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Bottle Sling : Baby Feeding Aid


starinventiondarker Inventor Name: Phil Jones

Invention Status: Patented, looking for licensing partner

Website: bottleslingguy.com

Patent Number: 5,873,551

Inventor Email: bottle_sling@yahoo.com

Keywords: baby products bottlefeeding bottle sling

Description: A nursing bottle aid designed to make bottlefeeding a more natural experience.

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Comments
Apr 13, 2006
by Cathy (not verified)

Great idea. I wish it was

Great idea. I wish it was available 20 years ago!

Apr 21, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Already met Meet the Fockers

Wasn't this in the movie "Meet the Fockers"?

Apr 21, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Is it "New"?

I don't mean to sound like one of the Judges, but are you saying that you "invented" a strap?

Apr 21, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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It's a "Sling"

That's alright, the judges weren't too hard on me, we just didn't have good chemistry.

Actually the US Patent and Trademark office says I invented one. They were dumb enough to give me Utility patent #5,873,551. If you go to the USPTO site, you can read the claims and check out the images. The great thing about the patent is that it covers a wide range of embodiments. This gives my sling designs much more flexibility to meet consumers' requirements and tastes. Unlike Mark's Sacmaster my bottle slings can be changed and improved as time goes on.

There are other types of bottle holders like the Bottle Booster right here in this gallery. I've found two on the web that are meant to be worn by the parent. Momo's Bottle Sling was basically a sock that hangs around your neck, but the bottle was not held in place securely and slides out (ironically MLboo-hoo pooh-poohed my "straps" saying a mom could wrap a sock around her neck and do the same thing). I don't think they are still selling them. The other is made by Parents of Invention and it is a hook with a clamp at the end. The large hook part goes around your neck and the bottle snaps into the clamp. I'll put mine up against any of them. Check out the Seven Essentials of a Quality Sling section on my website. I guarantee the hook and clamp "sling" doesn't match up to mine.

Please check out my invention at .

Apr 21, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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What a shock!

My jaw dropped when I saw that movie and ironically it was about a week before I auditioned in LA. I admit that one is easier on the eyes, but awful to keep clean.

Please check out my invention at .

Apr 22, 2006
by Anonymous Two-Hands Luke (not verified)

Baby Sling?

Why not make a sling to hold the baby and have two hands for holding the bottle and wiping the baby's milk mouth?

Apr 22, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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Sure, why not?

There are already tons of them out there (google baby slings, baby wraps). You can use my slings while holding the baby in a baby sling and still have two hands free to wipe up whatever you need to.

Please check out my invention at .

Apr 24, 2006
by Lee (not verified)

Your baby bottle sling is better

I've searched the internet for other bottle slings, yours is better made, adjustable, and I wish I had one when my sons were young. Hope it's available when grandkids arrive. (you have a few years to get it marketed, lol)
I'd think hospitals and perhaps some disabled folks would find this invaluable. Good luck!

Apr 25, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Are you kidding me?

Not to be rude, but come on.... I think you would have better luck marketing this as a tool making it easier to feed a baby (so the person doesn't wear their arm out holding the bottle) as opposed to making this seem like analogous to the "natural experience" of breast feeding (**gag,gag**). As a tool to help hold the bottle for the baby, I can see the utility and marketing. Trying to pass this off as a "natural experience" is way too hokey, in my opinion.

Apr 25, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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Reasons

I claim it makes bottlefeeding a "more" natural experience because it allows you to hold the baby more like a breastfeeding mom would be able to hold her. You are allowed to hold the child with two hands while feeding which is more natural than holding the baby with one and the bottle with the other.

Many other bottle holders market theirs as "hands free" so you can talk on the phone or read a book, some are even designed so that the parent doesn't even have to be there. That's not what my focus is here, I want to stress the importance of actually being there with the baby. They are not designed to free up your responsibility, but they do eliminate the need to hold the bottle the whole time while feeding, what a parent does with that time is up to them and out of my control. There is nothing wrong with answering a phone while the baby is feeding but I don't want to give the impression that my slings are a tool to separate you from your baby. That's why I claim it enhances the feeding experience making it more natural like someone who is breastfeeding. The posture is the same and the amount of free hands to tend to baby's needs are the same.

Please check out my invention at .

Apr 25, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I understand, but still.....

I completely understand your reasoning, but my point is the need to know and understand what will appeal to the most people and what will keep them interested in your product without immediately turning them off from the start with the thought that "this allows you to hold the baby like you are breastfeeding it". If you want to get men involved and interested in buying and using the product(and I understand you are a man), you need a better line. Maybe women would go for that initial line, but I can see a lot of men being immediately turned off by it without giving it a second thought or serious consideration as to whether it is something useful. Why do you think they made so much fun of the concept on Meet The Fockers?

Apr 25, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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No! I won't change it! It's 95% finished!!!

They were laughing at that fake boob harness?

But seriously, thanks for the input, it will definitely be taken into consideration. I don't want to make it seem as though I am encouraging people to ignore the baby by putting too much emphasis on the "hands free" aspect. I've seen pictures of people feeding a baby with a bottle holder, working on their computers and it just didn't look right to me. When we were building the website my stepson joked we should take a picture of a woman feeding the baby on a ski lift. It was funny but not something I'd like to attach to a product which I take very seriously. You should hear some of the vitriolic attitudes in the breastfeeding groups aimed at anything to do with a nursing bottle. Contrary to that, there is even an antibreastfeeding group on the web tired of being made to feel inferior because they bottlefed their babies.

Expert salesman, marketing whiz, I'm not. That's why I am looking to license the designs to an established company. I know my limitations. That's why I haven't given them a proper name, they are bottle slings just like a bra is a bra with names like Ipex, Crossyourheart, etc. This can be called whatever they want and marketed how they see fit. I'm just trying to get it seen by the right people.

Thanks again for your advice.

Please check out my invention at .

Apr 27, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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Bottle sling review by Kevin at Webgoonies.com

There's nothing like having a stranger say good things about your invention. Kevin from the parenting website, WWW.Webgoonies.com has given me an awesome review after using one of my sling designs for the last couple of months with his son Rylan.

Here's a sample of the review:

"We began using the bottle sling shortly after we received it and were certainly impressed. I am able to securely hold Rylan with both arms and still have him munching away at the bottle. I think the combination of a baby sling and the bottle sling would make for an even easier situation and allow the parent full ability to do what they needed to do with minimal problems. The sling can easily be adjusted for each person and baby.

Phil Jones, the inventor, tried out on the ABC tv reality show American Inventor back in January but unfortunately did not move onto the second round. In fact, his invention wasn't even put onto the TV show but that is actually a good thing. It seems the only inventions that were shown were really terrible or the ones who moved on. I applaud Phil for coming up with this idea and I imagine it's day will come. I only wish that I would have picked up this sling when Rylan was much younger and I could have used it more."

Please go to the Webgoonies site and check it out.

And please check out my invention at .

May 3, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Bottle sling is mediocre at best

The reason why so many inventors are percieved as loons is becuase of a guy like you trying to overpromote a mediocre idea. Move on and try to ivnvent something to be proud of. Help the world not your wallet.

May 3, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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I'll take mediocre.

Have you ever bottlefed a baby? If I can change the way people bottlefeed their children I will have lived my dream and satisfied my passion.

Thanks for checking out my invention.

Please check out my invention at Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

May 3, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

You've changed nothing bottle sling guy

You've re-invented the wheel. Why??? There are soooo many of these devices out there already. Take that brilliant mind of yours and develop something NOBODY has thought of. Only then will you meet with success. I know you have it in you. By the way...I have bottle fed MANY children and know what I'm sqwalking about.

May 4, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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Rolling along the cranky highway.

"You've re-invented the wheel. Why???"

Because none of those other wheels rolled correctly.

"There are soooo many of these devices out there already."

Really? Show me five and don't waste my time with props.

"...and develop something NOBODY has thought of."

That's a pretty formidable task, you're giving me more credit than I deserve. Besides, no one has thought of my sling, just ask the USPTO.

"Only then will you meet with success."

So you don't think my slings will be successful? Are you an inventor or a fortune teller?

"I know you have it in you."

So you are psychic then. Can you give me the scoop on who's going to win the mil?

"I have bottle fed MANY children and know what I'm sqwalking about."

What makes you such an expert? Did you use a prop or some other type of holder? Why are you so mad at me?

Please check out my invention at .

May 9, 2006
by Aries

Critism

I don't think people seem to realize that there is a market out there for almost any product. Especially if its the best product on the market for that purpose. You have a bunch of different baby carriers - look at baby bjorn. It does not mean everyone else should stop making baby carriers because there is already one out there. In addition, there are baby slings. I have a couple of kids and would NEVER have used a baby sling but that does not mean no one else would. obviously someone else does because there are a bunch of different baby slings out there. My point is ... how many times have you walked through a store and said to yourself "who in their right mind would buy that product?" Someone does or else it wouldn't be in the store.

May 9, 2006
by Aries

INPEX - don't know if you're

INPEX - don't know if you're going but you should try to.

Don't know if it would interest you but take a look at May's entrepenuer magazine. They have an article on sippy leash.

Jun 13, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

For Phil, the bottlesling guy:

I took your advice and checked out your invention. Want to know one of the first things I noticed? That your ad boasts of having both hands free, but in your picture, you are HOLDING THE BOTTLE! Hello....dah....gotta fix that.

Aug 1, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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Me holding the bottle.

First off, I'd like to thank you for checking out my website. I truly appreciate you taking the time to even look at it.

Second, on the home webpage, notice the picture in the factoid section down to the left. You'll see my very sweet grand-nephew (my sister's grandson) being fed with a sling. You can also see a much larger version of the same picture if you click on the "blog" section on the navigation bar. He's actually got both hands on the bottle/sling while my sister is holding him with her two hands. I'll be adding another picture soon showing the creator of the Webgoonies site holding his son while using their sling. He did a review of it and was paid no compensation.

And there is another section at the bottom right of my website where you see a couple pictures of the sling being used with a prop doll (the same one I used to audition) As a matter of fact the picture of me holding the bottle was taken at the time we were making that ad. I was coaching my wife and my son took a candid shot of me (not expecting it would make the headline). He used that picture as an example of what the page would look like and when I saw it, I realized it was exactly what I was looking for.

You are allowed to hold the bottle while using my slings, it's ok. I don't claim you never have to touch the baby's bottle again, as a matter of fact: you actually have to put the bottle in the sling and then aim the bottle into the baby's mouth. My slings don't excuse you from the responsibilities that come with caring for a child.

Please check out my invention again at Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery or go back to www.bottleslingguy.com so we can clear this all up. Thanks for writing, it was getting pretty quiet around here.

Jul 14, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Who is being wacky?

Who is being wacky?

Jul 14, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Anonymous

Okay, you have nothing to say and you feel empty inside. Maybe you would enjoy yourself more if you tried to make a contribution--you know, instead of revealing your emptiness, try to find something meaningful to say.

Dec 3, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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You counted all US births.

You counted all US births. Not all birth parents bottle feed, some still breast feed their children. There are probably more than two and less than four million kids using a bottle at any point in time. Let's say three million?

So, 300K units per year. Cost to make slings- under $2 per unit. A sewing contractor with twenty sewers could make that many in two weeks. Packaging can be minimal as in simply a tag. You can ship hundreds of slings in a box weighing less than twenty pounds. Think bibs or bras. Let's say $2.50 - $2.75 per unit (I still think that's high though).

That's around $780,000 to make package and distribute three hundred thousand slings to let's say Babies R Us or Wal Mart. They could retail for around $12 ea. That's around $9.4 million. Give or take a few hundred thousand, juggle numbers around all you want, it still comes up as a pretty tempting venture for the right company.

I was just talking about this to a friend of mine. Thanks for the encouragement!

Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Mar 3, 2007
by Illie (not verified)

Hmm

Not bad, just one design flaw - it looks kinda geeky...

May 27, 2007
by bottleslingguy
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What do you mean? Geeky how?

What do you mean? Geeky how? Like only nerds would use it? I'm all for constructive criticism, I'm also a geek, so there you go. Thanks for looking. Actually the geekyness flaw you mentioned can be overcome by the broad patent claims. These cover many variations on the central theme of the bottle sling. Not only different fabrics, patterns and colors, but designs too. How's that for geeky?

Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Jun 30, 2007
by Eduardo (not verified)

Only problem is that

Only problem is that children should never be fed by bottle.

Jul 26, 2007
by bottleslingguy
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I wouldn't have survived if I wasn't bottle fed.

Hi Eduardo,

What are you to do when the mom decides (for whatever reason) not to breast feed her baby? Are you saying it's all or nothing? 

"The real difficulty in changing any enterprise lies not in developing new ideas but in escaping from the old ones." Maynard Keynes

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Aug 9, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Spoons or sippy cups.

Spoons or sippy cups. Bottles are prohibited in the hospital i work in.

Aug 16, 2007
by bottleslingguy
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Maybe they would be allowed

Maybe they would be allowed if they were used in one of my bottle slings?  

"The real difficulty in changing any enterprise lies not in developing new ideas but in escaping from the old ones." Maynard Keynes

Oh yeah! Please check out my  Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .