Friday, June 13th, 2008
Three Unusual Baby and Toddler Products, Vol. 10
1. StÃ¶nees are re-bonded crushed rock with natural pigments sealed with a water-based sealer. In short, they’re colored rocks. Each kit contains 50 stones, average size 1 to 1.5 inches square. You know, for stacking. "The possibilities are as limitless as the imagination."
StÃ¶nees are rated for ages 4-and-up, although some websites list the age as 5.
You can forget about using the rocks that your toddler already picks up on his travels. They are dirty and don’t come in fun party colors. And certainly don’t think about giving your child tempera paints and a brush, or he might paint those dirty rocks like my daughter loves to do.
2. Plot-a-tot is a milestone calendar for recording your baby’s first year accomplishments. More than that, it is a "treasured family document, to be kept as a detailed and permanent record of the most amazing periods in your lives."
It’s a tall narrow poster with a calendar that starts on the day of birth by way of your affixing a month sticker above the first set of dates. Over the next 12 months, you affix 96 stickers bearing the names of hallmark events, such as "my first crawl" and "my first pair of shoes." Some stickers have write-in spaces for such things as your baby’s weight. Each sticker also bears a treasured illustration related to the milestone, such as a crawling baby or a pair of shoes.
Poster designs come in undersea, farm, space and fairytale themes (see full images of each). The poster also doubles as a growth chart up to four feet (122cm).
Forget writing a personal journal. Donate your camera to charity. Imagine 30 years from now pulling this calendar out to share and reminisce with your son or daughter upon the birth of your grandchild. Stickers are forever.
3. Pomme BÃ©bÃ© is an organic baby food bar located in Newport Beach, Calif. Bring your baby or toddler up to the "tasting bar" for some gourmet puree. Organic meals are made fresh daily that you can buy at the bar-restaurant-thingie, or now, have shipped overnight.
Among other menu options, babies might go for apple or cauliflower puree. Toddlers can try chicken asparagus orzo or mac & cheese.
I know what you’re thinking… "I can make those at home!" Oh, sure, you can make them at home, but can you make them fresh from organic sources? It’s not like grocery stores sell fresh organic fruits and vegetables or like you could tend your own backyard garden without pumping it full of the necessary pesticides that plants so desparately need to live. And in these dark economic times, who can afford a baby food grinder or even a blender? Get off your smug high rocking horse.
Update: Also check out Bean Sprouts in Middleton, Wisconsin. It’s a bit broader in scope, offering more of a kid’s cafe atmosphere, cooking classes and hosting birthday parties. There are no adult menu options, just adult-size portions of the kid food. Neat idea though. Thanks to Thinga-reader Allison for having the audacity to disagree with me and provide this tip.
Also see previously, 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, wood train chandelier, pink Lego bucket.