Formula Bottle      
 Water Bottle Adapter 

Convert standard water bottles and water bottled in soda bottles into a Baby Bottle using the "Formula Bottle Adapter".

Fits most bottle sizes:
2 Different types of Adapters: Fine Tread Adapter or Coarse Tread Adapter

Use any water bottle size: 8 oz. (half-pint), 11 oz., 16.9 oz. (.5 liter), 20 oz., 24 oz., 750 ml or any other size bottle.

Fine Treads (Water Bottles): Arrowhead (.5 liter & 16 oz.), Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Kirkland, Nestlé Aquarel (throughout Europe), Nestlé Pure Life (2nd most sold bottled water brand in the world), Nestlé Vera, Ozarka, Poland Springs, Zephyrhills, etc.

Coarse Treads (Plastic Soda Bottles): Albertson's, Aquafina, Arrowhead (.5 liter & 24 oz.), Calistoga, Dasani, Deja Blue, Fiji, Gerber Spring Water, Ice Age, Ironman Triathalon, Naya, Odwalla, Palomar Mountain, Ramona, etc.

FORMULA BOTTLE

In 1867, Henri Nestl invented Baby Formula.

Baby Formula: Nestle Good Start Supreme DHA & ARA Formula with Iron, Carnation, Nutramigen, Enfamil Next Step, Enfamil Lipil, Similac Advance Infant Formula with Iron

TITLE: BABY FEEDING SYSTEM

ABSTRACT

A baby feeding system includes: a bottle of fluid, a digital thermometer screw cap or a digital thermometer with a heating element for monitoring fluid temperature while heating a fluid, an external flexible heating element with an adjustable insulating wrap for keeping the flexible heating element in continuous conductive contact with the container’s outer walls and a funnel shaped container for insertion and screw engagement sealing onto a bottle with an externally threaded aperture for receiving a nipple assembly. A thermometer screw cap and/or a heating element screw cap for sealing fluid in a bottle, with thermocouple probe(s) connected perpendicularly from the inner surface along a longitudinal axis and electronically connected to an on/off button, a digital display, and an audible alarm on the cap’s top outer surface, and an externally threaded container for hygienic and damage protection while not in use. A flexible heating component powered by AC or DC, or a container of sodium acetate and water solution with multiple chambers for producing multiple exothermic reactions before reactivation. An adjustable insulating wrap of cloth, neoprene, silicone, etc. fastened in place with straps, snaps, velcro, etc. for keeping a flexible heating component in continuous conductive contact with a container’s outer walls. A funnel shaped container for holding a composition for mixing with a fluid having a small end internally threaded screw cap aperture with an externally threaded end cap and a large end externally threaded aperture with an internally threaded end cap. A funnel shaped container for holding a composition for mixing with a fluid having a small end internally threaded screw cap aperture for screw engagement sealing onto a bottle’s externally threaded aperture and a large end externally threaded aperture for screw engagement sealing of a nipple assembly onto the large end of the funnel shaped container.

SPECIFICATION

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a baby feeding system with multiple parts to be used alone or in combination, which have been designed to help feed a baby easily, safely and hygienically at home, while traveling away from home or while in a place where it is impossible to prepare a baby’s bottle or nourishment correctly. The present invention includes a submersible heating element and/or a digital thermometer screw cap, a flexible heating element and an adjustable insulating wrap for wrapping around a container to increase the temperature of a substance inside the container and a funnel shaped sealable container for storing, dispensing and feeding a baby a formula mixture using a baby bottle or a bottle of water and a nipple assembly.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Since the introduction of the baby bottle with a nipple, heating breast milk or formula for feedings always requires the mother or feeder to test the temperature of the bottle fluid to make sure it is warm enough or not to hot. The ideal temperature range of the fluid is around 80° to 100°, with the preferred temperature being somewhere around 98.6°. If the temperature is to hot it can cause scalding in the baby’s mouth or throat and if is to cold the formula or milk will be difficult to digest. In the past, the most common way of testing the temperature of the fluid is by placing a few drops onto the inside of the mother’s or feeder’s wrist. A better and more accurate way of testing the temperature of water, milk, formula mixture or substance in a bottle or container is needed.

Most reusable flexible heating packs contain a sodium acetate and water solution for producing an exothermic reaction after activation and are well known in the art. The disadvantages are the one time use, maintaining contact with the container being heated and the boiling then cooling required before reuse. The best prior art way of keeping an exothermic heating pack in conductive contact with a bottle’s outer walls is by wrapping the heating pack around the bottle and then wrapping a towel tightly around the heating pack or by using an exothermic heating pack wrapped around a bottle in a prior art insulated pouch designed for the predetermined size of the bottle. An activated flexible heating pack of sodium acetate and water solution can heat a bottle of water or fluid to around 110°, which is way to hot to feed to a baby.

Many formulations which are combined with a fluid before use, usually require immediate use or use within a few hours to prevent spoilage when refrigeration is not available. Most mothers, when traveling away from home with a baby, will take multiple dry bottles with pre-measured amounts of formula in each one or will have already made milk or formula filled bottles stored in some type of refrigerated traveling case. When the baby desires to be fed, the mother just adds the appropriate amount of water to a bottle and then warms up the bottle formulation or breast milk. Heating or cooking anything in a microwave oven has been proven to elevate white blood cell counts after consumption of the microwaved product and is not recommended for babies. Containers made out of polycarbonate plastic can leach Bisphenol A (BPA) into the fluids inside of them when heated. Latex rubber nipples may leach carcinogenic nitrosamines into the heated fluid they come in contact with. Many mothers now use bottled water to prepare a formula bottle because water supplies may contain sodium fluoride, chlorine, pathogens or toxins.

Many solutions to improve the existing prior art problems have been made, but many are unhygienic, do not work properly and/or are time consuming. An easier baby feeding system and method is needed.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is an object of the present invention to provide a baby feeding system having a heating element and/or a digital thermometer screw cap for monitoring the temperature of a fluid inside a bottle or a substance in a container.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a heating element and/or a digital thermometer screw cap with an audible alarm for notifying the user when a fluid reaches the desired temperature, while increasing the temperature of fluid inside a bottle or a substance in a container.

It is still another object of the present invention to provide an apparatus assembly for increasing the temperature of a fluid inside a bottle or a substance in a container using a flexible multiple chamber heating pack that produces multiple exothermic reactions upon independent activation and a means of maintaining flexible heating pack contact with the walls of a bottle of fluid or a substance in a container and a means of insulating the exothermic heating reaction while heating is taking place.

It is another object of the present invention to provide an apparatus assembly for increasing the temperature of a fluid inside a bottle or a substance in a container using a flexible electrically resistive heating element sandwiched between two flexible thermally conductive materials powered from an external power source and a means of maintaining flexible heating element contact with the walls of a bottle of fluid or a substance in a container and a means of insulating the exothermic heating reaction while heating is taking place.

It is still another object of the present invention to provide a dual opening sealable funnel shaped container for storing and/or inserting a pre-measured amount of powdered formula or concentrated liquid composition into a bottle of fluid or a container.

It is yet another object of the present invention to provide a dual opening funnel shaped container for mixing a pre-measured amount of powdered formula or concentrated liquid composition into a bottle of fluid, where the small end is screw engagement sealed with a screw cap and the large end is screw engagement sealed with a screw cap.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide a dual opening funnel shaped container for connecting a bottle of fluid to a nipple assembly.

These and other objects and advantages of the present invention are provided within this patent application.

The present invention provides a heating element and/or an electronic digital thermometer enclosed in a screw cap casing with an internally threaded housing for threaded engagement with the external threads on an opening of a bottle for sealing fluid inside a bottle or a substance in a container and for indicating the temperature of a fluid inside a bottle or a substance in a container. The electronic digital thermometer enclosed in a screw cap casing seals a bottle of water, a baby bottle or a screw top container. A heating element connected to the electronic digital thermometer is disposed between a heating tip at one end and an internally threaded housing at the opposite end. A probe shaft of the electronic digital thermometer is disposed between a sensing tip at one end and an internally threaded housing at the opposite end. A temperature sensing end of the probe shaft near the temperature sensing tip is disposed to be positioned in a container for maintaining contact with the fluid inside a bottle or a substance in a screw top container. The top of the housing preferably includes an on/off button for the heating element and/or digital thermometer, a digital display face located on a top flat outer surface, preferably an audible alarm for notifying the user when the fluid reaches the desired temperature, preferably a means to power the heating element using an alternating current power source, a direct current power source, an AC adapter or a DC cigarette outlet and/or a battery compartment and a battery for powering the electronic circuitry of the device. The heating element is preferably used in a container composed of a substance which does not emit toxins into the fluid or composition when it is heated.

Another object of the present invention includes a means of protecting the heating element and/or a digital thermometer thermocouple probe shaft when it is not in use by providing a receiving storage case with external threads on the aperture for threaded engagement with the internally threaded housing of the heating element and/or digital thermometer screw cap casing.

The present invention also provides a reusable warming method and apparatus using a flexible multiple chamber heating pack container of preferably sodium acetate and water solution, or any mixture of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution, to produce an exothermic reaction for heating multiple bottles of fluid or containers filled with a composition, before the need to boil the supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution multiple chamber heating pack for reuse. The mixture of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution also includes a means of independently triggering recrystallization of the supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution in each chamber. The exothermic heating pack is preferably wrapped around a bottle composed of a substance which does not emit toxins into the composition when it is heated.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a method for keeping a flexible heating element in continuous conductive contact with a container’s outer walls using an adjustable insulating wrap of cloth, neoprene, silicone or any type of insulating material fastened in place with straps, snaps, velcro or any other type of adjustable fastening means. Using a dual chamber heating pack container allows for the heating of multiple containers of fluid or composition before the need to boil the heating pack for reuse. Activating the recrystallization of the supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution in a first chamber while in continuous conductive contact with a bottle of fluid, heats the fluid to around 100° to 110° in 10 to 15 minutes. The first use heating chamber is preferably positioned on the bottom of a vertically standing bottle of fluid or screw top container filled with a composition. When the bottle of fluid or screw top container filled with a composition reaches the desired temperature, a first bottle of fluid or screw top container filled with a composition is removed and a second bottle of fluid or screw top container filled with a composition is inserted is the same position, if desired. In another 10 to 15 minutes later, the second bottle of fluid or screw top container filled with a composition should be around the desired temperature required. A flexible heating pack of activated supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution will maintain a temperature of more than 100° for more than one hour. Inserting a bottle of fluid or screw top container filled with a composition into the solidified heating pack of activated supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution a few hours later will help to increase the temperature of the fluid. Using a flexible electrically resistive heating element sandwiched between two flexible thermally conductive materials powered from an external power source allows exact temperature heating and a user to use the flexible electrically resistive heating element wherever there is a power source.

Using a screw cap digital thermometer during the heating process provides almost instantaneous temperature readings of the fluid’s temperature, preventing overheating. An alarm in the screw cap digital thermometer helps in preventing overheating of the fluid if the user is not continually monitoring the fluids temperature. The second chamber of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution remains in a supercooled supersaturated state while the first chamber is producing an exothermic reaction. The second chamber of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution is available for use at a later time when the first chamber’s exothermic reaction has expired and cooled down. Using this method and apparatus assembly for heating bottles of fluid or containers filled with a composition, allows for the heating of four or more bottles of fluid or containers filled with a composition over the usable time of the multiple chamber supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution heating pack.

The present invention also provides a preferably transparent funnel shaped container for sealing engagement insertion into the interior walls of a bottle or a container. The funnel shaped container also includes an internally threaded connecting extension on the outside of the funnel shaped container for screw engagement sealing of the funnel shaped container’s smaller aperture end onto a bottle or container’s externally threaded neck opening by screwing the funnel shaped container’s internally threaded connecting extension onto the externally threaded neck portion opening of a bottle or container. The larger aperture on the opposite end of the funnel shaped container provides a large opening for filling a bottle, a container or the funnel shaped container with a composition.

The present invention also provides a funnel shaped container having a large opening end with an externally threaded periphery for screwing on and sealing an internally threaded nipple assembly, an internally threaded nipple assembly with a nipple/bottle seal or an internally threaded sealing screw cap onto the large aperture end of the funnel shaped container.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a funnel shaped container for holding a granular or liquid composition for mixing with a bottle or a container of fluid having a small screw cap aperture end with an internally threaded connector extension for receiving an externally threaded screw cap for sealing a composition into the funnel shaped container’s small diameter end and a large end opening having an externally threaded periphery receiving an internally threaded screw cap for sealing a composition into the funnel shaped container’s large diameter end for agitation.

The present invention and alternative preferred embodiments are preferably made out of materials that do not excrete toxins into the fluid or fluid and composition mixture when heated or while heated. Much publicity on some of the hidden dangers of plastics have been made in the past. Containers made out of polycarbonate plastic can leach Bisphenol A (BPA) into the fluids inside of them. Polyvinyl chloride plastic contains DEHA (di(2-ethylhexyl)adipate) and can leach into foods and fluids when heated. Latex rubber nipples may leach carcinogenic nitrosamines into the fluid they come in contact with. Manufacturing the present invention and alternative preferred embodiments using the plastic injection molding method preferably uses a plastic or material that does not leach toxins into the fluid. One such heat malleable plastic would be polyamide nylon. The nipple in the nipple assembly should preferably be made out of a silicone material.

These and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be better understood in connection with the following drawings and descriptions of the preferred embodiments.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

For a better understanding of the invention as well as other objects, features and advantages thereof, reference is made to the following detailed description to be read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is an exploded view of a prior art water bottle container and screw cap.

FIG. 2 is a top view of the electronic digital thermometer screw cap casing.

FIG. 3 is an exploded view of the electronic digital thermometer enclosed in a screw cap casing.

FIG. 4 is an exploded view of a case for storing the electronic digital thermometer screw cap while it is not in use.

FIG. 5 is a top view of a flexible dual chamber heating pack containing a mixture of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution for producing an exothermic reaction.

FIG. 6 is an exploded view of the electronic digital thermometer screw cap screwed tightly onto the prior art water bottle container while surrounded by an fastened insulating wrap and a flexible dual chamber heating pack containing a mixture of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution.

FIG. 7a is an exploded view of a first embodiment of the funnel shaped container with a small end screw cap and a large end screw cap for sealing a composition inside the funnel shaped container.

FIG. 7b is an exploded view of a second embodiment of the funnel shaped container with a small end screw cap and a large end screw cap for sealing a composition inside the funnel shaped container.

FIG. 8 is an exploded view of one prior art nipple assembly.

FIG. 9 is an exploded view of a first embodiment of the funnel shaped container for connecting a bottle of water and a nipple assembly together.

FIG. 10 is an exploded view of an open end on a prior art water bottle container.

FIG. 11 is an exploded view of a third embodiment of the funnel shaped container for connecting a bottle of water and a nipple assembly with a baby bottle sealing disk inside the nipple assembly for sealing a fluid and/or fluid composition inside a baby bottle and the funnel shaped container.

FIG. 12 is an exploded view of a fourth embodiment of the funnel shaped container with a small end screw cap and a large end screw cap for sealing a composition inside the funnel shaped container.

FIG. 13 is an exploded view of an assembly using a prior art nipple assembly and a fourth embodiment of the funnel shaped container for connecting to a prior art baby bottle.

FIG. 14 is an exploded view of the fluid heating element and digital thermometer enclosed in a screw cap casing.

FIG. 15 is a top view of the fluid heating element and digital thermometer screw cap casing.

FIG. 16 is an exploded view of a case for storing the fluid heating element and digital thermometer screw cap while it is not in use.

FIG. 17 is an exploded view of an unassembled formula bottle assembly including a nipple assembly, a funnel shaped container and an open end container.

FIG. 18 is a top view of a flexible heating element using an electrically resistive heating element sandwiched between two flexible thermally conductive materials, powered using direct or alternating current.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

In order to more fully understand the invention, during the course of this description, the baby feeding system invention and preferred embodiments, will be labeled and explained to easily identify like elements according to the different figures which illustrate the invention.

As shown in FIGS. 1-18 the present invention preferably includes a prior art screw top container 10, shown in FIG. 1, in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention. The container 10 has a cylindrical housing 12, a cylindrical opening 14, a constricted neck portion 16 and external threading 18 on the top of the constricted neck section 16. The container 10 holds a type of fluid 20. The fluid 20 is screw engagement sealed in the container 10 by fully screwing on a prior art screw cap 22 with internal threading 24 onto the cylindrical opening 14 by sealing screw engagement with the external threading 18 on the constricted neck section 16 of the container 10.

Another aspect of the present invention addresses monitoring the temperature of the fluid 20 inside the container 10. Referring to FIGS. 2-3, there is shown an electronic digital thermometer enclosed in a screw cap casing 30 with an internally threaded housing 32 for threaded engagement sealing with the external threading 18 on the cylindrical opening 14 of a container 10 for sealing fluid 20 inside the container 10. The bottle opening sealing portion 34 of the digital thermometer casing 30 seals the cylindrical opening 14 when insertion takes place and threaded engagement sealing of container 10 occurs. A probe shaft 38 of the electronic digital thermometer is disposed between a sensing tip 36 at one end and an internally threaded housing 32 at the opposite end. The temperature sensing end 36 of the probe shaft 38 is electronically connected to the electronic circuitry 40. The temperature sensing end 36 is disposed to be positioned in the container 10 for maintaining contact with the fluid 20 in the container 10. The top outer surface of the screw cap casing 30 includes an on/off button 50 electronically connected 42 to the electronic circuitry 40 for turning the thermometer on or off, a digital display face 44 electronically connected 42 to the electronic circuitry 40 for displaying the temperature of the fluid 20 and a battery compartment 48 for receiving a battery and powering the electronic circuitry 40. Additionally provided is an audible alarm 50 electronically connected 42 to the electronic circuitry 40 for providing an audible signal signifying that the fluid 20 has reached the programmed desired temperature, preferably 98°.

Referring to FIG. 4, another object of the present invention is to provide a means of protecting the thermometer probe 36 and thermometer probe shaft 38, shown in FIG. 3, of the digital thermometer screw cap 30, when not it is not in use, by providing a storage case 52 with external threads 54 on the aperture 56 for threaded engagement with the internal threads 32 of the screw cap casing 30.

Another aspect of the present invention addresses increasing the temperature of the fluid 20 inside the bottle container 10 using an exothermic heating pack container 60. Referring to FIG. 5, there is shown an exothermic heating pack container 60 having a flexible dual chamber container 61, with a first chamber 62 and a second chamber 63, both independently filled with a mixture of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution 64, preferably a sodium acetate and water solution, for producing an exothermic reaction upon activation. The exothermic heating pack container 60 is hermetically sealed 65 along the edges and throughout the entire container assembly for sealing the mixture of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution 64 and for structurally reinforcing the exothermic heating pack container 60. Using multiple connected flexible chambers 62 and 63 filled with a mixture of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution 64 allows the user to heat multiple bottles of fluid or containers filled with a composition, before the need to boil or heat the exothermic heating pack for reuse. The flexible dual chamber container 60 with the first chamber 62 and the second chamber 63 have tabs on either end 66 and 67 to handle the flexible dual chamber container 60 while an exothermic reaction is taking place in either or both chambers 62 and 63. The two chambers 62 and 63, having mixtures of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution 64, also include separate means to trigger crystallization of the supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution 64 using two separate activator disks 68 and 69.

Another aspect of the present invention addresses safely increasing the temperature of the fluid 20 inside the container 10 using a flexible dual chamber heating pack container 60. Referring to FIG. 6, there is shown an apparatus assembly 70 and method for keeping an exothermic heating pack 60 in continuous conductive contact with the outer walls 12 of the container 10 filled with a fluid 20 using an adjustable insulating wrap 72 of cloth, neoprene, silicone or any type of insulating material fastened in place with straps, snaps, velcro or any type of fastening means 74 and 76. Activating the crystallization of the supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution 64 in a first chamber 62 while in continuous conductive contact with the outer walls 12 of the container 10 heats the fluid 20 to around 100° to 110° in ten to fifteen minutes. The first chamber 62 is preferably positioned on the bottom of a vertically standing container 10 of fluid 20. When the container 10 of fluid 20 reaches the desired temperature, a first container 10 of fluid 20 is removed and a second container 10 of fluid 20 is inserted is the same position. Within ten to fifteen minutes later or a few hours later, the second container 10 of fluid 20 should be around the desired temperature required. Using the screw cap digital thermometer 30 during the heating process provides almost instantaneous temperature readings of the fluid’s temperature 20, preventing overheating. The second chamber 63 of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution 64 remains in a supercooled supersaturated state while the first chamber 62 is producing an exothermic reaction. The second chamber 63 of supercooled supersaturated recrystalizable solution 64 is available for use at a later time when the first 63 chamber’s exothermic reaction has expired and cooled down. Using this apparatus and method for heating multiple containers 10 of fluid 20, allows for the heating of four or more containers 10 of fluid 20 over the course of time.

Another aspect of the present invention addresses replacing a screw cap 22 on a container 10 with a preferably transparent sealable funnel shaped container 80. Referring to FIGS. 7a and 7b, there is shown a sealable funnel shaped container 80 having a large opening orifice 82 for receiving a composition 120. The large opening orifice 82 of the funnel shaped container 80 has external threads 84 for receiving an internally threaded 88 large orifice screw cap 86 for screw engagement sealing of the large opening orifice 82. The small opening orifice 100 of the funnel shaped container 80 has internal threads 90 for receiving an externally threaded 92 small orifice screw cap 94 for screw engagement sealing of the small opening orifice 100. Screw engagement sealing of the small opening orifice 100 by the externally threaded 92 small orifice screw cap 94 preferably seals the outer edge 96 of the small opening orifice 100 to the inner edge 98 of the small orifice screw cap 94 and the bottom surface 102 of the small opening orifice 100 to the inside surface 104 of the small orifice screw cap 94. The small orifice screw cap 94 preferably includes an large diameter edge 106 for easily sealing and unsealing the small opening orifice 100.

Another aspect of the present invention addresses filling a container 10 with a composition 120 using a funnel shaped container 80 and attaching a nipple assembly 110 to feed a baby the fluid 20 and composition 120 mixture. Referring to FIGS. 8-10, there is shown a funnel shaped container 80 containing a composition 120, a container 10 and a nipple assembly 110 with a baby bottle sealing disk 118. The sealed funnel shaped container 80 containing a composition 120 is screw engagement sealed to the container 10 by removing the small orifice screw cap 94 shown in FIGS. 7a-7b and inverting the funnel shaped container 80. Placing the small opening orifice 100 into the cylindrical opening 14 of the container 10 begins transference of the composition 120 into the fluid 20. Turning the funnel shaped container 80 in a preferable clockwise direction allows screw engagement sealing by the internally threaded small orifice extension 90 of the funnel shaped container 80 to the externally threaded 18 cylindrical opening 14 of the container 10. Completed screw engagement sealing seals the periphery edge 96 of the funnel shaped container 80 to the inside edge of the cylindrical opening 14 of the container 10. After making sure the large orifice screw cap 86 shown in FIGS. 7a-7b is fully screw engagement sealed to the funnel shaped container 80 and the funnel shaped container 80 is fully screw engagement sealed to the container 10, thoroughly shaking the funnel shaped container 80 and container 10 assembly mixes the fluid 20 and composition 120 mixture completely. After the fluid 20 and composition 120 mixture is completely mixed, while maintaining an upright position, unscrew the large orifice screw cap 86 and place it in a hygienic location, preferably a zip lock bag or hygienic storage container. The internal threads 116 on the screw cap 114 of the nipple assembly 100 are fully screw engagement sealed to the external threads 84 of the funnel shaped container 80. Placing the nipple 112 into the baby’s mouth while turning the connected and sealed fluid container 10, funnel shaped container 80 and nipple assembly 110 upside down allows the baby to drink the fluid 20 and composition 120 mixture. The use of a pressure equalizing nipple or periodically inverting the connected and sealed fluid container 10, funnel shaped container 80 and nipple assembly 110 allows air to re-enter the connected and sealed fluid container 10, funnel shaped container 80 and nipple assembly 110 reducing the vacuum that will occur inside the fluid container 10.

Yet another aspect of the present invention addresses filling a container 10 with a composition 120 using a funnel shaped container 80 and attaching a nipple assembly 110 to feed a baby the fluid 20 and composition 120 mixture. Referring to FIG. 11, there is shown a funnel shaped container 80 containing a composition 120, a container 10 and a nipple assembly 110 with a bottle sealing disk 118. The sealed funnel shaped container 80 containing a composition 120 is screw engagement sealed to the container 10 by removing the small orifice screw cap 94 shown in FIGS. 7a-7b and inverting the funnel shaped container 80. Placing the small opening orifice 100 into the cylindrical opening 14 of the container 10 begins transference of the composition 120 into the fluid 20. Turning the funnel shaped container 80 clockwise allows screw engagement sealing by the internally threaded small orifice extension 90 of the funnel shaped container 80 to the externally threaded 18 cylindrical opening 14 of the container 10. Completed screw engagement sealing seals the periphery edge 96 of the funnel shaped container 80 to the inside edge of the cylindrical opening 14 of the container 10. After making sure the nipple assembly 110 with the baby bottle sealing disk 118 is in place and is fully screw engagement sealed to the funnel shaped container 80 and the funnel shaped container 80 is fully screw engagement sealed to the container 10, thoroughly shaking the funnel shaped container 80 and container 10 assembly mixes the fluid 20 and composition 120 mixture completely. After the fluid 20 and composition 120 mixture is completely mixed, while maintaining an upright position, unscrew the nipple assembly 110 and remove the baby bottle sealing disk 118 and place it in a hygienic location, preferably a zip lock bag or hygienic storage container. The internal threads 116 on the screw cap 114 of the nipple assembly 100 are then again fully screw engagement sealed to the external threads 84 of the funnel shaped container 80. Placing the nipple 112 into the baby’s mouth while turning the connected and sealed fluid container 10, funnel shaped container 80 and nipple assembly 110 upside down allows the baby to drink the fluid 20 and composition 120 mixture. The use of a pressure equalizing nipple or periodically inverting the connected and sealed fluid container 10, funnel shaped container 80 and nipple assembly 110 allows air ro re-enter the connected and sealed fluid container 10, funnel shaped container 80 and nipple assembly 110 reducing the vacuum that will occur inside the fluid container 10.

Another aspect of the present invention addresses a preferably transparent sealable funnel shaped container 130 for receiving and storing a composition 120. Referring to FIG. 12, there is shown a sealable funnel shaped container 130 having a large opening orifice 132 for receiving a composition 120. The large opening orifice 132 of the funnel shaped container 130 has external threads 134 for receiving an internally threaded 162 large orifice screw cap 160 for screw engagement sealing of the large opening orifice 132. Screw engagement sealing of the funnel shaped container 130 to the large orifice screw cap 160 creates sealing of the top edge 144 of the funnel shaped container 130 to the inside top section 164 of the large orifice screw cap 160. The small opening orifice 142 of the funnel shaped container 130 has internal threads 140 on the outside edge of the funnel shaped container housing 130 for receiving an externally threaded 156 small orifice screw cap 150 for screw engagement sealing of the small opening orifice 142. The small opening orifice 142 of the funnel shaped container 130 is preferably tapered 136 for easy insertion into the small orifice screw cap 150 or a bottle’s orifice and snugly seals the outer periphery edge 138 of the funnel shaped container 130 to the inside edge 154 of the small orifice screw cap 150. Screw engagement sealing of the small opening orifice 142 by the externally threaded 156 small orifice screw cap 150 seals the bottom edge 146 of the small opening orifice 142 to the inside edge 152 of the small orifice screw cap 150. The small orifice screw cap 150 preferably includes an large diameter edge 158 for easy screw engagement sealing and unsealing of the small opening orifice 142.

Still another aspect of the present invention addresses filling a baby bottle 180 with a composition 120 using a preferably transparent screw engagement sealed funnel shaped container 130 and attaching a nipple assembly 170 to feed a baby the fluid 190 and composition 120 mixture. Referring to FIG. 13, there is shown a funnel shaped container 130 containing a composition 120, a baby bottle 180 and a nipple assembly 170. The sealed funnel shaped container 130 containing a composition 120 is screw engagement sealed to the baby bottle 180 by removing the small orifice screw cap 150, shown in FIG. 12, and inverting the funnel shaped container 130. Placing the small opening orifice 142 with the tapered end 136into the cylindrical opening 182 of the baby bottle 180 begins transference of the composition 120 into the fluid 190. Turning the funnel shaped container 130 preferably clockwise allows screw engagement sealing by the internally threaded small orifice extension 140 of the funnel shaped container 130 to the externally threaded 184 cylindrical opening 182 of the baby bottle 180. Completed screw engagement sealing seals the periphery edge 138 of the funnel shaped container 130 to the inside edge of the cylindrical opening 182 of the baby bottle 180. After making sure the large orifice screw cap 160, shown in FIG. 12, is fully screw engagement sealed to the funnel shaped container 130 and the funnel shaped container 130 is fully screw engagement sealed to the baby bottle 180, thoroughly shaking the funnel shaped container 130 and baby bottle 180 assembly mixes the fluid 190 and composition 120 mixture completely. After the fluid 190 and composition 120 mixture is completely mixed, while maintaining an upright position, unscrew the large orifice screw cap 160 and place it in a hygienic location, preferably a zip lock bag or hygienic storage container. The internal threads 176 on the screw cap 172 of the nipple assembly 170 are fully screw engagement sealed to the external threads 134 of the funnel shaped container 130, sealing the top edge 144 of the funnel shaped container 130 to the bottom edge 178 of the nipple 174 inside of the nipple assembly screw cap 172. Placing the nipple 174 into the baby’s mouth while turning the connected and sealed baby bottle 180, funnel shaped container 130 and nipple assembly 170 upside down allows the baby to drink the fluid 190 and composition 120 mixture. The use of a pressure equalizing nipple or periodically inverting the connected and sealed baby bottle 180, funnel shaped container 130 and nipple assembly 170 allows air ro re-enter the connected and sealed fluid container 180, funnel shaped container 130 and nipple assembly 110 reducing the vacuum that will occur inside the baby bottle 180.

Yet another aspect of the present invention addresses the heating and temperature monitoring of the fluid 190 inside the baby bottle 180 or the fluid 20 inside the container 10, shown in FIG 1. Referring to FIGS. 14 and 15, there is shown a heating and temperature monitoring device 200 with a heating element 206 connected to a heating element shaft 208 and thermometer probe 210 connected to a thermometer probe shaft 212, both of which are encapsulated in a screw cap casing 202, with an internally threaded housing 204 for threaded engagement sealing with the external threading 232 on the cylindrical opening 182 of a baby bottle 180, for sealing fluid 190 inside the baby bottle 180, shown in FIG. 13. A heating element 206 is connected to the screw cap housing 202 by a heating element shaft 208. The heating element 206 is controlled through the circuitry on the circuit board 214, which is direct current powered by an external source through the external power connection 222. The external power connection 222 is powered using an AC adapter or a DC cigarette outlet charger. The temperature sensing end 210 of the thermometer probe shaft 212 is electronically connected to the electronic circuitry 214 within the screw cap casing 202. The temperature sensing end 210 is disposed to be positioned for maintaining contact with the fluid 190 in the baby bottle 180. As shown in FIG. 15, the top outer surface of the screw cap casing 220 includes an on/off button for the electronic thermometer or heating element 224 or 226 which is electronically connected 216 to the electronic circuitry 214. The digital display face 230 is electronically connected 216 to the electronic circuitry 214 for displaying the temperature of the fluid 190 and for notifying the user when the hating element is on. Activating either on/off button 224 or 226 can turn on the digital thermometer by itself, turn on the heating element by itself, or turn on the digital thermometer and heating element together. Preferably activating the left on/off button 226 turns on the heating element. When the heating element is turned on, the on/off buttons 224 or 226 can be used to increase or decrease the temperature of the heating element 206. Activating the left on/off button 226 will lower the temperature of the heating element 206 and activating the right on/off button 224 will increase the temperature of the heating element 206. After a short duration of time, the on/off buttons 224 or 226 resume normal functionality. Additionally provided is an audible alarm 228 which is electronically connected 216 to the electronic circuitry 214 for providing an audible signal signifying that the fluid 190 has reached the pre-programmed desired temperature, preferably around 98°. Preferably activating the left on/off button 224 turns on the digital thermometer’s and/or the digital thermometer’s alarm. The on/off buttons 224 or 226 can be used to increase or decrease the fluid temperature alarm 228 for the fluid, while the temperature alarm is turned on. Activating the left on/off button 226 will lower the temperature alarm 228 and activating the right on/off button 224 will increase the temperature alarm 228. After a short duration of time, the on/off buttons 224 or 226 resume normal functionality.

Referring to FIG. 16, another object of the present invention is to provide a means of protecting the heating element 206 and heating element shaft 208, and/or thermometer probe 210 and thermometer probe shaft 212, shown in FIG. 14, of the heating element and/or thermometer screw cap 200, when not it is not in use, by providing a storage case 230 with external threads 232 on the outside of the aperture 234 for threaded engagement with the internal threads 204 of the screw cap casing 202.

Referring to FIG. 17, there is shown an unassembled formula bottle assembly embodiment including a nipple assembly 170, funnel shaped container 130 and a container 240. The nipple assembly 170 incorporates internal threads 176 on the screw cap 172 for complete screw engagement sealing to the external threads 134 on the large opening orifice 132 of the funnel shaped container 130, sealing the top edge 144 of the funnel shaped container 130 to the bottom edge 178 of the nipple 174 inside the nipple assembly screw cap 172. The funnel shaped container 130 receives and holds a composition 120 through the large opening orifice 132 for mixing with a fluid 190 inside a container 240. Inserting the tapered 136 small end aperture 142 of the funnel shaped container 130 into the cylindrical opening 244 of the container 240 begins transference of the composition 120 into the fluid 190. Turning the funnel shaped container 130 in a preferable clockwise direction allows screw engagement sealing by the internally threaded 140 small orifice extension 138 of the funnel shaped container 130 to the externally threaded 246 cylindrical opening 244 of the container 240. Completed screw engagement sealing seals the inside edge of the internally threaded 140 small orifice extension 138 to the top edge 242 of the cylindrical opening 244 of the container 240. After the nipple assembly 170, funnel shaped container 130 and a container 240 are fully screw engagement sealed to each other, thoroughly shaking the nipple assembly 170, funnel shaped container 130 and a container 240 screw engagement sealed assembly mixes the fluid 190 and composition 120 mixture completely. The container 240, in one preferred embodiment, can be a standard baby bottle fluid container 180, as shown in FIG. 13. Alternatively, the container 240, in another preferred embodiment, can be a collapsible fluid container, where the cylindrical opening 244 end with external threads 246 of the container 240 is a separate piece connected 248 to a collapsible fluid container 250 where the bottom edge 252 of the collapsible fluid container 250 is rounded to prevent formula particles from collecting on and adhering to the bottom edges 252 and to make cleaning and disinfecting easier.

Another aspect of the present invention addresses safely increasing the temperature of a fluid 20, 190 or other substance inside a container 10, 180, 240 or other type of container using a flexible heating element wrapped around a container filled with a substance. Referring to FIG. 18, there is shown a flexible heating element 260 having a means of increasing the temperature of a substance inside a container using an external alternating or direct current power source 268 connected with a wire 266 to a flexible electrically resistive heating element 262 sandwiched between two flexible thermally conductive materials 264. Connecting the device to an alternating current or direct current power source 268 allows the flexible electrically resistive heating element 262 sandwiched between two flexible thermally conductive materials 284 to begin electrical resistive heating. The flexible heating element 260, while in continuous conductive contact with the outer surface of a container heats a substance inside a container. Referring to FIG. 6, there is shown an apparatus assembly 70 and method for keeping an exothermic heating pack 60 or a flexible heating element 260 in continuous conductive contact with the outer walls 12 of a container 10 filled with a fluid 20 using an adjustable insulating wrap 72 of cloth, neoprene, silicone or any type of insulating material fastened in place with straps, snaps, velcro or any type of fastening means 74 and 76.

These and other features of the present invention will be more fully understood by referencing the drawings.

In summary, the previously described baby feeding system invention, according to the preferred embodiments and alternative preferred embodiments of the invention, helps in feeding a baby hygienically, safely and quickly at home, while traveling away from home or while in a place where it is impossible to prepare a baby’s formula bottle correctly. The multiple parts of the present invention can all be used simultaneously together, or one or more parts of the present invention can be used individually or in different combinations, depending on the required needs. The multiple parts of the present invention can also be used to perform other functions other than preparing a baby’s formula bottle.

While the present invention disclosed has been described with reference to the preferred embodiments thereof, a latitude of modification, change, and substitution is intended in the foregoing disclosure, and in some instances, some features of the invention will be employed without a corresponding use of the inventions other features. Accordingly, it will be appreciated by those having an ordinary skill in the art that various modifications can be made to the system of the invention and it is appropriate that the description and appended claims are construed broadly and in a manner consistent with the spirit and scope of the invention herein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as a whole.

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