Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Fame or Shame #17: Pee-Pee Tubes
Bear with me. It’s becoming fame-or-shame week as I work my way through some recent submissions…
Tinkle Tube by Baby Rock Apparel is an 8″ long clear plastic tube with two end caps.
At first glance, it looks like a portable urine storage device for when your little guy has to go and there is no McDonald’s restroom in sight. You’d be wrong.
Tinkle Tube is a urine stream aiming accessory for when your son is away from home. Read the company’s how-to description:
“Stand the child on or in front of the toilet seat with your assistance. Be sure to hold the child securely at all times to prevent him from slipping and falling. Unzip or pull down the boys pants. Remove both caps from the Tinkle Tube. Place the Tinkle Tube over the boys little soldier. Now hold and aim the tube towards the toilet. Shake the tube out, rinse and replace the caps. Store the Tinkle Tube in your bag for the next use.”
I have to wonder, why market this as a travel accessory? Are they saying that it’s okay at home for my son’s penis to flap around like a loose fire hose blasting at full pressure?
Okay, okay, I was being dishonest when I said this tube isn’t for storing urine. The product description does contain a single veiled sentence that reads:
“You can even use it as an emergency toilet while on the go.”
Let’s assume they don’t mean your child will poop into a cylinder that has a 1.4″ diameter opening. They must mean pee, but they fail to include any verbiage implying this thing is water tight or why you wouldn’t just keep an empty Snapple bottle in the car for emergencies.
No matter. Thinga-reader Jennifer submitted the Tinkle Tube for our consideration today, but this lofty product has been exalted by larger voices than me. Take a look:
- Swanky Moms: where hip moms hang out
- Diva 911: Style, bling and sassy girl things
- Upscale Baby Blog: Reviews of stylish baby gear
As you can see, Tinkle Tube has safely crossed over from the realm of long-haul truckers into accepted behavior for upscale families with money to burn. $4.99 per tube, to be exact.
Tinkle Tube’s creator explains in the embedded video below the horror that led to the common refrain: there must be a better way!
Tell me dear Thinga-readers, is the Tinkle Tube inventor destined for fame or shame?