Game #7: What were the inventors thinking?

The prize: Up for grabs is one children’s music CD from the Thingamababy prize vault. The one selected winner will be given a list and be asked to choose from it.

Your challenge: identify the function of the following two baby or toddler-related inventions depicted in patent diagrams.

Two patent line drawings, one roughly resembling a baby bottle with three distinct parts that appear to fit together, and one a backpack-like object with two straps. The inventions that these diagrams depict aren't necessarily remotely close to how they've been described in this textual image description.


  • The invention on the left is intended to assist with babies who are not doing what they’re supposed to. If you think the invention is a baby bottle, you need to describe how it differs from a regular one.
  • The invention on the right is about 12 inches long, 9.5 inches wide and 1 inch thick. It has no pockets.

Game Deadline: I’ll randomly pick one winner in 7 days or less. The winner need not be accurate or humorous, but come on, have some fun. The game is open to anyone anywhere in the world so long as you give me your mailing address within a week of my notifying you by e-mail that you won.

Using the comment form below, guess at the imagined functions of the two inventions depicted above.


17 Responses to “Game #7: What were the inventors thinking?”

  1. Ticia says:

    The invention on the right is a baby bum protector for when learning to walk. Because let’s face it, they fall a lot, and you wouldn’t want them to get hurt, would you? So, you make them wear this thick pad, and they’ll never get hurt this way.

    January 14th, 2009 at 6:14 am

  2. Rebekah says:

    The invention on the right is toddler related but it is for the parents. It is a chest protector for daddies. When Mommy gets fed up with everything Daddy puts on the protective pad and Mommy then proceeds to beat the crap out of him safely. Her knuckles are protected and his lungs are not in danger of being deflated by the rapid, angry blows.

    January 14th, 2009 at 6:24 am

  3. Marcy says:

    I think the invention on the left is a battery powered bottle that will push out the milk for infants who have problems sucking. THe left could be an adapter to make the back on a highchair higher so kids dont flop backwards.

    January 14th, 2009 at 7:08 am

  4. Marianne O says:

    Invention on the left encourages babies to drink milk by rewarding them with sound/lights as the milk level goes down.

    Invention on the right is a strap-on pillow — I’m guessing for babies who can’t lie flat on their backs.

    January 14th, 2009 at 7:26 am

  5. Steph says:

    I think the invention on the right is to keep teh baby from turning over while sleeping in order to keep the baby on his or her back. As for the invention on the left… i think it is to help the baby hold the bottle

    January 14th, 2009 at 8:21 am

  6. Pippin says:

    Left: A “bottle rocket”. It functions as a regular bottle, but when it’s time to move onto a cup, you can press a certain sequence of the “buttons” on the side and WHOOOSH, it takes off to give the little Moon Babies a bottle that is no longer needed by the Big Girl/Boy who has graduated to a cup.

    Right: It’s an early prototype for a Ninja Turtle Costume.

    January 14th, 2009 at 8:44 am

  7. anne K says:

    The invention on the left is a GPS tracking system for wandering infants. # 29 clearly displays the “GPS active signal” so that as the little bundle of love crawls towards the horizon, bottle firmly in hand, the fretting parent can track them down.

    For infants with a more elaborate escape plan, the item on the right is the Graco “my first parachute.”

    January 14th, 2009 at 9:49 am

  8. Sally says:

    The invention on the left is a bottle that pushes the milk out for babies that don’t feed well. The one on the right is something you put on a baby’s back to keep them from rolling over, say off of a changing table.

    January 14th, 2009 at 9:54 am

  9. Kathleen says:

    The first is a battery operated bottle warmer sleeve w/ insulator sleeve for babies who like my 7 month old must have their milk at precisely the correct temp!

    January 14th, 2009 at 10:07 am

  10. amy says:

    The one on the left is a bottle outfitted with a plunger to help babies having trouble sucking. The one on the right is a swim pack to help toddlers to stay afloat in the pool.

    January 14th, 2009 at 11:31 am

  11. clairey says:

    The one on the right is a baby shield. For protecting you from baby. Hold up the shield like a warrior and keep those babies away!

    The one on the left is a bottle designed to help babies with a poor suck reflex. it doesn’t drip/ pour like a normal bottle, it has a vacuum in it which requires baby to suck to get Te milk29 is the value allowing air to escape as baby sucks.

    January 14th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

  12. Sondos says:

    The invention on the right is a baby float, for the safety of the babies in swimming pools.

    the invention on the left is a color and sound baby bottle with special design for easy grip.

    January 14th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

  13. Mary says:

    The invention on the right might be an early means to ensuring your child keeps his or her back straight when sitting up. No slouchers allowed.

    The invention on the left, a shock therapy bottle to wean baby from bottle to cup. Baby refuses to let go of the bottle, slip this battery powered cover on, and let baby at it. The cover will emit a low dosage of electric shock, enough to frighten not harm baby. Baby will be drinking from cups in no time.

    January 15th, 2009 at 6:01 am

  14. Claudia M. says:

    I think the first one is a bottle warmer. You place the bottle into the device which heats up via a battery that is loaded at the bottom of the device.

    The second one could be a little backback worn by a toddler learning to walk which will protect their little butts when they fall.

    January 15th, 2009 at 11:59 am

  15. Jen says:

    I think the one on the left has a sensor to play music or some other sound whenever the baby picks up the bottle! Kind of like those musical coffee mugs. it would reward the kid to pick up the bottle by themselves.

    January 16th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

  16. Jenni says:

    Okay, it’s taken me a few days to think about this. The invention on the left is for a baby who will not eat babyfood. It looks like there might be a bigger hole on the top there and I’m guessing you fill it with food and it will mush it up and then push it out of the nipple. There fore, a baby who thinks it’s just another bottle is tricked into eatin strained beans…

    The one on the right, that’s a tough one. I’m going with the straps secure around the waist with the device positioned in the back to infuriate the baby who wants to roll over…no? maybe those are chin straps and it sits atop baby’s head to protect him from sun, rain, and falling rocks!

    January 18th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

  17. Jennifer says:

    The invention on the left is a musical baby bottle with various buttons to push for different noises, this encourages the baby to hold their own bottle. The invention on the right is a cushion to strap to the babys back to keep them pushed forward in a highchair/chair so that they can reach the tray.

    January 20th, 2009 at 8:56 am

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