Maybe It’s the Inventor Who Needed a Swat on the Bottom

baby padder

Thomas V. Zelenka was awarded Patent 3,552,388 in 1968 for a motor-driven device that attaches to a baby crib and gently pats the sleeping baby on the bottom with a padded mitten.

One can’t help but wonder if the invention would have gained more popularity with a revved-up motor and marketed as a hand-free spanker.


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