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To Think This Is A Total Non-Issue

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ScaryFakeNails Wed 31-Oct-12 12:15:22

(Warning DM Link) This has appeared during my regular shameful trawling of Femail and I'm not too sure of my rationale but is it just me who thinks FFS.

As babies can never really decide what they wear and we all use our own taste to pick their clothes isn't this just a ridiculous comment to make?

I understand its more of an American thing, although I have pictures of myself as a baby dressed up and I remember putting DS in a Father Christmas costume 16 years ago. Also it feels to me as though there have been costumes for very young toddlers for years. However I just can't see that this is that bigger deal. I suppose its a bit naff and maybe at a stretch you are objectifying them but to me no more than when you say 'no I don't want my child wearing that ugly sleepsuit I prefer x style".

Come and correct me if I'm wrong, I'm prepared to be enlightened.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Wed 31-Oct-12 12:19:30


Ithinkitsjustme Wed 31-Oct-12 12:21:54

I put my DD2 in a halloween costume (she made a really cute little witch) when we went to a party, more for the sake of her siblings than anything else, I don't have a problem with dressing them up occassions and if you want to dress your baby as a pizza slice then that's entirely up to you even if it's not something I would do myself. YANBU, it's a non-issue. confused why are we both commenting on non-issues? I'm sure I could be doing something more useful grin

FayeKinitt Wed 31-Oct-12 12:22:15

Haha at less than 12 month old babies not getting a say in what they wear! DD2 is 7months. She quite likes going without her nappy and pissing on the carpet, should that be her choice to make? She also does not like having her coat on, shall I just let her freeze?

I love babies in silly costumes! I certainly don't hold it against my mother for dressing me up in a hand knitted ghost costume when I was a baby! It's a funny picture!

SugariceAndScary Wed 31-Oct-12 12:25:02

Peaches Geldof's baby is absolutely gorgeous.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 31-Oct-12 12:31:15

One of my pet hates is seeing small children and babies dressed up for Halloween/Christmas or whatever.

It is pointless, and also a bit chavvy - IMO.

ScaryFakeNails Wed 31-Oct-12 12:36:05

I just can't understand why Kidscape have felt the need to release this 'statement'. Is there really much difference between putting your baby in say a party frock for a special occasion to putting them in a pumpkin costume for Halloween?

Also I thought they were an anti-bullying charity, maybe I'm wrong but totally bizarre they would feel compelled to comment on this. I don't think by an stretch of the imagination it can be claimed dressing your child up is the first sign of abuse or a marker for an unhappy childhood, unless maybe it was the pizza slice costume wink

Hemlet Wed 31-Oct-12 12:40:03

Oh bloody hell it's only a bit of fun! I fully intent to dress my as yet unborn Son in all kinds of fancy things so we can celebrate his 18th Birthday in traditional style! smile

Ithinkitsjustme Wed 31-Oct-12 12:40:16

I didn't read the article properly - they claimed that it was a first sign of abuse??? WTF?? (I agree that the pizza slice costume is a wee bit weird, to say the least, grin)

ScaryFakeNails Wed 31-Oct-12 12:42:46

Kidscape director Claude Knights said: 'Many parents will just see this as a bit of fun. But we should maybe think a bit harder about what message we are sending out about our attitudes to children.

'There is a growing trend to accessorise babies. Some parents make them fit in with their own style, rather than treating them as individuals.

'It is not like older children dressing up for fun. It is potentially objectifying babies who have no say in what they wear.

'Obviously it is not directly harmful for the baby itself. But it says something about the attitude of the adults who are meant to nurture that infant.'

'It is all part of the creeping commercialisation of childhood. Yes, it can be fun. But what does it say about our society?'

wonkylegs Wed 31-Oct-12 12:43:10

Yup complete non issue
It's not that parents haven't dressed up there kids for generations , the difference is nowadays less people make costumes/outfits, (partially as sewing skills aren't there, but mainly due to cheap imports) and tend to buy them instead!
I was dressed as a wee spider for Halloween 33 yrs ago by my mother obviously this objectification has skewed my opinion though hmm

TheLightPassenger Wed 31-Oct-12 18:26:22

oh that bear cub sleep suit on astarla is adorable blush. I think it's rather odd to use a special occasion where people often dress up, such as Halloween as some sort of example of a supposedly concerning trend to objectify babies....

Heavensmells Wed 31-Oct-12 18:35:39

I NEED that leopard outfit for my ds, I love it!

BeatTheClock Wed 31-Oct-12 18:42:55

I saw a photo of a baby in a real pumpkin. I just thought how cold and wet that must feel. Looked cute thoughsmile

An outfit for dressing up is ok imo. Is one of those costumes actually a rasher of bacon though?confused

CaliforniaLeaving Wed 31-Oct-12 19:10:05

What a load of rubbish. I loved putting outfits on my lot for Halloween Christmas or whatever the holiday was.
Easter dresses/hats
Christmas Dresses/suits
For Halloween as little babies two have been pumpkins in a one piece pajama suit and one was a teddy.
I think the Author was just being a bit grinchy, my kids were never used as accessories.
Dd went to school today dressed as a Ladybird. (no uniforms and a parade at playtime)

cardibach Wed 31-Oct-12 19:20:32

I have very cute pictures of DD aged about 18 months (maybe less) in a homemade Pingu costume <stealth boast>. SHe seems to have turned out OK...
Load of crap. Femail, to quote the delectable Mr. MInchin, is like sniper using bollocks for ammunition.

LST Wed 31-Oct-12 19:45:52

Just put my 11 mo to bed. He's been in his pumpkin costume alll day. He has a bear all in one and a Charlie bear hat. I've brought a Santa costume for Christmas day.

I must be a chav ay...hmm

LST Wed 31-Oct-12 19:48:16

And alibaba it's 'pointless' that you're bothered tbh.

MamaBear17 Wed 31-Oct-12 19:48:56

My dd was 3 months last Halloween and wore a fleecy pumpkin babygro. She looked adorable, but the best thing about the babygro was that it was really warm and made the perfect 'post-swimming stay warm outfit'. She was a pumpkin all of the way through November and most of the way through December on swimming days!

Petsinmyputridpudenda Wed 31-Oct-12 19:51:19

Ds2 (2)has spent the day dressed as crocodile with a 2 foot tail as a baby he was dressed in costumes for any occasion

Poor bastard call ss immediately

-- you should see the naff Christmas jumpers I make him wear every year--

FayeKinitt Wed 31-Oct-12 19:53:27

LST DD2 (7 months) has spent the day as a witch. I also drew whiskers on DD1 with eyeliner and applied pink blusher to her cheeks for her cat costume

Chavtastic, me grin

LST Wed 31-Oct-12 19:54:43

It's ace being a chav innit Faye grin

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