Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Music Scarf and Wristband: On-the-Go Baby Stimulation
Behold: the age of wearable baby toys is upon us. When you’re preparing for a long car ride or a train or plane trip, you need not worry about packing a bunch of toys… or cleaning those toys when they fall to the ground. Parent inventors are here to save you.
First came the Baby Arm Toy Playground, a toy before its time. What was not to love about a rod with spinning toys attached to your arm?
Next came the Berry Vest, a garment made for self-soothers. Your toddler wears the vest and pulls out tethered toys from its pockets.
Last year ushered in the Bobo Glove, a parent’s “wearable activity center.”
Each year the inventions become a little more sophisticated, a little more refined.
Why create these things? A mom-inventor “realized that babies and toddlers love to be in our arms and that our little ones enjoy playing with our accessories and clothes.”
Each is made of fleece and velvet in an array of colors and patterns and has satin ribbons attached.
Each has rattles and tethered fabric squares that squeak or play music. The Music Wristband, for example, plays classical music or children’s tunes such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
In short, the garments provide the same sort of visual, tactile and auditory stimulation you find in the usual sit-down toys that a baby squeezes to hear a sound or feel a texture.
I can see the wristband being convenient when, say, waiting in a doctor’s office. But… the first thing I envisioned with the Music Scarf was a strong tot yanking the scarf and strangling mommy. But I suppose I’m tainted with visions of toddler strength when it’s really babies who will be using these toys.
The wristband retails for £9.99, and the scarf for £14.99. Yep, that’s right, it’s another product of the United Kingdom.
What do you think?