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To be horrified at a tiny baby's dummy being dipped in Mr Whippy ice cream????

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Twelvelegs Thu 09-Oct-08 19:38:16

At a shopping centre today (during the working day) and I walked past a family of five, two girls both with dummies (one of which looked close to school age). The middle child under parents advice dipped her tiny baby brother's dummy (not old enough to sit up or head up even) in her soft ice cream and gave it to him.
I was so horrified I nearly said something... but didn't as they looked like the sort of family who may have hit me hard in the face. The baby was in a car seat which is one of my pet hates, too.

lilymolly Thu 09-Oct-08 19:42:31

chavs grin

Maybe just a tad judgemental too- but so would I prob have been

RubySlippers Thu 09-Oct-08 19:43:24

what is wrong with a baby in a carseat?

Twelvelegs Thu 09-Oct-08 19:46:52

It's not good for their backs to spend a long time in a carseat, I hate to see them being pushed around in one.

mrsgboring Thu 09-Oct-08 19:47:04

But you're not supposed to have Mr Whippy when pregnant because of food poisoning risk, so presumably it's bad for small babies too (not to mention dummy in something sugary in general)

The carseat thing is a pet hate of mine too, but I am learning to get over myself on that one a bit - have had sleeping baby in a carseat outside of a car myself, after all.

MrsBates Thu 09-Oct-08 19:47:35

I wasn't allowed to eat Mr Whippy when I was little because my mum's friend had nearly choked on a button in one. Also it wasn't 'real' ice cream. What the hell is Mr Whippy made with anyway?

You're not unreasonable to think it's a bad thing to do but you do sound very surprised though. I have seen babies (1ish) with coke poured into their bottle and I imagine Mr Jamie Oliver's researchers wouldn't be that astonished by what you saw.

The poor little sod probably needs a bit of cheering up living in the family you describe.

alicet Thu 09-Oct-08 19:48:46

I think YABVU about the car seat.

Not meant to spend a long time in them for sure but a couple of hours is fine. My sons both slept well in the car - was I meant to wake them when we got where we were going and put them in a pushchair rather than take the car seat instead? I don't think so ! hmm

Saggarmakersbottomknocker Thu 09-Oct-08 19:51:39

I can't raise the energy to get my knickers in a twist over any of these TBH.

southeastastra Thu 09-Oct-08 19:52:38

mmmm mr whippy

BouncingTurtleSkulls Thu 09-Oct-08 19:53:03

I agree YABU about the car seat, DS has often slept and been pushed around in his carseat as it was the only way to get him to sleep.

But YANBU about the icecream!

GreenMonkies Thu 09-Oct-08 20:02:20


But sadly there are thousands of idiots out there who don't have basic parenting skills. This is all too common, no doubt if you'd walked by 20 minutes later you would've seen him sucking on a bottle propped on his chest with a rolled up towel/blanket.

As for the car seat, I hate this too. At work I see so many tiny babies strapped in carseats (or baby buckets as I call them) which are on the floor being rocked by a parents foot. I have to stop myself from pointing out that the clue is in the title, it's a carseat, for use in the car. And we wonder why so many babies are getting flat heads....

We had a Britax First Class for DD1, which is a fixed seat, so she was lifted out and carried or in the pram when we got where we were going. DD2 had an Urban Detour seat, but we still took her out of it instead of carrying her aorund in it.

I see so many things that wind me up, but rarely say anything. However today I was in Mothercare in my lunch hour and I saw a lady pushing a trolley with a child of about 18 months standing in the main part, and he was holding the egde and jumping up and down. I walked up and told her that a while ago I had helped xray a child who had a broken clavicle that had fallen out of a shopping trolley because he hadn't been sitting safely in the seat. angry

Bettyboobird Thu 09-Oct-08 20:02:43

I think there are worse things to happen in life!

WinkyWinkola Thu 09-Oct-08 20:04:59

I think the extended periods in car seats (2 hours plus) is frowned upon for prem babies as it can squash their chests. It's not great to keep a baby in car seat for ages of course but they'll be ok.

Wish that flat car seats were the norm. I don't understand why they're not. Jane have made one, I believe.

Meanwhile, yeah, the dummy in Mr. Whippy isn't great either but there's a lot worse that happens to kids. Get horrified about that rather than this.

CoteDAzur Thu 09-Oct-08 20:06:42

I wouldn't, but it's not the worst thing that can happen to a little baby.

YANBU to be "horrified".

ceebee74 Thu 09-Oct-08 20:07:21

No yanbu (about the dummy/ice-cream anyway).

I was at a zoo a couple of weeks ago and saw some parents do exactly the same thing (although it was 'proper' ice-cream rather than Mr Whippy wink) - baby must have been about 3 months old maybe? Both me and DH just looked at each other and did a hmm expression - but I think it is quite common.

Lauriefairycake Thu 09-Oct-08 20:07:28

greenmonkies - why aren't you supposed to allow them to suck from a bottle in their hand on a towel on their chest?

MurderousMarla Thu 09-Oct-08 20:08:01

YANBU on the ice cream, but when pram/buggy/car seat mfrs make them designed to be lifted onto the chassis of said pram/buggy you can't blame people for doing so.

I never did because I hated having to fit the fecking thing repeatedly.

SuperPsychoFabioSaver Thu 09-Oct-08 20:08:10

ahhh.....have you not learnt the MN rule???

you had only a 10sec snapshot of their lives, how dare you be so judgemental!!!!

<<I would be too tho, altho only the icecream part, not the carseat as it is very very hard to find a decent pram once you have more than one baby, to fit into the car{{sigh}}>>


priceyp Thu 09-Oct-08 20:22:10

get a grip it's a little taste of ice cream not crack cocaine fgs. As for the car seat and rocking it with a foot, my goodness, how dare people try to get their babies off to sleep. grin

DraculaNeedsArteries Thu 09-Oct-08 20:40:02

oooo carseats are one of my pet hates.

Babies should not be in carseats for prolonged periods of time unnessarily. I was advised by a peadiatrician that longer than 20mins should be avoided unless on a long journey in a car doing the primary job that they are designed for. Even then regular breaks of at least 10mins for every hour travelling should be taken.

Keeping a baby in a car seat unnessarily is a risk factor for SIDS. There chest and windpipe can become crushed by the weight of the babies own head and body. It doesn't just affect premature babies either....although some babies are at higher risk than others for unknown reasons.

I have seen my baby go blue in a car seat and I was petrified. It is a real risk. It is a life threatening risk.

Car seats are not intended to convert a forward facing pushchair to a rear facing one. Sleeping babies should be reomved from their seat when you get home.

<Oh and I have used a travel system on a few ocassions for short periods of time. They have their uses...just not for a 2hour shopping trip....and yes we don't know if the family in teh OP were out for 5mins or 5hours....but there are cleary posters hear which don't see any risks with 2hrs. Let me tell you a blue baby is enough to put anyone off sad>

DraculaNeedsArteries Thu 09-Oct-08 20:40:54

<oh and more companies don't make lie flat car seats because they do not acheive the safety ratings in crash safety tests>

SilkCutMama Thu 09-Oct-08 20:43:03

I'm afraid this is the way to have a non-fussy baby with food. I think you are being a tad judgemental

I let my ds taste food from a very early age and now he will eat anything


avenadrinkofblood Thu 09-Oct-08 20:50:00

What do you make of this then. A 4 month old, upright in a buggy that didn't lie back, earings, gold bracelet and a headband.

TotalChaos Thu 09-Oct-08 20:50:17

Depends if baby is over 6 months ish or not re:ice cream.

sorry to hear about your scary experience with car seats Dracula.

itgetseasier Thu 09-Oct-08 20:53:41

Please don't be so judgemnetal unless you are perfect.Tut.

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