Memory Monday

Memory Monday – Baby Overkill

Yes, life was certainly simple when I was 3 months old! Here I am in my classic baby bouncenette – a simple metal frame with a mesh cover and straps to kind of hold me in. You’ll note that it’s even in pink. Either a grown-up type person would apply gently pressure to make it rock, or my own kicking and arm-waving would get the thing to move a bit (and presumably provide a means to exhaust me so that I would sleep).

Fast forward to 2012 and here I am fitting out the “essentials” for the imminent arrival of Bump. A bouncenette would probably be a good idea, but take a look at this:

This is the Fischer-Price Rainforest Deluxe Baby Bouncer which is currently selling on Amazon for £64.78 and is quite typical of today’s baby bouncers. It features “a toy bar with a see-through waterfall created by lights and clear spinning helixes and 3 colourful animals. After a day of rainforest adventure, turn on the calming vibrations and your little one is ready to relax! Suitable from birth. Soothing vibrations. Music. Detachable toy bar. Includes 2 toys. Support strap. Non-slip feet.”

So basically, you stick your child in this contraption, turn on the shiny lights and music and set the thing vibrating and walk away. Meanwhile your child is bombarded with sounds and images and probably kept awake.

Does it seem like overkill to you? It certainly does to me! Don’t get me wrong – the construction looks good, the toy bar is probably a good idea and the colours are gorgeous but music and “soothing vibrations”? That sounds like something I’d expect to see in an Ann Summers catalog, not a baby catalog!

And this isn’t the only thing – we now have nurseries with bumpers all over the cots (which are actually NOT good and can contribute to SIDS) and all manner of things. Muslin cloths… I think I’ll leave that one for another post.

Even if money were no object, most of the things on sale are quite frankly ridiculous. It will certainly be interesting to see if I change my mind in the next 6 months and what I deem to be actually important.

10 thoughts on “Memory Monday – Baby Overkill”

  1. Our bouncer/rocker for angus was $5 from a garage sale and is so simple. We never set it to vibrate and he would have one or two toys max on there. But yes, everything now is just over the top! And because they say babies need it, ppl buy them!!

  2. You were sure a a little cutie back then….and you haven’t changed much either! Just keep it simple, they grow so fast anyway, but keep it safe. How much longer…?

  3. I remember us having seemingly hundreds of cloth nappies for Tegan Anear and Jenna Humphries – I could do a one pin nappy fold when I was 10, but they were also incredibly handy for non-nappy use and after the girls were potty trained they became awesome cleaning cloths. Not so easy to find the simple squares now, but I think I’ll have a search around and get some – the muslins seem awfully thin.

  4. Yes, you will need muslin cloths or/and cloth nappies, babies spill everywhere (and have other accidents…)! And many times you need to put something clean between the baby and whatever (sofa, car sit, etc). We never use any bouncer chair, we got: “the baby gym” (second hand from a friend).

  5. Kersti, have a look at this blog piece. While I had lots of use for cloth nappies & muslins most of the other things on her list I also found I had no use for. The other thing I found was that funnily enough the shops didn’t all close down the minute I had a baby & if I really needed something I could organise to get it pretty much overnight 😉 !!

  6. Nappies & muslins readily available on Amazon. Muslins are thin but great as what my family call “chuck cloths”. Basically when burping bub you throw a muslin over your shoulder & then if bub brings up any milk the muslin absorbs it (Ethan was a really chuck baby so the muslins were a godsend !!). Also great for throwing over your shoulder if you are breastfeeding out & about & want to shade bub from sun or just cover up a little but not smoother baby with anything too heavy. I also used them to shade the sun when bub was in the pram or I wanted bub to sleep & they were getting too distracted/wound up by everything around them, attach the muslin to the hood of the pram with a couple of either bulldog clips or hair clips & away you go. Because they are so thin they let the air in but shade the baby. You’d be amazed at how handy they can be. Also great wash cloths when baby is teeny tiny.

  7. Grabbed 30 muslins at the Aldi sale a week ago 🙂 Have just ordered 12 terry nappies, that should do. Also grabbed some dye cos the white is soooooo dull! Pram is ordered and so is cot – in the end we decided to just get the basic model pram and a liner, will worry about car seats etc later on when we need one, and probably not one that clips into the pram as they are only the group 0 so limited life span.

  8. You are of the same generation as my children – and those plain simple Bouncinettes are thin on the ground these days! But the vibrating version is great – my 9-week-old grandson falls asleep in his instantly, it’s obvoiusly designed to mimic the vibrations of a car engine.
    And my DIL was not going to buy terry nappies because she said she’d never, ever use them……..I gave her a packet which I bought at Target and they are in constant use, all over the house! My eldest daughter is nearly 40 and I still have one or two left as indispensable floorcloths.

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