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M. E. BRINK March 20, 1951 DIAPER Filed Nov. 15, 1948 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 if a a INVENTOR, BY WYWZZBIVWIP. fiiwwe y M. E. BRlNK March 20, 1951 DIAPER Filed Nov. 15, 1948 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR, BY fif/fjB/Ykk Patented Mar. 20, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT. OFFICE DIAPER Mary E. Brink, Grand Island, Nebr. Application November 15, 1948, Serial No. 60,161
This invention relates to new and useful improvements in diapers, and relates particularly to diapers of the type adapted to receive disposable absorbent liners or inserts.
The principal object of the present invention 1 .is the provision of a diaper having spaced apart pockets formed on the inner surface thereof, said pockets being adapted to receive the end portions of a disposable absorbent pad whereby said insert is positioned against the infants body.
-, Another object is the provision of a diaper inweluding an outer layer of any suitable pliable material, a removable layer of waterproof material, a layer of soft, non-irritating cloth, and a disposable inner layer of absorbent material.
A further object is the provision of means whereby said waterproof and absorbent layers are secured in place in said diaper without the use of buttons, snaps, ties, or other fasteners.
Other objects are simplicity and economy of construction, convenience and ease of use, comfort and safety, and adaptability to fit infants of various sizes.
With these objects in view, as well as other objects which will appear in the course of the will be had to the draw- Fig. 3, with the various layers of the diaper separated slightly for clarity.
Fig. 5 is a section taken on line V--V of Fig. 3, with the various layers of the diapers separated slightly. Fig. dis a plan view of an absorbent pad suitable for insertion in the diaper.
Fig. 7 is a plan view of a waterproof sheet suitable for insertion in the diaper.
Fig.1 8 is a view similar to Fig. 3 showing a slightly modified construction, with certain coriners of the internal pocketed member folded in- .iw y- Fig. 9 is a plan view of the internal pocketed imember used in the diaper as shown in Fig. 8.
Fig. 10 is a sectional view taken on line XX of Fig. 9.
Like reference numerals apply to similar parts throughout the several views, and the numeral 2 4 Claims. (01. 128-287)- .35 Fig. 4 is a section taken on line IV-IV of applies to a roughly rectangular body member made of cloth or other pliable material and having arcuate notches 4 formed in the longer edges thereof, as best shown in Figs. 3 and 8. Along one of its shorter edges said body member is sewed to the central portion of a waist band 6. Said body member and waist band have an outer layer 8 made of anysuitable type of fabric or other pliable material. It is contemplated that this outer layer be decorative, and to this end may be made of silk, plastic, or the like, since it does not contact the babys skin. Waist band 6 is provided with a lining It made of soft outing flannel or the like.
Body member 2 is provided with a lining I2 made of outing flannel or the like, said lining being similarly shaped'and coextensive with said body member, and sewed thereto along the transverse edges thereof, but not at the ends. A pocket open at both ends is thus formed between outer layer 3 and lining l2, and in this pocket a sheet i i of rubber or other Waterproofing material is adapted to be inserted. Said rubber sheet, best shown in Fig. '7, is arcuately notched at its opposite edges, as at I6, to conform to the shape of body member 2. Notches iii are engaged by notches l of the body member, thus tending to secure rubber sheet 14 within its pocket. Said rubber sheet prevents soiling of outer layer 8, and is prevented from contact and chafing the babys skin by lining I2.
The end portion I8 of lining :2 adjacent waist band 6, and the opposite end portion 20 thereof are folded inwardly to form pockets 22 opening toward each other, said end portions being sewed to the edges of body member 2 at the sides of said pockets. Said pockets are adapted to receive the opposite end, portions 'of a disposable pad 24, shown separately in Fig. 6. Said pad may be of quilted cotton as shown, or of paper or cloth, or other soft, absorbent material. The positioning of pad 24 in pockets 22 secures it in position relative to the diaper both while applying the diaper and while the diaper is being worn bythe infant.
In placing the diaper on an infant, the ends of waist band 6 are passed about the waist. One end portion 26 of said Waist band is reduced in width and is adapted to pass outwardly through a transverse slit 23 formed in said waist band adjacent its opposite end. Said waist band is secured by snap fasteners comprising friction sockets '30 fixed in said waist band adjacent the ends thereof and adapted to engage cooperating stud members 32 fixed in said waist band at appro- 3 priate intermediate points. Snap fasteners have the advantages that they do not become detached or lost and are not dangerous as are pins, and can be operated much more quickly and easily operated than strings, tie bands and the like. Tucks, as for example at 36, may be sewed in waist band B of the diaper as sold, and may be removed as the baby grows to accommodate the waist band to his greater girth. Body membe 2, in which rubber sheet 14 and pad 24 have been inserted, is then passed forwardly between the infants legs and turned upwardly to overlap waist band 6 at the front of the infant. It will be noted that notches 4 in the edges of body member 2 form holes 34 through which the babys legs extend, and also that the corner portions of body member 2 overlap at the sides of the babys body. Stud member 32 fixed in the outer corners of said body member are adapted to engage friction socket 38 fixed in the corners of said body member adjacent waist band 6. The diaper is thus completely attached, and the component parts thereof are secured against disarrangement.
It is apparent that ordinarily the outer layer 8 "will not become soiled, since it is protected by irubber sheet l4. Body member 2 can be unfastened and disposable pad 24 replaced without disturbing the waist band. When the diaper is removed, both pad 24 and rubber sheet l4 may be removed easily to permit laundering.
In the modification shown in Figs. 8-10, the diaper structure is substantially the same as that in the preferred form except that pocketed member 38, which corresponds to lining [2 of the preferred form, is not permanently sewed or otherwise attached to body member 2. Member 38, as lining I2, is coextensive with body member 2, has arcuate notches 40 formed in opposite edge portions thereof, and has its end portions 42 and 44 folded inwardly to form pockets 46 adapted to receive the end portions of absorbent pad 24. Bound holes 48 are formed in pocketed member 38 adjacent th'e corners at one end thereof. When member 38 is laid over body member 2 with rubb'ersheet l4 therebetween, stud members 32 at the outer corners of body member 2 project through holes 48. The diaper may then be fastened about the infant in the same manner as the preferred form, pocketed member '38 being secured by the extension of studs 32 through holes 48. The modified form of the diaper is simpler to manufacture and may be more completely disassembled for easy launder- In many cases the outer layer 8 Will not be soiled and need not be laundered as often as member 38. I
While specific embodiment of my inven'tioh has been disclosed, it is apparent that many minor variations in construction and. design could be "inade Without departing from the spirit of the z invention.
What I claim is: v 1. A diaper comprising a substantially rectangular body member adapted to be passed between the legs of an infant with the corner 'po'rftions thereof overlapping at the sides of the material having its end portions positioned in said pockets, and means for securing said layer of soft cloth to said outer pliable layer.
2. A diaper comprising a substantially rectangular body member adapted to be passed between the legs of an infant with the corner portions thereof overlapping at the sides of the infant, means for releasably securing said overlapping portions together, said body member comprising an outer layer of pliable material, a coextensive layer of soft cloth sewed along its side edges to said pliable outer layer, a pliable waterproof sheet disposed between said last named layers, the end portions of said soft cloth layer being folded inwardly to form pockets, and a disposable inner layer of absorbent material having its end portions disposed in said pockets.
3. A diaper comprising a waist band adapted to be fixed about the waist of an infant, a substantially rectangular body member secured along one end to said waist band and adapted to be passed between the legs of an infant with the corner portions thereof overlapping at the sides of the infant, the opposite sides of said body member being arcuately notched to form leg holes, and means for releasably attaching to- 'gether said overlapping portions, said body member comprising an outer pliable layer, a coextensive layer of cloth sewed along its side edges to said pliable outer layer, a waterproof sheet disposed between said last named layers and having its edges notched correspondingly to the notches of said body member, the end portions of said cloth layer being folded inwardly to form pockets, and a disposable inner layer of absorbent material having its end portions positioned in said pockets.
4. A diaper comprising a waist band adapted to be fixed about the waist of an infant, a substantially rectangular body member secured along one end to said waist band and adapted to be passed between the legs of an iniant'with the corner portions thereof overlapping at the sides of the infant, said body member comprising an outer pliable layer, a cloth layer coextensive with said outer layer but separate therefrom, a waterproof sheet disposed between said last named layers, said cloth layer having its end portions folded inwardly to form pockets, a disposable inner layer of absorbent material having its end portions positioned in said pockets, and fastener members secured in the outer corners of said pliable outer layers and adapted to engage co- -'operating fastener members fixed in the adjacent overlapping corner portions of said pliable outer layer at the sides of the infant, said fasteners extending through holes formed there'- for in said pocketed cloth member.
MARY E. BRINK.
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