Q: Are there any good baby jumpers, swings and other play things? Everything I see is hideous, plastic and gaudy. Where are the green, modern, and minimal baby things? Why must we settle for products like these (shown)?
Sent by Jeff
Editor: We get this question from readers a few times a year and I always post it, even though I don't have a satisfactory answer, in the hopes that a designer or company will finally be spurred to action. Readers will say, and it's true, that babies don't care how ugly it is and that what's important is that it's fun and stimulating to them. I partially agree, but then why do we care about design at all? Design is more than function. Not to mention the issue of using sustainable materials. Readers, if you have any suggestions for Jeff about less fugly jumpers and swings, pass them on. If you know someone who works for companies that make these things - pass on our plea to design something better looking and more eco-friendlly!
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