US 3800843 A
A disposable nursing container assembly having an outer support housing of modified generally frusto-conical shape with an intermediate outward peripheral ledge to which the open end of a cup-like bag is secured and initially inverted and housed within the reduced upper portion of the housing permitting nesting of multiple container assemblies one within another as a multi-unit package from which a container unit may be removed and the cup-like bag reversed to depend from the ledge within the lower portion of the housing and provide with the upper portion of the housing a receptacle for fluid which may be dispensed through a nipple to be attached to the upper open end of the housing.
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O Umted States Patent 1191 1111 3,800,843
Edwards 1 1 Apr. 2, 1974 1 DISPUSABLE NURSIJR Prima Examiner-Stank: H. Tollber 71tzBntEd 110101111 Y 8 l 5] men or war are" on I Assistant Examiner-Norman L; Stack, Jr.
 Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc., Chicago,  ABSTRACT 11]. A disposable nursing container assembly having an  Flled' 1972 outer support housing of modified generally frusto- [21 A l, N 234,110 conical shape with an intermediate outward peripheral ledge to which the open end of a cup-like bag is secured and initially inverted and housed within the re-  U.S. Cl. 150/05, 215/11 E, 215/ duced upper portion of the housing permitting nesting hilt. Cl. of multiple container assemblies one within another as ,Fleld Of Search K, a multi unit p g from a container unit 222/105 533-536; u E be removed and the cup-like bag reversed to depend from the ledge within the lower portion of the housing  References cued and provide with the upper portion of the housing a UNITED STATES PATENTS receptacle for fluid which may be dispensed through a 2,152,862 4 1939 Bergersoux 222 105 nipple to be attached to the upper open end of the 3,161,311 12/1964 Boston 215/11 E housing. 3,499,825 3/1970 Falcone et al. 206/ K X 770,215 9 1904 Blatz et al 222 1 Claim, 4 Drawmg Figures PATENTED APR 2 I974 SHEEI 2 OF 2 DISPOSABLE NURSER Disposable nursing containers are now used extensively in the home and for travel and serve the purpose of minimizing sterilization of formula containers and nursing bottles for reuse in that these containers are usually pre-sterilized and formed of relatively inexpensive plastic material and so are disposable after a single use.
According to the present invention, an object is to provide a relatively inexpensive and disposable nursing container assembly including an outer housing supporting substantially around the mid portion thereof a cuplike inner container which is reversible from an inverted position generally conforming to the inner surface of the upper portion of the housing permitting nesting of plural container assemblies in a multi-unit package for distribution, to a dependent use position within the lower portion of the housing upon separation of a container assembly from the package.
Another object of the invention is to provide such a container assembly which is maintained in sterile condition by a closure across the neck of the housing.
A further object of the invention is to provide such a container assembly having an inward ledge on the housing to which the open ends of the cup-like inner container is sealed for permissive movement thereof between the reversed positions.
The invention still further aims to provide a cup-like inner container for use with a container assembly of the above type and wherein the closed end of the cup-like inner container has stacking ring formations permitting releasable nesting of plural inner containers in a multiunit package for distribution to locations for assembly of individual inner containers with individual outer housings.
In the accompanying drawings:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the sealed nursing container assembly;
FIG. 2 is an enlarged vertical section of FIG. 1 showing the inner cup-like containers in full line position for nesting and in dotted line position for fluid reception;
FIG. 3 is a partial vertical section similar to FIG. 2 but showing nursing container assemblies telescoped together as a multi-unit package, and
FIG. 4 is a partial vertical section showing preassembly of cup-like containers in a muIti-unit package prior to assembly thereof with housings.
Referring to the accompanying drawings and particularly to FIG. 1 at this time, the outer housing includes a lower frusto-conical portion with an outward base support flange l2 and with an intermediate peripheral ledge portion 14 from the inner edge of which an upper housing portion 16 extends and tapers inwardly to an inwardly domed portion 18. This domed portion 18 terminates in a neck portion 20 which is provided with screw threads 22, or other suitable rib and groove means, for ultimate attachment of a nipple. The open end of the neck portion is turned inwardly as at 20a to have sealed thereto a flexible plastic closure 24 having a pull tab 24a to facilitate removal thereof when it is desired to fill the assembly prior to dispensing of the contents for feeding.
With reference to FIG. 2, the assembly of the inner cup-like container with the outer housing is shown. This cup-like container or bag includes a body wall 26 with the open end provided with an outward peripheral flange 26a which is sealed to the inner surface of the ledge 14 in fluid tight and weight supporting relation. Though inverted in the full line position of FIG. 2, the body wall 26 curves inwardly and terminates in a bottom formation including an inwardly and upwardly inclined wall 28 merging with a substantially horizontal flange or ledge portion 30 which, in turn, merges with a relatively short outwardly inclined wall 32 joined to the bottom closing wall 34. The bottom closing wall 34 is interrupted by a central downwardly and inwardly inclined knob-like dependency 36.
It is contemplated that the outer housing be formed by molding techniques of suitable plastic material and of a thickness to give support rigidity thereto and polystyrene is one example. On the other hand, the cup-like container is to be formed by molding techniques of a plastic material and of a lesser thickness to which controlled flexibility can be imparted and polyethylene is an example. Thus, as illustrated in FIG. 2, the wall portion 26 of the cup-like container is sufficiently flexible to permit the container to be reversed within the housing to the dotted line position dependent from the connection between the cup flange 26a and the ledge 14. On the other hand, the plastic material of the cup-like container preferably has sufficient inherent shape integrity to permit nesting of these containers as a multiunit pre-packaged assembly as shown in FIG. 4 with ledge portions 30 resting on subjacent bottom walls 34 and adjacent wall surfaces 28 telescoped as are the knob-like dependencies 36. The reverse taper stacking rings, that is, the walls 28, 32 and ledge 30, permit this nesting and ready removal of one cup-like container at a time from the pre-package during manipulative process and apparatus steps in subsequently sealing individual containers to respective outer housings or holders. After assembly of individual cup-like containers and holders in the position shown in full lines of FIG. 2, these assemblies can also be nested together as a multi-unit package for distribution and retail sale as shown in FIG. 3. Thus, the inner surfaces of the dome portions 18 at juncture with the neck portions will rest upon the outer surfaces of next subjacent closures 24 and with inner surface portions of cup-like containers nesting with adjacent outer surfaces of upper housing portions 16 for stability. This may be accomplished with the cup-like containers in the full line position of FIG. 2 or in the dotted line position of that figure in which case telescoping of one nursing container with another will serve to shift or reverse the cup-like container from the dotted line position to the full line position.
It is understood that the interior of the upper portion 16 of each housing and the included adjacent surface of each cup-like container will be rendered sterile and maintained in that condition by the closure or label seal 24. From the package of FIG. 3, an individual nursing container assembly will be removed and the closure 24 removed from the neck flange 20a. The attendant may then grasp the dependency 36 by access through the open bottom of the housing and pull the cup-like container from the full line position of FIG. 2 to the dotted line position without contaminating the interior of the container, or a sterile instrument may be externally applied through the open neck of the housing for this purpose. Thereafter, the formula or other fluid may be poured into the sterile space provided by the inner surface of the upper housing portion 16 and the dependent cup-like container or bag, and a nipple applied to the neck portion 20, 22 for nursing dispensing. After such use, the relatively inexpensive plastic nursing assembly may be discarded as disposable matter.
1. A container assembly for use as a disposable nursing device, and comprising a one piece outer housing including a lower generally frusto-conical portion tapering inwardly toward the upper end thereof and merging with the lower larger end of a peripherally smaller upper generally frusto-conical portion with the upper smaller end thereof merging with an inwardly directed wall portion which terminates in a peripherally reduced upstanding neck portion provided with attachment means for a dispensing unit, a radially extending shoulder between said lower and upper portions, a closure assembly sealed over the open end of said neck portion, said lower and upper portions permitting nesting of said container with a like container with the neck portions and closures of the nested containers in axial alignment and with the inwardly directed wall portion of an upper container adapted to rest on the closure assembly of a subjacent container, an inner cup-like container formed of a uniform thickness plastic material and having a frusto-conical shape and reduced bottom formation generally conforming to the shape of said upper portion with the open end continuously sealed to said shoulder, the plastic material of said inner cup-like container having sufficient wall flexiblity to permit location thereof within the upper portion of the housing with the bottom formation of maintained shape within the neck portion for nesting and shipment of the containers and reversal to a use position depending from said shoulder within said lower portion to cooperate with said upper portion to form a receptacle for a nursing fluid to be dispensed through said neck portion upon removal of the closure assembly.