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The AthleTitti Turns Dads Into Walking Jungle Gyms


A fair number of professionals agree that it’s beneficial for your kids’ development to play with you in a physical manner. Roughhousing, doing flips, horsing around, and generally being a cute little monkey is apparently good for them. What better way to do this than to give them the ability to climb you like a Jungle Gym? Created by Atsushi Shiraishi, a graduating senior at Tama Art University, the AthleTitti is a special harness that lets young children climb around and hang off you in an easier manner. The name itself is portmanteau of the words athletic and chichi (or titti), which is Japanese for father, and we think it’s a great idea. Sure, you’re giving away some dignity in the process, but when it comes to raising and loving your children, that should be the least of your concerns.

Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be available commercially, since it was a part of Apsushi’s graduating thesis. Still, we imagine given enough interest, it could fairly easily be made.


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Why Not Transport Your Child Like He’s A Piece Of Carry On Luggage?


Because it seems like a terrible idea, that’s why. The BRICA Roll ‘n Go Car Seat Transporter is a contraption that lets you take your standard car seat and turn it into… well, something that looks like a piece of carry on luggage. That way you can transport your infant through the airport (or the mall, or anywhere we suppose) with relative ease. Because strollers are hard, you know. A telescoping handle, rollerblading wheels and a simple fold-away design make this product appear like a good idea, until you realize that you’re going to be trailing your child behind you, out of view. Not to be overly cautious or paranoid, but it seems to us like a most basic requirement of child transportation to at least have him within your field of view. Granted he’s strapped in so he can’t just fall out… but something about it just feels strange. If you don’t share our hesitations, you can own the BRICA Roll ‘n Go Car Seat Transporter for $70.

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1stfone Is A Cellphone For Kids… Really Young Kids


How soon is too soon to give your child an iPhone? I say that as long as they’re under 18, they shouldn’t have one. But what do I know, I’m a cranky old fart. That said, you wouldn’t give a 5 year old a $700 smartphone, would you? But it still would make some sort of sense to give him the ability to call home on his sleepovers, or whatever the heck 5 year olds do when they’re away from you. That’s what the ‘1stfone’ is for. It’s a dead simple handset which comes preprogrammed with 4 numbers, plus 999. That’s the emergency phone number in the UK, as this is unfortunately UK-only (and Northern Ireland, sorry). The child can easily press any of the four numbers, or answer a call if you wish to get in touch with him. And that’s all he can do with it. There’s no keypad for him to start making long distance calls, or touchscreen to play games, or anything; any change in the preprogrammed numbers requires calling customer service.

It’s a smart device that targets a neglected demographic and we sort of hope they succeed. It’s between £55 and £70 for the handset (depending on whether you choose Pay-As-You-Go or a Monthly plan) and plans start at £7.50 per month.

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ChildMinder Device Helps You Not Forget Your Kid In The Car

By David Ponce

This happens? Yeah, we imagine it does. Your head is elsewhere, thinking of unicorns, you get to your destination and next thing you know you’re walking out of the car and leaving baby behind. Turns out this is not only illegal, it’s not so good for the kid. Who knew? But if you’ve got the ChildMinder device installed, you might get an audible reminder before it’s too late. It features either a weight sensing pad or a special clip with which you fasten baby, and a keyring alarm unit. If you walk further than 15 feet away from either, and the clip is still fastened or the pad senses weight, the keyring starts to scream. That’s your cue to go back and retrieve your bundle of joy.

It’s smart and simple and could avoid you jail time and dead babies, neither of which are very appealing. The system starts at $70.

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