Mother’s Day is almost here and you know what that means? No, not a relaxing day at the spa with a massage and pedicure! (Wait, is that what you get? Can we swap families for the day?). No, we were thinking about shopping.
Whether you need an idea for your mom or you’re just trying to put together a list for your family to conveniently “find” (i.e. email it to them) so you don’t get another macaroni necklace or ironing board, you’ve got to think about shopping.
Is there a better place to look for fantastic gift ideas than Pinterest? Not for our friend Michelle of A Daily Dish of Life who alerted us to this gem:
Pinterest Nightmare #432: The TweetPee
No, Pinterest isn’t trying to talk people into giving you a baby for Mother’s Day (Ugh. That wouldn’t be relaxing at all!). The gift is the Twitter bird thing attached to it’s diaper. It’s called the TweetPee.
Get ready to wrap your mind around this.
Huggies has made a little plastic device that hooks to your baby’s diaper. It has a sensor that activates whenever the baby pees and it SENDS YOU A TWEET to let you know it’s time to change the diaper.
Yes. Let that sink in for a minute.
Gone are the days when you have to squeeze the diaper or judge by your baby’s fussiness if it’s time for a change. In 140 characters or less, Huggies has freed mothers everywhere of those pesky “face to face mommy and me” interactions that suck up so much time.
Genius, right? A mom doesn’t even have to stop playing Candy Crush to sort of semi-adequately be aware of the most basic biological needs of her littlest offspring. If she can monitor Twitter, she’s set. Finish your tummy time while I try to get past level 130, needy baby!
But don’t rush to your nearest Babies “R” Us just yet. Huggies has only test marketed this exciting new product for busy moms in Brazil. I’m not sure why they chose Brazil. Maybe some canny Huggies executive wants an all expense paid business trip to Carnival. Maybe it’s their dream to persuade Brazilian native (and mom of two) Gisele Bündchen to be their spokesmodel. I’m sure Huggies has their reasons.
Even though this is obviously an awesome way for technology to help moms, we do have a few questions.
What happens when the baby develops enough motor control to grab that sensor and stick it in his mouth? Will he get a jolt of electricity? How big is the jolt? Would it be so big that the baby would cry and need a mom’s attention or just be enough to keep the baby from touching it again like a dog running past his invisible fence?
Does the TweetPee function on a 3G network or does it use Wifi? You know it would be irritating if you couldn’t get your diaper tweets unless you were near a WiFi hot spot.
Does my baby’s diaper get it’s own Twitter handle? What would a TweetPee tweet would look like? Maybe something like this…
Our friend Susan wondered aloud on Pinterest what happens when the baby relieves himself but *isn’t* only wet. Hmmmm…good question. We decided to get to the BOTTOM of this so we posed that question to the Kimberly-Clark Corporation using the “contact us” feature on the Huggies website.
Their young customer service rep will have to get back to us on that. Probably after they translate it into Portuguese. We’ll keep you posted.
Oh, Pinterest. No…just no.