Oh, did I drive the Mrs. crazy while we were walking around Amsterdam this weekend. Actually, she'd just keep walking whenever I some kid-related freakshow would catch my eye, and I'd have to stop and take a picture.
These, however, Lytot pacifier-sunglasses for babies, stopped us both in our tracks.
Whatever you think of the concept--personally, I think it's crazy, but hey, the idea came from a kid herself, so maybe it makes perfect sense to a 2-yo--inventor/eyeglassmaker Ahmed Zekri does seem to be executing it well.
The glasses come in two sizes, four colors, and five shapes, including four "needlessly freaky" and one I'll call "as normal as a pacifier-sunglasses combo is gonna get." They're handmade in France from phthalate-free, non-petroleum-based cellulose acetate and child safety glass lenses.
But I just can't see how these things stay on a kid's face in any way that they can actually be effective as sunglasses.
UPDATE Alright, I may have figured out why these things bug so much. it's not the glasses, it's the pacifier. I guess I like a kid to use them strategically, i.e., when they're needed, which is not the same as a kid always needing a pacifier.
I mean, what if this was a wristband that held the kid's sunglasses in place as long as he kept his finger in his nose?
It's like a kid always having a bib on, so that he doesn't drool or spit up on his outfit. I'm sure it really helps for some kids, sometimes. But at some point, you know what? That bib is his outfit. You want to stop his Unsightly Orange Drool Problem? Then maybe don't give him a bag of Cheetos to eat on the train.
Glad we could straighten this out.
LYTOT, la seule lunette tétine solaire. [lytot.com]