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Title:
IMPROVED CONVERTIBLE STROLLER ASSEMBLY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/206360
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A stroller frame is provided comprising a frame assembly including a pair of arcuate front legs and a pair of arcuate rear legs, each leg having one or more wheels at a proximal end, each pair of arcuate legs seated in fixed position spaced apart and held parallel at a primary cross member by a front structural cross member and a rear structural cross member. A backrest is included seated in a controlled pivotal position at the primary cross member, a stroller control handle frame member seated in a controlled pivotable position at the primary cross member and a seat support frame member is seated in a fixed horizontal position at the primary cross member. A pair of privacy frame subassemblies are paced apart and held parallel by a rectangular second support frame fixed to the bottom of the rectangular seat.

Inventors:
HECKLER JENNY (US)
COOK JULIANNE (US)
Application Number:
US2020/026728
Publication Date:
October 08, 2020
Filing Date:
April 03, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HECKLER JENNY (US)
COOK JULIANNE (US)
International Classes:
B62B7/12; A47D5/00; B62B7/00; B62B7/04; B62B7/06
Foreign References:
US20100237589A12010-09-23
US10106187B12018-10-23
US5988670A1999-11-23
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LAMON, Cynthia, S. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A stroller frame comprising:

a frame assembly including a pair of arcuate front legs and a pair of arcuate rear legs, each leg having one or more wheels at a proximal end, each pair of arcuate legs seated in fixed position spaced apart and held parallel at a primary cross member by a front structural cross member and a rear structural cross member;

a backrest support frame member seated in a controlled pivotal position at the primary cross member;

a stroller control handle frame member seated in a controlled pivotable position at the primary cross member;

a seat support frame member seated in a fixed horizontal position at the primary cross member;

a pair of privacy frame subassemblies spaced apart and held parallel by a rectangular second support frame fixed to the bottom of the rectangular seat.

2. The stroller frame of claim 2, wherein the second support frame is fixed to the bottom of the seat orthogonally and centered to a longitudinal line of the stroller frame, the second support frame supporting the pair of the privacy frame subassemblies spaced apart and held parallel by the second support frame.

3. The stroller frame of claim 2, including a pair of left and right material privacy covers having an interior volume, the privacy covers fitted one each over the pair of frame subassemblies, the material privacy covers each anchored at least at one rear corner to the backrest support frame member.

4. The stroller frame of claim 3, wherein the backrest support frame member may be pivoted and locked at near 180 degrees to the seat support frame member and wherein the pair of subassemblies are elevated in height or lowered in height by extending the profile height of the frame subassemblies from a collapsed state to an elevated state. 5. The stroller frame of claim 1, wherein the stroller frame is fabricated of steel or aluminum tubing.

6. The stroller frame of claim 1, wherein the arcuate legs are of the same arc and segment length and are interchangeable tubular components.

7. The stroller frame of claim 1, wherein a pair of rear wheels, at least one on each rear leg, share a same outside diameter that is significantly larger than an outside diameter of a pair of front wheels, at least one on each front leg.

8. The stroller frame of claim 2, wherein the seat height measured from ground to the top of the seat is significantly less than a wheelbase length dimension measured from centerline to centerline of the rear and front wheels.

9. The stroller frame of claim 1 wherein a top material padding covers the rectangular seat mounted to the top of the seat support frame member.

10. The stroller frame of claim 1, including a top material padding over the rectangular backrest mounted to the top of the backrest support frame member.

Description:
IMPROVED CONVERTIBLE STROLLER ASSEMBLY

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED DOCUMENTS

The present invention is a continuation in part of a US patent application having serial number 16/373,800 filed on 04/03/2019 and entitled CONVERTIBLE STROLLER ASSEMBLY, disclosure of which is included herein at least by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention is in the field of baby strollers and pertains more particularly to a new and improved stroller that may be adjusted to function as a diaper changing table.

2. Discussion of the State of the Art

A stroller is commonly known to include a seat and a backrest coupled together so that the assembly may articulate such that the seat may remain horizontal and the backrest may be adjusted according to a desired angular position less off the seat. The seat and backrest are supported by a lightweight frame including at least four legs culminating in stroller wheels. A frame member may be provided as a push bar to enable a user to push the stroller. Strollers may typically include features that are provided for convenience to the user such as drink cups, fabric pockets, wheel brakes, staging trays, and canopies. Some strollers have double seating.

The inventor is aware of a stroller as referenced in the cross reference to related documents section above that is convertible into a diaper changing table by virtue of a angularly positioned seat and backrest assembly, which may be manually adjusted to a relative horizontal position so a baby may lie back securely for a diaper change. In addition to this capability of the stroller, the stroller includes opposing privacy panels one on each side of the stroller. The privacy panels are vertically oriented at the sides of the stroller and are attached in a sliding manner to vertical frame elements of the stroller. These privacy panels maybe raised vertically past the horizontal plane of the stroller seat to form high opaque barriers on either side of the stroller seat. These panels are subject to rattle in wind, may be difficult to raise and latch, and may take up space on either side of the stroller where pockets and other features like diaper and wipe storage bags might be provided. The convertible stroller known to the inventor has a box like vertical frame design and a wheelbase length, and width and a seat elevation height that may not be safe in terms of support of a baby’s weight. Toppling of the stroller could occur should the user engage in rolling up or down a moderate slope. Likewise, parking facing or orthogonal to the slope direction may cause toppling of the stroller.

Therefore, what is clearly needed is a stroller that is convertible into a diaper changing table that reduces or eliminates the problems cited above.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A stroller frame in one embodiment is provided for the first time which includes a frame assembly including a pair of arcuate front legs and a pair of arcuate rear legs, each leg having one or more wheels at a proximal end, each pair of arcuate legs seated in fixed position spaced apart and held parallel at a primary cross member by a front structural cross member and a rear structural cross member. A backrest support frame member is also seated in a controlled pivotal position at the primary cross member and a stroller control handle tubular frame member seated in a controlled pivotable position at the primary cross member. A seat support frame member may be seated in a fixed horizontal position at the primary cross member and a pair of novel privacy frame subassemblies are spaced apart and held parallel by a rectangular second support frame fixed to the bottom of the seat.

Another embodiment provides that the second support frame is fixed to the bottom of the seat orthogonally and centered to a longitudinal line of the stroller frame, the second support frame supporting the pair of the privacy frame subassemblies spaced apart and held parallel by the second support frame. Additionally, a pair of left and right material privacy covers having an interior volume, the privacy covers fitted one each over the pair of frame subassemblies, the material privacy covers each anchored at least at one rear comer to the backrest support tubular frame member. In this embodiment, the backrest support frame member may be pivoted and locked at near 180 degrees to the seat support frame member and wherein the pair of subassemblies are elevated in height or lowered in height by extending the profile height of the frame subassemblies from a collapsed state to an elevated state.

In one embodiment, the stroller frame is fabricated of steel or aluminum tubing, and the arcuate legs are of the same arc and segment length and are interchangeable components. In this embodiment, a pair of rear wheels, at least one on each rear leg, share a same outside diameter that is significantly larger than an outside diameter of a pair of front wheels, at least one on each front leg. Additionally, the seat height measured from ground to the top of the seat is significantly less than a wheelbase length dimension measured from centerline to centerline of the rear and front wheels.

Optionally, the stroller frame includes a top material padding that covers the rectangular seat mounted to the top of the seat support frame member and a top material padding over the rectangular backrest mounted to the top of the backrest support frame member.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

Fig. 1 is a top perspective view of a convertible stroller assembly according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

Fig. 2 is a front view of an embodiment of the disclosure.

Fig. 3 is a right-side view of an embodiment of the disclosure.

Fig. 4 is a top view of an embodiment of the disclosure. Fig. 5 is a left-side view of an embodiment of the disclosure showing a backrest being moved into a reclined position and showing a privacy panel being moved into a deployed position.

Figure 6 is a left-side view of an embodiment of the disclosure showing a diaper table being formed and showing a pair of legs being positioned in a deployed position.

Fig. 7 is a perspective view of a privacy panel of an embodiment of the disclosure.

Fig. 8 is a detail view taken from circle 8 of figure 7 of an embodiment of the disclosure.

Fig. 9 is a detail view taken from circle 9 of figure 1 of an embodiment of the disclosure.

Fig. 10 is a right-side view of a stroller frame stabilized for safety according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Fig. 11 is a front view of the stroller frame of Fig. 10.

Fig. 12 A is a right-side view of the stroller frame of Fig. 10 equipped with a seat and material privacy cover.

Fig. 12B is a front view of the seat and material privacy covers installed on the stroller frame of Fig. 12 A.

Fig. 13 A is a right-side view of the stroller frame of Fig. 12A including the seat and privacy panel frame assembly of Fig. 12B and a privacy cover lift frame assembly.

Fig. 13B is a perspective view of the privacy panel frame assembly of Fig.

13A.

Fig. 13C is a partial perspective view of the privacy panel frame assembly of Fig. 13 A folded down.

Fig. 13D is a partial perspective view of the privacy panel frame assembly of Fig. 13 A folded up. Fig. 14 is a partial perspective view of the privacy panel frame assembly of Fig. 13 A covered with material and folded up according to an embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 15 is a partial perspective view of the privacy panel frame assembly of Fig. 13 A covered with material and folded down according to an embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 16 is a front view of a molded seat back with slots for a shoulder belt.

Fig. 17 is a magnified side view sectioned to depict the shoulder belt configuration through the slots in the molded seat back of Fig. 16.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

With reference now to the drawings, and in particular to Figures 1 through 9 thereof, a new stroller device embodying the principles and concepts of an embodiment of the disclosure and generally designated by the reference numeral 10 will be described. As best illustrated in Figures 1 through 9, the convertible stroller assembly 10 generally comprises a stroller 12 that has a seat 14 and a backrest 16 that is pivotally coupled to the seat 14. The backrest 16 is positionable in an upright position such that the seat 14 and the backrest 16 may have an infant seated thereon. The backrest 16 is positionable in a reclined position having each of the seat 14 and the backrest 16 forms a diaper changing table 18. In this way the seat 14 and the backrest 16 can have the infant laid thereon for changing a diaper. The stroller 12 includes a plurality of wheels, legs 34, and other structural components common to infant strollers.

The seat 14 has a top surface 20, a bottom surface 22, a first lateral edge 24 and a second lateral edge 26. The backrest 16 has a front surface 28, a back surface 29, a first lateral edge 30 and a second lateral edge 32. A pair of legs 34 is each pivotally coupled to the backrest 16 and each of the legs 34 is positionable in a deployed position for supporting the backrest 16 when the backrest 16 is positioned in the reclined position. In this way the backrest 16 can support the weight of the infant. Each of the legs 34 has a first end 36 and a second end 38, and the first end 36 of each of the legs 34 is pivotally coupled to the back surface 29 of the backrest 16. Each of the legs 34 extends downwardly from the backrest 16 when the legs 34 are in the deployed position and the second end 38 of each of the legs 34 abuts the ground or other support surface.

Additionally, each of the legs 34 lies against the backrest 16 when the legs 34 are positioned in a stored position.

A seat pad 40 is positioned on the seat 14 and the seat pad 40 is comprised of a resiliently compressible material. A belt 42 extends over the seat pad 40 and the belt 42 is matable to itself to form a closed loop for retaining the infant on the seat pad 40. In this way the belt 42 inhibits the infant from rolling off of the diaper changing table 18. A backrest pad 44 is positioned on the backrest 16 and the backrest pad 44 is comprised of a resiliently compressible material. A first pin 46 and a second pin 48 are each coupled to and extend away from a respective one of the first 24 and second 26 lateral edges of the backrest 16.

A pair of disks 50 is provided and each of the disks 50 has a first surface 52, a second surface 54 and a perimeter edge 56. Additionally, each of the disks 50 has a plurality of apertures 58 extending through the first 52 and second 54 surfaces. The apertures 58 in a respective one of the disks 50 are spaced apart from each other and are distributed along the perimeter edge 56 of the respective disk 50. The pair of disks 50 includes a first disk 60 and a second disk 62. The first disk 60 is coupled to the first lateral edge 24 of the seat 14 and the second disk 62 is coupled to the second lateral edge 26 of the seat 14. Each of the first 46 and second 48 pins engages a selected one of the apertures 58 in a respective one of the first 60 and second 62 disks to retain the backrest 16 at a selected angle with respect to the seat 14.

A pair of privacy panels 64 is each of the privacy panels 64 is slidably coupled to the seat 14. Each of the privacy panels 64 is positionable in a deployed position having each of the privacy panels 64 extending upwardly from the seat 14. Each of the privacy panels 64 conceals the infant while the diaper is being changed. Additionally, each of the privacy panels 64 is positionable in a stored position, and each of the privacy panels 64 includes a first lateral rail 66 and a second lateral rail 68. Each of the first 66 and second 68 lateral rails may each have a plurality of engagement points 70 thereon being distributed along an entire length of the first 66 and second 68 lateral rails. Each of the privacy panels 64 may have a cup holder 71 attached thereto for holding a beverage cup.

A plurality of receivers 72 is each coupled to the stroller 12 and each of the receivers 72 slidably engages a respective one of the privacy panels 64 for slidably retaining the privacy panels 64 on the stroller 12. Each of the receivers 72 has a front wall 74 that is spaced from a back wall 76 to define a slot 78 extending between the front 74 and back 76 walls. The back wall 76 of each of the receivers 72 is coupled to the stroller 12 such that an axis extending through the slot 78 is vertically oriented. The slot 78 in each of the receivers 72 slidably receives a respective one of the first 66 or second 68 lateral rails of the respective privacy panel 64 such that the privacy panels 64 can be raised and lowered in the receivers 72. A plurality of screws 80 each extends through the front wall 74 of a respective one of the receivers 72. Each of the screws 80 engages the respective first 66 or second 68 lateral rail 8 of the respective privacy panel 64 when the screws 80 are tightened for retaining the privacy panels 64 at a selected position.

Additionally, each of the screws 80 may engage a selected one of the engagement points 70 in the respective first 66 or second 68 lateral rail.

A canopy 82 is provided and the canopy 82 is foldably coupled to the backrest 16. The canopy 82 is positionable in a deployed position for shading the infant when the infant is seated in the stroller 12. Additionally, the canopy 82 is positionable in a stored position prior to positioning the backrest 16 in the reclined position. A tray 84 is attached to a rear edge 86 of the backrest 16 and the tray 84 is oriented at an angle with the back surface 29 of the backrest 16. Moreover, the tray 84 is oriented to lie on a horizontal plane when the backrest 16 is positioned in the upright position. In this way the tray 84 can be gripped for pushing the stroller 12. The tray 84 may include cup holders and storage wells. A storage box 88 for moistened wipes is coupled to the bottom surface 22 of the seat 14 for storing moistened wipes for changing diapers. In use, the backrest 16 is positioned in the upright position for employing the stroller 12 to transport the infant in the conventional means of employing a stroller 12. Each of the legs 34 is positioned in the deployed position and the backrest 16 is positioned in the reclined position when the infant needs a diaper change. In this way the diaper changing table 18 is formed. Each of the privacy panels 64 is positioned at a selected height for concealing the infant when the diaper is being changed. The backrest 16 is positioned in the upright position when the diaper has been changed for continuing to transport the infant in the stroller 12.

With respect to the above description then, it is to be realized that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of an embodiment enabled by the disclosure, to include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed readily apparent and obvious to one skilled in the art, and all equivalent relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by an embodiment of the disclosure.

Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the disclosure. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the disclosure to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the disclosure. In this patent document, the word“comprising” is used in its non-limiting sense to mean that items following the word are included, but items not specifically mentioned are not excluded.

A reference to an element by the indefinite article“a” does not exclude the possibility that more than one of the elements is present, unless the context clearly requires that there be only one of the elements.

In various embodiments described in enabling detail herein, the inventor provides a unique stroller that may be used also as a diaper changing table requiring less effort by the user to operate safely. The present invention is described using the following examples, which may describe more than one relevant embodiment falling within the scope of the invention. Fig. 10 is a right-side view of a stroller frame 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention. Frame 100 includes a rear leg tube 122a and a front leg tube 122b. The front leg tube 122b presents on the outside of rear leg tube 122a relative to tube alignment over a frame cross member at center drawing that the tubes are mounted over. However, in one embodiment the reverse may be true without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention.

Rear leg tube 122a and front leg tube 122b may be fabricated of steel or aluminum tubing that is formed as in a form bending process to have an arcuate profile. The arcuate design for the leg tubes provides for a more shock absorbent frame relative to vertical shock force. Front leg tube 122b includes a pair of front wheels 124 (one visible). Rear leg tube 122a includes a pair of rear wheels 123 (one visible).

Front wheels 124 may be smaller in diameter than rear wheels 123. Front wheels 124 may turn freely while rear wheels 123 may be axle mounted on a fixed axle that cannot be turned relative to the line of the stroller. Stroller frame 100 includes additional frame support cross members (not visible in this view) proximal to the lower ends of the front leg tubes and the rear leg tubes.

Stroller frame 100 includes a molded backrest 90 and a stroller control handle tube 121. Both the seat molded backrest 90 and the stroller control handle tube 121 are seated at the main frame cross member (127 Fig. 11) that the front and rear leg tubes are seated to. While the positions of front leg tube 122b and of rear leg tube 122a are fixed relative to one another, the positions of molded backrest 90 and stroller control handle tube 121 may pivot in a controlled manner about the main frame cross member. Seat 132 may also engage the cross member mentioned above. Seat 132 may have a footrest 89 rotatably attached at a distal end of the seat via hinge 133.

A wheelbase dimension D1 reflects the length of the wheelbase of stroller 100 from centerline to centerline of the wheels (rear to front). In a preferred embodiment, D1 is approximately 45-75 centimeters (cm), in this embodiment, 66.2 cm. A seat height D2 reflects the elevation of the molded plastic seat bottom 103 of the stroller above ground level. D2 is approximately 50-65 cm, in this embodiment it is 58 cm from ground to the top of seat 132. This orientation of wheelbase dimension and seat height is necessary to provide stability during positioning of the back rest and seat height required for comfort during changing of the passenger by the user.

It is noted herein that the centerline of the main cross member at the apex of the arcuate leg tube profile is closer to the rear wheels 123 than to the front wheels 124. For example, the centerline to centerline dimension from the rear wheel 123 to the main cross member is within a range of 28-35 cm, in this embodiment approximately 30.2 cm whereas the centerline to centerline dimension from the front wheel 124 to the main cross member is within a range of approximately 32-38 cm. This dimensional consideration moves the center of gravity back toward the rear of the stroller providing more stability against a front facing tip over of the stroller while in use.

Fig. 11 is a front view of the stroller frame 100 of Fig. 10. In this view, the main cross member 127 is visible (upper cross member), and the lower support cross member 128 (lower cross member) is visible extending between front wheels 124. Wheels 124 are visible in this view while rear wheels 123 are not depicted in this view. This front view assumes that the width dimension D3 of the wheelbase measured from centerline to centerline across wheels 124 is substantially the same dimension across the rear wheels 123. However, that should not be construed as a limitation as the rear wheelbase width dimension may be significantly wider than the front wheelbase width dimension D3 without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention and may be preferred in most embodiments. D3 may be within 35-56 cm, in this embodiment about 50 centimeters across the front wheels 124 from centerline to centerline. Fig. 12A is a right-side view of stroller frame 100 of Fig.10 equipped with the footrest 89, a molded back rest 90, seat side covers 91, and material privacy panel covers 92. 12B is a front view of molded backrest 90, seat 132 and seat side covers 91 installed on stroller frame 100 of Fig. 12A. Referring first to Fig. 12 A, stroller frame 100 supports a seat 132 that may be pivotally connected to a molded backrest 90. A pair of seat side covers 91 are provided and may be retained at least at one end onto a retaining post (not illustrated), the seat side covers 91 including a volume that houses a pair of privacy cover frame assemblies (not visible).

Referring now to Fig.12B, the seat side covers 91 are separate web like material covers positioned and retained between the panel covers 92 and the backrest 90. Each material privacy cover surrounds a frame sub assembly (Fig.

13 A) that is adjustable to raise the privacy covers upward vertically or the collapse the privacy covers back downward to rest against the collapsed frame assemblies. Material cover 131 may be provided wherein 92, 91 may be integrated with material covering the seat 132 and 90.

Fig. 13 A is a right-side view of the stroller frame 100 of Fig. 12A including the seat 132 and privacy covers 92 of Fig. 12B and a privacy panel frame assembly 200. In this view, backrest 90 is partially reclined. A privacy cover frame assembly 200 is provided in this embodiment and mounted to the bottom of seat 132. Privacy panel covers 92 are removed for purpose of clarity in description of the underlying privacy panel frame assembly 200. Detail box 125 isolates privacy panel frame assembly for further descriptive detail in the views presented below.

Fig. 13B is a perspective view of the privacy panel frame assembly 200 enclosed in detail box 125 of Fig. 13 A. Privacy cover frame assembly 200 is designed as a separate, add-on subassembly that is secured to the bottom of the stroller seat 132 using conventional hardware. The subassembly is fabricated from 12 mm wide x 3 mm thick flat aluminum bar stock. Privacy panel frame assembly 200 includes a front frame member 97 and a rear frame member 98. Frame members 97 and 98 are oriented orthogonally to the longitudinal line of the stroller seat 132 and support a pair of sub-assemblies that are materially covered by the privacy covers 92 anchored at least by a retaining post, the sub-assemblies adjustable at each side of the stroller seat.

Privacy panel frame assembly 200 includes a pair of cross-frame support members 96 that provide rigidity to the frame. Privacy panel frame assembly 200 includes a pair of front links 95 that are attached at one end to cross-frame support links 96 at the outside surfaces just forward of rear frame member 98.

The opposite ends of front links 95 are free ends. Front links 95 are adapted to be pivotal about the attachment points to the cross-support members 96 and may be raised up from a relative horizontal first position up to 90 degrees relative to the horizontal cross-frame members according to the direction of the double arrow depicting the range of pivot.

Privacy panel frame assembly 200 further includes a pair of rear link support members 94. Rear link support members 94 also referred to as support links 94 are attached at one end to rear frame 98 on the outsides of the frame just above the attachment points for the cross-frame support members. Support links 94 are connected at the opposite ends to rear links 93. Rear links 93 are adapted to be pivotal about the attachment points with support links 94 and may be raised up from a relative horizontal first position past 90 degrees relative to the support link according to the direction of the double arrow depicting the range of pivot.

In this embodiment one side may be adjusted independently from the other side of assembly 200.

Fig. 13C is a partial perspective view of the privacy panel frame assembly of Fig. 13 A folded down. In this view, front link 95 and rear link 93 are depicted in a collapsed state relatively horizontal or presenting a slight angle of elevation above the horizontal cross-frame member 96 and the near horizontal rear link support member 94. In this state the apparatus is collapsed so the privacy material is also collapsed. It is noted herein that front link 95 is significantly longer that rear link 93.

It is noted herein that the very top edge of the privacy cover (general descriptive term) of assembly 200 with material privacy covers 92 installed ranges from 100-150 millimeters above the molded plastic seat 132 of Fig. 10 when in the lower adjustment position. Height may alternatively be measured from the horizontal seat surface of seat 132 and is about 90 millimeters (4.7 in.) from that surface, but may vary. The very top edge of the privacy cover (general descriptive term) of assembly 200 with material privacy covers 92 installed is within a range of 150-200 millimeters above the seat 132 of Fig. 10 when in the higher adjustment position.

Fig. 13D is a partial perspective view of the privacy cover frame assembly of Fig. 13 A partially raised. In this view, front link 95 is only partially raised as is indicated by the directional arrow and broken boundary depicting prior position. In this view rear leg 93 is fully raised. The privacy cover frame assembly is designed as a separate, add-on frame that may be secured to the bottom of the stroller seat. The frame assembly is constructed from flat aluminum bar stock having a width and thickness compatible with requirements for frame construction including a range of about 10-15mm wide and 2-5mm thick. In this embodiment, the bar stock is from 12 mm wide x 3 mm thick flat aluminum bar stock. It is noted that measurements of the bar stock is not limited by these measurements and may very as long as integration and movement is maintained.

Fig. 14 is a partial perspective view of the privacy panel frame assembly 200 of Fig. 13 A covered with material and raised according to an embodiment of the invention. In this view, privacy covers 92 are installed over privacy panel frame assembly 200. Material privacy covers 92 may cover the entire side of each subassembly hiding the links, cross frame supports, and the front and rear frame members 97 (front) and 98 (rear). Material covers may be fabricated from material that is this and durable to the point that the fabric, itself, does not get caught in pivot points or between the links, yet is still pliable enough to raise and collapse when required. In one embodiment a thin foam layer or padding may be added to fabric comprising material privacy covers 92.

Fig. 15 is a partial perspective view of the privacy frame assembly of Fig. 13 A covered with material and folded down according to an embodiment of the invention. In this view, the privacy covers are depicted collapsed over the down- folded privacy panel frame assembly 200. The frame assembly 200 may be attached to the bottom of the stroller seat using standard hardware such as rivets, spacers, and screws, snap seats, and other methods. The privacy panel frame assembly 200 is height- adjustable from a lower position to a higher position to provide more privacy when changing a diaper.

A user may manually raise and lower material privacy covers as desired. In one embodiment privacy panel frame assembly 200 may be retained rigidly or locked into a higher position and retained or locked at the lower position by virtue of manipulating the frame subassemblies 200. In one embodiment retaining posts are provided and secured to the backrest 90 or handle frame member 121 to retain privacy covers 92 at one comer. In this embodiment, a sewn fabric retaining loop may be included at the top rear comer of the material privacy cover 92 to secure privacy panels to the retaining posts. In one aspect, the folded length of the retaining loop may be approximately 25 mm (1 in.).

In this embodiment, one may convert the stroller frame into a changing table by pivoting the backrest 90 and Another goal of the invention is to provide a safe and secure means to secure a child on a changing table surface of the stroller such as by use of shoulder straps.

Fig. 16 is a front view of molded backrest 90 with slots for a shoulder belt. Molded backrest 90 is pivotally attached together with the seat 132 of Fig. 10 and may be articulated enabling a substantially horizontal surface to allow the stroller to be used as a diaper changing table.

Molded backrest 90 includes an array of slots arranged in two columns of five slots each. Slots reserved for shoulder belts to secure a child to the changing table are slots 100 (upper slot), 101(middle slot), and 102 (lower shoulder belt slot). Slot sets 100, 101, and 102 are positioned strategically from the seat surface up molded backrest 90.

In this view, a shoulder belt 99 is provided and adapted to be anchored at one end in line with lower shoulder belt slot 102 and to be routed in through lower shoulder belt slot 102. Shoulder belt 99 is routed back through upper slot 101 (next highest set), and then back in through upper slot 100 (next highest set from set 101). The shoulder belt 99 prevents a baby from turning over or sitting up during the time a diaper is being changed.

Fig. 17 is a magnified side view of the shoulder belt configuration of shoulder belt 99 as shown inside the bracket of Fig. 16. In this view, shoulder belt 99 is anchored at lower shoulder belt slot 102 from behind the padded material depicted with section lines. Belt 99 comes through lower shoulder belt slot 102 and is routed back through middle slot 101 and then back through upper slot 100 on backrest 90.

It will be apparent to one with skill in the art that the nitrogen harvester apparatus of the invention may be provided using some or all the mentioned features and components without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention. It will also be apparent to the skilled artisan that the embodiments described above are specific examples of a single broader invention that may have greater scope than any of the singular descriptions taught. There may be many alterations made in the descriptions without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention. The invention is limited only by the breadth of the claims below.