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Worst Parenting trends of 2012

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FrancesMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 09-Nov-12 17:08:42


Justine has been asked what she thinks is the worst parenting idea/fad/trend of 2012. We're not really looking for the worst parenting products- you can stick that in Mumsnet reviews, but rather trends- for example we're not too keen on this belly painting thing although you may be! grin

Anyway we're keen to hear your thoughts what do you think is the daftest parenting fad this year?

Thank you!


MrsRV Fri 09-Nov-12 17:49:48

Belly painting?? Add belly casting to that!

Hubby keeps taking the mick out of our baby yoga class :-)grin

Nivet Fri 09-Nov-12 18:00:24

Professional, staged first birthday cake smash photo shoots.

TinyDiamond Fri 09-Nov-12 18:13:41

Hate the belly painting. Tack

OatyBeatie Fri 09-Nov-12 18:23:07

Daftest parenting fad: treating Mumsnet as the voice of motherhood?

RudolphUcker Fri 09-Nov-12 18:26:52

Jakers, the belly painting. this one doesn't even have a bump yet, how much paint will she get through in 40 weeks?
I saw a bib saying 'product of 50 Shades'. Putting your baby in something that makes the reader think of you doing the nasty, with handcuffs. Nice.

Snog Fri 09-Nov-12 18:28:45

I think belly painting is cute!
Not so keen on tiger parenting though
When did blw come in?

KateByChristmas Fri 09-Nov-12 18:33:32

You know it's coming ....... Gender reveal photos on Facebook.

<taps nose> Pinterest wink

InNeedofSomeSleep Fri 09-Nov-12 18:34:27

Agree with the 50 shades thing, saw a changing mat today that said 9 months ago my mum read 50 shades of grey! Horrible!!!

ouryve Fri 09-Nov-12 18:34:38

grin because all of these fads were fads back when I was expecting DS1, 9 years ago. Just mostly over the pond, along with "diaper cakes" and other such nonsense.

I think the most shock thing I saw this year was a woman, dressed all in pea green, including heels, pushing an expensive bugaboo pram in the same colour, with all matching accessories. Don't know if it represents a fad of any sort, but it made me snigger because she was definitely overdoing the matchy matchy green love and I was imagining her house being full of the same colour, much to her poor greyly dressed husband's dismay.

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 09-Nov-12 18:37:47

LelliKellis. Omg.

FrillyMilly Fri 09-Nov-12 18:44:06

Gender reveal cakes for baby showers where the sponge is either pink or blue. Also agree with the cake smash first birthday thing also not keen on the photographs where the baby is a week or two old and has its head propped up on its hands. They give me the creeps.

Whatnowffs Fri 09-Nov-12 18:49:34

They all sound vile, i have just only just got over the introduction of the "play date" makes my teeth itch.

That bloody changing mat (50 shades) shouldn't be allowed - vile.

oh and "my mummy's a yummy mummy" on baby clothes

SirBoobAlot Fri 09-Nov-12 18:55:58

YY to Fifty Shades references for kids <shudder>

Big faffy birthday parties for one year olds. Seriously, what the hell is the point.

GINA FORD. AGHHHHH. I'm praying she's a fad actually, and will disappear off the face of the freaking earth for 2013.

Iwearblack Fri 09-Nov-12 18:57:27

Wish we could have some photos of these! I have never heard of the cake smash or gender reveal thing..... Soooo not with the zeitgeist!
Hate beaded/decorated dummies ...and tattoos of children's names on parents. If mine had done that I would have changed my name as soon as I hit 18 just to brass them off!

YouSeveredHead Fri 09-Nov-12 19:01:28

Defo fifty shades realty baby items yuck

Whatnowffs Fri 09-Nov-12 19:07:57

vile 50 shades shite, just awful

JustFabulous Fri 09-Nov-12 19:20:44

Adding to the 50 shades crap.

I saw a bib which said It started with 50 shades of grey with the grey sen in grey cotton and the rest red.

TwelveLeggedWalk Fri 09-Nov-12 19:25:20

I was going to say gender reveal cakes. Just why?

SissySparkles Fri 09-Nov-12 19:26:16


BiBiBroccoli Fri 09-Nov-12 19:27:44

Bloody baby showers - particularly ones with gift lists. Blee

MimsyBorogroves Fri 09-Nov-12 19:31:11

Yes to the bloody 50 shades shite and the baby showers with GAMES and ORGANISED FUN.

I think the whole over "Americanisation" of pregnancy. A friend apparently had a "babymoon". I'm not even sure WTF that really is, but it made my teeth itch just thinking about it.

GreatGardenstuff Fri 09-Nov-12 19:37:30

The cake smash thing is just revolting.

CarolynKnappShappey Fri 09-Nov-12 19:38:42

Baby showers are awful, but if you have to have them then I rather like gender reveal cakes - because it's cake grin.

Cupcakes with everything OTOH are well past their sell-by date, your average 4 year old will take one bite then pass it to mum to hold on to, creating mess everywhere.

TheLightPassenger Fri 09-Nov-12 19:40:04

yep, has to be the whole "mummy porn" concept. Yuk.

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