis: tance from opposite ends of said chanhelffo'r attachment to the sides of a crib whereby movement of the infant in the crib is limited.
I-IILDA S. WEINSTEIN,
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