Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
Three Unusual Baby and Toddler Products, Vol. 9
Birthday Suit Bear â€” Your guess is as good as mine as to what they were thinking. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company made this one. His honey-colored pelt rips off with the aid of Velcro strips, leaving a lighter tan fir underneath… and a belly button (that doesn’t show up well in the photo).
However, the title of Most Disturbing Teddy Bear is still held by reigning champion Benny the Anatomical Teddy for his removable organs, although one crafter’s Operation Bear would give Benny a run for his money.
[Birthday tip via Matt Haughey].
Wooden Train Chandelier â€” It’s easy to poke fun at most products found at PoshTots.com. You’ve probably seen the $47,000 Cinderella bed sold there, the girlish equivalent of Ricky Schroder’s Race Car Bed in TV’s Silver Spoons.
Chandeliers are usually reserved for the largest rooms in a home where people assemble, not a child’s room. Am I wrong? Have chandeliers become standard fare in middle class bedrooms? After all, more and more families are indulging in elaborate race car beds ala Silver Spoons.
Pink Lego Bucket â€” It contains regular Lego blocks, and also has bricks in three shades of pink and other bright non-traditional colors… plus fences, windows, doors and flowers for your daughter to build a cottage.
I never thought of Lego blocks being gender-specific, except for some kit-based collections that encourage conflict play (Star Wars, pirate ships, knights and castles, etc.). The International Herald Tribune reports that girls in Denmark, the home of Lego Group, accept non-genderized plain Lego blocks just fine. This pink bucket and a series of other girl-targeted Lego toys (even a Princess Palace) are intended for other parts of the world, such as America, where boys and girls are taught to play differently and apart from each other.
See previous, 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.