Firstly – I should mention that this is not a photo of Lily.
It’s a photo of a baby modeling the Zaky Infant Pillow — “The Zaky is an ergonomic infant pillow designed by a mom to mimic the size, weight, touch, and feel of her hand and forearm to help her baby with comfort, support, protection, and development. The Zaky can help calm your baby and help your baby sleep better through the night.”
I put it here because, while part of me thinks these weird cushion hands designed to comfort babies look extremely creepy, there is another (sleep deprived) part of me screaming “Oh what a brilliant idea! Where can I get a pair?” When Amelia was just a little bit older than the age Lily is now we were considering the idea of robots and monkeys helping us out in the middle of the night to sooth a seemingly unsoothable baby. A pair of strange muppet like hands seems quite reasonable in comparison.
But you know, if we did go ahead and invest in a Zaky hand, it would be almost guaranteed that Lily would form a long lasting, loving, security-blanket-style relationship with it.
Could I stand walking into the lounge room to see her curled up on the beanbag watching Sesame Street cuddling her big limp arm?
I can imagine the horror (the horror!) on the faces of the other children on her first day of kinder when she drags her weird, old, stained soft arm into class.
And then even worse is thinking ahead in years to her first school camp when she will want to take her Zaky hand hidden away in her suitcase and I can see it tumbling out at the most inopportune time leading to years of counselling.
It’s all too much! No Zaky Hands for us.