In case you haven’t noticed I have had several babies. There is a lot of stuff that you need to buy when you have a baby. With each child I realized that parents actually need fewer things than they think they do. But that is not the message that parents get. I went into Babies R Them a few days ago trying to find my favorite brand of sippy cups, and my mind almost frothed over because of all the ridiculous baby stuff that is paraded in front of naive and gullible new parents. The shops, however are nothing compared to the catalogs. Especially the One Step Ahead catalog. Don’t get me wrong. I have ordered some great products from this catalog over the years. But there are also some completely ridiculous things in there as well. My list of most eye-rolling products:
DaysAgo Digital Day Counter. ($11.95 each!!!)
No more wondering if that milk or baby food is still fresh enough to feed baby! With these unique stick-on timers, you’ll know exactly when you made that formula, expressed that breast milk, or opened that jar of baby food.
Mac & Cool Quick Cooling Dish ($6.95)
No more waiting for food to cool. Don’t make hungry kids wait! This ingenious cooling dish takes foods from “too hot” to “just right” in 60 seconds. Fill with one cup of water; keep in your freezer. To use, place food directly into it for one quick minute, then transfer it to your child’s plate. Great for oatmeal, macaroni, rice–even pizza! Holds one cup. Hand wash only.
Space Coaster ($15.95)
This simplified version of our beloved roller coaster stimulates eye-hand coordination, visual tracking skills, and shape and color recognition. More importantly, tots can’t get enough of it!
Tub-Time Bumpers ($29.95)
Our one-of-a-kind tub bumper surrounds little ones with soft, safe padding — and makes transitioning to the “big kid” tub infinitely safer. Suctions securely to tub walls. Rugged vinyl, with educational graphics. 11’L x 12″H; fits standard tubs. A great innovation in bath tub safety! Inflates in 10 minutes with our Hand Held Pump (sold separately)
TubSider II ($49.95!!!)
Does bath time leave you stiff and sore? Give your back and knees a break! Our orthopedic kneeling seat eliminates back and neck strain by positioning your spine properly. And now, its advanced Intelligel® cushions relieve pressure on your knees and elbows like never before. Height adjustable; folds for storage. Accommodates most shower tracks.
Bumper Bonnet ($12.95)
Learning to crawl? Starting to walk? When baby is accident prone, the Bumper Bonnet prevents bumps, bruises, and tears. The soft, thickly-padded head covering acts as a protective cushion, shielding that delicate little head.
Car Seat Comfort Footrest ($29.95)
No more painful dangling legs! You know how uncomfortable it feels when your feet don’t touch the ground? That’s how kids feel everyday in their car seats! Unsupported feet results in poor leg circulation (some kids even get painful “pins and needles”). The solution: slide our universal footrest under your child’s car seat or booster!