Monday, June 8th, 2009
Review: Po-Knee for Toddler Knee Rides
The true power of a blog is its ability to capture bad haircuts for all posterity. But I digress.
Behold Po-Knee, a plush horse you mount on your leg for bouncing your child.
Don’t be surprised I am reviewing such a thing. Be surprised that my wife can’t tell the difference between 50 cents and $5 when reading a garage sale tag.
It was a warehouse-style sale with an armload of loot, so the tag went unnoticed until a man inspected the merchandise at home.
Dads know what I’m talking about… like when you go clothing shopping with your wife and she carefully studies a garment for 10 minutes. You walk up, look at the heretofore untouched price tag and move on because nothing is worth that price.
The Po-Knee is a 20-inch-long plush horse that nestles over your leg, snugly cradling your knee. It fastens with two wide Velcro straps that cinch tight.
Mount your baby on your leg, encourage him to hold the horse’s reins, and then bounce your leg. Squeeze the horse’s ear to hear a brief neigh and galloping sound.
In practice, your kid may ignore the reins and you will surely grip your child’s waist to be sure he doesn’t fall.
I confess my 14-month-old son loves the Po-Knee. Scream-if-you-take-it-away love.
And when Po-Knee is on the floor, he’ll climb aboard and hug the horse. But to be fair, he hugs any stuffed animal with the same degree of affection. The only difference is that he hasn’t learned to pick up and throw Po-Knee yet. All in good time…
We plan to sell the horse at our own garage sale soon. Po-Knee’s key failings are that he’s yet another baby thing to store, and my boy has fun bouncing on my knee even if I don’t have a carcass strapped to it.
When I profiled this product in 2006, a variety of horse breeds were available. Today, the manufacturer’s website has been scaled back and only lists the donkey from Shrek. However, various horses can still be purchased (for the moment) at retailers that haven’t run out of stock. Po-knee can be had for as little as $30 today.
Oh, and here’s a third key failing… there is no way to capture a keepsake photo of father and son using Po-Knee without Dad looking like a horse’s ass. Once you see yourself using the Po-Knee, the sobering power of photography will have you organizing your own garage sale.