Got this from a public relations firm:
“Pacimals are pacifiers that attach to a plush stuffed toy. Created by an MD and a mom, the patented attachment on the Pacimal gives your baby’s favorite stuffed animal a special role in his or her soothing experience. It helps boost baby’s motor skills at a much younger age by encouraging hand and arm use to reposition. It’s also easier to hold onto, unlike typical pacifiers. MSRP is $19.99. Learn more at pacimals.com.”
Ah, well, this is an example of bad targeting since I’m unabashedly anti-pacifier and while I admit it might help very young children calm down, I find it frankly Orwellian disturbing to see older youngsters with pacifiers in their mouths.
You know what I’m talking about if you go to places with lots of families. The five year old boy who has learned to talk around his pacifier in a manner that foreshadows his later habit of talking with a cigarette or cigar in his mouth, the six year old girl who sits sullenly in her stroller (!!) as Mom pushes her around, totally uninterested in hearing anything her daughter might say.
Indeed, that’s what bugs me about pacifiers in the first place: I see them as a socially acceptable version of duct tape across their mouths. I want to hear what my kids have to say, even when they’re upset or uncomfortable, I don’t want to shove something in their mouth to get them to shut the heck up.
Yeah, yeah, I realize that some of you will bristle at this and tell me that I’m judgmental and that pacifiers are the best thing next to breastfeeding (or even better, perhaps, since rather to my surprise there are people who are anti-breastfeeding). Okay, yeah, it is my judgment.
Anyway, so I’m not a fan of pacifiers, needless to say, and so when I find out that there are going to be cute stuffies, stuffed animals with built-in pacifiers, I just can’t get any enthusiasm going and rather feel somewhat revolted by the idea. It might work for some parents, but with my three kids, a combined ten years of toddlerhood, their combined pacifier usage time is under 30 minutes. Total. Combined. If that.
I guess if you do like pacifiers, or know of parents who use ’em, then I will admit that the Pacimals are kinda cute, in a zombie-sucking-the-brains-out-of-the-skull sort of way. 🙂
Damn, I swore to myself I wouldn’t make the zombie comment. Darn you, John Carpenter, you’ve ruined my imagination! Ruined it, I say!