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(11)EP 3 354 165 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
16.10.2019 Bulletin 2019/42

(21)Application number: 18153144.3

(22)Date of filing:  24.01.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A47D 7/04(2006.01)
A47D 9/00(2006.01)
A47D 7/02(2006.01)

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CRIB

KINDERBETT

LIT D'ENFANT


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 25.01.2017 IT 201700008138

(43)Date of publication of application:
01.08.2018 Bulletin 2018/31

(73)Proprietor: Artsana S.p.A.
22070 Grandate (CO) (IT)

(72)Inventor:
  • GALLINA, Erica
    00042 Anzio RM (IT)

(74)Representative: Perani & Partners S.p.A. 
Piazza Armando Diaz, 7
20123 Milano
20123 Milano (IT)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 976 973
GB-A- 2 423 243
US-A1- 2014 101 847
DE-U1- 20 307 464
US-A1- 2005 034 232
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] The present invention relates to a baby crib. Namely, the crib of the present invention is designed to be placed adjacent to an adult bed, particularly the bed of the mother or the person who cares for the baby at night. Such adjacent position particularly requires the possibility of adapting the height of the crib to the height of the bed, thereby creating a seamless, step-free surface.

    [0002] More in detail, a prior art crib comprises a support frame, preferably formed with tubular, rod-like elements. The crib also comprises a plurality of perimeter walls, which are formed from flexible material and are attached to the frame. The crib further comprises a bottom wall, also attached to the frame, with a mattress for supporting a baby lying thereupon.

    [0003] One of the aforementioned perimeter walls is configured to be able to be opened. This perimeter wall defines a frame side that is designed to be adjacent to the bed. Particularly, this wall can be detached from the adjacent walls and overturned on the wall itself, to form an opening through which the person who cares for the baby may access the baby without rising from his/her bed.

    [0004] Prior art crib of GB 2423243 is attached to the side of the adult bed by means of a projection, that protrudes from the base of the crib and abuts the mattress of the adult bed.

    [0005] US 2005/034232 describes instead a, crib-is attached to the bed using one or more belts, which are fastened to the bed and fixed to the crib at an attachment area and are later manually tensioned using an adjustment device.

    [0006] In both cases, a problem arises in that, in spite of all the efforts for ensuring that the crib is positioned next to the adult bed with as small a gap as possible therebetween, no one can exclude that, once the wall portion has been overturned, a temporarily unattended baby may come out of the crib and fall within the gap, as small as it is, between the crib and the side of the bed of the adult who is taking care of him/her.

    [0007] In addition, if the crib is displaced in US 2005/034232 once the belts have been fixed, the gap between the crib and the bed may become wider, thereby increasing the hazards for the baby.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0008] In this context, the technical purpose of the present invention is to provide a baby crib that can obviate the aforementioned prior art drawbacks.

    [0009] A further object of the present invention is to provide a baby crib that can increase the safety level for the baby, by particularly improving adhesion of the crib to the bed.

    [0010] The aforementioned technical purpose and objects are substantially fulfilled by a baby crib that comprises the technical features as disclosed in one or more of the accompanying claims.

    [0011] Namely, a baby crib of the present invention comprises a frame and a plurality of peripheral walls made of a flexible material and secured to the frame. At least one of the peripheral walls has a variable height. The crib further comprises a bottom, which is secured to the frame.

    [0012] The crib comprises a support structure for the frame. Such support structure is configured to increase and/or decrease the height of the bottom-.

    [0013] The crib also comprises elastic return means, which are fixed to the frame and can be fixed to a bed for pushing the frame against the bed.

    [0014] The elastic return means comprise a winding belt attached to the frame, a roller and a spring configured to apply an clastic torque to the roller to wound the belt around the roller.

    [0015] The crib solves the aforementioned technical problem by ensuring full adhesion between the frame and the bed, due to the addition of the elastic return means. Furthermore, this position is also restored if the crib is inadvertently displaced.

    LIST OF FIGURES



    [0016] Further features and advantages of the present invention will result more clearly from the illustrative, non-limiting description of a preferred, non-exclusive embodiment of a baby crib as shown in the annexed drawings, in which:
    • Figure 1 is a perspective view of a baby crib of the present invention, with certain parts omitted to better show other parts;
    • Figure 2 is an exploded perspective view of the baby crib of Figure 1;
    • Figure 3 is a side view of the crib of Figures 1 and 2, placed adjacent to a bed;
    • Figure 4 is an exploded perspective view of a detail of the crib of Figures 1 and 2; and
    • Figure 5 is a perspective view of crib of Figures 1 and 2.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0017] Referring to the annexed figures, numeral 1 designates a baby crib of the present invention.

    [0018] The crib 1 has a front side 1a. As used herein, the term "front side" is intended to designate the side of the crib 1 that is designed to be placed adjacent to a bed. Namely, the front side 1a may be opened in various manners, which may be selected from those known to the skilled person or from those disclosed in other patent applications by the applicant hereof.

    [0019] The crib 1 comprises a frame 2. Referring to Figure 1, it will be appreciated that the crib 2 is defined by a plurality of rod-like elements, preferably of tubular type. The frame 2 substantially has the shape of a parallelepiped, and is supported by a support structure 6 that rests upon the floor. The support structure 6 may be of any type, as long as it can adjust the height of the frame 2 from the ground to adapt it to the height of the bed.

    [0020] The crib 1 comprises a plurality of perimeter walls 7, which are formed from flexible material and are secured to the frame 2. A bottom 8, also connected to the frame 2 and particularly equipped with a mattress 9, is designed to receive a baby.

    [0021] It will be appreciated that at least one of the perimeter walls 7 has a variable height or another equivalent mechanism to open the front side 1a of the crib 1.

    [0022] More particularly, the frame 2 comprises a lower portion 3 and an upper portion 4. The lower 3 and upper 4 portions are connected by a plurality of vertical posts 5. Namely, the frame 2 comprises four posts 5, whereof two are placed at the front side 1a of the crib 1.

    [0023] More in detail, the lower portion 3 has a substantially rectangular plan shape. The lower portion 3 comprises a pair of opposite and particularly parallel first sides 3a. The lower portion 3 also comprises a pair of opposite and particularly parallel second sides 3b. Each first side 3a is connected to both second sides 3b. It will be appreciated that the second sides 3b are longer than the first sides 3a. The front side 1a of the crib 1 is defined at one of the aforementioned first sides 3a.

    [0024] Like the lower portion 3, the upper portion 4 has a pair of first opposite sides 4a. A second side 4b connects the two ends of the first sides 4a, and is perpendicular thereto. The first sides 4a and the second side 4b are preferably formed of one piece, and have a C shape. The support structure 6 of the frame 2 is connected to the upper portion 4 of the frame 2, particularly the first sides 4a as shown in Figure 1.

    [0025] The upper portion 4 further comprises a moving side 4c, disposed transverse, and particularly perpendicular to the first sides 4a. Therefore, the moving side 4c is disposed parallel to the second side 4b of the upper portion 4. More particularly, the moving side 4c of the upper portion 4 is disposed at the front side 1a of the crib 1 and defines the openable part of the frame 2. The mechanism for opening/closing and locking/unlocking the moving side 4c may be of any of the types known by the skilled persons, or may be of novel type, as disclosed in a different patent application by the applicant hereof.

    [0026] Namely, in the crib 1 of the present patent application the moving side 4c slides along a pair of the aforementioned posts 5. One of the perimeter walls 7 is defined by a flexible element 10 which is connected to the moving side 4c. The flexible element 10 is wound around a winding reel 11 which is disposed under the bottom 9 parallel to the second sides 3b of the lower portion 3.

    [0027] More in detail, the frame 2 comprises at least one connection element 12 attached to the lower portion. Namely, the frame 2 comprises a pair of connection elements 12, each attached to a respective first side 3a of the lower portion 3 of the frame 2. Advantageously, the winding reel 11 is rotatably attached to the connection element 12, and is particularly disposed between the connection elements 12.

    [0028] Referring to the Figure 3, the crib 1 comprises elastic return means 13, which are fixed to the frame 2. These elastic return means 13 are also adapted to be secured to a bed 100 to push the frame 2 against such bed 100. Namely, the elastic return means 13 comprise at least one winding belt 14. Such belt is attached to the frame 2, and is particularly placed below the bottom 8.

    [0029] More in detail, the elastic return means 13 comprise at least one roller 15. Namely, the elastic return means 13 comprise a pair of rollers and a pair of belts 14. Each belt 14 is adapted to be wound around a respective roller 15. The rollers 15 are rotatably connected to the frame 2, and are particularly located at a respective first side 3a of the lower portion 3 of the frame 2.

    [0030] A spring 16 is connected to each roller 15 and is configured to apply an elastic torque to the roller 15. In the embodiment as shown in Figure 4, the spring 16 is a torsion spring, is housed within the roller 15 and is particularly coaxial therewith.

    [0031] It shall be noted that each roller 15 has an axis of rotation "R" which, with the crib 1 in use, is substantially vertically oriented. More in detail, it will be appreciated that each roller 15 is rotatably fixed to a respective connection element 12, and is connected to the frame 2 via such connection element 12.

    [0032] More in detail, each roller 15 is placed inside a box-like body 17. Such box-like body 17 has a slot 21 for the belt 14 to extend out of it. Lock/unlock means 18 for locking/unlocking the belt 14 are also housed within the box-like body 17 and comprise a lock button 19 and an unlock button 20, which partially project out of the box-like body 17. These buttons 19, 20 may be accessed by a user, for operability of the lock/unlock means 18. The mechanism to operate the lock/unlock means 18 is known in the art and will not be further described herein.

    [0033] The elastic return means 13 also comprise a buckle 22 for locking/unlocking the belt 14. Such buckle 22 is exteriorly fixed to the box-like body 17. The operation of the buckle 22 is well-known to the skilled person.

    [0034] In operation, the user may use the crib 1 as a normal crib, i.e. separate from the bed 100. In order to place the crib adjacent to the bed 100, the user opens the front side 1a of the crib 1. Then, the support structure 6 is adjusted such that the moving side 4c of the upper portion 4 will be at substantially the same height as the mattress of the bed 100. The user unwinds each belt 14 and wraps it around a fixed portion of the bed 100, as shown for example in Figure 3. Thus, each belt 14 is locked in its respective buckle. According to one embodiment, the user may press the lock button 19 to lock the belt 14. Thus, the crib 1 is adapted to be used with the bed 100.

    [0035] The crib 1 will be released from the bed 100 by simply releasing the belts 14 from the buckles and, if the lock/unlock means have been previously operated, by pressing the unlock button 20. Thus the rollers 15 will be biased by the elastic torque of the springs 16 and each will rewind its belt 14 in the box-like body 17. The crib 1 will be moved back to the separate mode by simply closing the front side 1a.


    Claims

    1. A baby crib (1) comprising
    a frame (2);
    a plurality of peripheral walls (7) made of a flexible material and secured to said frame (2); a bottom (8) secured to said frame (2);
    at least one of the peripheral walls (7) having a variable height;
    a support structure (6) for supporting said frame (2) and configured to increase and/or decrease the height of said bottom (8);
    elastic return means (13) which are fixed to said frame (2) and are adapted to be fixed to a bed (100) to push said frame (2) against said bed (100);
    characterized in that said elastic return means (13) comprise at least one roller (15); a spring (16) connected to said roller (15) and configured to apply an elastic torque to said roller (15), at least one winding belt (14), attached to said frame (2) and placed below said bottom (8), said belt (14) being configured to be wound around said roller (15).
     
    2. A crib (1) as claimed in the preceding claim, characterized in that said roller (15) has a substantially vertically-oriented axis of rotation.
     
    3. A crib (1) as claimed in claim 1 or 2, characterized in that said elastic return means (13) comprise a pair of said belts (14) and said rollers (15), each belt (14) being adapted to be wound on a respective roller (15), said rollers (15) being rotatably connected to said frame (2) at a respective side (3a), said sides (3a) being opposite to each other.
     
    4. A crib (1) as claimed in any of the preceding claims, characterized in that said frame (2) comprises a lower portion (3), at least one connection element (12) fixed to said lower portion (3), said roller (15) being rotatably fixed to said connection element (12).
     
    5. A crib (1) as claimed in the preceding claim, characterized in that said lower portion (3) comprises a pair of first sides (3a), opposite to each other, each of said first sides (3a) being connected to a pair of second sides (3b), said second sides (3b) being longer than said first sides (3a).
     
    6. A crib (1) as claimed in any of the preceding claims, characterized in that it comprises at least one box-like body (17) having a slot (21), said roller (15) being placed inside said box-like body (17) said belt (14) extending through said slot (21).
     
    7. A crib (1) as claimed in the preceding claim, characterized in that it comprises means for locking/unlocking (18) the belt (14), which are housed within the box-like body (17).
     
    8. A crib (1) as claimed in claim 6 or 7, characterized in that said elastic return means (13) comprise a buckle, fixed to said box-like body (17) for locking/unlocking the belt (14).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Kinderbett (1) umfassend
    einen Rahmen (2);
    eine Vielzahl von Umfangswänden (7) aus einem flexiblen Material, die an dem Rahmen (2) befestigt sind;
    einen Boden (8), der an dem Rahmen (2) befestigt ist; wobei mindestens eine der Umfangswände (7) eine variable Höhe aufweist;
    eine Tragstruktur (6) zum Tragen des Rahmens (2), die konfiguriert ist, um die Höhe des Bodens (8) zu vergrößern und/oder zu verkleinern;
    elastische Rückholmittel (13), die an dem Rahmen (2) befestigt sind und an einem Bett (100) befestigt werden können, um den Rahmen (2) gegen das Bett (100) zu drücken;
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die elastischen Rückholmittel (13) folgendes umfassen: mindestens eine Rolle (15), eine Feder (16), die mit der Rolle (15) verbunden ist und konfiguriert ist, um ein elastisches Drehmoment auf die Rolle (15) auszuüben, mindestens einen Wickelgürtel (14), der an dem Rahmen (2) angebracht ist und unter dem Boden (8) angeordnet ist, wobei der Gürtel (14) so konfiguriert ist, dass er um die Rolle (15) gewickelt wird.
     
    2. Kinderbett (1) nach dem vorhergehenden Anspruch, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Rolle (15) eine im Wesentlichen vertikal ausgerichtete Drehachse aufweist.
     
    3. Kinderbett (1) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die elastischen Rückholmittel (13) ein Paar der Gürtel (14) und der Rollen (15) umfassen, wobei jeder Gürtel (14) angepasst ist, um gewickelt auf eine jeweilige Rolle (15) zu werden, wobei die Rollen (15) drehbar mit dem Rahmen (2) an einer jeweiligen Seite (3a) verbunden sind, wobei die Seiten (3a) einander gegenüberliegen.
     
    4. Kinderbett (1) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Rahmen (2) einen unteren Abschnitt (3) und mindestens ein an dem unteren Abschnitt (3) befestigten Verbindungselement (12) aufweist, wobei die Rolle (15) drehbar an dem Verbindungselement (12) befestigt ist.
     
    5. Kinderbett (1) nach dem vorhergehenden Anspruch, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der untere Abschnitt (3) ein Paar einander gegenüberliegender erster Seiten (3a) umfasst, wobei jede der ersten Seiten (3a) mit einem Paar zweiter Seiten (3b) verbunden ist, wobei die zweiten Seiten (3b) länger als die ersten Seiten (3a) sind.
     
    6. Kinderbett (1) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass es mindestens einen kastenartigen Körper (17) mit einem Schlitz (21) umfasst, wobei die Rolle (15) in dem kastenartigen Körper (17) angeordnet ist und wobei sich der Gürtel (14) durch den Schlitz (21) erstreckt.
     
    7. Kinderbett (1) nach dem vorhergehenden Anspruch, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass es Mittel zum Verriegeln/Entriegeln (18) des Gürtels (14) umfasst, die in dem kastenartigen Körper (17) untergebracht werden.
     
    8. Kinderbett (1) nach Anspruch 6 oder 7, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die elastischen Rückholmittel (13) eine Schnalle umfassen, die an dem kastenartigen Körper (17) befestigt ist, um den Gurt (14) zu verriegeln/entriegeln.
     


    Revendications

    1. Un berceau (1) comprenant
    un châssis (2) ;
    une pluralité de parois périphériques (7) constituées d'un matériau flexible et fixées au dit châssis (2) ;
    un fond (8) fixé audit châssis (2) ; où
    au moins une des parois périphériques (7) a une hauteur variable ;
    une structure de support (6) pour supporter ledit châssis (2) et configurée pour augmenter et/ou diminuer la hauteur dudit fond (8) ;
    des moyens de rappel élastiques (13), qui sont fixés audit châssis (2) et sont adaptés pour être fixés à un berceau (100) afin de pousser ledit châssis (2) contre ledit berceau (100) ;
    caractérisé en ce que lesdits moyens de rappel élastiques (13) comprennent au moins un rouleau (15), un ressort (16) relié audit rouleau (15) et configuré pour appliquer un couple élastique audit rouleau (15), au moins une ceinture d'enroulement (14), fixée audit châssis (2) et placée sous ledit fond (8), ladite ceinture (14) étant configurée pour être enroulée autour dudit rouleau (15).
     
    2. Berceau (1) selon la revendication précédente, caractérisé en ce que ledit rouleau (15) a un axe de rotation orienté sensiblement verticalement.
     
    3. Berceau (1) selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce que lesdits moyens de rappel élastique (13) comprennent une paire desdites ceintures (14) et desdits rouleaux (15), chaque ceinture (14) étant adaptée pour être enroulée sur un respectif rouleau (15), lesdits rouleaux (15) étant reliés de manière rotative audit châssis (2) au niveau d'un respectif côté (3a), lesdits côtés (3a) étant opposés l'un à l'autre.
     
    4. Berceau (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que ledit châssis (2) comprend une partie inférieure (3), au moins un élément de connexion (12) fixé à ladite partie inférieure (3), ledit rouleau (15) étant fixé de manière rotative audit élément de connexion (12).
     
    5. Berceau (1) selon la revendication précédente, caractérisé en ce que ladite partie inférieure (3) comprend une paire de premiers côtés (3a), opposés l'un à l'autre, chacun desdits premiers côtés (3a) étant relié à une paire de deuxièmes côtés (3b), lesdits deuxièmes côtés (3b) étant plus longs que lesdits premiers côtés (3a).
     
    6. Berceau (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend au moins un corps en forme de boîte (17) comportant une fente (21), ledit rouleau (15) étant placé à l'intérieur dudit corps en forme de boîte (17), ladite ceinture (14) s'étendant à travers ladite fente (21).
     
    7. Berceau (1) selon la revendication précédente, caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend des moyens pour verrouiller/déverrouiller (18) la ceinture (14), qui sont logés à l'intérieur du corps en forme de boîte (17).
     
    8. Berceau (1) selon la revendication 6 ou 7, caractérisé en ce que lesdits moyens de rappel élastiques (13) comprennent une boucle, fixée audit corps en forme de boîte (17) pour verrouiller/déverrouiller la ceinture (14).
     




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