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Sept- 1957 G. P. STRELAKOS mm, 2,806,472
MEANS FOR CONTROLLING INFANT'S HANDS Filed May 4, 1955 F igmv u ons United States Patent MEANS FOR CONTROLLING INFANTS HANDS George P. Strelakos and George Cockoros, Stamford, Conn.
Application May 4, 1955, Serial No. 505,996
4 Claims. (Cl. 128-134) This invention relates to means for controlling an infants hands, particularly to restrain the infants hands while it is being fed. It is often rather difficult to feed an infant solid food because it reaches out and takes hold of the spoon, for example, and spills its contents, and further, will not let go of the spoon or other utensil. To prevent this, a mother may hold the infant on her lap against her body with one arm toward the back between her and the infant, and then hold the other arm firmly with her hand while she feeds the infant. Therefore she is herself restraining her infant physically, t0 the discomfort of both of them.
It is therefore a primary object of this invention to overcome the discomforts for both mother and child by providing a support which may be, for example, in the form of a bib-like member, with a covering means for the hands, such, for example, as pockets or a muff, and side straps or loops at the opposite sides thereof mounted on the support to embrace the childs wrists and retain them at the front of the support with the hands in the covering means, so that the hands are thus held in such a manner that the infant is unable to interfere with the feeding operation. Toys or something soft may be secured in the pocket, muff or other covering means with which the infant may play while the hands are so held and enclosed, thereby drawing the childs attention to the article and avoiding struggling. Thus neither the mother nor the infant will experience any discomfort.
It is also an object to provide such a device which will be of simple construction and attractive in appearance, and in which the hands can be easily secured or released.
With the foregoing and other objects in view, we have devised the construction illustrated in the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification. It is, however, to be understood the invention is not limited to the specific details of construction and arrangement shown, but may embody various changes and modifications within the scope of the invention.
In this drawing:
Fig. l is a front view of one form of this device embodying the invention;
Fig. 2 is a side view thereof;
Fig. 3 is a front view showing the application or use of the device;
Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. 1 showing a somewhat modified construction;
Fig. 5 is a side view thereof, and
Fig. 6 is a front view showing another modified construction.
The device comprises a supporting means in the form of a support with means, preferably ties, for securing it at the front of the childs body, and on this support is provided means for restraining and holding the childs hands, preferably means for embracing the childs wrists to secure its hands to prevent its interfering with such operations as a feeding operation. It is also preferred to provide some means for covering and enclosing the ice hands so held, and mounting within this enclosing means something for the child to play with to distract its attention while the hands are so restrained and thus prevent the tendency for it to struggle or object to this restraining means. These different modifications of the device are shown.
In the form of Figs. 1 and 2, the supporting means or support comprises a bib-like garment or member 10 of any suitable material such, for example, as a suitable fabric or plastic, provided with means for securing it to the front of a childs body, such, for example, as ties 11 at the top for tying around the childs neck and ties 12 secured to the opposite sides and adapted to be tied around the childs body, preferably the waist, for securing it to the body. Mounted on the front of this portion 10 are secured means for embracing and holding the childs wrists. In this form they comprise a pair of laterally spaced straps 13 which may form loops to embrace the childs wrists, and secured to the support It) by any suitable means such, for example, as stitching 14. These straps have securing means at their opposite ends, such, for example, as the male member 15 of a snap fastener at its upper end adapted to cooperate with the female members 16 of such a fastener mounted adjacent the other end, which when secured together form a loop to embrace the childs wrists. This means may be readily secured for holding the hands or detached for releasing them, and with more than one fastener different sized loops maybe formed. Between these two loops is means for covering and enclosing the hands when the wrists are so secured by the holding means 13. In this form it is shown as a tubular muff 17 of any suitable material open at its opposite ends and secured to the support 10 by any suitable means, such, for example, as the stitching 18. This is mounted on the support 10 between and in alignment with the loops formed by the elements 13 so that the hands may be enclosed within this muff or covering means when the wrists are secured by the elements 13, as indicated in Fig. 3. Means may also be provided in this muff or covering means to attract the childs attention and prevent its struggling while the hands are so held, and this may comprise some toy or some soft element for the hands to play with. As an example, a pair of bells or similar articles 19 are shown as enclosed in this muff or covering means 17.
In the device of Figs. 4 and 5, the supporting member and tying means for securing it to the front of the body is the same as that of Figs. 1 and 2 comprising the biblike member 10 and the ties 11 and 12. The securing means for the hands i somewhat different, however. They comprise a pair of laterally spaced loops 20 which may be of elastic or fabric bands forming closed loops secured to the member 10 by any suitable means, such as the stitching 21. The intermediate member between them for covering and enclosing the hands held by the loops 20 may be either the mufi type of enclosing means shown at 17 in Fig. l, or it could be a covering member 22 of flexible fabric or other suitable material secured at its upper edge to the member 10 by any suitable means, such as the stitching 23 and adapted to pass over the front of the hands with a. free unattached lower edge 24. This device will cover and enclose the hands by passing over in front and depending therefrom, and the same toys or other distracting articles 19 may be employed within this device as used in Figs. 1 and 2.
In the modified form of device shown in Fig. 6, instead of using the bib-like member 10 as the supporting means or support, thi support comprises a transverse strap 25 and the tie means 26 corresponding to the ties 12 of the first forms extend from the opposite ends thereof and may be tied around the body, preferably the waist, of the child to secure this support to the front of the body, the same as in the first forms. Laterally spaced and mounted onthis support are the securing means for the hands and wrists comprising the loops 27 to embrace and hold the wrists, secured to the support 25 by any suitable means, such as stitching 27a, and these loops may be either the detachable snap fastener form of the loops 13 shown in Figs. 1 and 2, or the elastic closed loop type as shown at'20 in Figs. 4 and 5. In this form the means for covering and enclosing the hands held by these loops comprise closed pockets 28 mounted between these loops and secured to the support 25 by any suitable means such,for example, as the stitching 29, and these pockets are each open at one side facing the adjacent loop 27 so that a hand thrust through a loop-27 can be at the same time inserted and enclosed in a pocket 28, and there may also be in these pockets a toy or similar distracting element 19 the same as in the other forms. It will also be understood that instead of these pockets the type of hand-enclosing'and covering mean used in the forms of Figs. 1 to 5 may be used; that is, either the mutf17 of Figs. 1 and 2 or the overhanging or draped covering means 22 of Figs. 4and 5. Similarly, the enclosed pocket type of hand-enclosing means 28 of Fig. 6 may be used with either of the other forms in place of the muif 17 in Figs. 1 and 2 or the overhanging drape type 22 of Figs. 4 and 5.
It will be seen from the above that this will provide a very simple and protective means for holding the child hands during the feeding operation, for example, to prevent interfering with this operation, and that it is of a structure and arrangement which may be readily and quickly applied to the child and removed, and also that the securing and releasing of-the hands may be easily and quickly performed. Also it provides means whereby the attention of the child may be attracted to'a toy or similar means so that it will not object to having its hand so restrained and will not struggle and attempt to-have them released during the feeding operation.
Having thus set forth the nature of our invention, we claim:
1. In a device of the character described'for controlling an infants hands, a big-like support, ties secured to the support for tying around the childs neck and body to secure the support at the front of the body, a pair of laterally spaced securing loops mounted on the support at the front thereof and adapted to embrace the childs wrists and hold the hands at the front of the support, and cover means mounted on the front of the support between the loops to cover and enclose the hands so held.
2. In a device of the character described for controlling an infants hands, a support, ties extending from the 0pposite sides of the support and adapted to be secured around-the childs body to position the support at the front thereof, a pair of laterally spaced securing loops mounted on the support adapted to embrace the childs wrists and retain the hands at the front of the support, and cover means mounted on the support between the loops to cover and enclose the hands so retained.
3. A device of the character described according to claim 2 in which one or more toys or the like are secured within the cover means.
4. In a device of the character described for controlling an infants hands while it is'being fed, a support, ties extending from the opposite sides of the support and adapted to be secured around the childs body to position the support at the front of said body, laterally spaced securing loop mounted on the said support adapted to embrace the childs-wrists and retain the hands at the front of the support, and means mounted on the support between said loops for enclosing and covering the hands so retained.
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