In accordance with the invention, a first form of infant seat liner has a unitary body of sheet material with an upper shoulder supporting section, a central section and a lower leg supporting section. The central section is enlarged relative to a lower end portion of the lower leg supporting section. Inwardly directed slits extend from the side edges of the central body section. These slits permit portions of the central section adjacent the slits to overlap one another when the body is positioned in an infant seat.
The preferred embodiments of the present invention have a number of features which individually and collectively allow these designs to function as extremely versatile infant car seat liners for a wide variety of infant car seat styles and sizes.
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The lower section of this form of infant seat liner has plural, in this case three, crotch or leg strap receiving flaps, covered slots or openings which may be defined by cuts or perforations. These perforations or cuts can be of an upwardly facing U-shape. The use of plural lower strap receiving slots in combination with at least two shoulder strap positions facilitates the use of such a liner with a variety of styles of commercially available infant seats.
In the infant seat liner 190 of FIG. 7, the upper body section 22 is rectangular and of a narrower transverse cross sectional dimension than the middle body section 24. Also, the shoulder strap receiving slotways 28, 30 assume a different form from those shown in FIGS. 1 and 6. More specifically, as described with respect to slotway 28, plural shoulder strap receiving slits 194, 196 and 198 are provided in the upper section 22. These slits each include a first leg section (i.e. 200 for slotway 194) extending inwardly from the side edge 34 of the infant seat liner and a second leg section (i.e. 202 for slotway 194) extending upwardly from the inner end of the first leg section. The first leg section extends in a direction generally perpendicular to the longitudinal center line of the infant seat liner, while the second leg section is generally parallel to the longitudinal center line. The slotways 194, 196 and 198 may be selectively openable by a user to accommodate the shoulder straps of the user's infant seat.
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The FIG. 7 form of infant seat liner also fits a wide variety of infant seats. However, it has been found that, if the slotways 194, 196 and 198 comprise cuts, then the upper section 22 of the liner tends to lack the desired stiffness and tends to be weak. Also, if these slotways are perforated or otherwise selectively openable by a user, and assuming a user makes a mistake and opens more slotways than necessary, this drawback is still present. Therefore, although possessing a number of advantages, the FIG. 7 form of the invention is less advantageous than the FIG. 1 form of the invention.
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The infant seat liner includes first and second waist strap receiving slotways 90, 92. Each of these slotways are spaced transversely from one another and from the longitudinal center line of the infant seat liner. In addition, the slotway 90 is positioned between the shoulder strap receiving slotway 28 and the slit 60 while the slotway 92 is positioned between shoulder strap receiving slotway 30 and the slit 62. The slotways 90, 92 may comprise cuts or slits, or they may be perforated or otherwise weakened or marked for selective opening by a user. As in the case of the other perforations of liner 20, the perforations forming slotway 90 may be formed in a densified, compressed and bonded area 96 of the infant seat liner as explained in greater detail below. The slotways 90, 92 are typically of arcuate shape and may comprise arcs of a circle having respective centers at 98, 99. A typical radius of curvature of the slotways 90, 92 is about one and one-half inches. In addition, the centers 98, 99 are typically offset about two and one-half inches from the longitudinal center line of the infant seat liner and about thirteen and one-half inches from the bottom edge of the liner.