Thursday, July 13th, 2006
Baby Sleeves, Pillows and Padding for Parents
Cuddle Sleeve is a padded pillow-like wrapper for your arm where "a soft, cozy nest is formed for baby to rest, feed and sleep." That’s it. Sure, it has a pocket and loop for a pacifier and burp cloth, but basically that’s the whole product.
I have three opinions to share:
- It might be true that babies are more comfortable lying on padding, and the sleeve may indeed help "calm and soothe baby," but skin-to-skin contact with a parent is still best.
- The web site touts the sleeve as "another barrier against germs." So, just like germ-ridden shopping cart handles, we should protect our children from our own skin? Seriously, try bathing every day. If you don’t have indoor plumbing, you can’t afford this product.
- The baby sleeve reminds me of a dog bite sleeve used in police canine training sessions. But you know, babies don’t develop a full set of teeth until after the first year.
Now, some of the product photos show a baby being bottle fed. The inventor’s story page explains the inspiration for inventing the sleeve, "With the baby constantly in my arms, the pressure was causing numbness and fatigue."
My daughter was breast fed, but I did my fair share of bottle feeding. Am I just a dumb dad who doesn’t understand? Do mothers really experience numbness holding an infant? How big a kid are we talking about?
Update: I renamed the title on this post to encompass future products of similar design. Case in point…
I still just see a barrier between baby and caregiver. I’ll take skin-to-skin over a product I would be washing between uses every day.
As is evident by some fierce user commentary below this post, what I say doesn’t matter. When you see the things I talk about, either you think "cool!" or "why the hell does this thing exist?" â€” independent of my stated perspective. And by the way, many thanks to the user who compared me to the New York Times, the de facto newspaper of record for these United States. I couldn’t ask for a better compliment, back-handed though it may be.