Saturday, January 5, 2008

There's stuff, and then there's stuff...

Not everything is equal. We all know that. You can have a great piece of exquisite, smooth, melty chocolate that is so creamy and good, you might keep it hidden from the rest of your family and sneak it when they're not looking. Or, you could have a tootsie roll. There's supposed to be chocolate in those, but since they don't melt I not only think it is a waste of chocolate liquor, or cocoa, or cocoa butter or cocoa mass or whatever magical substance becomes chocolate in the end, but also a waste of my time. If it's not going to melt, and it's chocolate, I don't want to eat it. So completely disappointing.

Here are another two examples of stuff.

In this first example, we see a series of pictures showing various ways you can carry your baby. Check them out:







Beautiful, right? These are all various slings that someone could buy new, or with luck find used, but either way they are certainly a valuable tool for making life easier for the mom--she can go with the baby anywhere and the baby can feel safe, close, comfortable and stimulated. What great products these are. What a wonderful support for new moms, or moms with older kids to be able to care for the baby so easily. Just wear the baby and go...

So, another company with a slightly different approach decided that they would also encourage hands free carrying of the baby. Great! The more the merrier! Anything that truly helps moms and helps babies is wonderful. Moms don't have enough hands.

I routinely ask my kids to count how many hands I have. We all agree that I only have two, and then we all agree that it would be great if I were an octopus and had eight hands and then I would be able to help them both at the same time and also simultaneously do whatever other thing I was doing, like fighting them for the time to clean up cat throw-up. But, I digress.

This other company knows that carrying car seats in and out of cars, to and from malls, dry cleaners, Petsmart, and the dentist office is a complete drag. The car seat is heavy and unwieldy and wouldn't it be just great if someone came up with a way of making carrying the car seat easier?! Well now, thanks to the Flying Falcon Infant Car Seat Carrier Strap you can have hands free baby care!! No longer must you actually touch your baby, just strap 'em on, car seat and all. Check out this second example:








There's stuff, and then there's stuff...

5 comments:

The Lazy Organizer said...

So true! And wow, would you ever have to have a strong back for that last option!

I'm adding your link to my post about stuff today.

Laura said...

Yeah. I just think it's so funny that that company's idea for a fix to help moms carry their babies around is to have them carry the car seat in an even more awkward way. $15 for that strap.

Thanks for linking me. I'm off to check out your blog now.

Laura

Jame said...

Is that supposed to be comfortable??? Yikes! My back it screaming out just looking at that picture! The whole issue of holding your baby aside, those things weigh so much as it is that I can not imagine ever wanting to strap it onto my back. I take my babies out of the car seat as much as I can because I hate hauling those things (the seat not the baby) around.

Laura said...

Yep, I know that and you know that, but what about new moms who don't know it? There is so much stuff that moms are "supposed" to get to take care of their babies.

How did we take care of babies for all of human history before the late 19th and early 20th century and the Edwardian scientists with their ideas about controlling and conquering nature?

I wince looking at that picture too.

Mandy said...

Can you imagine trying to use that thing if you had a C-section! It would press right up against the incision. OUCH!

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