Wriggle Me This…

Posted on: January 8, 2010

Phil & Teds Wriggle Wrapper

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A month ago, while scouring the web for a toddler booster seat, we came across an infant porta-seat proposition so tantalizingly brilliant, that we immediately slapped it into the cart and checked out, booster still in limbo.

The Phil N’Teds Wriggle Wrapper: “The perfect solution for sitting, feeding & sleeping on the go!”

Too late for our also-wriggly toddler, but just in time for a series of family dinners with our active and well-tempered seven month old, the Wriggle Wrapper (WW) seemed like a cinch to keep stashed in the Forester, along with our Ergo Organic Baby Carrier and Skip Hop Pronto portable changing mat.

Or so we thought.

You see, although the vaunted WW arrived just in time for Thanksgiving Dinner at Auntie M’s, and was even stashed thoughtfully in the trunk as planned, our baby just rolled around on the floor or got passed around the table, and it never got used.

Oh, that’s understandable – you just got it, are not in the habit of using it, etc.

December comes next.  We’re having a birthday party for our toddler, and a new mom’s arms are getting tired.  I’ve got just the thing.  So clever — you will see!  We trot out the WW for its quite public début.  What a bright idea, says the mom.  Maybe we need one of these!  Mid-wrap, I’m distracted, mom’s urgency lessens, and the WW is abandoned in a heap on the chair.

After the party, I carefully collect the WW, blame myself for having stepped away, and stuff WW into it’s carry-bag, increasingly wrinkled, but again unused.

Hmm. That’s odd – I was expecting a review here…and I’m not sure I’m getting one.  Does the Emperor have no clothes?  Is WW simply a brilliant piece of marketing, no more complex or useful than of a pair of old shorts fitted with an extra-long belt?

Perhaps…  (And don’t forget that it retails for $49.99 at Amazon, which could cover not just shorts and a belt but also a hoodie to zip around baby, tying the sleeves behind for extra security.)

But every so often, we make a purchase that helps us dream a little bigger, even if we never use it for its intended purpose.  And that, my friends, is the Wriggle Wrapper.  It’s that little angel on your shoulder saying “come with me, and we’ll nosh that delicious Reuben, enjoy that Mommy Matinée, and even get your hair cut.”

So, yes – I am resisting a “real” product review.  You could say I have nothing to base it on.  But I’ll continue to dream!  I’m taking WW on the airplane with me, next.  And I even bought it a seat.


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