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GB2295770A
GB2295770A GB9424751A GB9424751A GB2295770A GB 2295770 A GB2295770 A GB 2295770A GB 9424751 A GB9424751 A GB 9424751A GB 9424751 A GB9424751 A GB 9424751A GB 2295770 A GB2295770 A GB 2295770A
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Peter Jan Horsey
Rhian Horsey
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47DFURNITURE SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN
    • A47D15/00Accessories for children's furniture, e.g. safety belts
    • A47D15/005Restraining devices, e.g. safety belts, contoured cushions or side bumpers
    • A47D15/008Restraining devices, e.g. safety belts, contoured cushions or side bumpers in beds, play-pens or cradles

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A protective arrangement for an infant's cot or crib, to prevent the infant impacting the upright bars 10 of the cot or crib, comprises a set of tubular guards 12 of impact absorbing material for fitting around the bars. The tubular material may be an extrusion of foam plastics material, split longitudinally to allow for mounting and removal from the bars. Each guard preferably has its own cover 18, eg of fabric, with a draw string at the top and bottom, 21, 22. <IMAGE>

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COT OR CRIB PROTECTIVE ARRANGEMENTS This invention relates to protective arrangements for use in cots or cribs, to protect the infant from impacting against the vertical bars of the cot or crib.

There is a common risk of infants hitting their heads against the upright bars of their cots: some cribs also include similar upright bars. In order to prevent this, it has become common to fit so-called bumpers against the inside of the bars, extending across the head and partly along the two sides of the cot or crib. These bumpers comprise panels of soft or padded material to absorb the impact of the infant's head against the bars of the cot or crib.

Recently it has become recognised that the use of such bumpers reduces air flow and can contribute to the infant becoming overheated: it has also become recognised that overheating is undesirable and may in some cases be responsible for cot deaths. Moreover some bumpers enable the infant to climb over the side of the cot.

We have now devised a protective arrangement which protects infants from impacting against the upright bars of a cot or crib, but at the same time does not prevent air flow and so cannot contribute to the infant overheating.

In accordance with this invention, there is provided a protective arrangement for use in a cot or crib, comprising a set of tubular, impact-absorbing guards for fitting around at least some of the upright bars of the cot or crib.

Preferably the set comprises at least 17 or 18 such tubular guards, to fit on the 7 or 8 bars across the top or head of the cot or crib, and to fit at least the first 5 bars along each side of the cot or crib.

It will be appreciated that the tubular guards prevent direct impact of the infant's head against the bars of the cot or crib. However, in contrast to conventional "bumpers", the tubular guards do not close the space between adjacent bars, but allow air flow and so do not contribute to the infant overheating.

Also, in accordance with this invention, there is provided an impact-absorbing guard for a cot or crib, the guard comprising a tubular member of impact-absorbing material which is longitudinally split to enable it to be applied to or removed from an upright bar of the cot or crib, and a cover for enclosing the tubular member once applied to the cot or crib bar.

Preferably the tubular member is of a flexible but self-supporting material, so that it can be opened along its longitudinal split for fitting around (or removing from) an upright bar of the cot or crib, and will then close up again.

In particular the tubular member may be cut to length from an extrusion of foamed plastics material.

Preferably this cover comprises a length of sheet material, particularly a fabric, which is wrapped around the tubular member until its opposite longitudinal edges overlap: these edges are then secured together, for example by means of press-fasteners. Preferably the top and bottom ends of the cover are provided with draw strings, which are tightened to close the ends of the cover over the ends of the tubular, impact-absorbing member.

It will be appreciated that the cover can be removed relatively easily for washing or cleaning, and can then be refitted. The cover is preferably coloured or patterned to coordinate with the cot bedding or other items, as desired.

An embodiment of this invention will now be described by way of example only and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of an infant's cot which has been fitted with a protective arrangement in accordance with this invention; FIGURE 2 is a view of one of the set of tubular, impact-absorbing guards used in the arrangement of Figure 1; FIGURE 3 is a view of a cover for each of the tubular guards; and FIGURE 4 is an enlarged view of one of the guards fitted to an upright bar of the cot and having its cover applied around it.

Referring to Figure 1, there is shown an infant's cot of generally conventional form, which includes a series of upright bars 10 spaced apart along each of the top and bottom (or head and foot) and opposite sides of the cot. In accordance with this invention, a tubular impact-absorbing guard (indicated generally at 12) is fitted around each of the bars across the head of the cot, and around each of the first few bars (the first six in the example shown) along each side of the cot.

It will be appreciated that when the set of guards are fitted to the cot as shown in Figure 1, the infant is protected against impacting his or her head against the adjacent bars of the cot. However, air is still free to flow through the spaces between the bars: the set of guards do not therefore contribute to any overheating of the infant.

Referring to Figure 2, each of the guards comprises a tube 14 of impact-absorbing material, having a longitudinal slit 15 so that it can be slipped easily around an upright bar of the cot. The material of the tube 14 is such that the tube is self-supporting and returns to its natural, closed-tubular shape after being slipped around the cot bar.

In a preferred form, the tube 14 is cut to length from an extrusion of foamed plastics material.

Referring to Figure 3, each of the guards further comprises a cover for enclosing the impact-absorbing tube 14.

The cover comprises a length of sheet material 18, preferably a fabric which is coloured or patterned to co-ordinate for example with bedding for the cot, for wrapping around the tube 14 until its opposite longitudinal edges overlap, as shown in Figure 4. The opposite edges of the cover 18 have complementary press-fasteners 19, 20 sewed to them: fasteners of the hook-and-pile (Velcro) type may be used instead. Also, pockets are formed across the top and bottom ends of the cover 18, for draw strings 21, 22.

Figure 4 shows an upright bar 10 of the cot, around which an impact-absorbing tube has been fitted, and then a cover 18 has been wrapped around this tube to enclose the latter. Finally, the draw strings 21, 22 have been drawn tight and then tied at the top and bottom of the guard, to enclose the cover around the bar 10 and across the top and bottom ends of the impact-absorbing tube.

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1. A protective arrangement for use in a cot or crib to protect infants from impacting against the upright bars of the cot or crib, said protective arrangement comprising a set of tubular, impact-absorbing guards for fitting around at least some of the upright bars of said cot or crib.
2. A protective arrangement as claimed in claim 1, in which each of said guards comprises a length of flexible, selfsupporting, impact-absorbing material in the form of a tube split along its longitudinal axis.
3. A protective arrangement as claimed in claim 1 or 2, in which each of said guards is provided with a cover.
4. A protective arrangement as claimed in claim 3, in which each said cover comprises a length of sheet material for wrapping around its said guard such that opposite edges of said length of sheet material overlap, and means for securing said overlapping edges.
5. A protective arrangement as claimed in claim 3 or 4, in which each said cover is provided with a draw-string at each of its opposite ends, arranged to close said opposite ends over the ends of the respective guard.
6. A protective arrangement as claimed in any previous claim, in which said set comprises at least 17 said guards.
7. A protective arrangement for use in a cot or crib to protect infants from impacting against the upright bars of the cot or crib, said protective arrangement being substantially as herein described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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GB2351900A (en) * 1999-07-12 2001-01-17 Julie Elizabeth Little Protective cover for the rails/bars of cots/beds
GB2397998A (en) * 2003-01-10 2004-08-11 Laura Jayne Souber Child protective device
US6799337B1 (en) 2003-04-15 2004-10-05 Danielle Raphael-Davis Baby crib attachments
GB2449727A (en) * 2007-05-30 2008-12-03 Wonderland Nursery Goods Playpen with shock absorbing function
US8104116B2 (en) 2007-04-19 2012-01-31 Mr. Smiles Ltd Sleeping unit
GB2482591A (en) * 2010-08-05 2012-02-08 Duncan Sidney Lamb Safety bumper for beds
US8689379B2 (en) 2011-10-20 2014-04-08 Babee Talk Ip Holdings Inc. Crib safety products

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US4692953A (en) * 1986-07-11 1987-09-15 Fetters G David Portable collapsible baby crib
US4767419A (en) * 1987-09-28 1988-08-30 Fattore Mary E Protective pad for crib rail
EP0294328A1 (en) * 1987-06-01 1988-12-07 Indwell Products Corporation Portable collapsible baby crib
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GB1561038A (en) * 1975-08-29 1980-02-13 Eurolando Framework for an item of children's furniture or accessoryor the like
US4692953A (en) * 1986-07-11 1987-09-15 Fetters G David Portable collapsible baby crib
EP0294328A1 (en) * 1987-06-01 1988-12-07 Indwell Products Corporation Portable collapsible baby crib
US4767419A (en) * 1987-09-28 1988-08-30 Fattore Mary E Protective pad for crib rail
US4827545A (en) * 1988-03-09 1989-05-09 Arp Norman T Removable protective covering assembly for a bed restraining side rail

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
GB2351900A (en) * 1999-07-12 2001-01-17 Julie Elizabeth Little Protective cover for the rails/bars of cots/beds
GB2351900B (en) * 1999-07-12 2001-08-29 Julie Elizabeth Little Improvements in, or Relating to, Cots
GB2397998A (en) * 2003-01-10 2004-08-11 Laura Jayne Souber Child protective device
US6799337B1 (en) 2003-04-15 2004-10-05 Danielle Raphael-Davis Baby crib attachments
US8104116B2 (en) 2007-04-19 2012-01-31 Mr. Smiles Ltd Sleeping unit
GB2449727A (en) * 2007-05-30 2008-12-03 Wonderland Nursery Goods Playpen with shock absorbing function
GB2449727B (en) * 2007-05-30 2009-07-29 Wonderland Nursery Goods Playpen with a shock-absorbing function
GB2482591A (en) * 2010-08-05 2012-02-08 Duncan Sidney Lamb Safety bumper for beds
US8689379B2 (en) 2011-10-20 2014-04-08 Babee Talk Ip Holdings Inc. Crib safety products
US9038222B2 (en) 2011-10-20 2015-05-26 Babee Talk Ip Holdings Inc. Crib safety products

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