Friday, September 16, 2011

The Fine Line Between Useless and Awesome

The Huffington Post ran a slide show this week on Baby Products You Don't Need: 11 Useless Baby 'Essentials.'

A couple of the selections, such as the Peekaru (above) and the "ghetto Roomba," have been featured on BuboBlog in the past. But most were new to me.

The Time Out Pad, for instance, lets you set a timer to measure your kid's time-out. That way, the child knows when it's over.

I have to admit, there have been times when I've given Elliot a time-out and then wandered off to do a Kakuro, forgetting that I'd left him shut up in his room. I could definitely use this.

I also was intrigued by this padded baby helmet.

It took Elliot years before he developed any sense of self-preservation. This could have saved him from countless scrapes and bruises, even if it made him look like the slow kid.

This product just plain confused me — My Pee Pee Bottle.

Apparently your kid is supposed to pee in this thing, to spare them the biohazards of using a public restroom. But why does it look like he should be drinking from it?

When I was growing up kids didn't learn to pee in plastic bottles until high school — and then it was to trick their friends into drinking "second-hand" Gatorade. I'm not sure this is something I want to pass down to the next generation.