All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!
This week’s unitasker selection rises to a brand new level of unitaskery, and does so with an $80 price tag. Introducing Baby Buddy Bottle Buddy: The Electronic Formula Dispenser:
According to the product description, the purpose of this electronic device is to keep a new parent or caregiver from wondering “was that five or six scoops?” Sure, the new parent or caregiver could simply pour the dry formula back into its original package and scoop it out again just to be certain what scoop count they were on — but WHY do that when you can spend EIGHTY DOLLARS to prevent such a simple task?!! (Oh, and have the on-going expense of the electricity to run this thing, in addition to the outrageous cost of formula.)
As far as I can tell, this device might only be useful in a daycare facility with numerous babies — but all of those babies would have to be on the exact same brand and type of formula, which is extremely unlikely. At most daycare facilities, half the kids are drinking pumped bottles, a few might be on anti-reflux formula, another few might be on soy formula because of a milk allergy, and just one kid might be using the run-of-the-mill stuff. A device like this would be more hassle than help.
From personal experience, I know that scooping formula into a bottle is one of the easiest tasks there is when it comes to parenting. (I’ll take scooping formula over changing diapers!) An electronic formula dispenser is wholly unnecessary. And, as one parent suggested in the comments to a post years ago, it’s really easy to premix a pitcher full of formula each morning and just pour from the pitcher into bottles as you need them. Then, you only have to scoop once a day, when you’re rested, and can remember how many scoops you’ve put in the pitcher.