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US20120047618A1
US20120047618A1 US12969993 US96999310A US2012047618A1 US 20120047618 A1 US20120047618 A1 US 20120047618A1 US 12969993 US12969993 US 12969993 US 96999310 A US96999310 A US 96999310A US 2012047618 A1 US2012047618 A1 US 2012047618A1
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A convertible bib system is disclosed. The bib system includes a substrate base with a front side and a rear side, a catch-all pocket, an adjustable bib clip strap, collar bands, recesses, storage compartments, and various fastening devices. The bib system is configured for storage of small items and for conversion from a bib to a clutch/wallet. The bib system is configured as a bib for secure attachment around the neck of a child, the capturing of food particles and liquids, the subsequent cleaning of the bib and the transport of the folded bib in a clutch/wallet state. The bib system also is utilized for the storage of a multiplicity of items.

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    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION(S)
  • The present non-provisional patent application claims the benefit of priority of U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/377,093, which is entitled “CONVERTIBLE BIB SYSTEM”, which was filed on Aug. 26, 2010, and which is incorporated in full by reference herein.
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The technology described herein relates generally to bibs. More specifically, the technology relates to a bib, a combined bib and storage device, and a convertible bib system that are each foldable, collapsible, and configured to convert from a clutch/wallet to a bib and back to a clutch/wallet as well as store items within storage compartments.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Bibs are well known in the background art. Typically, a bib is a garment worn hanging from the neck on the chest to protect clothing from the spilling of food or drink. Bibs are particularly useful for children and infants. Additionally, bibs can be used in other circumstances such as for adults dining on lobster or other messy foods, persons with special needs that require help in eating, for patients in the dentist chair, for wear as an apron while engaged in crafts, and so forth.
  • Existing bibs known in the background art are particularly frustrating to caregivers of infants in several areas: inadequate coverage of areas susceptible to spills, neck closure arrangements that are easily pulled apart by the wearer (such as hook-and-loop or snap fasteners), no storage areas for items used in the feeding process, difficult to clean, not aesthetically pleasing, not multi-functional, not easily stored and transported, short useful life, useful only for feeding, etc. Thus, there is a long-standing need to have a bib configured to address these and other needs.
  • Related patents known in the background art include the following:
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,389,897, issued to Pistiolis et al. on Jun. 24, 2008, discloses a baby bag that is convertible to a baby carrier.
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,418,739, issued to Chan on Sep. 2, 2008, discloses an article of clothing which has multi-purpose and function.
  • U.S. Pat. No. 6,499,140, issued to Benjamin et al. on Dec. 31, 2002, discloses a bib having an improved pocket.
  • U.S. Pat. No. 6,745,399, issued to Austin on Jun. 8, 2004, discloses an integrated baby bottle holder, bib, and pillow to aid infant care givers in conveniently and comfortably feeding suckling infants in any number of environments.
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,444,685, issued to Rose on Nov. 4, 2008, discloses a re-configurable mealtime accessory tote, comprising a thin, pliant bib-shaped structure that has a first pocket on the bib-shaped structure with a side opening to receive mealtime utensils (e.g. fork and spoon) in a horizontal direction, and a second pocket with a top opening to receive a drinking cup in the horizontal opening.
  • U.S. Pat. No. 5,509,141, issued to Saltzman on Apr. 23, 1996 discloses a baby bib apparatus includes a bib member that has front and rear panels with respective front and rear surfaces that are preferably water resistant or water repellant.
  • The foregoing patent information reflects the state of the art of which the inventor is aware and is tendered with a view toward discharging the inventor's acknowledged duty of candor in disclosing information that may be pertinent to the patentability of the technology described herein. It is respectfully stipulated, however, that the foregoing patent and other information do not teach or render obvious, singly or when considered in combination, the inventor's claimed invention.
  • BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • In various exemplary embodiments, the technology described herein provides a bib, a combined bib and storage device, and a convertible bib system that are each foldable, collapsible, and configured to convert from a clutch/wallet to a bib and back to a clutch/wallet as well as store items within storage compartments.
  • In one exemplary embodiment, the technology described herein provides a bib. The bib includes: a substrate base comprised of a washable material and having a front side and a rear side; a left top and a right top defined within the substrate base to form a collar to encompass the near of the wearer; at least one closure device disposed at the distal end of each of the left top and right top of the substrate base; a first collar band disposed upon the substrate base; a second collar band disposed upon the substrate base; and a catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base and configured to capture food particles and liquids during the feeding process. The bib is configured such that the bib folds into the catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base. The at least one closure device is selected from the group consisting of: buttons, metal snaps, plastic snaps, buttons and button holes, hook-and-loop fasteners (e.g.VELCRO®), zippers, and magnets sewn into the collar with polarities arranged for magnetic attraction and closure. The substrate can be a washable material.
  • The bib also can include: a first recess defined within the rear side of the substrate and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top left of the substrate base; and a second recess defined within the rear side of the substrate and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top right of the substrate base.
  • The bib further can include: an adjustable bib clip strap having a first end and a second end and having a clip at each end of the strap and an adjustment buckle to adjust the length of the strap and configured to secure the bib around the neck of the wearer when the top left of the substrate base is stored within the first recess and when the top right of the substrate base is stored within the second recess.
  • The bib also can include: at least one storage compartment defined with the rear side of the substrate base; and at least one closure mechanism disposed upon the at least one storage compartment and configured to close the at least one storage compartment to secure at least one item stored within. The one closure mechanism can be selected from the group consisting of: buttons, metal snaps, plastic snaps, hook-and-loop fasteners (e.g. VELCRO®), zippers, and magnets.
  • The bib further can include: a plurality of magnets disposed internally within the substrate base and configured to facilitate the folding and securing of the bib into a clutch/wallet; and an adjustable bib clip strap having a first end and a second end and having a clip at each end of the strap and an adjustment buckle to adjust the length of the strap and configured as a strap with which to carry the clutch/wallet.
  • The bib also can include a border defined within a periphery of the substrate base and configured to provide structural integrity during the use and cleaning of the bib.
  • The bib further can include a protective water-repellant and stain-resistant layer affixed to the front side of the substrate base.
  • The bib also can include multiple storage compartments defined with the rear side of the substrate base, each compartment formed of a varied size relative to one another.
  • In another exemplary embodiment, the technology described herein provides a combined bib and closable storage device. The combined bib and closable storage device includes: a substrate base comprised of a washable material and having a front side and a rear side; a left top and a right top defined within the substrate base to form a collar to encompass the near of the wearer; at least one closure device disposed at the distal end of each of the left top and right top of the substrate base; a first collar band disposed upon the substrate base; a second collar band disposed upon the substrate base; a catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base and configured to capture food particles and liquids during the feeding process, wherein the bib is configured such that the bib is operably folded into the catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base; at least one storage compartment defined with the rear side of the substrate base; and at least one closure mechanism disposed upon the at least one storage compartment and configured to close the at least one storage compartment to secure at least one item stored within.
  • The combined bib and closable storage device also can include: a first recess defined within the rear side of the substrate and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top left of the substrate base; a second recess defined within the rear side of the substrate and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top right of the substrate base; and a protective water-repellant and stain-resistant layer affixed to the front side of the substrate base.
  • The combined bib and closable storage device further can include: a plurality of storage compartments defined with the rear side of the substrate base, each compartment formed of a varied size relative to one another.
  • The combined bib and closable storage device also can include: an adjustable bib clip strap having a first end and a second end and having a clip at each end of the strap and an adjustment buckle to adjust the length of the strap and configured to secure the bib around the neck of the wearer when the top left of the substrate base is stored within the first recess and when the top right of the substrate base is stored within the second recess.
  • In yet another exemplary embodiment, the technology described herein provides convertible bib system. The convertible bib system includes: a substrate base comprised of a washable material and having a front side and a rear side; a left top and a right top defined within the substrate base to form a collar to encompass the near of the wearer; at least one closure device disposed at the distal end of each of the left top and right top of the substrate base; a first collar band disposed upon the substrate base and configured for receipt of the left top of the substrate base; a second collar band disposed upon the substrate base and configured for receipt of the right top of the substrate base; a catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base and configured to capture food particles and liquids during the feeding process, wherein the bib is configured such that the bib is operably folded into the catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base; a plurality of magnets disposed internally within the substrate base and configured to facilitate the folding and securing of the bib into a clutch/wallet; and an adjustable bib clip strap having a first end and a second end and having a clip at each end of the strap and an adjustment buckle to adjust the length of the strap and configured to secure the bib around the neck of the wearer when the top left of the substrate base is stored within the first recess and when the top right of the substrate base is stored within the second recess, and wherein the adjustable bib clip strap is adapted for use as a strap with which to carry the clutch/wallet.
  • The convertible bib system also can include: a first recess defined within the rear side of the substrate and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top left of the substrate base; a second recess defined within the rear side of the substrate and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top right of the substrate base; a protective water-repellant and stain-resistant layer affixed to the front side of the substrate base; a plurality of storage compartments defined with the rear side of the substrate base, each compartment formed of a varied size relative to one another; and at least one closure mechanism disposed upon at least one of the plurality of storage compartments and configured to close the at least one of the plurality of storage compartments to secure at least one item stored within.
  • There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the technology in order that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the technology that will be described hereinafter and which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto. In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the technology in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The technology described herein is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting.
  • As such, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the conception, upon which this disclosure is based, may readily be utilized as a basis for the designing of other structures, methods and systems for carrying out the several purposes of the technology described herein. It is important, therefore, that the claims be regarded as including such equivalent constructions insofar as they do not depart from the spirit and scope of the technology described herein.
  • Further objects and advantages of the technology described herein will be apparent from the following detailed description of a presently preferred embodiment which is illustrated schematically in the accompanying drawings.
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  • The technology described herein is illustrated with reference to the various drawings, in which like reference numbers denote like device components and/or method steps, respectively, and in which:
  • FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of a convertible bib system, illustrating, in particular, the catch-all front pocket, collar bands, and collar closure devices, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 2 is a front planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 3 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, multiple pocket zones, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 4 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, how the collar left and right top portions are tucked within recesses when not in use, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 5 is a front planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, how the collar left and right top portions are tucked within recesses when not in use, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 6 is a front planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, how the convertible bib is folded when not in use, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 7 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, how the convertible bib is folded when not in use, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 8 is a front planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, how the convertible bib is folded when not in use, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 9 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, how the convertible bib is folded when not in use, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 10 is a front planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, a collapsed, folded bib and an adjustable bib clip strap that can be used to carry the collapsed, folded bib as a clutch or wallet, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 11 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, a collapsed, folded bib and an adjustable bib clip strap that can be used to carry the collapsed, folded bib as a clutch or wallet, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 12 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, the use of magnets for closure, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 13 is a front planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, the use of magnets for closure, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 14 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, how the convertible bib is folded when not in use and utilizing closure magnets, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 15 is a front planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, how the convertible bib is folded when not in use and utilizing closure magnets, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 16 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, how the convertible bib is folded when not in use and utilizing closure magnets, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 17 is a front planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, how the convertible bib is folded when not in use and utilizing closure magnets, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 18 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, a collapsed, folded bib, secured with magnets, and an adjustable bib clip strap that can be used to carry the collapsed, folded bib as a clutch or wallet, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 19 is a front planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, a collapsed, folded bib, secured with magnets, and an adjustable bib clip strap that can be used to carry the collapsed, folded bib as a clutch or wallet, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 20 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, multiple pocket zones, and shown in use with a spoon and towelette, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 21 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, multiple pocket zones, and shown in use with a spoon and towelette, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 22 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, multiple pocket zones, and shown in use with a spoon and towelette, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein;
  • FIG. 23 is a rear planar view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, multiple pocket zones, and shown in use with a spoon and towelette, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein; and
  • FIG. 24 is a front view of the convertible bib system depicted in FIG. 1, illustrating, in particular, the collar left and right tops folded forwardly to show the recesses on the rear side of the convertible bib, according to an embodiment of the technology described herein.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • Before describing the disclosed embodiments of this technology in detail, it is to be understood that the technology is not limited in its application to the details of the particular arrangement shown here since the technology described is capable of other embodiments. Also, the terminology used herein is for the purpose of description and not of limitation.
  • In various exemplary embodiments, the technology described herein provides a bib, a combined bib and storage device, and a convertible bib system that are each foldable, collapsible, and configured to convert from a clutch/wallet to a bib and back to a clutch/wallet as well as store items within storage compartments. Each device serves as a bib while at the same time serves as convenient storage for small items while dining away from home. The bib is configured to have small item storage for items such as, but not limited to, a spoon, travel size wet wipes, squeezable baby food containers, hand sanitizer, and the like. The bib is configured to accommodate an adjustable bib clip strap that attaches securely to the bib such that it resists being pulled off by and infant. The bib is configured to be cleaned easily. The bib is aesthetically pleasing and fashionable. The collar of the bib is configured to disappear into correspondingly dimensioned pockets/slits, thus allowing an adjustable bib clip strap to be used so that the bib does not have to be discarded after several of months because it no longer fits a child. The bib is configured to be extended to allow coverage for several years of use by an infant or child. The storage areas can have internal sewn-in magnets to facilitate closure, yet preventing accidental swallowing by a child. The bib can fold into its own front catch-all pocket.
  • Additionally, and by way of example, the convertible bib device can serve as a toddler art bib for crafts, paints, and other similar activities wherein the underlying clothing is to be protected from spills and the like. The convertible bib can be used to provide protective coverage of clothing during toddler arts and crafts sessions. The bib has storage areas, e.g. closable pockets, for small craft items such as crayons, paint brushes, paint etc.
  • Referring now to the Figures, in various exemplary embodiments, the technology described herein provides a convertible bib 10. The convertible bib 10 includes a substrate base 100. The substrate base has a front side 102 (such as shown in FIG. 2) and a rear side 104 (such as shown in FIG. 3). The substrate base 100 is manufactured of a washable, easily cleaned material. By way of example, the substrate base 100 can be a plastic material. The substrate base 100 also can include a protective water-repellant and stain-resistant layer affixed to the front side 102 of the substrate base 100. The substrate base 100 can include a border 500 defined within a periphery of the substrate base 100. The border 500 is configured to provide structural integrity during the use and cleaning of the convertible bib 10.
  • The convertible bib 10 includes a left top 210 and a right top 220 defined within the substrate base 100 to form a collar to encompass the neck of the wearer. At least one closure device 230 is disposed at the distal end of each of the left top 210 and right top 220 of the substrate base 100. The closure device 230 provides a means by which the left top 210 and the right top 220 are secured one to another to encompass the neck of the wearer and to remain securely on the neck. The closure device 230 can be one or more metal snaps, plastic snaps, buttons and button holes, hook-and-loop fasteners (e.g. VELCRO®), zippers, or magnets sewn into the collar with polarities arranged for magnetic attraction and closure.
  • The convertible bib 10 includes collar bands 240 placed upon the substrate base 100. The collar bands 240 are located on the front side 102 of the substrate base 100. The collar bands 240 each are configured for receipt of clips 304 from the adjustable bib clip strap 300. The collar bands 240 can be manufactured of various materials; however, the material used must be suitable for the clip action of the clips 304 such that the adjustable bib clip strap 300 remains secured to the convertible bib 10. This enables use of the convertible bib 10 for a period of time longer than if the bib were only secured to the wearer, a growing child for example, by the collar closure device 230.
  • The convertible bib 10 includes a catch-all pocket 250, as depicted in FIG. 1, for example. The catch-all pocket 250 is located upon the front side 102 of the substrate base 100 near a bottom portion of the substrate base 100 and is configured to capture food particles, liquids, or the like during the feeding process. The convertible bib 10 is configured to collapse easily and be folded by a user into the catch-all pocket 250 disposed upon the front side of the substrate base 100. The catch-all pocket 250 is designed to be easily emptied and cleaned. The catch-all pocket 250 can be manufactured of a water resistant material. The catch-all pocket 250 can include one or more dividers.
  • The convertible bib 10 includes at least two recesses 260 defined within the rear side 104 of the substrate base 100. A first recess 260 is defined within the rear side 104 of the substrate base 100 and is configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top left 210 of the substrate base 100. A second recess 260 is defined within the rear side 104 of the substrate base 100 and is configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top right 220 of the substrate base 100. As depicted in FIG. 3, the top left 210 and the top right 220 remain outside of (or un-tucked) from the recesses 260. As depicted in FIG. 4, the top left 210 and the top right 220 of the substrate base 100 are shown tucked into the recesses 260. In this concealed arrangement, the convertible bib 10 can be used with the adjustable bib clip strap 300.
  • The convertible bib 10 includes an adjustable bib clip strap 300 having a first end and a second end and having a clip 304 at each end of the strap. The adjustable bib clip strap 300 includes an adjustment buckle 302 to adjust the length of the strap 300. The adjustable bib clip strap 300 is configured to secure the bib 10 around the neck of the wearer with the first and second collar bands 240 when the top left 210 of the substrate base 100 is stored within the first recess 260 and when the top right 220 of the substrate base 100 is stored within the second recess 260. Use of the adjustable bib clip strap 300 on the convertible bib 10 in this manner enables prolonged use of the convertible bib 10 when an infant or child might have otherwise outgrown the garment. The adjustable bib clip strap 300 also can be used to carry the convertible bib 10 when it is in a collapsed, folded position. The adjustable bib clip strap 300 is shown in FIG. 10 (front view) and FIG. 11 (rear view). An alternative embodiment of the convertible bib 10 includes the adjustable bib clip strap 300 of FIG. 18 (rear view) and FIG. 19 (front view), wherein the convertible bib 10 is shown closed and secured with multiple magnets 400.
  • The convertible bib 10 includes at least one storage compartment 270, 272, 274 defined with the rear side 104 of the substrate base 100. As illustrated in the drawings figures, an upper storage compartment 270, a middle storage compartment 272, and a lower storage compartment 274 are shown. The number, location, and size of the storage compartments shown can vary in alternative embodiments. Entry into one or more of the storage compartments 270, 272, 274 can include insertion through pocket top border 600 or pocket side edge 276. Entry into each storage compartment can be from the top, bottom, side or mid-section of the storage compartment, depending on a storage compartment's configuration. By way of example, and as depicted in FIGS. 20, 21, 22, and 23, the storage compartments 270, 272, 274 are used to contain a utensil, a towelette, and so forth.
  • The storage compartments 270, 272, 274 can be made secure, such that items contained within remain there, by a closure mechanism 280. One or more closure mechanism 280 is located upon the storage compartment 270, 272, 274 to secure at least one item stored within. The closure mechanism 280 can be one or more of buttons and button holes, metal snaps, plastic snaps, hook-and-loop fasteners, zippers, and magnets with polarities arranged for magnetic attraction and closure. Additionally, the storage compartments 270, 272, 274 can include a border (such as the border 500 on the substrate base 100) to provide structural integrity during the use and cleaning of the storage compartments 270, 272, 274.
  • The convertible bib 10 includes multiple magnets 400 disposed internally within the substrate base 100. The magnets 400 are configured to facilitate the folding and securing of the convertible bib 100 into a clutch/wallet. As the convertible bib 10 is folded into the catch-all pocket 250, or otherwise folded into a collapsed shape, the magnets 400, with polarities arranged for magnetic attraction and closure, secure the convertible bib 10 is a clutch/wallet.
  • By way of example, the various closure mechanisms 280, or the multiple magnets 400, are be used to secure the convertible bib 10 in the form of a clutch/wallet. FIG. 5 depicts an initial fold of the top left 210 and top right 220 of the substrate base 100. FIGS. 6 and 7, the front and back views, respectively, show the next downward fold of the convertible bib 10. FIGS. 8 and 9, the front and back views, respectively, show the next downward fold of the convertible bib 10. Ultimately, and after an additional fold, the convertible bib 10 has converted from a bib format to a clutch/wallet format as shown in FIGS. 10 and 11, the front and back views, respectively.
  • In at least one embodiment of this technology, the first recess 260 and the second recess 260 are replaced by a band, e.g. elastic or cloth, configured to hold down the left top 210 and the right top 220, respectively, during the folding and securing of the convertible bib 100 into a clutch/wallet.
  • Although this technology has been illustrated and described herein with reference to preferred embodiments and specific examples thereof, it will be readily apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art that other embodiments and examples can perform similar functions and/or achieve like results. All such equivalent embodiments and examples are within the spirit and scope of the technology described herein and are intended to be covered by the following claims.

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What is claimed is:
1. A bib comprising:
a substrate base comprised of a washable material and having a front side and a rear side;
a left top and a right top defined within the substrate base to form a collar to encompass the near of the wearer;
at least one closure device disposed at the distal end of each of the left top and right top of the substrate base;
a first collar band disposed upon the substrate base;
a second collar band disposed upon the substrate base; and
a catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base and configured to capture food particles and liquids during the feeding process.
2. The bib of claim 1, further comprising:
a first recess defined within the rear side of the substrate base and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top left of the substrate base; and
a second recess defined within the rear side of the substrate and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top right of the substrate base.
3. The bib of claim 2, further comprising:
an adjustable bib clip strap having a first end and a second end and having a clip at each end of the strap and an adjustment buckle to adjust the length of the strap and configured to secure the bib around the neck of the wearer with the first and second collar bands when the top left of the substrate base is stored within the first recess and when the top right of the substrate base is stored within the second recess.
4. The bib of claim 1, further comprising:
at least one storage compartment defined with the rear side of the substrate base.
5. The bib of claim 4, further comprising:
at least one closure mechanism disposed upon the at least one storage compartment and configured to close the at least one storage compartment to secure at least one item stored within.
6. The bib of claim 5, wherein the at least one closure mechanism is selected from the group consisting of: buttons, metal snaps, plastic snaps, hook-and-loop fasteners, zippers, and magnets.
7. The bib of claim 1, wherein the bib is configured such that the bib folds into the catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base.
8. The bib of claim 1, wherein the at least one closure device is selected from the group consisting of: buttons, metal snaps, plastic snaps, buttons and button holes, hook-and-loop fasteners, zippers, and magnets sewn into the collar with polarities arranged for magnetic attraction and closure.
9. The bib of claim 1, further comprising:
a plurality of magnets disposed internally within the substrate base and configured to facilitate the folding and securing of the bib into a clutch/wallet.
10. The bib of claim 9, further comprising:
an adjustable bib clip strap having a first end and a second end and having a clip at each end of the strap and an adjustment buckle to adjust the length of the strap and configured as a strap with which to carry the clutch/wallet.
11. The bib of claim 1, further comprising:
a border defined within a periphery of the substrate base and configured to provide structural integrity during the use and cleaning of the bib.
12. The bib of claim 1, wherein the substrate base comprises a plastic material.
13. The bib of claim 1, further comprising:
a protective water-repellant and stain-resistant layer affixed to the front side of the substrate base.
14. The bib of claim 1, further comprising:
a plurality of storage compartments defined with the rear side of the substrate base, each compartment formed of a varied size relative to one another.
15. A combined bib and closable storage device comprising:
a substrate base comprised of a washable material and having a front side and a rear side;
a left top and a right top defined within the substrate base to form a collar to encompass the near of the wearer;
at least one closure device disposed at the distal end of each of the left top and right top of the substrate base;
a first collar band disposed upon the substrate base;
a second collar band disposed upon the substrate base;
a catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base and configured to capture food particles and liquids during the feeding process, wherein the bib is configured such that the bib is operably folded into the catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base;
at least one storage compartment defined with the rear side of the substrate base; and
at least one closure mechanism disposed upon the at least one storage compartment and configured to close the at least one storage compartment to secure at least one item stored within.
16. The combined bib and storage device of claim 15, further comprising:
a first recess defined within the rear side of the substrate base and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top left of the substrate base;
a second recess defined within the rear side of the substrate and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top right of the substrate base; and
a protective water-repellant and stain-resistant layer affixed to the front side of the substrate base.
17. The combined bib and storage device of claim 15, further comprising:
a plurality of storage compartments defined with the rear side of the substrate base, each compartment formed of a varied size relative to one another.
18. The combined bib and storage device of claim 16, further comprising:
an adjustable bib clip strap having a first end and a second end and having a clip at each end of the strap and an adjustment buckle to adjust the length of the strap and configured to secure the bib around the neck of the wearer when the top left of the substrate base is stored within the first recess and when the top right of the substrate base is stored within the second recess.
19. A convertible bib system comprising:
a substrate base comprised of a washable material and having a front side and a rear side;
a left top and a right top defined within the substrate base to form a collar to encompass the near of the wearer;
at least one closure device disposed at the distal end of each of the left top and right top of the substrate base;
a first collar band disposed upon the substrate base and configured for receipt of the left top of the substrate base;
a second collar band disposed upon the substrate base and configured for receipt of the right top of the substrate base;
a catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base and configured to capture food particles and liquids during the feeding process, wherein the bib is configured such that the bib is operably folded into the catch-all pocket disposed upon the front side of the substrate base;
a plurality of magnets disposed internally within the substrate base and configured to facilitate the folding and securing of the bib into a clutch/wallet; and
an adjustable bib clip strap having a first end and a second end and having a clip at each end of the strap and an adjustment buckle to adjust the length of the strap and configured to secure the bib around the neck of the wearer when the top left of the substrate base is stored within the first recess and when the top right of the substrate base is stored within the second recess, and wherein the adjustable bib clip strap is adapted for use as a strap with which to carry the clutch/wallet.
20. The convertible bib system of claim 19, further comprising:
a first recess defined within the rear side of the substrate base and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top left of the substrate base;
a second recess defined within the rear side of the substrate and configured and positioned to receive and conceal the top right of the substrate base;
a protective water-repellant and stain-resistant layer affixed to the front side of the substrate base;
a plurality of storage compartments defined with the rear side of the substrate base, each compartment formed of a varied size relative to one another; and
at least one closure mechanism disposed upon at least one of the plurality of storage compartments and configured to close the at least one of the plurality of storage compartments to secure at least one item stored within.
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