US 3746390 A
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D United States Patent 11 1 1111 3,746,390 Koah July 17, 1973 [5 INFANT CARRIER WITH TISSUE 2,395,592 2/1946 Tierney" 248/D1G. 5 RETAINER 3,006,688 10/1961 Ouellette 1 297/D1G. 2 2,652,887 9/1953 Fitzgerald 297/192 X Inventor: Chester Koah, 9150 Florence 2,673,601 3/1954 Fischer et al. 5/317 R Avenue, Downey, Calif. 90240 2,738,942 3/1956 Gantner 248/016, 5 2,826,334 3/1958 Musler 248/D1G. 5  1971 3,131,813 5/1964 Jensen 2 Appl 211 535 3,351,380 11/1967 Sprague 297/377 Primary Examiner-James T. McCall 297/192, 297/377, Atwmey Rnald L Juniper c  Field of Search 248/DIG. 5; 297/192,
297/188, 391, DIG. 2, 377; 5/92, 317 R 1571 ABSTRACT An infant carrier seat including an integral tissue box  Referen Cit d and used tissue holding receptacle positioned for ready UNITED STATES PATENTS access while the seat is being occupied. 3,269,621 13/1966 Dishart 5/92 3 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures INFANT CARRIER WITH TISSUE RETAINER BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION While carrying infants there is often a need to wipe the child. Ordinarily, this is accomplished most handily with disposable tissue. However, since carrying an infant in the conventional seats generally requires the use of both hands, or temporary support in one hand for limited periods of time, getting a tissue from an ordinary container requires placing the child down and reaching into a separate receptacle for tissues when they are needed. This is an inconvenient and timeconsuming operation. Also, when the tissue is used, there often is no handy waste container available. Hence, there is the tendency to cause litter by throwing the tissue away.
Accordingly, it is the primary purpose of this invention to provide an infant seat which has a handy means for carrying tissue and disposing of used tissue as an integral part of the seat.
A further object of this invention is to so position the tissue retainer and disposer that they can be conveniently reached for use while an infant is being held in the seat.
Other objects and advantages will become apparent from the following description.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is atop plan view of an infant carrier incorporating the subject tissue retainer and disposal receptacle.
FIG. 2 is a bottom elevational view of the infant carrier as shown in FIG. 1. i
FIG. 3 is a side view longitudinally sectionedthrough an infant carrier as in FIGS. 1 and 2.
FIG. 4 is a bottom elevational view of the seat portion of the infant carrier showing the tissue outlet opening.
FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view taken through 5-5 in FIG. 1 showing the tissue receptacle portion underneath the seat witha tissue box held therein and atissue disposal area formed within the apparatus.
FIG. 6 is partially sectioned, fragmented view of the wire frame receiving blocks taken through 66 in FIG. 2.
DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION The form of this invention shown in the drawings is an infant carrier which includes a seat back 10, theinterior of which is shownin FIG. 1. The back lll exterior is shown in FIG. 2. Conventionally, the seat back is formed with a plurality of openings 12 and is shaped to generally confonn to an infant's back side. It is formed,
preferably, from a plastic material and includes slightly raised curved side rails 14 and 16 extending the full length of the seat back on each longitudinal edge.
The carrier is formed with a seat bottom 18,,generally nearly in a plane perpendicular to the seat back l0, and extending outwardly therefrom at the bottom edge of the seat back 10 andside rails 14 and 16,with'which it is joined. In order to hold the seat upright, there is a conventional wire frame 30 (which takes the shape of a pair of parallel triangles) comprised of a rigid upper pair of wires hingedly mounted toa rigid lowerpair of wires. The ends of the wires turn outwardly toform short engaging joints which fit into selected mating holes formed in spaced short raised blocks 32 on the exterior edges of seat'back 10. A specially formed pair of blocks 34 with holes formed therein to receive the outer ends of the lower wires are formed on the bottom of the exterior seat back 10 adjacent to the seat bottom 18. Then the upper wire ends can be inserted where desired into a pair of the holes in block 23 selected to give the desired angle of support by the frame 30 for the seat when it is resting on a generally level surface. The wire frame 30 is held in place by the outwardly resiliency of the wires when their outer ends are snapped in to the holes.
The seat bottom 18 curves at its forward edge to form a short front wall 36 which is nearly normal to the seat bottom 18. Then this front wall 36 portion turns at a nearly perpendicular angle back away from the wall beneath the seat bottom 18 to form a retaining floor 38 which approximately terminates below the juncture of the seat back 10. Hence, a retaining space is provided underneath seat bottom 18 above floor 38.
To make this retaining space function in accordance with this invention, thedistance between seat bottom 18 and retaining floor 18 is selected so that it is approximately the same as the thickness of a conventional tissue box 40. Moreover, ordinarily the seat bottom 18 and floor 38 angle slightly outwardly from their common juncture at wall 36. Thus, since the infant carrier is normally made of a material with some resiliency, such as plastic, a tissue box 40, with its tissue outlet adjacent to floor 38, can be slipped into the open end of the space between seat bottom 18 and floor 38 until its forward end is firmly lodged between them by resilient spring-loaded pressure. To secure the tissue box 40 in position, a raised tab 42 extending along the back edge of floor 38 is so positioned that it abuts the rear bottom portion of tissue box 40. A tissue outlet 44 is provided in the floor 38 which is so positioned that it is aligned with the tissue outlet of the tissue box 40 when it is secured in position as previously described.
As a further unique feature of this invention the wedged in-use position of the tissue box 40 between seat bottom *18 and floor 38 is spaced somewhat from the wall 36. This space formed between the forward end of the tissue box 40 and inside surrounding surfaces of the seat bottom 18, wall 36 and floor 38 can be utilized as a handy used tissue disposal 46 by providing a tissue inlet 48 through wall 36. The disposal 46 is sufficiently enclosed to form a receptacle for holding used tissues.
Thus, with this invention a person can hold an infant in the carrier, and then when a tissue is needed quickly, without fumbling, reach into the outlet 44 in the bottom of the carrier, pull a tissue 50, use the tissue and dispose of the used tissue 52 by pusing it through inlet 48 into the used tissue disposal 46.
Though a particular embodiment of this invention has been described herein, this is meant to be for illustrative purposes only, as the invention may be modified in-its specific fomis. Hence, the tissue box size, placefloor extending back from the bottom of said front wall;
said retaining floor substantially parallel with but angled slightly away from said seat bottom and spaced at a distance substantially equal to the thickness of a tissue container to be retained therein, said retaining floor positioned so that an open end is formed opposite from said front wall, said open end being large enough to permit sliding of a tissue container into said retaining means, wherein sufficient resiliency is provided by the engagement of said retaining floor with a tissue container to hold it firmly in a predetermined position when said retaining floor is sprung down enough to permit it to slide into said retaining means, said tissue container having a tissue outlet which is adjacent to said retaining floor when slid into position within said retaining means and said retaining floor being formed with a tissue outlet opening therethrough which is aligned with the tissue outlet of a tissue container when it is slid into position.
2. An infant carrier as defined in claim 1 in combina tion with a tissue box held in position within said retaining means wherein the forward side of said tissue box is spaced sufficiently from the inside of said front wall, that it forms a continuous back wall of a receptacle space fromed therein, said front wall formed with a receptacle inlet opening therethrough sufficiently large enough to receive used tissues and a pair of spaced side walls extending back from each side of said front wall adjacent to the opposing edges of the forward wall of said tissue box so as to connect said seat bottom and retaining floor thereby enclosing said receptacle space except for said inlet opening.
3.'An infant carrier as defined in claim 1 wherein said retaining floor terminates at a rear edge approximately directly below the juncture of said seat back and bottom, said retaining floor formed with an upwardly protruding stop means adjacent said rear edge positioned to abut and hold a tissue container in place, the height of said stop means being raised sufficiently to block slippage of a tissue container positioned therein but low enough to allow entry of a tissue box in said retaining means when said retaining floor is sprung downwardly.