Computer chips, penicillin, the wheel … yes, all important inventions. But the ones that really fill me with awe as a mom are inventions inspired by kids. Ever had one of those moments where you’re struggling with, say, a leaky diaper or teaching your kid how to tie his/her shoes and thought, “Dang, there’s GOT to be a better way”? Well, certain moms, dads, teachers, and other enterprising individuals actually found a solution, then had the gumption to build it, sell it, and make the lives of countless moms and dads a little bit easier. Hail to these seven wonders of the modern parenting world. Here is a look at some of my favorite mom inventions.
Buzzy® Mini Pain Relief System
A million dollar idea that takes the sting out of shots! The reason kids get dragged to the doctor kicking and screaming? Fear of shots. So doctor Amy Baxter figured out a way to eliminate the pain of injections with Buzzy – a vibrating bee that numbs the area before the needle goes in ($39.95 at Amazon).
Where poo is involved, diapers can only do so much, particularly when baby’s got, well, explosive problems down below. But Blowout Blocker can help. Invented by a pair of grossed out parents, this extension to a standard diaper protects baby’s clothes, bedding, car seats, and carpets from up-the-back diaper messes for easy cleanup.
“Missing Pacifier Syndrome”: We’ve all been there, right? Well, Carla Schneider was also sick of her baby Bret losing his binky, so in an act of desperation, she sewed it onto one his stuffed animals so he could easily hold it. The first WubbaNub was born. Now, star moms from Jennifer Garner to Gwen Stefani swear by it.
If you’ve got girls, the fight to de-tangle their hair can get so bad, you’ve no doubt contemplated buzz cuts. Luckily, Rikki Mor found a way to provide pain-free hair brushing to her three daughters: the Knot Genie, which has bristles of varying lengths and special ends that prevent hair pulling.