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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!


wigglesrock Fri 09-Nov-12 19:42:24

I'm not keen on the whole Team Yellow phrase.

MoleyMick Fri 09-Nov-12 19:42:59

Definitely the term mummy porn and babymoons. And along with the 50 Shades bibs etc, ANY dumb slogans on kids clothes.
What is a cake smash?

Eggrules Fri 09-Nov-12 19:44:00

First Birthday cake smash

MoleyMick Fri 09-Nov-12 19:45:39


SirBoobAlot Fri 09-Nov-12 19:53:45

Why would you waste cake like that? I don't understand!

SuffolkNWhat Fri 09-Nov-12 19:55:54

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HandbagCrab Fri 09-Nov-12 19:57:40

Awh I like the cake smash smile

50 shades stuff is highly inappropriate.

The worst parenting idea for 2012 is the means testing of child benefit. Daft is good in my book. Money grabbing Tory bastards, not so much.

nailak Fri 09-Nov-12 20:16:16

gifts list for baby showers

just saw cake smash for first time,

my bro i like 26 and we have a pic of his 1st bday doing that, it wasnt planned though...

Limelight Fri 09-Nov-12 20:18:04

Definitely unquestionably without exception, baby showers. I'm sorry but it's grasping, I don't want to play stupid games, it's unlucky to give gifts before the birth, and it's you know, just not cricket!

<<plonks handbag down in order to adjust twin-set and pearls>>

Iwearblack Fri 09-Nov-12 20:20:24

Wow thanks for the photo of the cake smash wtf!!
Checked out google for the gender reveal as well - some awesome shite on youtube!
Seriously nowt so queer as folks!

JustFabulous Fri 09-Nov-12 20:20:25

What is Team Yellow?

loubielou31 Fri 09-Nov-12 20:23:33

I like the cake smash.
Dislike Baby Showers a lot.
Worst thing is the Child Benefit changes.

wigglesrock Fri 09-Nov-12 20:32:26

Sorry "Team Yellow" - don't know the gender of the baby - as in "looking for some white babygros as we're team yellow" I'm not sure why it irritates me so much I think it may be the now constant use of Team ...... to describe anything.

JustFabulous Fri 09-Nov-12 20:34:03

Pretentious I think .

GoreyClaWsPumpkinHeed Fri 09-Nov-12 20:40:05

I wasted an hour of my life watching some real housewives of NY crap and they were talking about how one of em had a premature baby who weighed only 4lb then in the very next sentence congratulated her on her superfast weightloss and asked which diet she used whilst pregnant??!!!!!? shock

It is just WRONG I tell ya!

tattychicken Fri 09-Nov-12 20:41:25

That's awful. About the wee baby I mean.

tattychicken Fri 09-Nov-12 20:46:36

How American everything has become. Names. Babyshowers. Diapers. All that pink/blue cake shit.

TheOneWithTheHair Fri 09-Nov-12 20:46:43

Definitely baby showers. And baby swinging/turning. Disgusting concept.

GoreyClaWsPumpkinHeed Fri 09-Nov-12 20:48:44

I know, I must have seen a re-run cos was just looking online and found this

so I am behind the times but still I don't understand why celebrity headlines are about losing weight not the simple fact that fat makes brains during pregnancy so if you are starving yourself and your baby whaddya get?

Poor starved bubs.

Off to find the chocolate eclairs...

GoreyClaWsPumpkinHeed Fri 09-Nov-12 20:53:04

OMFG! I just looked up baby swinging!

Am going to bed to have nightmares, no eclair for me, feel too sick now sad

natsnuts Fri 09-Nov-12 21:06:21

Eww "team yellow" is rank.
Baby showers are just stupid - just wait and get together with your friends after you've had the baby and you can DRINK!!
Also - if you've got a motivated couple you can end up with an engagement gift, wedding gift, AND baby shower gift... Not to mention actual baby gift... WithIn 18 months. I don't like anyone that much grin

JustFabulous Fri 09-Nov-12 21:09:04

What is baby swinging?
Don't fancy looking at a sick feeling inducing video.

allagory Fri 09-Nov-12 21:18:41

Pictures of baby and daddy both wearing a moustache. Harmless but daft.

JustFabulous Fri 09-Nov-12 21:20:52

Is that all?!

Thanks anyway!

kellestar Fri 09-Nov-12 21:28:09

on the team yellow rant a friend told me she's having a beige baby... I was a bit confused as I thought 'how on earth does she know that, is there a special scan for that.' thank god I didn't ask her that, she understood the confused face. I hope that's not a trend.

I hate the 'team' whothefuckcares trend.

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