I haven’t had an infant in years so it’s easy to forget that the world of baby stuff keeps on expanding. While looking up something or other on Amazon the other night I stumbled upon the Keep it Kleen Pacifier — aka the pacifier that closes up when it’s dropped. My feelings were divided: is this genius or is it too much? Our son ditched his pacifier around the time he was three months old so we never had to deal with them for very long, but even when we did we would just casually brush it off on our legs after it was dropped (which is probably pretty disgusting) and pop it back in his mouth. No muss, no fuss… right?
Despite having that attitude, I can’t help but think this thing is kind of brilliant. It turns out there’s a whole bevy of probably unnecessary but simultaneously fascinating baby-related things you can buy:
Like this: the Culla Belly Co-Sleeper. This thing retails at $600, which blows my mind. No matter: this co-sleeper is special because it can be a crib (with the sides folded up) or attach to an adult bed. You can also buy a stand to keep the sleeper in during the day, and wheel your baby around your home. Dude.
The Flyebaby Infant Seat ($60) doesn’t seem that far-fetched to me: having flown with my son a few times during his infancy (you can read some great tips for flying with your baby here), it would have been pretty awesome to have an extra seat for him to hang in. The seat can be used while in the air (not during taxiing, take off, or landing). It’s apparently pretty small, and has a head line to indicate when the baby is in a safe position — so you’re fine even if the person in front of you moves his or her seat. The only snag I’ve read is that not all airlines will let you use it, so it’s a good idea to check in with yours first.
Taga bikes come up every time we talk about bicycle safety and kids on the site, but I had never checked them out in depth until recently. The Taga is a safe, fully functional bicycle that turns into a stroller when you want it to be — and then back into a bike you and your kid can safely ride around town on. At around $1500 the bike isn’t ideal for everyone, but if you’re intentionally car-free and having a baby it could totally be your jam.
Sippy Sure The Medicine Dispensing Sippy Cup is another baby item I’m a little iffy on — I think the premise (hide your baby’s gross-tasting meds so he or she will drink it without fuss!) is a good one, but I have only one question: why not just pour the medicine into the drink itself? We’ve successfully hidden everything from liquid iron vitamins to pain meds in our son’s drinks by just pouring the amount he was prescribed in — all without a special cup to help.
I saved the Infantino Hoodie Universal All Season Carrier Cover for last because it’s my faaaavorite: sure, you can just wear mittens while you’re wearing your kid in cold temperatures, but this sucker also covers your baby’s feet, has special pockets for you to tuck your hands into, and keeps your kiddo protected from cold and/or boisterous winds.
What possibly unnecessary baby stuff did you guys get and love — and what do you wish you had picked up?