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June 27, 1967 5 p, FORSYTH i 3,327,320
MITTEN FORA HOLDING AN INFANT Filed Oct. 20, 1965 534/V4 P 150195 y/ INVENTOR.
United States Patent O 3,327,320 MITTEN FOR HOLDING AN INFANT Sandra P. Forsyth, 466 Shelbourne Court, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. 48236 Filed (Ict. 20, 1965, Ser. No. 498,564 1 Claim. (Cl. 2-158) This invention relates to paraphenalia for infants in arms and has particular reference to a device for helping hold an infant while it is being bathed.
It is generally a major project for a young mother to bathe her rst born and the task is not entirely obviated with the coming of the second and third child, particularly if the infants are of the squirming and water skittish variety.
The body of a wet, soapy, naked infant may become somewhat elusive in a bath tub unless every precaution is taken to prevent its inadvertent ambulatory activity.
It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a device which will obviate the foregoing diiculties and provide an accessory for the young mother to don preliminary to bathing the child, so that she may have complete and safe control of the infant throughout the ritual.
Another object of the invention is to provide an accessory in the nature of a long sleeve and mitten like, device which is made of a highly absorbent material such as baby terry cloth, or other suitable material which has a high frictional factor when brought into contact with the wet and slippery skin of an infant.
Another object of the invention is to provide a bathing mitten of the character indicated which may be Worn by the mother on either arm while bathing the infant.
Another object of the invention is to provide a device of the character indicated which is constructed and arranged with an inner lining of thin flexible plastic or, other waterproof material, so that the infant may be bathed While the mother is wearing a fancy housecoat or even a street costume.
Although I have herein disclosed the device as being in the form of a long sleeve mitten it will be understood that a glove structure may be used with the same facility.
The foregoing and other objects and advantages of the invention will appear as the description proceeds, reference being made from time to time to the accompanying drawing, forming part of the within disclosure, in which drawing:
FIG. l is a perspective view of the device embodying the invention positioned on the arm of a mother bathing an infant.
FIG. 2 is an enlarged plan view of the device embodying the invention.
FIG. 3 is a section taken substantially on the line 3-3 of FIG. 2.
Referring now more particularly to the drawing it will be understood that in the embodiment herein disclosed the reference character 7 indicates a young mother in the process of bathing an infant 8, which is seated in a 3,327,320 Patented June 27, 1967 ice bathtub 9, positioned on a table top 10, or the like. The mother has on her left arm the device 11 (FIGS. l and 2) embodying the invention.
The device embodying the invention in general comprises a mitten portion 12, and a sleevelike portion 13, which is of sufficient length to extend well above the elbow of the wearer. Although I have shown the portion 12 as being in the form of a mitten, it will be understood that it may be in the form of a glove as well.
I prefer to make the mitten portion 12 and the sleeve portion 13 of matched panels of baby terry cloth, or other suitable material which has a high factor of absorbency, and the outer surface of which will provide a highly frictional contact with the skin of the infant, so that the infant may safely be held during the bathing operation. The two panels comprising the device are stitched along their outer edges, as at 14.
On the inside of the device and along the approximate division line between the mitten portion 12 and the sleeve portion 13, I stitch in an elastic member 15, which provides a snug fit around the wrist, or arm, of the user. At the open end of the sleeve, I also stitch in an elastic band as at 16, so that the sleeve portion will lit snugly around the upper arm of the use.
In order to make the inside of the device waterproof so that the mother may use the device while wearing dress up clothes, I provide a lining 17 (FIG. 3), which is preferably in the form of `a thin layer of plastic which may or may not be stitched to the cloth portion of the device.
When the plastic lining 17 is left unstitched with respect to the fabric portion of the device it may easily be removed so that the fabric portion of the device may be turned inside out for Washing and drying the same.
It is believed that the operation of the device is obvious from the foregoing description.
Having `described my invention, what I claim and desire to secured by Letters Patent is:
A device for holding an infant in arms while being bathed, comprising a mitten portion and an elongated arm portion for covering the forearm of the wearer, said arm portion being an integral extension of said mitten portion, the entire mitten and arm portions being made of a soft, highly absorbent terry cloth material, a waterproof liner coextensive with said mitten and arm portions on the inside of said mitten and arm portions, an elastic element and stitching securing said elastic element to the inside of said absorbent material near the juncture of said mitten portion and said arm portion.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,280,421 1-0/ 1918 Diem 2-158 2,069,643 2/1937 Burke 2-158 X 2,650,365 9/1953 Singer 2-167 2,653,601 9/1953 Morrison 2-164 X JORDAN FRANKLIN, Primary Examiner.
G. V. LARKIN, Examiner.