Friday, June 19th, 2009
Fame or Shame Game #14: Sick Baby Pajamas
Babyglow is the brainchild of a father of a 17-year-old son. A groundbreaking parenting product idea came to him one morning as he woke up on a couch following a party the previous night. He knew in his heart of hearts he would design Babyglow.
I’m not kidding. That’s the version of events described in the Suffolk Free Press. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports he got the idea from watching a TV documentary. Maybe he didn’t get off the couch that morning.
Babyglow are baby pajamas that change color based on the infant’s body temperature. Sold in blue, pink or green, the suit turns white when it rises above 98F (37C). They’re expected to sell for £20 ($33) per pack. How many in a pack? Photos indicate two garments, but who really knows.
When I first heard “color changing pajamas” I thought it would be nice to have a garment that indicates when an infant is overheated at night due to over-dressing… you know, in case you don’t notice the sweaty palms, moist hair and hot skin. So it was a bummer to realize the garment is targeted at feverish tots.
Forget for a moment that during the day you’re probably not dressing your baby in pajamas and thus leaving your infant unknowingly exposed to evil fevers.
Also forget for that a color change is difficult to impossible to notice at night unless you turn on a light and wake your baby. Despite the word “glow” in the product name, I’ve seen no documentation to indicate the suit glows in the dark.
Also forget that there are many non-invasive thermometers on the market that nervous new parents can use to check and recheck their babies every 5 minutes.
Also forget that the garment’s temperature might rise (I presume) when exposed to sunlight, leaving you to use a thermometer every time you suspect your little guy is sick around the house or in the car.
Is this product the hottest thing since sliced bread was liquefied and sold in baby food jars? Okay, no one is liquefying sliced bread, but you know what I mean.
Please tell us dear Thinga-readers, is this inventor destined for fame or shame… and why? Begin your comment with “Fame because…” or “Shame because…” or maybe “Forget…”
[Link idea via Thinga-reader Bob.]