Since becoming a mum, I've seen a range of baby products / accessories/ contraptions. Some extremely smart, most practical and a few outright weird! Even absolutely unnecessary (kudos to the advertising and marketing gurus of the booming baby industry). But during those endless hours of struggling to put Little Man to sleep, those drowsy mornings after sleepless nights and the umpteen times I've swept food off the floor, I've wondered why the Baby-Know-It-Alls haven't yet invented these…
This one is top of my list. If you don't have a Gina Ford textbook baby that strives on routine and self-soothes him/herself to sleep from four months, then you will love the Hand. It will pat/ soothe/ stroke baby to sleep, so that your arms won't hurt doing the same for 45 minutes! E.V.E.R.Y N.I.G.H.T. Plus, you could even check WhatsApp messages whilst sitting there in the dark…
Dummies, or pacifiers, can be a godsend. Especially to soothe above baby who refuses to self-soothe to sleep. Until… it falls out of baby's mouth every one hour through the night, resulting in baby waking up just as you've got some shut-eye. Would be great if someone on Dragon's Den invented a pacifier that would simply find its way back into baby's mouth. Sleep for all…
Self-Cleaning Milk Bottle:
There is nothing more mundane and repetitive than washing milk bottles (up to eight bottles a day, in the first few months), especially when you've past the point of exhaustion. And having a new, delicate baby, you want to make sure those bottles are squeaky clean, with no residues of milk remaining. (After all, you did read that post about how bacteria loves dried milk). So why hasn't the bottle-that-washes-itself not been invented yet? Mam does self-sterilizing bottles, so it's just about taking it a step further.
What doesn't go in baby's mouth conveniently finds itself scattered on the floor around the highchair. Crumbs, spills, pieces of fruit, last week's dinner. How lovely if every highchair had a crumb-catcher attached to its sides (a food safety net, of sorts) that could open out and then flip back in once mealtime is over.
Baby Snooze-cum-Remote Control:
Ok, this one's just a figment of a very tired mum's imagination, but there's no harm in fantasising, correct? Imagine if you could just press the 'Snooze' button on your two-year-old when he darts out of bed at 6 am, asking why mummy isn't getting up to play with him. Or mute the tantrums and tears. Turn up the volume on the laughter and chuckles. Fast-forward the annoying phases and slow things down when you realise your baby is growing up too quickly!
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