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Title:
BABY CARRIER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/164434
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention relates to a baby carrier (1) comprising shoulder straps (5), which are arranged to extend around both shoulder regions of a wearer, and a front piece (2) mounted on the shoulder straps (5) so as to form a baby carrying pouch (4), and a head support (7), said front piece (2) having a strip-like part (20) connected to a lower portion of the shoulder straps (5) via a coupling element (10), said strip- like part (20) being movable lengthwise in the coupling element (10) so as to adjust the size of the baby carrying pouch (4). A width Wl of the strip-like part (20) is 50 to 150%, preferably 70 to 130%, and most preferably 90 to 110%, larger than a width W2 of the coupling element (10).

Inventors:
ELMBERG, Lisen (Blekingegatan 15A, Stockholm, 118 56, SE)
Application Number:
SE2019/050040
Publication Date:
August 29, 2019
Filing Date:
January 22, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BABYBJÖRN AB (Box 913, Solna, 170 09, SE)
International Classes:
A47D13/02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
EHRNER & DELMAR PATENTBYRÅ AB (Drottninggatan 33, Stockholm, 111 51, SE)
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Claims:
C L A I M S

1. A baby carrier (1) comprising shoulder straps (5), which are arranged to extend around both shoulder regions of a wearer, and a front piece (2) mounted on the shoulder straps (5) so as to form a baby carrying pouch (4) therebetween, said front piece (2) having a strip-like part (20) connected to a lower portion of the shoulder straps (5) via a coupling element (10), said strip-like part (20) being movable lengthwise relative to the coupling element (10) so as to adjust the size of the baby carrying pouch (4), characterized in that a width W1 of the strip-like part (20) is 50 to 150%, preferably 70 to 130%, and most preferably 90 to 110%, larger than a width W2 of the coupling element (10) .

2. The baby carrier (1) according to claim 1, characterized in that coupling element (10) comprises at least on eyelet (13) through which the strip-like part (20) is threaded .

3. The baby carrier (1) according to claim 2, characterized in that coupling element (10) comprises two eyelets (13) and a movable pin (12) for providing continuous

lengthwise adjustment of the strip-like part (20) .

4. The baby carrier (1) according to any one of claim 1 to

3, characterized in that the coupling element (10) is detachably connected to the shoulder straps (5) .

5. The baby carrier (1) according to any one of claims 1 to

4, characterized in that the front piece (2) is made of a material selected form the group consisting of cotton mesh, and jersey.

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Description:
BABY CARRIER

Field of the invention

The present invention relates to a baby carrier of the kind defined in the preamble of claim 1.

Background of the invention

A baby carrier of the above kind comprises a harness having shoulder straps arranged to extend around both shoulder regions of the wearer and a front piece, which together with the shoulder straps form a baby-carrying pouch, attached to the respective shoulder strap, preferably detachably attached to the respective shoulder strap.

A baby carrier of the above kind is known from SE 521 803 C2, for instance.

The front piece is made of a flexible material, which shapes itself to at least some extent under the influence of the shape and weight of the baby carried and has a lower strip like part attached to the harness, preferably detachably attached to the harness, forming a seat support for the baby.

To increase the comfort of the baby/child carried by the baby carrier the seat support should have a certain width so as to reduce a possible pinch around at least part of the baby's legs, particularly around its thighs.

Moreover, the size of the baby-carrying pouch is adjusted by adjusting the length of said strip-like part relative to a coupling element connected to the harness, preferably

detachably connected to the harness. This adjustment of said strip-like part must be firm to avoid unintentional

adjustment, lengthening, of the strip-like part, i.e. avoiding increasing the size of the baby-carrying pouch and yet be continuous adjustable.

An object of the present invention is to provide a baby carrier having a front piece with an adjustable strip-like part/seat support that on the one hand increases the comfort of the baby/child carried and on the other hand provides a firm adjustment of the seat support.

According to the invention, this object is achieved by a baby carrier comprising shoulder straps, which are arranged to extend around both shoulder regions of a wearer, and a front piece mounted on the shoulder straps so as to form a baby carrying pouch therebetween, said front piece having a strip like part connected to a lower portion of the shoulder straps via a coupling element, said strip-like part being movable lengthwise relative to the coupling element so as to adjust the size of the baby carrying pouch, characterized in that the width of the strip-like part is 50 to 150%, preferably 70 to 130%, and most preferably 90 to 110%, larger than the width of the coupling element.

The invention is defined in the accompanying independent claim .

Further embodiments of the invention will be apparent from the accompanying dependent claims.

Brief description of drawings

The invention will now be described in more detail by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which

- Fig. 1 is a schematic side view of a prior art baby carrier showing a part of the harness and the front piece,

- Fig. 2 is a view of the inside of a prior art front piece intended to be attached to the harness shown in Fig.l, and - Fig. 3 is a view of the inside of a front piece according to the invention.

Description of preferred embodiments

In the description and claims below it should be understood that the baby carrier is not limited to carry a baby and may equally be adapted to carry a child or a toddler. The

expressions such as lower, front side, etc. should be read in relation to the normal use of the baby carrier.

Fig. 1 shows schematically a side view of a prior art baby carrier 1 comprising a front piece 2 which, together with a harness 3, forms a baby carrying pouch 4 on the front side of the harness 3.

The front piece 2 is thus supported by the harness 3, which includes two looped shoulder straps 5 that preferably are mutually coupled together by means of a fitting (not shown) on the rear side of the harness. The shoulder straps 5 carry at their lower parts situated on the front side of the wearer a coupling element 10 which includes an attachment means 11 for one end of an associated strap loop and includes a transit opening for the other end part of said loop. Respective attachment means 11 can thus be considered to form on the front side of the harness the end portions of a waist belt that includes horizontal harness parts that connect between the two elements 11.

The front piece 2 has a lower strip-like part 20 that can move lengthwise through at least one, preferably two, eyelet (s) 13 formed in the coupling element 10 together with a moveable pin 12, which together with the base of the coupling element 10 prevents movement of said strip-like part 20 relative to the coupling element. The strip-like part 20 is thus threaded through said at least on eyelet 13 and is continuously

adjustable therein. The effective length of the strip-like part 20 determines the length of the front piece 2 in a vertical direction and thus also the depth/size of the baby carrying pouch 4.

It is obvious to the man skilled in the art that the effective length of the strip-like part 20 may be adjusted by other types of coupling elements. The strip-like part 20 can be pinched by an openable arm to the coupling element, for instance. In such case the effective length of the strip-like 20 is gradually adjustable.

The coupling element 10 can be connected releasably to respective sides of the attachment means 11.

The front piece 2 has at respective upper side portions a coupling element 30 for releasable connection with a

corresponding coupling element 31 on the shoulder strap 5 on the front side of the harness 3. Each shoulder straps 5 may include a length adjustment fitting (not shown) for changing the size of respective strap loop.

Moreover, the front piece 2 comprises also a head support 6 which has at respective upper side portions a coupling element 40 (see Figs. 2 and 3) for releasable connection with a corresponding coupling element (not shown in Fig. 1) on the shoulder strap 5 on the front side of the harness 3.

As seen in Fig. 2 the front piece 2 can be considered to be formed by a generally flat piece of material having at its lower end the strip-like part 20 that is received in and can be displaced longitudinally relative to the coupling element 10. The strip-like part 20 forms a seat support. The strip- like part 20 has a width that corresponds to or is less than the width to the coupling element 10 and has preferably a width corresponding to the width of the eyelets 13 of the coupling element 10.

Fig. 3 shows a front piece 2 according to the invention. As can be inferred the strip-like part 20 forming the seat support for the baby has a width W1 which is much larger than the width W2 of the coupling element 10. More particular, a width W1 which is much larger than the width W3 of the at least one eyelet 13 of the coupling element 10. More

particular, the width W1 of the strip-like part 20 is 50 to 150%, preferably 70 to 130%, and most preferably 90 to 110%, larger than the width W2 of the coupling element 10.

In the form of a non-limiting example the external width W2 of the coupling element 10 is about 10 cm and the width W1 of the strip-like part 20 is about 17 cm in case the material of the front piece is cotton, about 20 cm in case the material of the front piece is mesh, and about 22 cm in case the material of the front piece is jersey.

By making the strip-like part 20 wider than the coupling element 10 the portion loaded by the baby of strip-like part 20 will be slightly bowl shaped due to that the material will fold around the coupling element. This means that the seat support formed by the strip-like part 20 will be somewhat rounded and will shape itself after the baby.

Moreover, in case the coupling element 10 is provided with at least one eyelet 13 the thickness of the material forming the strip-like part 20 can be made thinner, yet the clamping effect of strip-like part 20 within coupling element 10 can be improved, since more material of the strip-like part 20 is placed within the at least one eyelet 13.

Thus, it is possible to increase the width of the seat

support/strip-like part 20 without increasing the width of the coupling element 10, which is made of a stiff material, such as a plastic material. Thus, the extra material formed around the coupling element 10 forms a cushioning effect and reduce the possible discomfort felt by the baby sitting on the stiff coupling element 10.