Title:
DEVICE FOR SECURING A BABY BOTTLE
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A device for securing a baby bottle to an overhead attachment so that the baby may easily grasp and drink from the baby bottle. The device may include a string line that attaches to a bottle ring. The bottle ring may fit onto the bottle and secure the bottle. The opposite end of the string line may attach to the overhead attachment and the bottle may be easily used by the child.



Inventors:
Paterson, David (Manhasset, NY, US)
Application Number:
13/720486
Publication Date:
06/19/2014
Filing Date:
12/19/2012
Assignee:
PATERSON DAVID
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
29/428
International Classes:
B65D23/00
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Primary Examiner:
VOLZ, ELIZABETH J
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC (Leesburg, VA, US)
Claims:
1. A device for securing a bottle comprising: a string line comprising a first end and a second end; a bottle ring, wherein the bottle ring comprises an outer portion forming an outer rim and an inner portion, wherein the inner portion is configured to fit around an entire circumference of a baby bottle; at least one teething tab protruding from a portion of the outer rim of the bottle ring and extending radially outward from the outer rim, wherein the at least one teething tab is within the same plane as the circumference of the bottle ring; and an alligator clip attached to the first end of the string line, wherein the alligator clip comprises an upper jaw, a lower jaw and a spring biasing the upper jaw and the lower jaw together, wherein the second end of the string line is attached to the bottle ring.

2. (canceled)

3. The device of claim 1, wherein the string line is a lanyard.

4. The device of claim 1, wherein the first end of the string line comprises a string line eyelet.

5. The device of claim 1, wherein the bottle ring comprises a bottle ring eyelet.

6. (canceled)

7. The device of claim 1, wherein the bottle ring comprises a stretchable polymer.

8. The device of claim 7, wherein the stretchable polymer is a polystyrene composite.

9. A method of feeding a baby, comprising: providing the device as claimed in claim 1; providing a bottle; connecting the device to the bottle by placing the bottle ring over the bottle; and connecting the attachment device to an overhead attachment structure.

10. (canceled)

11. The device of claim 1, wherein the at least one teething tab is a plurality of teething tabs.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a device for securing a baby bottle and, more particularly, to a device that allows an infant to utilize the baby bottle.

Currently, when feeding a young child, a parent must use their hands to hold a bottle. When parents have more than one young child, it may be difficult to feed multiple children at the same time. Further, having to hold a bottle to feed a child limits parent's ability to tend to other children or household priorities.

As can be seen, there is a need for a device that feeds children hands free.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In one aspect of the present invention, a device for securing a bottle comprising: a string line comprising a first end and a second end; and a bottle ring configured to fit around a baby bottle, wherein the first end of the string line comprises an attachment device, and the second end of the string line is configured to attach to the bottle ring.

In another aspect of the present invention, the attachment device is a clip.

In another aspect of the present invention, the string line is a lanyard.

In another aspect of the present invention, the first end of the string line comprises a string line eyelet.

In another aspect of the present invention, the bottle ring comprises a bottle ring eyelet.

In another aspect of the present invention, the bottle ring comprises tabs.

In another aspect of the present invention, the bottle ring comprises a stretchable plastic.

In another aspect of the present invention, the bottle ring comprises a polystyrene composite.

In another aspect of the present invention a method of feeding a baby, comprising: providing the device; providing a bottle; connecting the device to bottle by placing the bottle ring over the bottler; and connecting the attachment device to an overhead attachment structure

These and other features, aspects and advantages of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the following drawings, description and claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the invention shown in exemplary usage;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the invention;

FIG. 3 is a top profile view of the invention item 10 bottle ring only; and

FIG. 4 is an exploded view of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The following detailed description is of the best currently contemplated modes of carrying out exemplary embodiments of the invention. The description is not to be taken in a limiting sense, but is made merely for the purpose of illustrating the general principles of the invention.

Broadly, an embodiment of the present invention provides a device for securing a baby bottle to an overhead attachment so that the baby may easily grasp and drink from the baby bottle. The device may include a string line that attaches to a bottle ring. The bottle ring may fit onto the bottle and secure the bottle. The opposite end of the string line may attach to the overhead attachment and the bottle may be easily used by the child.

In certain embodiments, the present invention may teach infants how to hold a bottle on their own, allowing the parent to perform other tasks. As the child's dexterity and strength improves, the child may be able to grasp and adjust the bottle independently, and therefore may feed themselves. In certain embodiments, the present invention may be a multi-use bottle holder and teething ring. The device may facilitate bottle-feeding an infant without the need for a parent to hold the bottle, and further may help the infant learn how to use a bottle unassisted.

Referring to FIGS. 1 through 4, the device may comprise of a bottle ring 10 and a string line 16. The bottle ring 10 and the string line 16 may attach to one another. As illustrated in FIG. 1, the string line 16 may attach to an exemplary overhead/elevated attachment-to structure 28 on a first end. The string line 16 may attach to the bottle ring 10 at a second end and the bottle ring 10 may rap around and secure an exemplary bottle 26. An infant 22 may have easy access to the hanging bottle 26, which may be grasped by the infant 22 and placed to the infant's mouth 24.

In certain embodiments, the bottle ring 10 may be configured to fit snuggly around a baby's bottle 26. The bottle ring may be made of a polymer, such as a rubber or plastic. For example, the bottle ring 10 may be made of a polystyrene composite. In certain embodiments, the bottle ring 10 may be elastic and may be stretched to fit onto the bottle 26 and snuggly secure the bottle 26. The bottle ring 10 may have a diameter of about 4.5 centimeters, which may allow the bottle ring 10 to have a tight grip on a standard baby bottle 26. The bottle ring 10 may further include teething tabs 14. The baby may use the ring alone as a teething device. The bottle ring 10 may further include a bottle ring eyelet 12 that allows the string line 16 to attach.

The string line 16 may be a rope or string. The string line 16 may be made of natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, or may be made of synthetic fibers, such as polymers which may include rubber or plastic. For example, the string line 16 may be made of a polystyrene composite. In certain embodiments, the string line 16 may be about 44 centimeters in length. The string line 16 may include a first end and a second end. The first end may include an attachment device 20. The attachment device may include a clip, a hook and loop faster, a pin, such as a safety pin, and the like. For example, the attachment device may be an alligator clip. In certain embodiments, the clip may be encased in a soft plastic case. The second end of the string line 16 may be a string line eyelet 18, such as a loop.

As illustrated in the figures, the string line may be threaded through the bottle ring eyelet 12 and then threaded through the string line eyelet. This may secure the line 16 to the bottle ring 10. As illustrated in FIG. 1, the string line 16 may be attached to an exemplary overhead/elevated attachment-to structure 28 by wrapping the string line around the structure 28 and clipping the attachment device 20 to the string line 16. The device may be secured to child products, such as highchairs, playpens, car seat bonnets, and the like. The device may further be secured to a user's hat.

It should be understood, of course, that the foregoing relates to exemplary embodiments of the invention and that modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the following claims.