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Parenting Products You Probably Don't Need

How much would you pay for a cardboard crib?

Children may come into this world naked and free of accessories, but they don’t stay that way for long.  New parents are bombarded with pitches for baby products that promise to make their lives easier, cleaner and safer. While some of these products might actually deliver, many of them seem designed to do little more than separate eager parents from their hard-earned money.

Parenting, the online home of Parenting and Baby Talk magazines, knows a thing or two about frivolous parenting products.  In fact, they’ve compiled a list of 23 Ridiculous Parenting Products and almost all of them are spot-on.

Yes, your baby needs diapers.  But does he also need a pee pee teepee to prevent the “horror” of  spraying you when the diaper is removed?  We think not.  And when it comes time to begin using the toilet, shouldn’t you teach your child to wash her hands rather than just cover them in Potty Mitts disposable hand covers?

Other parenting products of questionable value include:

  • The Daddle, a saddle for dad to wear when playing horsey,
  • Tinkle Tube, a potty training tool that consists of a clear tube that slips over a little boy’s “soldier” so parents can assist him with his aim,
  • Cardboard Cot, basically a $250 cardboard box on wheels to give baby’s room that “super chic industrial living look,”
  • Placenta Teddy Bear, a kit that allows parents to cure, cut and sew baby’s placenta into a teddy bear that looks like something Tim Burton dreamed up.

But there’s one parenting product that made the list that clearly has many fans.  Judging by the comments on The Kid Keeper leash, this particular product is beloved by many parents who feel that without one, their kids wouldn’t have survived the runaway toddler years.

What’s the most ridiculous parenting product you’ve ever purchased?

Image: LittleFashionGallery/Flickr

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