All year round, inventors (or sometimes simply people) are creating new gadgets to supposedly make life easier! There have been plenty of hits; I’m not going to lie – the Pooper Scooper makes my life easier and cleaner when it’s time to clean out the litter box. And some people may disagree, mostly the technologically unsavvy people, but the iPod is amazing – no more going to the store and sifting through rows and rows of Cd’s until I end up buying an album with single track that I actually like.
But with all these hits comes a few misses. The “misses” probably look pretty darn cool at first, and that’s why people yank out there credit cards in hopes that this product will change their hectic lives into simple ones. Here are some products that I deem worthy enough to fall into the “Miss” category.
Weeblock – I’ll start off with a specific product. My first child was a boy, so I had to deal with the pee spray just like any other mothers of boys. But I also discovered how to avoid being smacked in the face with said spray. A diaper wipe. A diaper. A washcloth. It’s really not that hard. The Weeblock is a product that sits on a diaper-less boy to block and absorb the pee stream. Sounds nifty. But then you buy it and spend the rest of your Weeblock relationship looking for it, dropping it’s pee-filled self, or scrambling for it but reaching it too late, leaving pee everywhere when you could have just used the wipe that was sitting right next to you. I think you are better off not purchasing this product.
Extreme Kitchen gadgets – I know you’ve seen them! Big Top Cupcake, Big Top Cookies, Bacon Genie, Pancake Puff, Perfect Brownie Pan, Micro Smores, Big City Slider Station… They are created to make your life easier by allowing you to make food a very specific, yet supposedly easier way. I’m sure there has been a product or two that is worth the time, but in general, they just make life harder! They take your money, they are hard to clean, they are hard to store – and when you finally find a place to store one of these products, it is so far buried behind your practical items that you don’t even think of the thing for many years. Stay away!
Bottle Warmer – This might seem like a lifesaver to some, for it actually sounds like a practical idea. But when you wake up in the middle of the night, do you really want to fumble around with a giant piece of technology? What’s supposed to be an experience of mindlessly standing there, waiting for something to create the perfect bottle, it ends up being too much of a hassle for my taste. You wait for the thing to heat up, then pull out a burning hot bottle that actually requires oven mitts. Then you have to wait for the outside of the bottle to cool down enough to handle. The bottle is also dripping wet, which drips water all over the counter. Plus, the warmer itself leaks. All in all, you spend more time making a bottle with this “convenience” product, then if you were to just make one without the warmer.
Soft Paws – This is another specific product. If you have a cat or dog and want it’s claws to be dull and fashionable, this is the product for you! It’s supposed to make your life easier by keeping you and your possessions from feeling the wrath of sharp animal claws. Except this product is actually a pain in the rear. First you have to clip your animal’s claws, which is already a beastly task in itself. But then you have to glue claw-shaped caps onto every little claw. If your cat or dog sits patiently while you are grasping on to each individual claw waiting for glue to dry, good for you! If your pets are like mine, then you have to wrestle your animals down while waiting for glue to dry. Then when you finally think you’ve got all the claws perfectly capped, you set the animal free, only to randomly find caps around the house for the next couple of days. Then you are right back in the same place you were originally. At least your pet has clipped claws!
Copy machines – I debated with myself on whether or not to include this piece of machinery. Technology has given us a very useful machine that makes paper copies! This is almost essential nowadays, which is why I almost didn’t include them. But then a horrible high school flashback entered my mind; Me, as a teacher’s aide, running to the copy machine to make a few simple copies, only to be there for the whole period wrestling with the giant beast and trying to retrieve the original copy from within it’s depths. Copy machines come with a plethor of very inconvenient scenarios, which is why copy machines are now on my “Miss” list.