GB2546555A - An infant support frame - Google Patents

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GB2546555A
GB2546555A GB1601314.6A GB201601314A GB2546555A GB 2546555 A GB2546555 A GB 2546555A GB 201601314 A GB201601314 A GB 201601314A GB 2546555 A GB2546555 A GB 2546555A
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Crockford Samuel
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47DFURNITURE SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN
    • A47D13/00Other nursery furniture
    • A47D13/04Apparatus for helping babies to walk; Baby walkers or strollers
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47DFURNITURE SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN
    • A47D13/00Other nursery furniture
    • A47D13/08Devices for use in guiding or supporting children, e.g. safety harness, feeding cushions

Abstract

A frame 1 to support an infant whilst standing or walking comprising a U-shaped holder 2 and a pair of handles 7, the arrangement being such that, when the walking aid is in use and the U-shaped holder is held centrally in the hand of a helper with the handles positioned below the U-shaped holder, an infant holding a respective handle in each hand is supported by the helper whilst the infant stands or walks. The spacing between the handles may sufficiently wide to enable the infant to position their head between the free end of each handle. The U-shaped holder may have a holding region 5 to receive the hand of a helper, which may be located above the space between the handles 7 and may be defined by a narrowing 6 of the holder. The free end of each handle may have a portion 9 protruding inwardly towards the holder and the holder and handles may be integrally formed of the same rigid material.

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An Infant Support Frame
The present invention relates to an infant support frame. In particular, it relates to a frame to support an infant whilst they are learning to stand and/or walk.
Various walking aids and devices to support an infant or child whilst they are learning to stand or walk are known. However, many of them are complex, have multiple or moving parts and are difficult to use. Some devices are worn by the infant or require a helper to place them in the device or to attach it to them. This often becomes inconvenient and so the device is rarely used.
The present invention seeks to provide a simple and effective aid to enable a helper to assist an infant or small child support themselves as they learn to stand or walk.
According to the present invention, there is provided a frame to support an infant whilst standing or walking comprising a U-shaped holder and a pair of handles, each handle extending inwardly towards the other handle from an opposite end of the U-shaped holder, the arrangement being such that, when the frame is in use and the U-shaped holder is held centrally in the hand of a helper with the handles positioned below the U-shaped holder, an infant holding a respective handle in each hand is supported by the helper whilst the infant stands or walks.
Preferably, the free ends of each of the handles face each other and are spaced by a distance to enable an infant who is holding a respective handle in each hand, and who is being supported by a helper holding the frame, to position their head between them.
The U-shaped holder may have a holding region about which a helper places their hand to hold the device when the frame is in use.
In a preferred embodiment, the holding region is located above the space between the handles when the frame is in use.
The holding region may be defined by a narrowing of the U-shaped holder.
Preferably, the free end of each handle has a portion that protrudes inwardly towards the holder.
The U-shaped holder and the handle are preferably integrally formed from the same rigid material.
An embodiment of the invention will now be described, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure l is a front view of an infant support frame; and
Figure 2 is a view of the infant support frame in use.
With reference to the drawings, there is shown an infant support frame 1 according to an embodiment of the invention. The frame 1 is integrally formed as a one-piece construction from any appropriate rigid material, such as wood or plastic.
The frame 1 has a generally U-shaped holder 2 with ends 4. As shown in Figure 1, the holder 2 has a generally curved or arcuate shape although it it is envisaged that it could also be formed from straight sections. The holder 2 has a central holding region 5 midway between the ends 4 of the frame 1 to define a place for a helper 10 (see Figure 2) to place their hand when the frame 1 is in use. The central holding region 5 may be defined by a thinner section of the frame 1 relative to the thickness of its remaining part. In particular it may have a recessed area 6 on its inner surface. A handle 7 extends inwardly from each end 4 of the U-shaped holder 2 so that the free ends 8 of each handle 7 face each other in spaced relation. The free end 8 of each handle 7 is turned inwardly towards the frame 1 to form a lip 9.
Figure 2 shows the frame 1 in use. In particular, a helper 10 holds the frame 1 so that the U-shape is inverted and the handles 7 are below the central holding region 5. An infant 11 may reach up and grasp a handle 7 in each hand and pull themselves up into a standing position, supported by the frame 1 as it is being held by the helper 10. The helper 10 may hold the frame 1 at any convenient height that is comfortable for the infant 11. The gap between the free ends 8 of each handle 7 is wide enough so that the frame 1 can be held so that the handles 7 are positioned on either side of the infant’s head, i.e. so that the infant’s head can fit between the handles 7. This prevents the infant 11 from having to reach up too high which may cause discomfort. It will also be appreciated that the helper 10 does not have to bend down or stoop in order to assist the infant 11 or is required to do so to an extent considerably less than if they were to hold the infant’s hands in their own.
It will be appreciated that the device can be supplied in different sizes to accommodate different helpers and/or child heights. The width of the device may also be varied between devices. In another unillustrated embodiment, the device may be made from multiple components and allow a degree of adjustment to alter its size.
The invention has been described with reference to a preferred embodiment only. Modifications and alterations to the embodiment falling within the scope of the appended claims are included within the scope of protection.

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Claims
1. A frame to support an infant whilst standing or walking comprising a U-shaped holder and a pair of handles, each handle extending inwardly towards the other handle from an opposite end of the U-shaped holder, the arrangement being such that, when the frame is in use and the U-shaped holder is held centrally in the hand of a helper with the handles positioned below the U-shaped holder, an infant holding a respective handle in each hand is supported by the helper whilst the infant stands or walks.
2. A frame according to claim 1, wherein the free ends of the handles face each other and are spaced by a distance to enable an infant who is holding a respective handle in each hand and who is being supported by a helper holding the frame to position their head between the free end of each handle.
3. A frame according to claim 2, wherein the U-shaped holder has a holding region to receive the hand of a helper.
4. A frame according to claim 3, wherein the holding region is located above the space between the handles when the frame is in use.
5. A frame according to claim 3 or 4, wherein the holding region is defined by a narrowing of the U-shaped holder.
6. A frame according to any preceding claim, wherein the free end of each handle has a portion that protrudes inwardly towards the holder.
7. A frame according to any preceding claim, wherein the U-shaped holder and the handle are integrally formed from the same rigid material.
8. A frame substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2956616A (en) * 1960-10-18 Baby walker
US3237939A (en) * 1962-10-15 1966-03-01 William M Olivet Baby walking aid
US6196949B1 (en) * 1999-02-02 2001-03-06 Ruben Rodarte Apparatus for assisting and training a child to walk
WO2016070157A1 (en) * 2014-10-31 2016-05-06 Gmg Diversified Llc Walking aid for toddler

Patent Citations (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2956616A (en) * 1960-10-18 Baby walker
US3237939A (en) * 1962-10-15 1966-03-01 William M Olivet Baby walking aid
US6196949B1 (en) * 1999-02-02 2001-03-06 Ruben Rodarte Apparatus for assisting and training a child to walk
WO2016070157A1 (en) * 2014-10-31 2016-05-06 Gmg Diversified Llc Walking aid for toddler

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