Umbilical Cord Art: Good Idea or Bad?

Little Cord ArtWhen it comes to profiting off a baby's birth, I thought I had seen it all ...

But now, there's umbilical cord art.

On "Raising America" today, Kyra Phillps talked to a couple behind Little Cord Art, a company that takes your baby's umbilical cord and turns it into a masterpiece. And you won't believe how they do it.

When your baby is born, you put the umbilical cord in a special container and ship it off to Little Cord Art. They take a microscopic photo of the umbilical cord cells and voila! A work of art!

Crazy, right?

Check out Kyra's interview with the founders of Little Cord Art:

I'm not denying that the canvases look nice, and they're certainly conversation starters. But they also cost between $300 and $500, and well-- that's a lot of onesies and diapers right there.

As someone who bought all my baby clothes and many baby toys at consignment sales, I would never even consider getting my own cord art. Honestly, even if I were a millionaire, I wouldn't buy it. So many companies are out there now trying to convince parents that they'll forever regret not having that professional newborn photo/ hand-drawn framed silhouette/ bronzed baby shoe  --after a while it all starts to run together. Little Cord Art seems like yet another attempt to wring a few (hundred) bucks out of a sleep-deprived couple with more dollars than sense.

Not that I blame them. In these sequestered times, we've all got to make money any way we can, right?

What about you? Would you buy umbilical cord art?

Image via Little Cord Art

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xiolxuo xiolxuo

What a waste of money.

Melan... MelanieJK

I buy art because I like the way it looks (or works in a room if it's decor art).     I guess I'd buy this if it met that criteria but I wouldn't buy or not buy it based on it being made of this.     I definitely wouldn't send a cord off to get it made.   

Kathleen Paulita Haines

Why on Gods green earth would you ship your blood and dna off to strangers?? What do they do with the cord when they are done? It's medical waste and considered to be bio hazard..Besides the fact you have your precious children to take photos of.. It shows how little regard people have for creation and the sacredness of birth. God weeps as the locusts swarm the Holy land..


Vegeta Vegeta

Is your poop also sacred then Kathleen? After they're done taking pictures of your useless medical waste they sacrifice it to Kali. and once they get enough baby cord slices Satan can have a new body on earth. Get a grip people. I'd you like the idea and the art, buy it. If you don't, then don't. Simple as that.

nonmember avatar icarm

Why??? A waste of money. On the other hand this is a better idea than my MIL saving my hubbies umbilical cord in his baby book. Of course she was not only nice enough to show it to me when we got married but also offered it to me. As a keep sake. Gross!!

Haley Maya Unger

I think this is beautiful. I kept my babies little umbilical cord nub when it fell off, it was special to me because it was what connected us and helped keep her alive while inside of me. I think this is a beautiful concept.

6unde... 6under1roof

Vegeta that made me ROFL

I think it's weird... but lots of people do weird stuff with their afterbirth, this is far from surprising.

And a waste of money.

I do keep the stump in the baby book. Just one of those things I guess... first hair cut clippings, first lost tooth...

Hege Grande Sarpa

I must say the comments are suprising. This is a very creative way to have a unique memory of the baby's first entry to this world as well as a memory of the mother baby connection that fostered the little one. How this is sacrilegious in any way is incomprehensible to me. furthermore, if the cord is not saved for cord blood it will be discarded as bio-waste anyway. This is a way to utilize it in a beautiful as well as meaningful manner.

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