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to think that the baby business has become a bit OTT?

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jollijojo Tue 28-Jun-11 19:10:12

I am amazed (and tbh a little bit irritated) at how much people spend on toys and activities for their babies, even when the babies are still too small to really benefit from the activity or the toy... I know everyone wants to do what is best for their children, but honestly! Is it all necessary? Do you really need a baby monitor with a camera and movement sensor? Does the baby really benefit from going to a sensory play class? Just a thought...

CairyHunt Tue 28-Jun-11 19:17:19


Crosshair Tue 28-Jun-11 19:19:55

Its abit OTT, but if you have the money why not?

justkeepingheadabovewater Tue 28-Jun-11 19:21:10

I think it's each to their own really. I have a (hand me down) monitor with a movement sensor, which when DS was born with severe lung problems and on oxygen for nearly 6 months, I was very grateful for. Peace of mind. However, I didn't get a camera, as I thought that was a little too obsessive.
We did Baby sensory for a bit, as I thought it would help his development, but found it a little too saccharine for me... grin

FoxyRevenger Tue 28-Jun-11 19:21:48

The monitor with a camera thing? No
The baby sensory classes - we both loved them.

I guess you only dip into the market to buy what you need/want/value. Other than that if you've got the money there's no harm.

Although I did once scoff on here about wrist straps for prams and approximately 800 people came on to say their child had nearly died in a freak hill/pram accident and survived only because of the wrist strap. hmm

justkeepingheadabovewater Tue 28-Jun-11 19:23:21

As with most things I think it's all about finding a balance that works for you, your circumstances and your needs.

LunaticFringe Tue 28-Jun-11 19:28:54

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jollijojo Tue 28-Jun-11 20:23:47

Yes, I think there is a place for some of these things - like the monitors for babies who are at risk and some classes to help certain babies with their development. But I find it OTT when people sign up for everything, just because it is a trend. And yes, maybe they have the money, but geez what a waste! Rather use the money to sponsor a family who need that extra service but can't afford it (okay I'm a bit of a socialist...grin) And hand-me-downs are my new best friends!

SootySweepandSue Tue 28-Jun-11 20:29:03

Some things are a rip off/stupid idea but some are genius. Before DD I thought gro-bags were a gimmick but DD moved around under blankets so she was freezing so I was happy to buy them.

The problem is you don't know if things will be good before you buy them.

Agree on the cost of classes but many mums do them to meet people. Young babies can't really join toddler groups which seem to be the only thing round here that's cheap.

cocoachannel Tue 28-Jun-11 20:30:43

Like all these things it's each to their own and if you can afford classes etc. why not? It does grate on me that where I live the postnatal hospital wards are understaffed but you can go on a five session baby massage class led by two HVs gratis...confused

Fuzzled Tue 28-Jun-11 20:31:49

We have a movement monitor and a camera blush.
But then I'm a bit OCD and a pessimist so I spent my entire pregnancy convinced I was going to lose the baby and then the first few weeks of DS's life poking him to check he was alive sad
The monitor helps reassure me and the camera is helpful as our bedroom is downstairs and DS is upstairs so saves my legs during the night if he's moving about.
I think you buy what you need to make your life a saner happier place grin

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