Would You Buy a Baby Rattle That Looks Like You?Alice Gomstyn
Chances are, you’ve never been immortalized in art. I know that personally, no one’s ever approached me and declared, “I have to draw you,” no matter how many times I pose, Helen Hunt-style, near a bathtub.
But if you’re willing to shell out $180, you can have your likeness captured in a surprising medium: your baby’s rattle.
Russell Greenberg, the founder of Cameo by RUX Design, creates wooden baby rattles that, on their ends, match the facial contours of the baby’s family members or other special people. Called heirloom rattles, they’re hand-turned on a lathe and then finished by hand in his Long Island City, N.Y. workshop.
Greenberg, who came up with the idea after the birth of his own son, has sold hundreds of rattles, mostly modeled on the faces of moms and dads. He uses profile pictures submitted by customers as his guides.
The online marketplace The Grommet, which sells the heirloom rattles, calls them “a gift that parents will treasure… and babies will enjoy gnawing on until they’re old enough to appreciate the beauty of the timeless keepsake.”
You know what else is beautiful? A baby gnawing on something that looks kind of like your face instead of on your actual face.
A word of caution to celeb-obsessed parents: Greenberg’s reps tell me he does not craft rattles based on the photos of famous people unless said rattle is actually a gift to said famous person. In other words, you’ll have to look elsewhere to get baby toys that resemble Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber (no Belieber rattle for you!) or, to come full circle, Helen Hunt. With the RUX rattles, you’ll have to stick with your presumably non-famous loved ones instead…I guess that’s as good as it gets.
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