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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!


pookamoo Fri 09-Nov-12 21:31:54

No justfabulous I think that was a cross-post.
Baby swinging seems to involve swinging tiny babies around by their legs in the name of "dynamic gymnastics". I didn't watch the video. My DDs love being turned upside down but that does seem a bit extreme.

I would nominate the Pinterest Parenting Phenomenon... suddenly we seem to live in Utah hmm

JustFabulous Fri 09-Nov-12 21:33:46


McPhee Fri 09-Nov-12 21:34:13

Baby hairbands - vile tack

Baby shoes - I've never seen a baby stand/walk unaided hmm

Little prince/princess products

FrameyMcFrame Fri 09-Nov-12 21:39:27

Babymoon... bleaurgh.
When I was pregnant I just had to go to work and get on with it, I didn't get a special holiday or anything. Or any fucking presents.envy

Also babymoon traditionally referred to the time you spend with the baby once they are born, at home, snuggling etc not expensive trips to New York and spa days with presents.

thirdfromleft Fri 09-Nov-12 21:41:02

Child beauty pageants. Enough said.

vamosbebe Fri 09-Nov-12 22:04:04

I second McPhee's headbands - why would you want your dd to look like Humpty Dumpty?

We had a 'babymoon' although I had no bloody idea that's what it was called or that there was something special about it. We just wanted to go away for a 3-day road trip and stay in a nice hotel with a big bath - I had a full bubblebath all to myself every night (can't at home) with mp3 and sudoku while dh watched the football. BLISS.

RubberNeckNibbler Fri 09-Nov-12 22:45:02

Those Pint and Half Pint matching t-shirts, or the latest version which is a fuel/energy gauge with Dads on empty and kids on full.

Basically any matchy clothing - yuck

SantasHugandRollintheSnow Fri 09-Nov-12 23:01:15

That baby swinging is fucking sick. Who the actual fuck thought it was a good idea to do that? At risk of sounding hystrrical it looks like a form of abuse, if you can shake a baby to death wtf is that going to do?

<pearls being clutched so tightly marks are being left in my fingers>

YouBrokeMySmoulder Fri 09-Nov-12 23:09:27

That baby cake smash thing has made me come over all dowager duchess.<clutches pearls and does cats bum face>

NotInMyDay Fri 09-Nov-12 23:13:17

The need to give everything a name or slogan.
BLW = finger food
Baby wearing = use a sling
Unconditional parenting = batshit crazy wink

NatashaBee Fri 09-Nov-12 23:31:44

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LowLevelWhinging Fri 09-Nov-12 23:58:12

baby showers

push presents

(and now you mention it, 50 shades babywear)

SkiBumMum Sat 10-Nov-12 00:02:44

Another vote for parenting blogs. They even have their own awards ceremonies. So boring!

SkiBumMum Sat 10-Nov-12 00:03:11

Love bombing

DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Sat 10-Nov-12 00:57:20

Bejewelled & with added choke hazard anticipation - those awful genmed up dummies & chains. Grim. Dangerous. What's not to love?!

VintageNancy Sat 10-Nov-12 02:24:01

Cake smash is popular here (US) & I quite like it blush.

But gender reveal parties are just a big no for me. Someone told me about the one they had with 100 of their closest friends & family.

liveinazoo Sat 10-Nov-12 02:37:18

i agree with lowlevelwhinging

adding swinging babies.should be illegal!

Solo Sat 10-Nov-12 02:56:54

Well, my pearls are all over the floor after watching that video! my mouth was doing this shock and I'm generally unshockable! definitely abuse!

I hate those that say 'We're pregnant' totally vomit inducing imo.

EugenesAxe Sat 10-Nov-12 07:19:49

Probably around before 2012, but bump photo sessions, especially those ones where you put your thumbs and forefingers together around the navel, to make a heart. They're just vomitous in my opinion.

My cousin (married to an American) just had a baby and we had lots of head propped up on arms and headband pictures on FB. The baby did look sweet (because it's a baby) - but why all the frippery? When my DSis and partner had their beautiful DS (biased, moi?) they took lots of pictures of things like the hair tuft on the top of his ear... much more cute.

poppy283 Sat 10-Nov-12 07:31:07

That's a lovely idea Eugene, wish I'd got a photo of ds's hairy shoulders, he's all grown up at 12 weeks now!

Probably pre 2012, but proper gushing onfacebook about being complete etc, yuck.

Slainte Sat 10-Nov-12 08:10:19

Definitely baby showers, so grabby!

nancerama Sat 10-Nov-12 08:57:45

Not a 2012 thing, but the Bounty witch who stalks the hospital. HOW is she still allowed to be there?

EugenesAxe Sat 10-Nov-12 09:31:53

It is - they are both so talented. BIL (OK - so not officially but to all intents) is an amateur photographer but he could be a pro - so yes he got his macro lens out and did all these close ups of the quirky bits of DN's newborn body!

EdgarAllanPond Sat 10-Nov-12 09:47:36

specific to this year: fifty shades

all else has been with us much longer!

TigerFeet Sat 10-Nov-12 09:59:00

Agree with Edgar, most of this stuff's been around much longer than just this year, although I hadn't heard of Team Yellow (wtf), cake smash and the swinging the baby around thing (again, wtf)

50 shades is very 2012 though, and any reference to it in terms of babies is just so very wrong. Ick ick ick.

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