US 3216687 A
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Nov. 9, 1965 A. H. VARDAN UNIVERSAL BABY BOTTLE HOLDER Filed Feb. 25, 1964 INVENTOR. A/v/v hf l AEZM/V United States Patent 3,216,687 UNIVERSAL BABY BOTTLE HOLDER Ann H. Vardan, 2515% V St., R0. Box 8044, Sacramento, Calif. Filed Feb. 25, 1964, Ser. No. 347,256 1 Claim. (Cl. 248-103) This invention relates to a support for holding a nurs ing bottle about an infants body, baby seat, or the like.
Frequently, while a mother is holding her infant and feeding it, she desires to have one hand free to answer the phone, thumb through a magazine, or do other odd chores in connection with her many daily household duties This invention solves the above problems by allowing the mother to prop the nursing bottle when the infant is in a baby seat or in her arms. While the infant is held in a normal position in the mothers arms for feeding, the holder, which is substantially U-shaped, is placed with one end on the left side of baby and the other end on the right side. One side of the holder is secured by the mothers hand and the other side of the holder is secured between the baby and the mothers body. If the infant is carried in a baby seat, the holder is placed over baby in same postion (straddle) as in mothers arms. Small clamping attachments on the bottle support grip the sides of the baby seat and prevent the holder from falling or slipping. In this position the nursing bottle is placed in a bottle holder at the top and center of the holder support in a manner similar to that when the infant is held in the mothers arms.
This invention allows a mother to bottle feed her infant while relaxing. Also, with the present conventional baby seat and the new support holder of this invention the mother may prop the nursing bottle and turn the same out of feeding position in the event that she prefers to bottle feed at the same time that she gives the infant other foods. The instant invention allows a mother to hold her baby in any desired position when the infant is in her arms. That is, while the mother is carrying the infant, she can sit, stand or walk without the holder falling. The use of the present invention is comfortable both for the mother and the baby.
A primary object of this invention is to provide a universal support for a nursing bottle contiguous to the body of an infant for feeding which leaves one hand of the person feeding the baby free to do other things than holding the bottle.
Another object of this invention is to provide a nursing bottle holder and support in which the bottle may occupy either of two positions, a position in which it is not in use and a feeding position.
A further object of this invention is to provide a universal support for a nursing bottle made of a material which is simple, unharmful to the infant, attractive to a teething baby, sanitary and easy to keep clean.
A still further object of this invention is to provide a support for an infants nursing bottle, which is adapted to be supportably clamped or attached to a baby seat or the like.
Yet another object of this invention is to provide a universal support for a nursing bottle of substantially U- shape and adapted to adjustably support thereon a nursing bottle holder.
A still further object of this invention is to provide a universal support for a nursing bottle of substantially U-shape having an adjustable gripping means thereon.
Another object of this invention is to provide a universal support for a nursing bottle of substantially U-shape having a cambered planar surface at the connecting portion of the U-shaped bend for tilting the bottle holder "'ice thereon such that the nursing bottle will be positioned in a proper feeding position for an infant.
Yet another object of this invention is to provide a universal support for a nursing bottle of substantially U-shape in which the ends of the support are rounded and formed arcuate slightly outwardly to prevent severe concentration of gripping the body of the infant at a point or impinging the ends of the support against the body of the mother carrying the infant.
A further object of this invention is to provide a universal baby bottle holder and support therefor adapted to securely hold various sizes and shapes of baby nursing bottles.
Still other objects, advantages and improvements will become apparent from the following specification, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which:
FIGURE 1 shows the device of the instant invention as it would be used by a mother carrying her baby in her arms;
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged front elevational view of the universal support and bottle holder means of the instant invention;
FIGURE 3 is a side elevational view of FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 4 is a partial cross-sectional view of FIG- URE 2, taken substantially on lines 4-4 in the direction of the arrows;
FIGURE 5 is a fragmentary front elevational view of one leg of the universal support modified by a gripping means thereon for proper positioning and securing the upper flat side portion of the leg of the support in contact with the upper edge portion of a baby seat shown partially in cross-section, the arcuate end portion of the universal support securing against the intermediate inside portion of the side of the baby seat; and
FIGURE 6 is a fragmentary side elevational view of the modified device of the present invention as shown in FIGURE 5.
Referring to the drawing, in which like reference numerals designate like parts, FIGURES 1 to 4 are illustrative of an exemplary embodiment of the invention wherein U-shaped support means 10 is comprised of a cambered planar surface portion 12 adapted by rivet means 14 and slot means 15 to adjustably support nursing bottle means 16 in bottle holder means 18 in a tilted feeding position in the mothers arms, as shown in FIG. URE 1. Bottle holder means 18 is comprised of inwardly flexed arcuate arm means 19 and 19a. Universal support means 10 has extending leg means 20 and 22 each having outwardly extending curved arcuate end means 21 and 23, respectively.
FIGURES 5 and 6 illustrate the slidable gripping means 25 consisting of outwardly flexed arcuate slip means 26 having dual slot means 27 therein adapted to be slidable on leg portions 20 and 22, and arcuate clip means 28 is secured by rivet or pin means 30 to slip means 26 and adapted by an inwardly flexed arcuate end means 32 to grip curved side means 34 of baby seat means 36 between portions 23 and 38 of leg means 22 and over the conventional bead 35 of the seat means 36, as best shown by FIGURE 5.
The device of the instant invention may be made of rubber, neoprene, plastic or other desired materials.
Alternatively, bottle holder means 18 may be secured by a rivet means such as 30 to an adjustable slidable means, such as 26, adapted to be selectively positioned on support means 10, if desired, in place of the rivet means 14 frictionally secured through the slot means 15.
It will be understood that the U-shaped support means 10 can be made in two pieces (not shown), snappingly or otherwise engageable with each other to form the arch or U-shape. One of the pieces will carry the bottle holder means 18 in the same manner as the embodiment shown in the drawing. The user may then remove the portion of the support means not carrying the holder means if it is desired that only a single support leg be available for engagement with a conventional baby seat or for engagement between the mother and the baby if the baby is being carried in her arms.
From the foregoing it will now be seen that there is herein provided an improved universal baby bottle holder and support therefor which accomplishes all the objects of this invention, and other, including many attendant advantages of great practical utility and commercial importance.
It should be understood, of course, that the foregoing disclosure relates to only preferred embodiments of the invention and that it is intended to cover all changes and modifications of the examples of the invention herein chosen for the purposes of the disclosure, which do not constitute departures from the spirit and scope of the invention set forth in the appended claim.
A universal baby bottle holder comprising a first substantially U-shaped supporting bracket having legs and a bight comprised of resilient material, the ends of the legs of said supporting bracket extending outwardly relative to each other and adapted to be biased by the resiliency of said bracket into engagement with the opposed sides of a supporting structure, a second substantially U-shaped bottle-holding bracket having legs and a bight also comprised of resilient material, with the legs thereof spaced apart a distance to clampingly engage the side of a bottle, the ends of the legs of said second bracket being outwardly flared to facilitate the insertion of a bottle therebetween, and pivot means rotatably connecting the centers of the bights of said first and second brackets, with their respective legs extending oppositely relative to each other, a spring clip adapted to engage the top of the side of a supporting structure mounted on at least one leg of said first bracket, said spring clip including a convex resilient plate having a pair of apertures therein through both of which said one leg extends, and a resilient finger secured at one of its ends to the convex side of said plate to urge the top of the side of a support between its free end and the outwardly extending end of the adjacent leg.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,030,744 6/12 Neumann 248-102 1,187,845 6/16 Kolb 248-102 1,287,125 12/18 Smith 248-102 1,774,775 9/30 Weitz 248-229 1,863,163 6/32 Malti 248-102 2,469,859 5/49 Charbeneau 248-106 2,552,844 5/51 Clinehens 248-102 2,597,275 5/52 Ahlstrand 248-226 X 2,807,431 9/57 McHale 248-113 3,066,665 12/62 Reilly 248-221 X 3,117,759 l/64 Herer 248-102 FOREIGN PATENTS 785,300 10/57 Great Britain.
CLAUDE A. LE ROY, Primary Examiner.