Title:
CRIB SLAT COVERS
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention is directed to a protection device for cribs including a set of crib slat protectors. The set of crib slat protectors comprises a set of side crib slat protectors and a set of top crib slat protectors to allow an infant protection when he/she is in the crib. In certain embodiments, the protection device comprises a securing device that allows the crib slat protectors to stay secure to the crib slats.



Inventors:
Cocco, Michael J. (Island Park, NY, US)
Cocco, Gerlie (Island Park, NY, US)
Application Number:
12/038299
Publication Date:
08/27/2009
Filing Date:
02/27/2008
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47D15/00
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Primary Examiner:
POLITO, NICHOLAS F
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
NT Patent Law (2474 E. River Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85718, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A crib slat protection device, comprising: a first set of rectangular devices, said first set of rectangular devices comprising an outer material, an inner material, a fastener, a first edge and a second edge, said first edge is for wrapping around a slat in a first direction, said second edge is for wrapping around said slat in a second direction, said first edge and said second edge meeting to form a tubular member around said slat, said first edge releasably attached to said second edge by said fastener; and a second set of rectangular devices, said second set of rectangular devices comprising an outer material, an inner material, a top edge, a bottom edge, a fastener, a securing device, said securing device comprising a rubber material, said securing device fixedly attached to an inner portion of said inner material from said top edge to said bottom edge, said securing device further comprising a heat resistant material, a first edge and a second edge, said first edge is for wrapping around a slat in a first direction, said second edge is for wrapping around said slat in a second direction, said first edge and said second edge meeting to form a tubular member around said slat, said first edge releasably attached to said second edge by said fastener, said securing device attached to said inner material.

2. The protection device of claim 1, wherein said first set of rectangular devices comprise a variety of colors.

3. The protection device of claim 1, wherein said second set of rectangular devices comprises a variety of colors.

4. The protection device of claim 1, wherein said fastener comprises a hook and loop fastener.

5. The protection device of claim 1, wherein said fastener comprises a Zipper®.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is directed to a protection device for cribs including a set of crib slat protectors. The set of crib slat protectors comprises a set of side crib slat protectors and a set of top crib slat protectors to allow an infant protection when he/she is in the crib.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Protection is often needed for an infant in a crib. The slats of a crib often injure an infant when the infant attempts to climb out of the crib or if the infant is playing in the crib. One solution is soft pads that are placed around the bars of the crib. One problem with the apparatus is the ability of the infant to push the soft pads downward and use the bunched material of the soft pad as a step to climb out of the crib. Another problem with this apparatus is the ability of the infant to push the soft pads downward and get his/her body parts stuck between the bunched material and the bars of the crib often resulting in injury and sometimes death. Another solution is crib bumpers. The problem with this apparatus is that material only covers the bottom portion of the bars of the crib so injury can occur when an infant bumps their body against the upper portion of the crib bars.

Therefore, there is a need for a protection device for cribs that provides padding on the crib slats while simultaneously not allowing the material of the protection device to move along the crib slats.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a crib slat protection device, comprising a first set of rectangular devices, said first set of rectangular devices comprising an outer material, an inner material, a fastener, a first edge and a second edge, said first edge is for wrapping around a slat in a first direction, said second edge is for wrapping around said slat in a second direction, said first edge and said second edge meeting to form a tubular member around said slat, said first edge releasably attached to said second edge by said fastener, and a second set of rectangular devices, said second set of rectangular devices comprising an outer material, an inner material, a top edge, a bottom edge, a fastener, a securing device, said securing device comprising a rubber material, said securing device fixedly attached to an inner portion of said inner material from said top edge to said bottom edge, said securing device further comprising a heat resistant material, a first edge and a second edge, said first edge is for wrapping around a slat in a first direction, said second edge is for wrapping around said slat in a second direction, said first edge and said second edge meeting to form a tubular member around said slat, said first edge releasably attached to said second edge by said fastener, said securing device attached to said inner material.

Any feature or combination of features described herein are included within the scope of the present invention provided that the features included in any such combination are not mutually inconsistent as will be apparent from the context, this specification, and the knowledge of one of ordinary skill in the art. Additional advantages and aspects of the present invention are apparent in the following detailed description and claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an outer view of a protection device according to the invention including side slat protective material, top slat protective material, a first fastener, and a second fastener.

FIG. 2 is an inner view of the protection device of FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a top view of the protection device of FIG. 1.

FIG. 4 is a bottom perspective view of the top slat protection device of FIG. 1.

FIG. 5 is a top perspective view of the side slat protection device of FIG. 1.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the protection device of FIG. 1 as used on a crib.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring now to FIG. 1, side slat protection device 100 comprises an outer material 110 and a fastener 130. A user can wrap side slat protection device 100 around a side crib slat and secure side slat protection device 100 to the side crib slat using fastener 130. In certain embodiments, outer material 110 comprises a cotton fabric material. In other embodiments, outer material 110 comprises a plastic material. In certain embodiments, outer material 110 comprises a rectangular shape. In certain embodiments, outer material 110 comprises a height between about 18 inches and about 29 inches. In certain embodiments, outer material 110 comprises a width between about 1½ inches and about 3 inches. In certain embodiments, outer material 110 comprises a thickness between about 1 inch and about 2 inches. In certain embodiments, fastener 130 comprises a standard fastener known to one skilled in the art such as a hook and look fastener, a teeth type fastener, and the like.

Referring now to FIG. 1, top slat protection device 140 comprises an outer material 120 and a fastener 122. A user can wrap top slat protection device 140 around a top crib slat and secure top slat protection device 140 to the top crib slat using fastener 122. In certain embodiments, outer material 120 comprises a cotton fabric material. In other embodiments, outer material 120 comprises a plastic material. In certain embodiments, outer material 120 comprises a rectangular shape. In certain embodiments, cuter material 120 comprises a height between about 18 inches and about 29 inches. In certain embodiments, outer material 120 comprises a width between about 1½ inches and about 3 inches. In certain embodiments, outer material 120 comprises a thickness between about 2½ inch and about 3½ inches. In certain embodiments, fastener 122 comprises a standard fastener known to one skilled in the art such as a hook and look fastener, a teeth type fastener, and the like.

Referring now to FIG. 2, side slat protection device 100 comprises an inner material 210, a securing device 230, and a fastener 130. A user can wrap side slat protection device 100 around a crib slat and secure side slat protection device 100 to the crib slat using fastener 130. In the illustrated embodiment of FIG. 2, securing device 230 keeps side slat protection device 100 from slipping down a crib slat. In certain embodiments, inner material 210 comprises a cotton fiber material In other embodiments, inner material 210 comprises a plastic material. In certain embodiments, inner material 210 comprises a rectangular shape. In certain embodiments, inner material 210 comprises a height between about 18 inches and about 29 inches. In certain embodiments, inner material 210 comprises a width between about 1½ inches and about 3 inches. In certain embodiments, inner material 210 comprises a thickness between about 0.1 inch and about 1 inch. In certain embodiments, fastener 130 comprises a standard fastener known to one skilled in the art such as a hook and look fastener, a teeth type fastener, and the like. In certain embodiments, securing device 230 comprises a rigid material such as rubber. In certain embodiments, securing device 230 comprises a height between about 18 inches and about 29 inches, for example 24 inches. In certain embodiments, securing device 230 comprises a width between about 1 inch and about 3 inches, for example 2 inches. In certain embodiments, securing device 230 comprises a thickness between about 0.5 cm and about 1 cm. In certain embodiments, securing device 230 comprises a heat resistant material.

Referring now to FIG. 2, top slat protection device 140 comprises an inner material 220 and a fastener 122. A user can wrap top slat protection device 140 around a top crib slat and secure top slat protection device 140 to the top crib slat using fastener 122. In certain embodiments, inner material 220 comprises a cotton fabric material. In other embodiments, inner material 220 comprises a plastic material. In certain embodiments, inner material 220 comprises a rectangular shape. In certain embodiments, inner material 220 comprises a height between about 18 inches and about 29 inches. In certain embodiments, inner material 220 comprises a width between about 1½ inches and about 3 inches. In certain embodiments, inner material 220 comprises a thickness between about 2.5 inches and about 3 inches. In certain embodiments, fastener 122 comprises a standard fastener known to one skilled in the art such as a hook and look fastener, a teeth type fastener, and the like.

Referring now to FIG. 3, a top view of side slat protection device 100 is shown comprising outer material 110, fastener 130, and securing device 230. In the illustrated embodiment of FIG. 3, a top view of top slat protection device 140 is shown comprising outer material 120, fastener 122, and inner material 220.

Referring now to FIG. 4, a bottom perspective view of top slat protection device 140 is shown comprising outer material 120, inner material 220, and fastener 122. In the illustrated embodiment of FIG. 4, top slat protection device 140 is shown in a closed position. A user will fasten top slat protection device 140 to the crib slats using fastener 122.

Referring now to FIG. 5, a perspective view of side slat protection device 100 is shown comprising outer material 110, inner material 210, securing device 230, and fastener 130. In the illustrated embodiment of FIG. 5, side slat protection device 100 is shown in a closed position. A user will fasten side slat protection device 100 to the crib slats using fastener 130. Securing device 230 keeps protection device 100 from slipping down the crib slats.

Referring now to FIG. 6, a perspective view of a crib is shown using side slat protection device 100 and top slat protection device 140.

Various modifications of the invention, in addition to those described herein, will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the foregoing description. Such modifications are also intended to fall within the scope of the appended claims. Each reference cited in the present application is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety. Although there has been shown and described the preferred embodiment of the present invention, it will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art that modifications may be made thereto which do not exceed the scope of the appended claims. Therefore, the scope of the invention is only to be limited by the following claims.