Top 10 Kids’ Products You May Want to Ban From Your Home

We’re enjoying the Top 10 concept here at MamasOnCall, and this is one I’ve always wanted to do. Just say ‘no’ to these products meant to exploit our need to provide it all. Less is more.



10) Baby Alive: The doll that does everything so your child can do nothing. She eats small food packets and poops out the waste in her tiny diapers. There’s something really creepy about this one …




9) Baby-Wipe Warmer: Another novel way to increase our carbon footprint, this product brings me to the most profound question … WHY??




8) Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade: Do we really need to teach them conspicuous consumption and gas guzzlin’ waste at such a tender age?




7) The Child Leash: You’ll do better to hold their hands and teach them to stay close. Or name them Fido and Spot.




6) Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Barbie: So our daughters can learn they belong on the sidelines cheering for the boys.




5) Sticky Stones: Danger! These highly magnetized bits of iron ore look like they’d be a great natural building toy, but when swallowed they can cause severe internal injury. If a child ingests two or more pieces, their powerful attraction can perforate the intestines — a life-threatening medical emergency.




4) Hello Kitty Baby Perfume: Aside from our aversion to products based on pop-culture media, isn’t that natural baby smell what we all crave? Why in the world would young children need perfume?




3) Baby High Heels: Need I say more?





2) Fisher-Price Smart Cycle: So your child can watch a virtual version of riding a bike on the screen instead of ACTUALLY riding a bike.



And the #1 kids’ product you may just want to ban from your home …



1) The Zaky Infant Pillow: Sorry, this is just wrong. Fake hands to cradle your baby??


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Rachel Zahn, MD is a pediatrician turned health writer who had three kids during medical school and pediatric training—crazy, huh?

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2 responses to “Top 10 Kids’ Products You May Want to Ban From Your Home”

  1. Ellen Schwartz

    Loved your comments on the top 10 products to ban from the home!

  2. Nancy

    Love the list! And I agree with everything except – with certain clear caveats – the leash. As a single mother who needs to travel an average of 18 hours with her toddler to visit his grandparents, I can see where a leash could come in handy. Crowded airports, two or three suitcases, a carry-on or two, a carseat – all of which must be attended at all times – and a toddler who is fully capable of walking away from the only parent in the picture. Yup, I can see where a leash might be useful here.

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