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Dec. 11, 1951 L. R. SILLAWAY 2,578,323
INFANTS SLEEPING GARMENT Filed Nov. 18, 1949 I N VEN TOR.
diaper changing process.
Patented Dec. 11, 1951 s ATNT OFFICE 2,578,323 INFANTS SLEEPING GARMENT I Luella Roberts Sillaway, Manhasset, N. Y. Application November 18, 1949, Serial No. 128,097
1 Claim. 1
. This invention relates to infants garments and more particularly to a sleeping garment designed .to be worn over the regular night gown for preventing the infant from working out from under the bed clothes and facilitating changing the infants diapers.
I am aware that a number of sleeping garments for infants have been designed and marketed, each having the express purpose of both restraining the infant against kicking off its covering and of making it easy to change the infants diapers. Each of these designs, however, has failed to produce an entirely satisfactory product. One of the prime failures of these garments has been the necessity, with most of them,
to completely remove the infant from the outer .sleeping garment. Even with those garments in which it was not necessary to remove the infant, it was necessary to substantially undress and thus expose the infant to cold air throughout the None of these garments have provided an opening through the outer sleeping garment whereby the infant could be changed without the necessity of picking the infant out of bed or substantially removing the outer garment.
My invention overcomesthese disadvantages by providing an outer garment designed to re- I strain the infants movements sufficiently to prevent it from kicking off or working out from under its covers. Further, my garment provides an easily accessible opening through which the infant may be changed without the removal of the outer garment and without the necessity of removing the infant from its bed. Furthermore, this opening is so designed that the outer sleeping garment, having once been opened, will not hinder the operation of changing the infants diaper.
Therefore, it is a primary object of my invention to provide an infants outer sleeping garment so designed that the infants diaper may be changed without the necessity of removing the outer sleeping garment from the infant or removing the infant from its bed.
It is a further additional object of my invention to provide an infants outer sleeping garment so designed that it will restrain the infant from working out from under its covers.
It is a further object of my invention to provide an infants sleeping garment having an access opening at one of its ends which may be quickly and easily opened and closed.
It is an additional object of my invention to provide an infants outer sleeping garment 2 which, when closed, will not become opened by the infants activities.
These and other objects of my invention will be immediately seen by those acquainted withthe designing of infants wear upon reading the following specification and the accompanying drawings.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a front view of my improved infants outer sleeping garment showing the closing flap for the garments access opening in closed position.
Figure 2 is a front view of my improved infants outer sleeping garment showing, in open position, the closing flap for the garments access opening.
In the following description the terms front and back are freely used and are to be taken as meaning front as that part of the garment normally placed at the front of the infant while in use, and being that part of the garment primarily shown in Figures 1 and 2, and back away therefrom.
My improved infants outer sleeping garment includes a body. portion 2 and a pair of arms 3. The upper portion of the front of the garmentis made up of two pieces I and la. The arms 3 are each provided with an opening 4 at their outer ends, which openings i are closable by means of a ribbon or cord 5. The garment includes a back piece 6 having substantially the same outline shape as the front of the garment. The back piece 6 and front piece I are sewn together to form a substantially T-shaped envelope. The seams and the stitching i by which the front pieces I and la and the back piece 6 are joined are shown as along the sides of the garment. Although this is a preferable design, the seams may be located in any other suitable position on the garment, if so desired. The garment i provided with a neck opening 8. A placket 9 extends lengthwise of the garment from the neck opening 8 to a point just above the waist line A. The placket 9 is closed by a flap integral with the front piece I and is secured in closed position by means of a slide fastener, button or any other suitable attachment, such as the ribbon Ill.
The lower part of the garment is provided with a triangular opening I! closable by a flap I2. The opening I! starts on each side of the garment near the garments lower end and the sides of the opening converge in an upward direction to a point above the waist line A of the garment. The upper apex of the opening i i is at the lower end of the placket 9. The opening H and the placket 9, when both are open, form a con- 3 tinuous opening from the neck opening 8 to the lower end of the garment. The flap i2 is integral at its lower end with the front of the garment along a line extending between the lower ends E3 of the sides of the opening H. A slide fastener I4 is provided on each side of the flap l2, each slide fastener having one of its tracks l5 on a side of the opening H and the other of its tracks it on a side of the flap l2.
The garment is provided, at its lower end, with a loop I! by means of which there is attached a cord 18. The loop I! and cord l8 are illustrated as attached to the center portion of the lower end of the garment. This, however, is only one possible embodiment of this ring and cord structure. More than one loop and cord may be used, one being placed at each of the lower corners of the sleeping garment, or the loop I1 and cord l8 may be used in the center of the lower end of the garment and one or more similar loop and cord arrangements-may be attached to the sides of the garment. The purpose of the loop I! and cord I8 isto 'secur'e'the garment into place in the infant's crib. However, its presence or absence will not affect the functioning of the opening and fiap arrangementprovided in my garment.
The lower part of the garment, including the flap [2, from a point just above the waist line A is equipped with an extra inner liner 1 9. The addition'oft'his inner liner 1 9 insures extra Warmth in the lower part of the garment where it is most needed.
"By opening the placket '9 and the opening ll, fine garment is made readily accessible for placing an infant therein. The placket 9 may then bec'lose'd andsecured by means-of the ribbons It, and the opening H closed by means of the flap [2. The garment, as 'so placed upon the infant, providesa complete and secure outer cover, entirely protecting the infant's body from drafts or other 1 possible chills. The use of the slide fasteners l4 provides a positive and sealing closure for the opening H. The infant having been dressed in the garment and placed in its crib may then be 'i'es trained from working its way from under its covers-by tying the garment to the crib by "means of-thec'or'd l8.
To-change the baby s diaperitis not necessary to remove the outer "garment since access for '-this purpose may be attained-by moving the-slide "fasteners to -the-l'owe'r ends I3 of the opening ll 4 and folding down the flap l2. With the flap [2 thus folded down to expose the lower portion of the infants body, a convenient opening is provided for changing the infants diaper. Thus, the necessity of exposing all or even a major portion of the infant's body is eliminated.
It is possible to modify the construction of my infants outer sleeping garment by substituting buttons for the slide fasteners for securing the flap l2. Such a substitution is not considered particularly desirable because the resulting product permits gaps between the buttons. Buttons do not provide as effective a seal against drafts as slide fasteners.
These and other modifications of my invention may be made within the scope of the following appended claim.
An envelope-shaped infant's outer garment closed entirely along its bottom and sides, the improvement in said garment comprising: saiden- 'velope having walls defining a triangular 'opening through the front of said garment and extending from adjacent the lower end of said garment "to a point above the waistline of said garnient; said opening being so arranged that its sides converge upwardly toward the waistline of said garment andthe upper corner of said opening is substantially equidistant from the sides of said garment; a triangular fiap attached on one its sides to the bottom wall of said opening for closing said opening; "slide fastener means being provided along two sides of said flap for detachably securing said sides of said flap to the corresponding walls of said opening; a closeable placket communicating with and extending from the upper corner of said opening to the top of said garment.
LUELLA ROBERTS SILLAWAY.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 2,234546 -Basch 'Mar. 11, 1941 2,292,227 Kopyto Aug. 4, 1942 2,481,741 Graves Sept. '13, '1949
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