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The Most Ridiculous Baby Toys


I’m always the mom who doesn’t have the basic necessities for kid care. Thankfully, I surround myself with responsible moms who can pull out Band-Aids, Kleenexes, or tire irons from their purses whenever the need arises.

That’s why this list got my attention: The Most Ridiculous Baby Toys. It includes “baby bangs,” toilet-hand protectors, and temperature test ducks. (My sister Mary Kate had a designer hospital gown when she delivered her cutie recently. Um, really, sis?)

When I wrote Red State of Mind (about some of my misadventures as a southerner living in Ithaca, Manhattan, and Philly), people didn’t believe some of the stories I accumulated from giving birth in Cayuga Medical Center and staying there for ten days while my baby healed from a difficult birth. But this product, the “placenta teddy bear,” is created by cutting, curing, and emulsifying the organ, before sewing it into the teddy bear with a kit. It was created by Alex Green for those who don’t necessarily want to eat their baby’s placenta, but want to pay their respects to the life-sustaining organ.

Though I don’t have access to data to back this up, I bet this product only sells well in Ithaca.


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