1iPotty: designed to entertain toddlers during toilet training
Perhaps a tablet will convince your fidgety tot to sit on the potty longer. A new product for parents of children being potty trained features a mini toilet and an adjustable iPad docking station: the iPotty. Debuted at the 2013 International CES, the colorful plastic training toilet raised questions about whether or not it would actually assist parents with the task of potty training their little ones.
At $40, the iPotty doesn't come with any specific apps, but parents can use apps made for toddlers to encourage them to sit on the potty for a while.
2Kickbee: designed for twitting from the womb
Ok, definitely file this one under "sign of the times." It turns out that unborn children can now have their own Twitter account...well, practically. The Kickbee is a band of material which the expectant mother can slip on. It contains sensors that will send a tweet when the baby kicks - only to close friends and family, one hopes, rather than to the entire world, who might get bored of this even quicker than we tired of Foursquare tweets. It's a cute idea, but not exactly high on the list of essential items.
3Shape of an Angel: a custom replica of your fetus
This isn't an ice cube, it's a 3D replica of a fetus. Created by Japanese engineering company Fasotec, the tiny baby cube thing called “Shape of an Angel” is a custom replica of a fetus. Expectant mothers can send an MRI image of their baby to a 3D printer to create the replica. Each printout comes in a delicate jewelry box and measures about 3.5 inches tall. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), you won't see a lot of Mommies-to-be with these dangling from their keychains any time soon. Right now, the only way to get one is to make it down to the Parkside Hiroo Ladies Clinic in Tokyo and shell out $1280.
4Baby Dumbbell: designed for babies to not feel embarrassed by baby fat
Olympians need to start training from day one. How do you think greatness is achieved? They need to start pumping iron the day that they're able to lift their little arms. Help your baby achieve greatness and shed that baby fat fast. The Buff Baby Dumbell Baby Rattle looks heavy, but is actually just a lightweight baby rattle that will make parents chuckle due to the irony.
5Baby Poop Alarm: an alarm that lets you know when the baby pooped
How do you know when your baby has dropped a nasty doo-doo in his drawers? Well, you can probably smell it, am I right? I know I am. However, I wish I was wrong. For you parents who want to know IMMEDIATELY when the dirty deed has been done, and not after that stinky smell defiles your nostrils, there's the Baby Poop Alarm. The device attaches to the outside of the diaper and plays a sound/lights up when your sweet, precious angel busts out a big, stanky deuce. Wheeee!
6Breast Milk Jewelry: a memento made with breast milk
Want to have a unique memento of your child's infancy? There are crafters on Etsy who sell keepsakes made with dried breast milk. According to the women behind this, a couple of purveyors, both moms, hit on the idea as they sought out unusual keepsakes of their special bonds with their babies during nursing.
The two would not reveal their recipes for processing the milk, which is covered with a glaze or clear resin after it is plasticized or dehydrated, forming a clay-like substance that hardens over time when at least one method is used.
7Bathroom Baby Harness: a harness designed to hang your baby
If you are a parent, this may have happened to you: you're busting to use the bathroom while wearing your baby, and there's not a germ-free spot to put him down while you do your business. Solution: this hanging harness. However, you have to remember to cram it into your already crowded diaper bag. This unique situation will probably occur maybe four times in your life, which comes out to about $10 per pee, since this harness is sold for $39.99.
8Woombie: a cocoon-like sack
It might look like something straight out of an insane asylum, but the Woombie is more like a miracle for new parents whose lil ones can't sleep. The cocoon-like sack, with a zipper up its front, will not unravel over the course of the night like a typical swaddle. Made with a cotton and Lycra blend, the peanut-shaped sack is snug enough to give babies the comfort of a traditional swaddle, but stretchy enough to allow babies to stretch their arms and legs and wiggle their way to comfort.
9Hula-Bye: a baby changer strap
No, this is not a medieval torture device. Instead, strapping your baby to his changing table may prove to be helpful. This product helps baby stay put so you won't have a hard time cleaning him up. You're already dealing with some yucky substances over there, so why make a bigger mess? It easily attaches to your changing table, and is available for $42.00 at Amazon.
10Labor Pain Simulator: a device intended to show a man what a woman endures during labor
Labor is the type of pain that even makes grown men cry. But now, two Dutch television hosts, Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno of the show “Guinea Pigs,” can vouch for the fact that all the screaming isn't just an act; giving birth really hurts. As part of a stunt for their show, Storm and Zeno were hooked up to a machine that attached electrodes to their abdomens in order to simulate labor pains. Just like the real thing, the cramping of the “contractions” got stronger, longer, and closer together.
The men say that they did it so they could better empathize with women. The average labor lasts 12 to 14 hours, but Storm and Zeno only lasted two hours.
11Skin Maternity Dress: origami inspired maternity dress
Inspired by Japanese origami and the frustration of growing out of all of her dresses during pregnancy, Marisol Rodriguez designed Skin dresses that will fit no matter how much your body changes over 9 months. While most maternity clothing tries to hide the belly, Skin maternity dresses accent it more as it grows, celebrating how beautiful motherhood really is. The slits in the dress stretch out to reveal a second color that emphasizes your beautiful baby bump as it grows.
Babies are great and all, but they would be even better if they weren't so bald. These delicate hair bands with an attached mop top may have been the basis for the Saturday Night Live ad spoof for baby toupees, but these appear to be 100% genuine.
13Placenta Teddy Bear
Meet the Placenta Teddy Bear by designer Alex Green. A crafty alternative for those who don't necessarily want to eat their baby's placenta, but want to pay their respects to the life sustaining organ by turning it into a one-of-a-kind teddy bear. Green's ‘Twin Teddy Kit' ‘celebrates the unity of the infant, the mother and the placenta,' and enables preparation of the placenta so it may be transformed into a teddy bear. The placenta must be cut in half and rubbed with sea salt to cure it. After it is dried out, it is treated with an emulsifying mixture of tannin and egg yolk to make it soft and pliable. Then, you craft it into a teddy bear. But is this not quite so cuddly creation cute or cringe-worthy? You tell us.