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HANDLED DRINKING CONTAINER
1. Field 5 This disclosure relates to drinking container constructions.
More particularly the disclosure relates to an ergonomically designed baby bottle and/or a sipper cup.
2. General Background
There are numerous baby bottles on the market, with dif- 10 ferent functions and features. None of the known bottles provide the features of the present disclosure. The prior art is replete with varying baby bottle sizes and constructions. However, none of the bottles appear to address needs that arise to collectively facilitate balance, handling, and ease of 15 feeding infants.
While the prior art constructions may be adequate for the basic purpose and function for which they have been designed, they fail to provide a simple, efficient, and practical feeding bottle. In particular, the prior art fails to disclose a 20 bottle sized and constructed to enhance an infant's grasp of the bottle, comfort while gripping the bottle, and increased control during the feeding process.
There is a need for an improved ergonomically designed baby bottle construction that simplifies feeding, and the sup- 25 port functions associated with this.
Different sipper cups are known, but these also suffer deficiencies in their utility.
It is an object of the present disclosure to provide a baby bottle and/or sipper cup to facilitate drinking, and at the same time making feeding an easier function for the feeding person.
The present disclosure recognizes and addresses disadvantages of prior art constructions and an object of the present disclosure is to provide an improved drinking device in the form of a baby bottle and/or sipper cup.
A baby drinking utensil includes a container, such as a bottle or cup, which includes an elongated side wall and a mounting of the container for receiving one or more handles on the outside of the elongated side wall for facilitating handling of the container. The handles are located at radially 45 spaced locations circumferentially around the outside of the wall. With two handles, these are diametrically opposite each other with the elongated bottle between them. The handles are formed as an integrated substantially curved element, and the element has an aperture at one section for engagement with 5Q the mounting of the container, and the curved element essentially surrounds the container. The curved element is removable from the mounting.
In another form, the handles are formed by at least a partially embracive element. Whether curved or embracive with 55 a different configuration, the handle is removable from the mounting of the container.
The holding or embracive device is adaptable so as to be usable as a drinking cup, commonly known as a sipper cup.
There is a rim at the top of the side wall for receiving a 60 mouthpiece for a user, namely a nipple locating closure, or in different situations, a mouthpiece for a cup.
following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals denote like elements, and in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the first embodiment.
FIG. 2 is a partially disassembled view showing the first embodiment bottle being removed from the handle.
FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the components of the first embodiment.
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the first embodiment with an alternate interface piece.
FIG. 5 is an exploded perspective view of the components of the second embodiment.
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the second embodiment.
FIG. 7 is a side elevation view of the second embodiment with an alternate interface piece.
FIG. 8 is a front elevation view of the second embodiment with an alternate interface piece.
The device is now described with reference to an example which is not to be considered as limiting. This is purely an illustration of the device.
One of ordinary skill in the art will understand that the present discussion is a description of exemplary embodiments only, and is not intended as limiting the broader aspects of the present disclosure, which broader aspects are embodied in the exemplary construction. A repeat use of reference characters in the present specification and drawings represents the same or analogous features or elements of the disclosure.
A container in the form of a baby bottle or sipper cup includes an elongated side wall and a mounting of the container for receiving more than one handle to either side of the elongated side wall for facilitating handling of the container.
There are preferably at least two handles, and the two handles are diametrically opposite each other with the elongated bottle between them. The handles are formed as an integrated substantially curved element, and the element has an aperture at one section for engagement with the mounting of the bottle or cup. The curved portion essentially surrounds the bottle or cup.
The curved element is removable from the mounting, and the mounting is located towards the top of the bottle or cup. The curved element is to either side of the bottle or cup and there is a relatively flat portion locatable towards the base of the bottle or cup. The bottle or cup fits with the handles. The base of the bottle or cup is adjacent the flat portion joining the curved elements, and the neck of the bottle constitutes at least part of the mounting and passes through the aperture in the curved element.
In some other forms, the baby bottle or cup has an elongated side wall, and a mounting for receiving a handle for facilitating handling of the bottle or cup. There can be a single handle which extends substantially from the top of the bottle or cup to a base. The handle is formed so as to be mounted at a position towards the top of the bottle or cup, namely between the bottle top and the nipple closure structure, and extend towards the base of the bottle. The handle is removable from the bottle by releasing the nipple closure structure from the bottle.
There is a rim at the top of the side wall for receiving a nipple locating closure.
The baby bottle or cup includes a lid for the bottle or cup with a neck which passes through the aperture in the handle structure such that the end of the neck extends beyond an area defined by the handle or handles.
The embracive element includes a portion locatable towards the base of the bottle or cup. The bottle or cup fits with the handles and with the base of the bottle or cup adjacent the flat portion.
The embracive element includes a side profile that is rela- 5 tively narrower at a portion between the top and the bottom of the embracive element. The embracive element includes a front profile that is relatively substantially elliptical with a major axis for the element being transverse to the longitudinal axis of a bottle or cup, and with relatively flat portions at the 10 ends of the minor axis.
The nipple locating closure is for location on the side of the mounting opposite the location of the elongated portion of the bottle. In other cases, a mouthpiece is provided in place of the nipple locating closure. The mouthpiece has an element for 15 receiving the lips of a baby to facilitate sucking or sipping.
The lid has an aperture with an extending peripheral edge. The lid is for location with a rim at the top of the bottle, with the edge extending through a mating hole in a mounting structure forming part of the securing for the handles with the 20 bottle. The nipple locating closure is located on the peripheral edge of the lid on the side of the mounting opposite the location of the bottle relative to the handles.
There is a cover for the nipple locating closure or mouthpiece. The cover is removable, and the cover is curved and 25 blends with the closure. The cover is located on the side of the mounting opposite the location of the bottle relative to the handles.
The baby bottle or cup can include a concaved or convexed elongated side wall.
FIG. 1 shows an elongated baby bottle 10, which has a relatively concave side wall 12, in that the central portion of the side wall is less in diameter than the ends 14 and 16. The end 14 includes a flat base 18. The top of bottle 10 includes a 35 rim 20 (see FIG. 3), which engages with a lid 22, which itself has a circumferential rim 24 for engaging with the rim 20 at the top of the bottle. The lid 22 includes a central area with an upstanding lip 26. At the top of the lip 26 there will be located a nipple holding portion 28, and the nipple 30 is located in an 4Q aperture within the nipple holding portion 28. A cover 32 is also provided and this cover 32 is for engagement about a periphery area 34 on the nipple securing portion 28. The lid 22 and lip 26, along with aperture 46, FIG. 3, provide a mounting for the bottle 10.
The bottle 10 is secured in an embracing device 36, which effectively has two handles 38 and 40, which are located at either side of the bottle 10 when in place with the embracing handle device. The embracing handle device can have different shapes, and it can be circular, or, as shown in the exem- 50 plary drawings, elliptical with a major axis extending transversely relative to the longitudinal axis through the bottle 10. The minor axis is essentially longitudinal with the longitudinal axis of the bottle when located in place.
The securing device includes a base section 42 with a flat 55 foundation 44, which seats the flat portion 18 at the bottom of the bottle 10. There is an aperture 46 in the top portion of the circular handle and the lip 26 passes through that aperture when the bottle 10 is in place. In this fashion, the bottle 10 is located firmly in place with the two handles 38 and 40 at go either side of the bottle 10. The nipple retaining component 28 can be placed on the bottle on the side remote from the embracing section, and the cover can be put in place as may be needed.
As shown in FIG. 2, the arrow 48 indicates how the bottle 65 10 can be moved in and out of location within the embracing ring.
After the baby has become older, the handles may not be necessary and in this case, the bottle 10 can be used in a conventional manner without the two handles 38 and 40 formed by the ring 36.
Also as shown in FIG. 3 there is a mouthpiece 58 for use with the container when it is in the form of a cup, such as a sipper cup.
In the form of the disclosure shown in FIG. 8, the bottle 50 forms part of an internal ring 52.
As shown in FIG. 6, there is also a removable hook device 54, which extends from a cover 56, which goes over the nipple 30.
There is a rim 60, which is formed on the outside of the circle embracing handles, and the nipple 62 fits on that rim, and a securing section 64 for securing the nipple fits over the nipple and is secured to the rim 60 as necessary. The bottle 50 of this embodiment is shown with a convex configuration, at least on that side.
The handles 68 and 70 are such that their mid-portion is of a lesser width than the base 72 or the top 74.
The example of FIGS. 4, 5, and 6 are such that the twohandled training bottle fits the hands of the baby. The cushioned grip facilitates handling. Standard nipples and nipple rings can be used. In other cases, there can be a no-spill, self-sip toddler spout used instead of the nipple. As such, the outlet for the bottle can be either a nipple, a mouthpiece, or a spout, as desired.
In this configuration, the bottle 50 and internal configuration rings 76 and 78, mate with the external rings 68 and 70, a configuration less intended to be separated from the handle configuration. In different configurations, the construct can be of a nature that it is not separable from that configuration.
The mouthpiece 58 is configured to have a hemispherical section 80 and a suction grip section 82 formed about the hemispherical section 80. The suction section 82 is formed for securing the lips of a baby.
The cylindrical top portion and the body may be molded of a suitable plastic material, which may be blow molded, by extrusion or injection, so that it is a unitary member of uniform wall thickness. A suitable transparent plastic for forming the bottle includes, but is not limited to, polystyrene, polystyrene-acrylonitile, acrylonitile-butadiene-styrene, styrene-maleicanhydride, polycarbonate, polyethylene terephthalate, polyvinylcyclohexane, and blends thereof.
The baby bottle can be formed from any desired conventional material such as glass or plastic. The bottle preferably has a generally circular, but not essentially, cross-sectional area. Thus, for instance, it can be rectangular or other desired shape which can be curved to a greater or lesser extent. The bottle side wall can be straight, curved in part, or whole, and have grip formations for fingers if desired. More than two handles can be provided. Instead of being at 180° radial spacing, the spacing may be less than 180°, for instance 90° or 120°.
While the device and method have been described in terms of what are presently considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiments, it is to be understood that the disclosure need not be limited to the disclosed embodiments. It is intended to cover various modifications and similar arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the claims, the scope of which should be accorded the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and similar structures. The present disclosure includes any and all embodiments of the following claims.
The invention claimed is:
1. A fluid container comprising a base, an elongated side wall extending upwardly from said base, a mounting of the