Gearing Up

by Bryan Friedman in Daddy's Corner

Just this last weekend we went out to lunch with some friends who have a ten month old. We love hanging out with them and most importantly we love talking baby-stuff with them. In fact, they have offered us some really great advice already that I’ve added to my baby information queue. What was interesting about this outing, though, was that we ended up sitting next to another couple who had a young child also. Of course we ended up getting into quite a conversation with them, and it turns out that they are the proud owners of every single possible piece of baby gear known to man. The most obvious piece (and the conversation starter for obvious reasons) was the chair that their kid was sitting in — Phil and Ted’s MeToo Chair.

“Quite a handy little item,” I thought, tucking away this piece of information for later use. I was happy to stop the conversation right there. I got my tidbit, now let me enjoy my lunch. But no, these baby accessory enthusiasts had much, much more to offer…so much more than our group of four adults, one baby, and two dogs would ever want to know.

Look. I’m all for some friendly stranger-to-stranger baby chat in a restaurant. This experience, however, was not a simple chat. It was a full-fledged baby-centric infomercial. I’ll admit, I was almost sold on their awesome stroller-carseat combo designed by NASA that was super safe and easy to use. I said almost sold because then they mentioned that they paid $1,500 for it. Seems to me they got a little ripped off though — looks like it’s available for a mere……$900.

I guess I’m not really an expert on all this baby gear yet, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t see any strollers in this price range when Alison and I took a our own stroll through Babies R Us. (But maybe I just blocked them out from my memory…) Anyway, something tells me we’ll be able to find a nice simple stroller that does the job and makes us happy…for a much lower price. I hope.

  1. Anna
    3/2/2011 5:09 PM

    This chair is AWESOME. It’s actually our full time chair since us city dwellers do not have room for a high chair the size of a VW bug. Before you buy any “gear” ask at least two people with small children…the baby industry is second only to the wedding industry in getting you to unload tons of your hard-earned cash. You’d be surprised at how many of those “extras” complicate your life once you have an entire extra person in tow! 🙂

  2. Catherine
    2/24/2011 8:26 AM

    Hahahaha! Oh our lovely restaurant neighbors! That gadget is pretty cool! Oh by the way…you should move to Calabasas….

  3. 2/5/2011 8:44 PM

    Craigslist is your friend for gently used, or sometimes brand new, and cheap, baby items. There is no product worth $900 unless it also changes and feeds the baby while massaging your feet and feeding you bon bons. Just my two cents.

  4. Katy
    2/4/2011 1:01 AM

    As a parent expert (haha), I think I’m qualified to say that the more complicated the baby product, the more up your own butt you are. Of course, I can’t imagine the Friedmans being heads-up-their-own-butts kind of people, simply based on the level of coolness already associated with them. But just for future reference…beware. What I’ve found through research for various projects and jobs related to child products is simpler and less complex is better. =)

    And THAT my friends, is my “I’m-not-a-parent-but-I-still-have-opinions-on-the-matter” opinion.