Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Baby Be Of Use: Books and Products for Useful Kids

Way before a baby of our own was on its way, I used to joke about having a productive baby. I suggested a way for the kid to work on mobility and dexterity while providing a service around the house: a onesie made out of mop-cloth. Genius, I thought!

As with most things, the Japanese beat me to it.

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All I can say is my baby mop looked better than the one above. I know the kid will be cuter.

As for educating the baby for other tasks, I found a great set of instructional guides by Lisa Brown.

While on vacation this summer, we took Baby Mix Me a Drink to show friends. Their amazing, great 6-year-old daughter wanted to have a look at it. After reading the whole thing, she looks at my wife (who explained what a Champagne Cocktail was) and said something like, "A baby can't make drinks, this is a book for older kids," (Who, we all know, can make a mean Old Fashioned [page 8].)

I plan on a preschooler who can mix a SoCo Manhattan for Daddy.

3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
2 - 1/2 oz Southern Comfort

Good, kid -- keep the tip!

1 comment:

Amber said...

In one of my college Spanish classes, we read a story about a product that a baby can "wear" to clean the floor while he crawls. I couldn't tell if it was a joke or not.