US 2652052 A
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Sept. 15, 1953 D. J. SMITH INFANTS SLEEPING GARMENT Filed Nov. 8, 1949 INVENTOR. jafarl/fn J Jul TH Patented Sept. 15, 1953 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,652,052 INFANTS SLEEPING GARMENT Dorothea J. Smith, Burbank, Calif. Application November 8, 1949, Serial No. 126,092
v 1 Claim.
This invention relates to sleeping garments for infants and particularly to an improved form thereof adapted to be worn as a garment but which is adapted to be used with the usual bed coverings and which while acting to protect the infant from exposure is so designed as to give complete freedom for movement without danger of suffocation.
Heretofore, many attempts have been made to produce a more desirable garment of the above character and, in general. such garments have provision for tying or otherwise securing the garment at a plurality of points to the frame of the crib. Such arrangements not only restrict freedom of movement of the infant, but also prevent the proper tucking in of the bed coverings. Further, these prior art garments are difficult to remove from the crib and often make the removal of the infant from the garment more expedient than removing the garment and infant from the crib or bed. Still further many of these prior art sleeping garments are so designed that the infant in turning and tossing while asleep or awake becomes entangled and suffocated.
With the foregoing considerations in mind, it is an object of the present invention to provide an infants sleeping garment having a single means including a swivel by which his attached to the bed or crib, thereby permitting the utmost freedom of movement for the infant.
Another object of the invention is to provide an infants sleeping garment in which the means for attaching it to the bed or crib is adapted to be attached to the spring of the bed or crib adjacent the end of the mattress to enable the bed coverings to be tucked in in the usual manner.
Still another object of the invention is to provide an infants sleeping garment and means for securing it to a bed including a quickly detachable connection whereby the garment may be readily connected to or disconnected from the securing means without disruption of the bed covering.
A further object of the invention is to provide an infants sleeping garment which is simple in design so that it may be economically produced and may be readily laundered.
A still further object of the invention is to provide an infants sleeping garment formed of front and back members having the adjacent edges thereof connected by an interposed strip or boxing of substantially uniform width to effect a roomy interior with a relatively small outline in plan to effect a substantial saving in material.
With the foregoing objects in view, together with such other objects and advantages as may subsequently appear, the invention resides in the parts, and in the construction, combination, and arrangement of parts disclosed in the following specification of a representative mode of execution of the invention, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of said specification and in which:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view showing somewhat diagrammatically a sleeping garment embodying the present invention in use,
Fig. 2 is a side elevation of Fig 1, a portion of the crib and bedding being broken away for clearness of illustration,
Fig. 3 is a front elevation of the garment,
Fig. 4 is an exploded view of the main component parts of the garment,
Fig. 5 is an enlarged, fragmentary sectional view taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 3, and
Fig. 6 is an enlarged, fragmentary side elevation taken in the region of the arrowed line 6-6 of Fig. 3.
Referring to the drawings, the garment com prises back and front portions I and 2 of substantially identical outline having a neck opening 3 cut therein with a slit 4 in the back portion provided with closure means such as tie strings 5. The front and back portions at each side of the neck opening are provided with laterally extending sleeve portions 7 and 8, and from the sleeve portions the side edges of the front and back portions are flared outwardly toward the lower ends thereof and are joined to the bottom edges by rounded corner edges. The front and back portions may be separately cut and joined together by shoulder seams or they may be formed from a single piece of fabric folded on itself as may be found expedient. In the latter case, it is preferable to shape the shoulder portion by small darts 9 extending from the neck opening a short distance along the fold. The binding or ornamentation of the neck opening 3 and the edge finishing and reinforcement of the slit 4 may be of any of the common forms found desirable and expedient. Also, the fastening means for the slit 4 may be of any desired character.
The front and back portions are united to form the garment by a strip of fabric In of substantially uniform width which extends from one sleeve down one side edge of the front and back portions, thence across the lower ends thereof, up the opposite side edges and thence along the opposite sleeve to the outer end thereof. A seam H secures one edge of the strip III to the back portion I and a seam l2 secures the other edge of the strip [0 to the front portion 2 and thereafter the ends of the sleeve may be hemmed or otherwise finished. It will be seen that the strip 10 is in the nature of a boxing and that because of its uniform width, no waste in cutting is involved in forming it. Due to the use of this boxing strip the sizeof the front and back portions may be considerably reduced while providing plenty of room within the garment.
Sewn to the outer faces of the garment portions l and 2 at the center of the lower ends thereof are semi-circular reinforcing patches 13 and I4, the straight edges of which are secured in the seams II and I2, and the curved edges of which are secured by stitches l3 and 1,4, Sewn to the outer faces of each patch are the opposite ends of a fabric strap l5, the stitches l6 and I1 passing through the strap, the patch and the body portion. Additionally a second stitching 13 passes through both runs of the strap I5 and the superimposed seams H and I2, as shown in Fig. 5, thus forming a closed loop IS in the strap. A D-ring 20 is carried by the loop for engagement with the securing means.
The securing means comprises a short strap 2| of any flekible Suitable material having a plain snap hook 22 at one end and a swivel snap 23 at the other end. In use the snap hook 22 is snapped on to the bed spring of the crib at the foot end of the mattress and the snap hook 23 is snapped on to the D-ring 20. Preferably the strap is only slightly longer than the thickness of the mattress so thatthe swivel snap is disposed at the top of the foot end of the mattress. Since there are no ties engaging the sides or end wall members of the bed or crib, the blankets or other covering y be tucked in around the edges of the mattress in the usual manner.
Because the garment is attached to the bed structure at a single point at the foot or lower end of the garment at the center of the garment, a swivel connection may be used leaving the infant free to roll and turn without opposition and Without danger of becoming entangled with the garment. The sleeves are roomy and, preferably, the thief the garment about the chest of the infant is sufiiciently close to prevent the infant from accidentally drawing its armsout of the means are located at the back of the garment, it will be obvious that they may equally well be 10- catd at the front of the garment if desired.
Also, while the slit 4 and its securing Thus it is that the garment gives the infant the maximum freedom of movement while at the same time insuring that the infant can not hurt itself or get out of bed.
While the foregoing specification discloses one mode of execution of the invention, it will be realized that in practice many modifications will occur to those skilled in the art, such as the selection ofmaterials, the type of seams and mode of assembling. Therefore, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the specific mode of execution described and illustrated, but that it includes all such modifications of the partsand of the construction, combination, and arrangement of parts as shall come within the purview of the appended claim.
A sleeved sleeping garment for infants comprising a strip of fabric folded on itself to form front and back portions of identical plan outline and having a neck opening intersecting said fold and a closure means for said opening adjacent said fold; the opposed edges of said portions being interconnected by the side edges of an interposed strip of fabric of substantially uniform width extending from the outer end of one sleeve around the lower ends of said portion and terminating at the outer end of the other sleeve with resultant closure of the sleeves and the sides and bottom of the garment, a strap looped over the bottom end of the garment and having its opposite ends connected to the front and back portions of the garment by a stitching passing through both ends of said strap and through both front and back portions of the garment, and a ring on said strap adapted to facilitate the detachable connection of the bottom end of the garment to a bed structure.
DOROTHEA J. SMITH.
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