Searching around the Blogsphere, I came across this hilarious list of “The Top 10 Most Ridiculous Products for Baby” writtne by blogger Matt Dinniman. Although this list does not contain natural toys, there are several items that try to mimic natural processes or parenting. Personally, I think the above pictured cradle by Moffi is rather cool; however, I understand Matt’s opinion that, “I bet it’s probably really comfortable for the baby, but man is it creepy. If the baby spends too much time in this thing he’ll probably end up on late-night radio in 30 years talking about his repressed memories of being abducted by aliens.” Number 8 on the list is product designed to allow men to “breastfeed”. Matt even includes a link about a man who was able to lactate! (Click here to read.)
Number one on Matt’s list is the above pictured Zaky Pillow. Matt describes the Zaky Pillow as, “Disembodied zombie hands to hold the baby in place. I don’t care how well they say this works. It’s the creepiest baby product I have ever seen, and it deserves its place as #1 on this list.” Although Matt’s list is intended to by humorous, there are several comments of people supporting the use of these products. I think it is important to be able to laugh but understand that every parent needs to find what works for them.
We used the Amby for our daughter and it was great! Similar in concept to the Moffi, but not nearly as other-worldy looking. Although she pretty much rejected it at four months due to her desire to be more mobile with her new found ability to roll over, I firmly believe that it was at least partially responsible for developing the sleeping patterns that she still exhibits today (the other being the book, Twelve Hours by Twelve Weeks). At 16 months she is still sleeping 12 hours at night, and two 2-hour naps during the day! It is easily disassembled for easy travelling, and has a jumpy-jump attachment when the bed is outgrown. A little too pricey for the few months of use, but definitely worth it if you have more kids, or can share with friends and family. http://www.ambybaby.com/
Jennifer Lance says
Thanks Chris. It looks comfortable! I know many parents would spend anything for a good night’s sleep! We are family bed people, so not much need around here. Congrats on your daughter’s sleeping patterns!