After two-weeks as a Dad, I’m ready to declare my favorite piece of baby-junk so far. And the winner is…
Beating out such illustrious competitors as the Diaper Genie and the Graco Quattro Tour Stroller, the Deluxe Trend Nursery Center is especially impressive because it’s a playard and my two-week-old son has little use for a typical playard. Of course, this is no typical playard. A 3-in-1 wonder, this thing is also a bassinet and a changing table. It’s also got a large side pocket big enough to store several diapers, a few outfits and other handy stuff. We may never even use it as a traditional playard. Tucked behind our loveseat, it serves as our everything-station.
But the thing that sets the Malawi truly apart from the competition is it’s sound-system. It’s nothing that would impress an audiophile, but I can’t imagine living without the little gray box in the corner. It vibrates at two different speeds, has three different sleepy-time songs, three different playtime songs, three different nature sounds, a personal message recorder, and–best of all–an input for an mp3 player.
Sounds cool right? Too bad it’s discontinued. Which brings me to one of my biggest gripes about the Baby Industrial Complex. Unless you’re an extreme early-adopter, it’s impossible to buy something, try it out, enjoy it enough to recommend it and then pass along the good word before the company has 86′d it and come out with something else. Unfortunately, no one else is currently making a playard/bassinet/changing-table with mp3 capabilities, so I guess this post is less of a product recommendation than a gloat. Sucks to be you.