Visit any baby store, and you'll see plenty of strange-seeming baby items: booger extractor tool, anyone? (Although strange is in the eye of the beholder, as the product has nearly 400 5-star Amazon reviews.) But take a browse through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office archives, and you'll find that inventors throughout history have come up with a mind-boggling number of inventions for babies and kids. In honor of Mother's Day, we've pulled a few of the most interesting patents designed to help mother and child.
Baby face guard
For your mini Hannibal Lecters, this 1942 "face guard for infants" claims to prevent thumb-sucking. We bet it also prevents the baby from eating tacks, thus making the prevous patent unnecessary.