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US6423047: Diapers

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Inventor(s) Patricia Mae Webster ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Attorney/Agent(s) Kenneth W. Thomas ·
Primary Examiner John G. Weiss ·
Assistant Examiner Michael G. Bogart ·
Application Number US9595406
Filing date 06/16/2000
Issue date 07/23/2002
Predicted expiration date 10/21/2020
Patent term adjustment 127
U.S. Classifications 604/385.15  · 604/385.26  · 604/385.25  · 604/397  · 604/378  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 604374 · 604377 · 604396 · 60438506 · 60438509 · 60438515 · 60438526 · 604397 · 604378 · 604402 · 60438508 · 60438514 · 60438525 ·
6 Claims, 11 Drawings


Abstract

A reusable diaper product created to fit premature and newborn babies, toddlers, young youth, young adults, adults, the elderly, and patients with special problems such as a colostomy bag. The diaper comprises an all fabric stretchable shell which in the preferred embodiment is secured to the wearer by an encased elastic waistband with hook and loop VELCRO tabs. The legholes on the shell are encased elastic designed to fit many different leg sizes. Within the shell is disposed a soft breathable liquid impervious layer encasing multiple layers of a absorbent material. The sides of the absorbent material are permanently affixed to the shell and finished with elastic edges forming a body gusset of sorts. Several embodiments of the diaper are disclosed to fit special needs.

Independent Claims | See all claims (6)

  1. 1. In a reusable diaper, the combination comprising, an outer liquid permeable shell shaped and constructed to fit a body; a continuous liquid impervious layer; a liquid permeable absorbent material carried by said continuous liquid impervious layer and having a central portion for receiving body waste; and means for permanently attaching the combined said continuous liquid impervious layer and said liquid permeable absorbent material to said outer liquid permeable shell just off each vertical edge of said liquid permeable absorbent material to thus form a leg gusset on both sides of said reusable diaper, with said continuous liquid impervious layer disposed between said outer liquid permeable shell and said liquid permeable absorbent material.
  2. 2. In a reusable diaper, the combination comprising, an outer liquid permeable shell shaped and constructed to fit a body; a continuous liquid impervious layer; a liquid permeable absorbent material carried by said continuous liquid impervious layer and having a central portion for receiving body waste; and means for permanently attaching the combined said continuous liquid impervious layer and said liquid permeable absorbent material to said outer liquid permeable shell by stitches along a line just off each vertical edge of said liquid permeable absorbent material to thus form a leg gusset on both sides of said reusable diaper and form an outer covering portion of said outer liquid permeable shell which covers the leg gussets, with said continuous liquid impervious layer disposed between said outer liquid permeable shell and said liquid permeable absorbent material.
  3. 3. In a reusable diaper, the combination comprising, an outer liquid permeable shell shaped and constructed to fit a body; a continuous liquid impervious layer; a liquid permeable absorbent material having a first absorbent layer carried by said continuous liquid impervious layer and having a central portion for receiving body waste; means permanently attaching the combined said first layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material and said continuous liquid impervious layer to said outer liquid permeable shell along a line just off each vertical edge of said first layer of said permeable absorbent material to thus form a leg gusset on both sides of said reusable diaper and form an outer covering portion of said outer liquid permeable shell which covers the leg gussets, with said continuous liquid impervious layer disposed between said outer liquid permeable shell and said first layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material; and elastic material stitched along a stitching line just off each horizontal edge of said first absorbent layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material for gathering and stitching together said first layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material and said continuous liquid impervious layer.
  4. 4. In a reusable diaper, the combination comprising, an outer liquid permeable cloth shell shaped and constructed to fit a body; a continuous liquid impervious layer; a liquid permeable absorbent material having a first absorbent layer carried by said continuous liquid impervious layer and having a central portion for receiving body waste; means permanently attaching, by stitching along a line, the combined said first layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material and said continuous liquid impervious layer to said outer liquid permeable cloth shell just off each vertical edge of said first layer of said permeable absorbent material to thus form a leg gusset on both sides of said reusable diaper and form an outer covering portion of said outer liquid permeable cloth shell which covers the leg gussets, with said liquid impervious layer disposed between said outer liquid permeable cloth shell and said first absorbent layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material; and elastic material stitched along a stitching line just off each horizontal edge of said first absorbent layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material for gathering and stitching together said first absorbent layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material and said continuous liquid impervious layer.
  5. 5. In a reusable diaper, the combination comprising, an outer liquid permeable shell shaped and constructed to fit a body; a continuous liquid impervious layer; a liquid permeable absorbent material, having a first absorbent layer of generally the same shape as said continuous liquid impervious layer and having a central portion for receiving body waste; means permanently attaching the combined continuous liquid impervious layer and said first absorbent layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material to said outer liquid permeable shell, just off each vertical edge of said first absorbent layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material, to thus form a leg gusset on both sides of the reusable diaper, with the impervious layer disposed between said liquid permeable shell and said first absorbent layer; elastic means disposed along said vertical edge of said first absorbent layer to thus form fit the leg gussets to the body.
  6. 6. In a reusable diaper, the combination comprising, an outer liquid permeable shell shaped and constructed to fit a body; a continuous liquid impervious layer; a liquid permeable absorbent material, having a first absorbent layer of generally the sane shape as said continuous liquid impervious layer and carried by said continuous liquid impervious layer and having a central portion for receiving body waste; means permanently attaching the combined continuous liquid impervious layer and said first absorbent layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material to said outer liquid permeable shell, just off each vertical edge of said first absorbent layer, to thus form a leg gusset on both sides of said reusable diaper, with said continuous liquid impervious layer disposed between said liquid permeable shell and said first absorbent layer; elastic means disposed along said vertical edge of said first absorbent layer to thus fit the leg gussets to the body; and elastic means disposed along a line just off each horizontal edge of the said first absorbent layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material for gathering and attaching together said first absorbent layer of said liquid permeable absorbent material and said continuous liquid impervious layer.

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