Friday, November 3rd, 2006
Animal Bag: A Storage Chair by Boon
Update: An old product profile is displayed below. Read a full review.
Someone has finally tackled the scourge of society: unrestrained stuffed animal proliferation. The Animal Bag by Boon looks like a bean bag chair, but is sold without a filler. You unzip a transparent flap and fill the bag with the hundred or so stuff animals inhabiting your home. Once it’s full, the bag is usable as a somewhat lumpy chair.
There are three styles: oval, oval with attached ottoman and three conjoined circles. Each is machine washable. The Animal Bag is recommended for 2-years and up, with younger children I’m guessing being a suffocation risk for this type of seat.
When I was a new parent, I was smug in the belief I would never need a “storage solution” for stuffed animals. I simply wouldn’t buy any stuffed animals, living quite nicely off the few animals gifted to us by friends. I mostly succeeded, having purchased only one stuffed animal, but I didn’t realize two things.
First, most people don’t know what kind of age-appropriate gift to give a baby or toddler, so they give you stuffed animals on every special occasion.
Second, stuffed animals are born pregnant.
Right now, our animals sit in a plastic crate. When the animals exceed the crate’s limited storage capacity, secret police come in the night and take some away. This Animal Bag sounds so much more humane, hiding the animals, saving them from certain death.
Boon’s web site has a list of online retailers that carry its products, but the Animal Bag is new. I found it sold at Babygeared (it’s also at Amazon.com, but for $30 more at the moment). Target brick ‘n’ mortar stores sell several Boon products, so perhaps we’ll see the Animal Bag there by Christmas.
[tip via Parents Magazine]