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A climate controlled sleeping chamber, or air crib, for infants and toddlers is an alternative sleeping medium to the conventional crib. It is a chamber that is ventilated with air that is temperature and humidity controlled to provide an optimum sleeping environment for young children, ages 0 to 2 years. Its purpose is to enhance the psychological and physiological development of young children. Because it is easier to heat a small chamber than larger living quarters, the air crib also has economic advantages.

The design o climate controlled sleeping chamber must meet some minimum requirements. The system must provide an environment in which a young child between the ages of 0 and 2 years may sleep. This environment must be temperature and humidity controlled to a maximum of 95 degrees Fahrenheit and 50% relative humidity, respectively. It must fit into a 6 foot by 8 foot room and must be large enough to contain the child comfortably. It must also maintain a comfortable environment without undo draft or noise. The unit must be able to regulate the temperature and humidity over an extended period of time to within +5% with little or no maintenance. It should be run by household power and all water supplies may be self-contained. The system cannot have a retail value much greater than that of a standard crib. Finally, the system must meet all safety standards set for infant sleeping furniture and residential safety codes in heating, ventilation, electrical wiring, and child safety.