Fellas, when you have kids (especially when you have girls), you will discover a whole new world of ridiculous products designed to make them “comfortable” and “safe,” (i.e., wimpy). Take diaper wipe warmers. Yes, such things exist — for just $21.19 at Target, you could be a proud owner of one.
When Miriam was born, someone gave us one of these contraptions, which keeps the wipe warm so that her precious little butt won’t get chilled when I change her diaper. It took me a while to wrap my head around this concept. In a world where millions of babies go hungry and die from preventable infectious diseases, some geniuses spent their time and energy to develop and market this?! This is what the world needs? Are you kidding me?
There are all kinds of problems with this thing — it’s yet another bulky, electric doohickey that isn’t worth the valuable landfill space it will take up. But the worst part is its subtle effect on a child’s character. All it does is make my kid that much wimpier. What, they think she can’t even handle a cool wipe on her stinky butt? She’s up hollering for a diaper change at 2am, and I’m supposed to make sure her tush is toasty? How is she supposed to deal with the real world? Cold butts are a part of life, and the sooner she learns how to handle adversity, the better.
Cultivating a tough girl begins on Day 1, and these kinds of “conveniences” just make your job more difficult. If you get one of them, return it immediately. Use that $20 for something better, like supporting groups like Nothing But Nets that help kids deal with malaria and other real problems.