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Publication numberUS2647714 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 4, 1953
Filing dateApr 17, 1951
Priority dateApr 17, 1951
Publication numberUS 2647714 A, US 2647714A, US-A-2647714, US2647714 A, US2647714A
InventorsDrill Richard J
Original AssigneeDrill Richard J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Infant feeding bottle support
US 2647714 A
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2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented Aug. 4, 1953 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE INFANT FEEDIN G BOTTLE SUPPORT Richard Drill, East Orange, N. J.

Application April 17, 1951, Serial No. 221,498

6 Claims.

This invention relates to improved means-for supporting a feeding bottle while an infant or small child is being fed therefrom.

In infant feeding bottle supports comprising a stationary supporting means and a bottle holder to suspend the feeding bottle from the supporting means as heretofore known, the bottle suspending holder has usually been in the form of an articulated device made up from metallic parts, including metallic rod or wire formations having complicated joints, set-screws and other projecting parts. Such bottle holding devices are not only complicated in structure and difficult to manipulate and adjust,-but are also costly, and by reason of their hard and rigid characteristics and their projecting and often sharp parts, the same offer considerable risk of injury to the infant or child if accidentally contacted by or brought in conta'ctwith the latter.

Having the disadvantages of the above mentioned heretofore known type of infant feeding bottle supports in view, it is an object of the present invention to provide an improved construction of bottle support for use in a-crib, carriageor' the like, said support comprising a stationary supporting means and a non-metallic holder forsuspending the bottle from the supporting means for convenient disposition of the suspended bottle relative to the infant or child to be fed there from.

The invention has for a further object to provide an improved infant feeding bottle support which comprises a stationary supporting means adapted to be stood in or otherwise suitably arranged in connection with a crib, carriage or the like in which the infant or child to be fed lies, and

so as to extend over and above the latter, together with a bottle holder which is slidably ad justable along the stationary supporting means, saidbottle holder being made of non-metallic material in a form adapted to embrace and frictionally grip an inverted'bottle, whereby to hold the latter in suspension from means. i r

The invention has for another object to provide the supporting a feeding bottle holder as abovecharacterized including a guard harness, also made of nonmetallic material, which so cooperates with the bottle holder as to prevent accidental detachment of the bottle from theholder by the feeding infant. or child; both said holder and said guard harness being free from rigid parts and projections, and consequently avoiding risk of accidental injury to the feeding infant or child ifcontacted by or with the latter. i

Other objects of the invention, not at this time more particularly enumerated, will be understood from the following detailed description of said invention.

Illustrative embodiments of the invention are shown in the accompanying drawings, in which:

Fig. 1 is an elevational view of one form of stationary supporting means having the bottle holder with its guard harness mounted thereon, and showing a bottle operatively held by the holder and engaged by the guard harness in inverted suspension from supporting means, ready for use by an infant or child to be fed therefrom; Fig. 2 is a vertical cross-sectional view, taken on line 2-2 in Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view, taken on line 3-3 in Fig. 2, but drawn on an enlarged scale; and Fig. 4 is a plan View of the bottle holder shown in Fig. 1 but detached from the stationary supporting means, this view being drawn on an enlarged scale.

Fig. 5 is a plan view of a modified form of stationary supporting means and bottle holder; Fig. 6 is a vertical cross-sectional View, taken on line 6-6 in Fig. 5; and Fig. 7 is a plan view of the bottle holder shown in Fig. 5 but detached from the supporting means, this view being drawn on an enlarged scale.

Fig. 8 is a plan view in part section of another modified form of bottle holder as operatively applied to a bottle, but detached from the supporting means.

Similar characters of reference are employed in the above described views, to indicate corresponding parts.

The infant feeding bottle support according to the present invention includes a stationary supporting means upon which a bottle suspending holder is mounted. This stationary supporting means may be optionally provided in various shapes and forms so long as it includes, essentially, at least one carrier bar with which hereinafter described bottle holder means can be engaged for adjustable movement therealong, and with some suitable means for arranging said carrier bar in operative association with a crib, carriage or the like in which the infant or child to be fed is laid.

Referring to Figs. 1 and 2, one illustrative form of stationary supporting means therein shown comprises an arcuate (preferably semi-circular) bar [0 which is provided at its respective ends with base members or foot plates I i, of substantial length and width, by which the same can be stood in 'a crib, carriage or the like in which the 3 infant or child to be fed lies, and so that the same arches over the latter.

A form of bottle holder according to this invention adapted to be supported by the single carrier bar ID of the above-described illustrative form of stationary supporting means comprises an annular holder band or belt I2 made of elastic material, such e. g. as an elastic fabric or webbing of suitable width. Provided in connection with the holder band or belt 22, to project externally and radially therefrom as a unitary part thereof, either in the plane thereof or in a plane at a right-angle or other angular relation thereto, is a hanger loop member I3 which is diametrically sized to snugly fit over and around the carrier bar in of the stationary supporting means. Preferably said hanger loop member I3 likewise comprises an elastic material so as to constrictively embrace the carrier bar I0, and, in such case, may comprise an integral part of the holder band or belt I2. The holder band or belt I2, in relaxed condition, is of diametric size somewhat less than the diametric size of a feeding bottle body B to be suspended from the carrier bar It thereby. To operatively engage the holder band or belt I2 with the bottle body 13, the former is expanded and then telescoped over the inverted bottle body, and then so positioned thereon as to suspend the inverted bottle from the carrier bar I at a convenient angle with the suction nipple T of the bottle downwardly directed. When the bottle body B is so embraced by the holder band or belt 82, the latter, when released, due to its elasticity and tension will contract and thus constrictively engage and frictionally grip the bottle in firm holding and supporting engagement therewith. As engaged with and around the carrier bar of the supporting means, the hanger loop member 13 can be slid in either direction along the carrier bar, whereby to best position the suspended bottle so as to locate the nipple T for convenient access and engagement by the mouth of 'an underlying infant or child to be fed.

The infant feeding bottle support asthus far described, may be usedfor the feeding of a small baby without likelihood'that'the latter could pull away or otherwise accidentally disengage the bottle Bfrom the'holder band or belt 12. When, however, the support'is used in the feeding of an older, stronger or more active child, additional means is provided for preventing the pulling away of the bottle from the holder band or'belt I2, or otherwise accidentally disengaging the bottle from the latter. Such means comprises a guard harness, an illustrative and preferred form of which is shown in Figs. 1 to 3inclusive.

The guard harness i also made of non-metallic material of soft and'fiexible characteristics, and comprises an annular bottom collar member M preferably made of elastic'material, such e.'g. as an elastic fabric or webbing of suitable width. This collar member M is of a diametric size approximating the diametric size of the neck por tion N of a bottle body Bwhich is to be servedby the guard harness in use. Connected with opposite sides of the bottom collar m'ember I-l, to extend longitudinally upward therefrom, are superposed inner and outer tie straps I5 and I6 of length somewhat less than the length of a bottle body B which is to be served by the guard harness in use. These tie straps I5 and I8 are made of non-elastic materialso-as to be nonstretching. The upper ends of the inner tie straps i5 are respectively suitably affixed andanchored to opposite sides of an annular top band or collar member H, which, in normal relaxed condition, is of diametric size somewhat less than the diametric size of a bottle body 13 which is to be served by the guard harness in use. Means are provided for releasably securing the upper ends of the outer tie straps I6 respectively to the anchored upper ends of corresponding inner tie straps I5. Such means, illustratively, comiprise snap fastener device's I8, the cooperative elements of which are respectively affixed to the upper end portions of the corresponding inner and outer tie straps at the points of juncture of the inner tie straps with the top band or collar member I'I.

When it is desired to use the guard harness in conjunction with the bottle holder, said uard harness is first applied to the bottle. 'Io accomplish this, the top band or collar member I! of the'guard harness is expanded and telescoped over the inverted bottle body -B so that the same is positioned adjacent to the bottom end of the bottle, with the tie straps I5 and 16 dependent from said top band or collar member H, in downward extension along opposite sides of the bottle body B, to the lower collar member I4 which, in the meantime, has been telescoped over the neck portion-N of the bottleso as to be stopped against the shoulder -S intermediate said neck portion and the bottle body B. The guard harness having been thus operatively assembled with the bottle, the free end portions of the outer tie straps I6 are released from normal secured relation to the top band or collar member I1 and inner tie straps I5. This having been done, the holder band or belt I: is expanded andtelescoped over the inverted bottle body 3 and so a to pass over the top band or collar member I1 and inner tie straps I5 of the guard harness, and then positioned to embrace the inverted bottle for suspension thereof at a convenient angle from the supporting means. After the holder band or belt I2 is thus operatively engaged with the bottle'b'ody B, the outer 'tie straps 1-6 are closed over the holder band or belt I 2, and then secured by the fastening means, such as the snap fasteners I8, to the top band or collarmember I1 and inner "tie straps I5, :so that said holder band or belt 12 is enclosed between the inner tie straps I5 and the outer tie straps I6. When the guard harness is thus operatively related-to the "holder band "or belt I 2, any down pulling force is applie'd'to the bottle suflicient to shift or slipthelatter'downwardly'throughthe holder band or belt I2, such downward shift or slip of the bottle willbe arrested by engagementof said holder band or belt I2 with the joined upper ends of the tie-straps 'I5 and I6 and top band or collar member I 1. Any yielding of the guard harness relative to' the-bottle, under such circumstances, will be prevented by thet-ie strap :anchoring bottom collar member 14 which is stopped by the shoulder S of the bottle body. From the above description and inspection of the accompanying drawings, it will be apparent-that the -means and bottle holder cooperative-therewith.

. as to arch over the latter.

In this modified form of supporting meansthe same comprises a pair of arcuate, preferably semi-circular, carrier bars 20, laterally spaced apart in parallel relation, with their ends ailixed to base members or foot plates 2| of substantial width and length, whereby the supporting means can be stood in a crib carriage or the like in which the infant or child to be fed lies, and so The bottle holder is modified to engage and be supported by and between the parallel carrier bars 20, and, to this end, comprises an annular holder band or belt 22 made of elastic material, such e. g. as an elastic fabric or Webbing of suitable width. The holder band or belt 22 is provided with diametrically aligned, oppositely and radially extending hanger loop members 23 to respectively fit over. and around the respective carrier bars 20 so as to support the holder band or belt therebetween, and subject to slidable adjustment along the same. It will be obvious, that the holder band or belt 22 can be telescopically engaged over an inverted bottle body B so as to embrace and frictionally hold the same in angular suspension from the carrier bars 20. 'It will also be under stood that the coupling hanger loop member 23 may be slid in either direction along the carrier bars, whereby to best position the suspended bottle so as to locate the nipple T thereof for convenient access and engagementby the mouth of the underlying infant or child to be fed.

Although-in'Figs. 5 and 6 the guard harness above described has been omitted from the show ing, it will nevertheless be understood that said guard harness may be used in conjunction with the holder band or belt 22 in the same manner and with the same advantage as hereinabove previously described.

Referring now to Fig. 8, another modified bottle holder means is thereby shown. This A modified form of holder comprises a bottle body embracing holder band or belt 25, which may or may not be made of elastic material, and which is provided with one or more hanger loop members 26 for coupling engagement with a carrier bar or bars of the bottle supporting means. The holder band or belt 25 is provided with at least one suction cup element 21, the operative face of which is projected from the internal face of the holder band or belt 25. When the bottle body B is inserted within the holder band or belt 25, the operative face of the suction cup element 21 is opposed to the bottle body surface and is then operatively applied in gripping relation thereto. In most cases, when the suction cup provided holder band or belt 25 is used, use of the above described guard harness may be omitted, although said guard harness may be used therewith, if desired, as an added precaution against accidental displacement of the bottle from the holder.

Having now described my invention, I claim:

1. An infant feeding bottle support comprising a stationary supporting means including at least one carrier rod and a bottle holder supported thereby, said bottle holder comprising an annular holder band adapted to grippingly encircle an inverted bottle, said holder band having, as a unitary part thereof, at least one external radially projecting hanger loop member adapted to embrace a carrier rod whereby to attach the holder band thereto, said hanger loop member being adapted to be slidably moved along said carrier rod for adjusting the position of the holder band and supported bottle thereon, a guard harness cooperative with the holder band and the inverted bottle embraced thereby, said guard harness comprising a bottom collar memher to encircle the neck of the inverted bottle, pairs of non-stretchable tie straps each comprising an inner tie strap and a superposed outer tie strap, said pairs of tie straps being respectively afiixed to opposite sides of said bottom collar member to extend longitudinally upward therefrom along opposite sides of the inverted bottle, a top collar member to encircle the inverted bottle body above the holder band applied thereto, the inner tie straps extending across the holder band internally thereof, the upper ends of said inner tie straps being respectively affixed to opposite sides of the top collar member, the outer tie straps extending across the holder band externally thereof, and said inner and outer tie straps having cooperative means for releaseably securing their upper end portionstogether.

2. An infant feeding bottle support comprising a stationary supporting means including at least one carrier rod and a bottle holder supported thereby, said bottle holder comprising an annular holder band adapted to grippingly encircle an inverted bottle, said holder band having, as a unitary part thereof, at least one external radially projecting hanger loop member adapted to embrace a carrier rod whereby to attach the holder band thereto, said hanger loop member being adapted to be slidably moved along said carrier rod for adjusting the position of the holder band and supported bottle thereon, and said holder band having a suction cup element mounted thereon to project from its internal surface and adapted to grip the bottle embraced by said holder band.

3. An infant feeding bottle support comprising at least one arched carrier rod provided at its opposite ends with foot plates to hold the same in erect upstanding position, and a bottle holder, said bottle holder comprising an annular holder band adapted to grippingly encircle an inverted bottle, said holder band having, as a unitary part thereof at least one external radially projecting hanger loop member adapted to embrace a carrier rod whereby to attach the holder band thereto, said hanger loop member being adapted to be slidably moved along said carrier rod for adjusting the position of the holder band and supported bottle thereon, a guard harness 00- operative with the holder band and the inverted bottle embraced thereby, said guard harness comprising a bottom collar member to encircle the neck of the inverted bottle, pairs of non-stretchable tie straps each comprising an inner tie strap and a superposed outer tie strap, said pairs of tie straps being respectively affixed to opposite sides of said bottom collar member to extend longitudinally upward therefrom along opposite sides of the inverted bottle, a top collar member to encircle the inverted bottle body above the holder band applied thereto, the inner tie straps extending across the holder band internally thereof, the upper ends of said inner tie straps being respectively affixed to opposite sides of the top collar member, the outer tie straps extending across the holder band externally thereof, and said inner and outer tie straps having cooperative means for releaseably securing their upper end portions together.

4. An infant feeding bottle support comprising a stationary supporting means including at least one carrier rod and a bottle holder supported thereby, said bottle holder comprising an annular holder band adapted to grippingl-y encircle the body of an inverted bottle, said holder band having, as a unitary 'part thereof, at =1east one external radially projecting hanger loop member adapted to embrace a carrier rod whereby to attach the holder band thereto, and a guard harness cooperative with the holder band and the inverted bottle embraced thereby, said guard harness comprising a bottom collar member to encircle the neck of the inverted bottle, a top collar member to encircle the inverted bottle body above the holder band applied thereto, and non-stretchable tie means attached to and extending longitudinally between said bottom and top collar members and across the holder band.

5. An infant feeding bottle support comprising a pair of laterally and parallelly spaced apart arcuate carrier rods, flat foot plates to which respective ends of said carrier rods are affixed whereby to support the said carrier rods in arched extension therebetween, a bottle holder comprising an annular holder band adapted to grippingly encircle the body of an invertedbottle, and said holder band having externally projecting hanger loop members extending respectively from diametrically opposite sides of the same and adapted to respectively embrace the respective carrier rods whereby to support said holder band in bridging extension between the latter, said hanger loop members being adapted to be slidably moved along said carrier rods for adjusting the position of the holder band thereon 8 and thereby the suspended position of the supported bottle.

6. An infant feeding bottle support according to claim 5 including a guard harness cooperative with the holder band and the inverted bottle embraced thereby, said guard harness comprising a bottom collar member to encircle the neck of the inverted bottle, pairs of non-stretchable tie straps each comprising an inner tie strap and a superposed outer tie strap, said pairs of tie straps being respectively ailixed to opposite sides of said bottom collar member to extend longitudinally upward therefrom along opposite sides of the inverted bottle, a top collar member to encircle the inverted bottle body above the holder band applied thereto, the inner tie straps extending across the holder band internally thereof, the upper ends of said inner tie straps being respectively affixed to opposite sides of the top collar member, the outer tie straps extending across the "holder band externally thereof, and said inner and outer tie straps having cooperative means for releasably securing their upper end portions together.

RICHARD J. DRILL.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification248/106
International ClassificationA61J9/06
Cooperative ClassificationA61J2009/0684, A61J9/06, A61J2009/0638
European ClassificationA61J9/06