Innovative Spirit

Patents (Only) a Mother Could Love

For Mother’s Day, we’ve pulled some of history’s wackiest patented ideas for mothers and children

Stop your baby from sucking his or her thumb with this, er, "clever" invention. (U.S. Pat. No. 2,276,612)

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.

Tricycle lawnmower

Designed for riders young and old, this 1982 tricycle lawnmower will let you sip a margarita while your preschooler trims the backyard. We imagine there's a reason you don't see these sold in Toys "R" Us these days. 


Comment on this Story

comments powered by Disqus