27 August 2006

Baby "bungee cord" prevents dropped items from hitting the ground

The post title at Cool Mom Picks hooked me: Better than Duct Tape. Duct tape...the quintessential raw material for household hacks, and even a few Parent Hacks. Turns out the item the Cool Moms featured -- the Drop Stop -- solves a problem most parents of active babies face several times a day: the dropped bottle, sippy cup or toy. This sturdy elastic/Velcro combo lashes said item to the stroller or car seat, presumably keeping the dropped item off the ground or the floor of the car, and thereby making it easier to retrieve.

When my son was a baby, I attached toys to his stroller using inexpensive plastic links. They doubled as a teething toy and were practically indestructible.

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Blissful mornings of easy sippy cup retrieval ensue!

Mine always liked the strap better than the attached toy. For a teether, I once hooked the strap thru a bagel and attached it to a grocery cart with great success.

I have made my own with ribbon and Velcro tabs. The adhesive tabs work on some ribbon or make a quick pass with the sewing machine.

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