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We've all joked about outfitting an unsteady toddler in a helmet -- but we weren't serious! No one wants to put their baby at (very low) risk for a head injury, but a few bumps and bruises seem like just part of the trial-and-error of learning to walk.
The words "battery operated" and "nasal aspirator" just shouldn't go together. Babies are generally not a fan of aspirators -- can you imagine your kiddo's terror if the thing buzzed and vibrated too?
Does a baby really need bling? And does said bling have to go in her mouth? In fact, some bedazzled binkies have already been recalled, so definitely skip this one.
You thought a regular-sized sonogram was hard to make out -- what about one that's the size of a dime? Our tip: wait until the baby's born, and treat Dad to cufflinks featuring a sweet baby photo instead.
This tube is meant to act as a pee receptacle for potty training little boys so they don't spray the seat (or their shoes). We're not convinced that holding and then dumping a tube of your kid's pee is much more sanitary than just wiping down the toilet seat afterward. The makers say it also works as emergency toilet when you're on the go. Don't we have trees for that?
Although it does present a pretty irresistible photo op -- baby in a bucket! -- we're not sure that a $45 plastic bucket is really necessary to bathe your baby, even if it does keep him warmer. It claims to work up until 35 pounds, but that seems like it would be pushing it.
These mittens cover little hands so they don't get germy in the bathroom. While we're icked out by public bathrooms too, washing up with soap and water afterward should de-germ little hands without encouraging OCD.
We admit: these are kind of cute. However, we're pretty sure you won't care a lick about how you look when you're giving birth (you'll be a too busy sweating, grunting and swearing at your husband to look in the mirror). And given, uh, the fluids that will be spilled all over that thing, do you really want to drop $68?
In theory, this is a great idea to keep parents from getting whizzed on during diaper changes. In practice, babies squirm like crazy, knocking this wee cone right off. A spare, ready-for-the-wash-anyway burp cloth works just as well -- and absorbs too.
You've got to have a sense of humor about bodily functions when you have kids, but plushies in the shape of doo-doo? The only thing less cuddly is a placenta.