Title:
Infant carrier
United States Patent 2376657


Abstract:
This invention relates to a device for carrying, babies or young children, and more particularly to a device which may be hung across the shoulder of the older person carrying the infant and in which an infant child can be carried while ieaving the arms of the older person free for use, as...



Inventors:
Lydia, Chamberlain
Application Number:
US51288343A
Publication Date:
05/22/1945
Filing Date:
12/04/1943
Assignee:
WARREN FEATHERBONE CO
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47D13/02
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Description:

This invention relates to a device for carrying, babies or young children, and more particularly to a device which may be hung across the shoulder of the older person carrying the infant and in which an infant child can be carried while ieaving the arms of the older person free for use, as for instance in shopping or traveling or pleasure jaunts, or the like.

Among the objects of the present invention are to provide a light weight carrier which is comfortable for the baby or infant child, which can be slung over the shoulder of a person so that the weight of the baby is wholly borne by the shoulder of the person and not by his or her arms, and wherein the baby is carried in a normal position as it would be when carried in the arms; to provide a carrier for infants of the foregoing character which carries the infant so that the infant's head can rest on the shoulder of the person carrying the child and so that the person can have free use of both hands and without fear that the infant will slip or fall out of the carrier; to provide a strong, light, washable fabric device adjustable to fit the stature of the person carrying the infant, which permits carrying the child in a sitting or reclining position; to provide a carrier of the foregoing type which will hold an infant wholly from the shoulder of the older person, which device is adjustable to either shoulder; to provide a carrier of the foregoing construction which is waterproof and which is also designed to protect and reinforce the back of the child being carried; to provide a device of the foregoing character which may be used as a sort of harness when the child is walking, which will support the child while walking and which alternatively may be used for carrying the child in the -manner hereinbefore set forth; to provide these and other objects of invention as will be apparent from a perusal of the following specification when taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, wherein: Figure 1 is a view of a woman carrying an infant in the carrier forming the subject matter of the present invention; Figure 2 is a perspective view of one form of the invention; Figure 3 is a section taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 2; and Figure 4 is a fragmentary view of the bottom portion of the carrier showing the construction thereof.

Referring now to the drawing in detail, the device. comprises a front portion 2 and a back portion 4 of any suitable fabric or flexible material, preferably a waterproof fabric, which is washable. The front portion 2 is cut away as at 6 and 8 with the edges thereof properly bound and stitched as at 10 and 12 for reinforcement.

The vertical side edges 14 of the front piece 2 are stitched to the front vertical edges of the rear piece 4, and these meeting edges are suitably bound together and stitched as at 16 to provide strong reinforced vertical side edges. The rear piece 4 preferably extends upwardly as at 18 to provide a back reinforcing and protecting flap 20, the upper edge of which is bound as at 22 to form a continuation of the binding 16. A reinforcing strip 24 is stitched to the rear wall 4 by means of the upper and lower bindings 26 and 28, the stitching being formed along the lines 30 and 32, as shown clearly in Figures 2 and 3, whereby the back is amply reinforced just opposite and slightly below the front upper edge 34 of the front portion 2. A suitable button or other fastening member 36 passes through the stitched piece 24 and the back piece 4 for the purpose of receiving a buckle clasp 38 adjustable on the end of a strap 40 securely sewed as at 42 to the opposite side of the vertical seam 16. This strap 40 is of suitable length to pass over the shoulder of the wearer, as shown in Figure 1, and it is evident that it may be arranged so that the baby carrier may be adjusted so that it may be worn on either side of the person carrying the baby.

At the bottom the front piece 2 is stitched to the back piece 4 by means of a double fold seam 44 in the manner shown in Figure 3, the ends of the seam 44 lying under and being held in place by stitching passing through the bindings 8 and 10. The rear member 4 is preferably formed with pleats as at 46 and 48 to allow fullness of the back member. In addition, these pleats of the back member extend clear around the side of the leg openings 50 and 52, as shown at 54 in Figures 1 and 2.

From the foregoing it will be seen that I have provided a very simple device or carrier for carrying infant children, and in a manner so that the person carrying the child will have free use of his or her arms, and in a manner such that the child may be carried in an.upright position with its body facing the person who does the carrying, and with the crotch of the infant generally somewhat at the hip of the person. In this way the reinforcing strip 24 will suitably reinforce the back of the infant and the flap 20 will come well up to the shoulder of the infant so that the back of the child is fully protected and reinforced. In addition it will be seen that there is practicalll no likelihood or danger of the child falling, since * it is facing the person doing the carrying and Li in substantially the normal position in which 1< would be carried if carried in the arms of the mother. It will be noted that by reason of the leg holes 50 and 52 and the generous width of the portion 44 separating the leg holes 50 and 52, a very generous, comfortable seat is provided foz the infant, without crowding or pinching the legs of the infant. The fastening means, such as 3s and 38, is not only made adjustable, but is arranged so that the fastening is very accessible for releasing the child when it is desired to let him down. It is also apparent that the device is so made that it may alternatively be used as a carrier for the child permitting the latter to walk while the strap 49 can be used as a leash, or the device may be used, as well, as a support for a walking child and lifting or alternatively for carrying the child. In fact it may be used as a device to facilitate teaching the child to walk, while at the same time supporting a portion of the weight of the child during its early efforts at walking.

Obviously the invention is not limited to the specific details of construction disclosed herein but is capable of other modifications and changes without departing from the spirit and scope of the appended claim.

The invention is hereby claimed as follows: An Infant carrier adapted to support an infant to the body of a person comprising, in combinay tion; a front fabric piece and a back fabric piece S suitably joined together at substantially parallel s opposed side edges and along their bottom edges, S the back piece extending upwardly beyond the i horizontal top of the front piece to substantially S the shoulder of the infant to provide an upstanding back supporting flap having a substantially smooth inner surface for the infant, the front piece extending upwardly to substantially the 1 10 armpits of the infant, the front piece and back i piece at their bottoms having registering arcuate cut-outs to provide leg holes for the infant sitting in the carrier, said back piece having pleats to provide a relatively wide crotch portion between the two leg holes to thus support the main portion of the weight of the infant by the back piece, a horizontally extending strip of re-inforcing fabric sewed to the back piece substantially at the level of the upper edge of the front piece, and an elongated carrier strap having one end thereof connected to one side of the carrier so as to be attached to a portion of the front and back pieces and the reinforcing strip, and means on the opposite end of the carrier strap adapted to cooperate with a fastening device positioned on the reinforcing strip at a point slightly inward of the edge on the other side of the carrier, said strap being of sufficient length to be carried across the shoulder of a person for carrying the infant in substan0 tially the normal position in which it would be carried if carried in the arms of said person.

LYDIA CHAMBERLAIN.