I receive a lot of catalogs for baby clothes and baby gear. Whether I'm interested in what they are selling or not, I always flip through them to see what is hot, new, or exciting -- or in this case, lame!
This is a Mac & Cool Quick Cooling Dish ($6.95). The description states you fill it with water and keep it in your freezer so you can place hot food on it to cool it down in 60 seconds.
Umm. Water? From your freezer? Like an ice cube? Alright, let's just say you don't want to use your ice cubes from your very own freezer, I can think of at least three other ways I could cool down my mac and cheese, including stirring it, blowing on it, or waiting 60 seconds before I put it in a bowl! It's crazy, right? Check out the other unnecessary baby feeding items I found:
This Squirt Baby Food Dispensing Spoon ($7.37) advertises that you "simply squeeze the bulb to dispense just the right amount of food. By combining the spoon and food container into one product, Squirt makes one-handed feeding a snap." I hate to tell you, but if your measure of success is whether or not you can feed your baby one-handed, you are doing it wrong.
The Baby Safe Feeder ($8.95) confuses me. If you think your baby would enjoy a fresh, juicy peach, but isn't ready for whole solids yet, why wouldn't you cut it into teeny tiny pieces and let them go to town? Also, once your baby has mouthed the life out of that peach, how do you get that mesh piece clean?
This is a hot dog slicer. ($6.95) Let me say that again: A hot dog slicer. Do I need to say more?
I can tell you from experience that if you buy one of these Divided Dish Six-Packs ($10.95 for set of two), it will look this pretty and organized for half of a second. Once your baby gets a hold of it, you'll be lucky if the food is still on the plate and not all over the floor or the high chair.
What is the most useless baby feeding gear you've tried?