Three Unusual Baby and Toddler Products, Volume 6

Photo of a pink merry-go-round consisting of four buckled seats that face each other in a cross pattern.

1. Baby Doll Playground Set by BabyDoll Playground LLC.

Buy a swing set and merry-go-round… for dolls. Sorry, the teeter-totter has been discontinued.

That’s right, instead of taking a favorite doll with you to a real playground and getting sunshine and exercise, sit in your backyard and push your dolls around a miniature playground set.

The company’s web site contains a comparison page explaining how its playground is superior to the competition.

Wait, what? There are more? I didn’t have the wherewithal to google for the competition.

Photo of Nenuco Cologne in a glass cologne bottle.

2. Baby Cologne by Nenuco.

This cologne hails from Spain. No, it’s not baby powder. The linked import company states that “many Spaniards associate Nenuco with childhood
because so many babies are splashed with this cologne that is mild
enough for their sensitive skin.”

Your reaction is probably something along the lines of… “I don’t believe it! If your baby stinks, give him a bath!” BZZZT. Not in Spain. The importer also states, “It is a popular after bath cologne for all ages.”

Lest you think Spaniards are insane, maybe you haven’t seen Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Cologne. This cologne has a “gentle, fresh fragrance with a pleasant combination of floral and citrus hints. It leaves your baby smelling clean and fresh.”

Huh? What? Babies already have a zesty fresh-from-the-womb smell. They don’t need to be slathered in water, Polysorbate 20, Trideceth-9, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, fragrance, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, citric acid, propylene glycol, tetrasodium EDTA, simethicone, Ext. Violet 2 and Blue 1.

Photo of the Cradle Me Receiving Blanket.

3. Cradle Me Receiving Blanket by BabyBoo

This receiving blanket comes with a removable foam insert that “provides crucial neck support and allows loved-ones to hold and pass newborns with safety and ease.” There are also apparently Velcro straps that ensure the baby stays in the blanket.

Ignoring for a moment that skin-to-skin contact between mom and her newborn is important, since when do we need products that substitute for our most basic assets, like, you know, arms?

See related: Baby sleeves, pillows and padding for parents (where I’m taken to task for my skin-to-skin views).

See also: Three Unusual Baby and Toddler Products:

  • Volume 1: High Leg chair extender, nursing bracelet, Clever Coverz.
  • Volume 2: PlatePal, Mama Snot Pluck, Tubsider parent seat.
  • Volume 3: The Zoo animal storage, Sneeze Sleeve, The Potty Song.
  • Volume 4: Yellow pages booster seat, My First Zamboni, Solar System Travel Bag.
  • Volume 5 Japanese edition: shampoo hat, nursing bottle scissors, Pooh bedpan.
  • Volume 6: Doll playground, baby cologne, foam receiving blanket.
  • Volume 7: Horse chariot, leather-like baby gear, Babywunder Deluxe.
  • Volume 8: Fropper, safety tattoos, Snow Bear sled.
  • Volume 9: Birthday Suit Bear, Wooden Train Chandelier, Pink Lego Bucket.


6 Responses to “Three Unusual Baby and Toddler Products, Volume 6”

  1. Izabela says:

    Actually, the receiving blanket with foam insert is a great idea. I had one (a take on a traditional Polish baby wrap) and it was fantastic. You take the bub out for feeding, cuddling, etc., but it allows you to easily move it in and out of a deep cot and, if necessary, hand it around, as a soft but somewhat more sturdy package. The velcro also means that the blankie can act as an easy-to-use swaddle. We found it very good.

    September 6th, 2007 at 3:13 am

  2. Homestead says:

    “Zesty fresh from the womb smell” had coffee coming out my nose… hilarious.

    Ok I’m going to go ahead and ‘fess up right now…. I’m the mother who didn’t bathe her infants every day. I kept a little pink bottle of J&J’s lotion and put a dab on that spot where every grandma sticks her nose and exclaims, “Oh, I just love that baby smell.”

    That third one kinda reminds me of a cradleboard. And if you don’t think cradleboards are still in use you’ve never been to a Class C state basketball tournament…. they are everywhere. I could see where it might be handy for that helpful toddler sibling who always wants to “howda baba”

    September 6th, 2007 at 7:54 am

  3. anastasiav says:

    re: Cradle Me: My Grandmother was unable to hold her first Great-grandchild (my son) because of weakness in her arms due to a stroke. I can certainly imagine that there are moms or dads out there who might also not be able to provide enough head support for their newborns for medical reasons.

    Products like these often have specialized, niche markets and are developed by people who are trying to solve a problem they’ve experienced with their own family.

    Is this something everyone needs? No way. But would it have been worth it to me to spend $20 or so on a product that would have made Gran a happy woman, instead of leaving her feeling like this was one more thing that her illness had robbed her of – damn straight I would have.

    September 7th, 2007 at 12:58 pm

  4. lisa says:

    I agree that most of these products seem a little ridiculous, but I tend to be a real minimalist when it comes to baby products (and we still ended up with a bunch of stuff we didn’t use).

    The cradle me blanket blanket and baby sleeves just look more cumbersome than anything. We swaddled the baby with a regular blanket, and I seem to remember it made a pretty sturdy little “baby burrito” package. Maybe some babies are floppier? The baby sleeves probably would be helpful for having older/frail relatives hold the baby I guess…we just used the Boppy pillow.

    September 8th, 2007 at 4:25 pm

  5. maria says:

    I am a Spaniard and mom of two. I grew up being slathered on Nenuco but it was never used in lieu of a bath. Actually, we bathe in the morning, get perfumed, powdered and lotioned and then again at night we do it all over again. Same thing for our kids. I’ve heard Americans don’t bathe that often.

    Naturally, babies stink. If you were fortunate enough to have had your newborn on your chest right after popping out, you know what I am talking about. That “baby smell” everyone is so fond of is nothing but the Johnson and Johnson soap, shampoo and lotion you slather your babies with.

    August 31st, 2008 at 6:47 pm

  6. Holly says:

    I bath my baby and myself everyday. The comment you made about Americans not bathing very often is not true.

    November 12th, 2008 at 6:16 am