5 ridiculous baby products that seem like April Fool’s Day jokes…but aren’t

Ridiculous Baby Products for April Fool's Day | Cool Mom Picks

Every now and then we see ridiculous baby products that make us wonder if they’re real or…if they’re April Fool’s Day jokes left over from years past. Turns out, these five crazy baby products are not jokes at all. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t make us laugh. Or gasp. Or encourage some parents somewhere to think, “hey, I need that!”  We’ll chalk it up to pregnancy brain. We’ve all been there. You get a free pass.


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1. The Baby Mop. Hey, your baby’s rolling around on the floor anyway, might as well put him to good use. We’re sure it’s totally sanitary. We’re also wondering if they come out with Dog and Kitty Mops next because you know…not such a bad idea.

Ridiculous baby products: The BabyKeeper | Cool Mom Picks

2. The Babykeeper. No one puts baby on the bathroom floor! It’s been easily  6 or 7 years since we first encountered this contraption which looks like a baby parachuting experiment gone wrong, and today it still looks…kind of wrong.


Ridiculous baby products: iPotty iPad Potty | Cool Mom Picks

3. The iPotty iPad Potty: Straight from the 2013 CES show floor, we found the perfect use for your $400 tablet: stick it straight in the line of fire of a potty training toddler.  We know parents can be desperate for any trick to get their kids potty trained but we assure you that reward stickers still work just fine. With far fewer sanitary concerns.


Ridiculous baby products: Zaky infant pillow | cool mom picks

4. Zaky Infant Pillow, also known around here as “The Giant Muppet Hand.” This is a smart idea in theory –something to comfort your baby when you step away from the crib– and it gets great reviews from moms who have used it. But it does look a little freaky. Okay, a lot freaky.

Ridiculous baby products: Babi-kini string bikinis for babies | cool mom picks5. The Babi-kiniBecause it’s never too young for your first ridiculously tiny string bikini. Except, it kind of is.

Happy April Fool’s Day Mamas!


Kristen is CEO/Co-Founder of Cool Mom Picks and a busy mom of four kids who lives in the Philly 'burbs. Though really, what mom isn't busy?


  • Reply April 1, 2014

    Stephanie Johnson

    The Zaky is actually an AMAZING product for babies in the hospital who are not able to be held. NICU’s all over the world use this product daily and I have had many friends and family members use this product for newborns in hospitals.

  • I am the designer of The Zaky (your pick #4). Once you see the story behind my product in the TODAY SHOW: http://tinyurl.com/ZakyOnToday or in the Rachael Ray http://tinyurl.com/ZakyOnRRay you will understand that the need to comfort (or be near) a baby that is too sick to be held or needs help falling and staying asleep is no laughing matter.

    Babies only develop the brain when they sleep and we provide them with an ergonomic, soothing, and loving environment that helps with attachment with the parents and with sleep. There is clinical evidence with results that are groundbreaking for sick babies and their ability to calm and sleep.
    I am very happy that you selected us today because now that you know how serious the issue is and how hard we work to solve it, you can select us as your favorite product for babies. Please send us comments or questions to yamile@nurturedbydesign.com


    Thanks so much for your comment Yamile, and for the input from so many of your fans that we have received. You should be pleased to have such a loyal following! We have made sure to be clear that the product is beloved by its users, but I hope we can all laugh together about how quirky it looks. Congratulations on such a successful product. -Eds

  • Reply April 1, 2014


    As a NICU nurse and mom of a NICU baby, I can tell that The Zaky is a wonderful product. Many babies in the NICU are restricted by how much time they can be held due to immature nervous system or illness, but they crave and need touch! The Zaky allows them both comfort, proper development and positioning. Their product is no laughing matter!

  • Reply April 1, 2014

    Dr Susan Denson

    As a physician who worked in Neonatal Intensive Care for almost 40 years, I can attest to the importance of the Zaky as a positioning aid and comforting tool for the very premature infant. We used it in infants who were critically ill as well as those who were stabilized and making progress. The use was primarily in the infant who remained in an incubator or an open warmer, not the fully dressed infant with the Zaky and I never saw it used in the position demonstrated in the photo. I fully support the use of the Zaky and assure you it’s not an April Fools joke!

  • Reply April 2, 2014


    Love you all! But I am kinda bummed you are giving free publicity to the bikini. Your site is read by so many, and I know you are not endorsing it, but definitely sending views to their site.

  • Reply April 2, 2014

    Tao - Fortress Geek

    Wow, there are some really bad product options here.

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