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Infant carrier and shoulder harness therefor

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Paul Fair, Cynthia R. Nelson

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A shoulder harness includes left and right shoulder straps having ends attachable to a front-infant-carrier pouch. The left shoulder strap has a lengthwise-extending first slot defined between lengthwise-extending first and second portions of the left shoulder strap. The right shoulder strap has a lengthwise-extending second slot defined between lengthwise-extending third and fourth portions of the right shoulder strap. The first portion extends over one of the third and fourth portions, extends through the second slot, and extends under the other of the third and fourth portions. The second portion extends under the one of the third and fourth portions, extends through the second slot, and extends over the other of the third and fourth portions. A front infant carrier includes the pouch and the shoulder harness with the strap ends attached to the pouch.

Description

SUMMARY OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the invention showing a shoulder harness and a pouch for a front infant carrier with the shoulder harness being worn by an adult and with an infant placed in the pouch;

FIG. 2 is a back elevational view of the shoulder harness of FIG. 1 showing the shoulder straps adjusted more widely apart on the shoulders of the adult; and

FIG. 3 is a back elevational view of the shoulder harness of FIG. 1 showing the shoulder straps adjusted less widely apart on the shoulders of the adult.

Claims

1. A shoulder harness for a front infant carrier comprising:

2. The shoulder harness of claim 1, wherein the left shoulder strap includes first and second lengthwise-extending segments, wherein the first lengthwise-extending segment includes the first portion, wherein the second lengthwise-extending segment includes the second portion, and wherein the first and second lengthwise-extending segments are lengthwise attached together except at the first and second portions.

3. The shoulder harness of claim 2, wherein the right shoulder strap includes third and fourth lengthwise-extending segments, wherein the third lengthwise extending segment includes the third portion, wherein the fourth lengthwise-extending segment includes the fourth portion, and wherein the third and fourth lengthwise-extending segments are lengthwise attached together except at the third and fourth portions.

4. The shoulder harness of claim 3, wherein the first, second, third, and fourth portions are substantially identical in width.

5. The shoulder harness of claim 4, wherein the first and second slots are substantially identical in length.

6. The shoulder harness of claim 5, wherein the first and second slots are disposed entirely along the back of an adult wearing the shoulder harness.

7. The shoulder harness of claim 1, wherein the first end is attachable to a left-side portion of the pouch, the second end is attachable to a right-side portion of the pouch, the third end is attachable to the right-side portion, and the fourth end is attachable to the left-side portion.

8. The shoulder harness of claim 1, wherein the first slot extends substantially the entire length of the left shoulder strap, and wherein the second slot extends substantially the entire length of the right shoulder strap.

9. A front infant carrier comprising a front-infant-carrier pouch and a shoulder harness, wherein the shoulder harness includes:

10. The front infant carrier of claim 9, wherein the left shoulder strap includes first and second lengthwise-extending segments, wherein the first lengthwise extending segment includes the first portion, wherein the second lengthwise-extending segment includes the second portion, and wherein the first and second lengthwise-extending segments are lengthwise attached together except at the first and second portions.

11. The front infant carrier of claim 10, wherein the right shoulder strap includes third and fourth lengthwise-extending segments, wherein the third lengthwise extending segment includes the third portion, wherein the fourth lengthwise-extending segment includes the fourth portion, and wherein the third and fourth lengthwise-extending segments are lengthwise attached together except at the third and fourth portions.

12. The front infant carrier of claim 11, wherein the first, second, third, and fourth portions are substantially identical in width.

13. The front infant carrier of claim 12, wherein the first and second slots are substantially identical in length.

14. The front infant carrier of claim 13, wherein the first and second slots are disposed entirely along the back of an adult wearing the shoulder harness.

15. The front infant carrier of claim 9, wherein the first end is attachable to a left-side portion of the pouch, the second end is attachable to a right-side portion of the pouch, the third end is attachable to the right-side portion, and the fourth end is attachable to the left-side portion.

16. The front infant carrier of claim 9, wherein the first slot extends substantially the entire length of the left shoulder strap, and wherein the second slot extends substantially the entire length of the right shoulder strap.

17. A method for an adult to carry an infant using the front infant carrier of claim 9 comprising the steps of:

18. The method of claim 17, wherein step b) includes adjusting the position of the left and right shoulder straps for the shoulder width of the adult.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein step b) includes adjusting the position of the left and right shoulder straps for the torso length of the adult.

20. The method of claim 17, wherein step b) includes adjusting the position of the left and right shoulder straps for the torso length of the adult.