Erin and i went to Babies-R-Us today to register for the upcoming baby shower. It’s always a surreal experience to go to a store and pick out objects you want other people to buy for you. It feels like a shopping spree, but you are constantly asking yourself “should someone else really be buying this for us, we don’t really need it?” For all that I’m about to say, i want to mention that it was, in fact, a fun day.
There are so many things needed to raise a baby! I wonder how my great grandparents did it on the farm without disposable medium flow silicon nipple feeding bottles, or an odor free diaper disposable bin.
I left the store with the most perplexed feeling. I’ve never seen a place so obsessed with safety and germs. At a recent trip to my grandparent’s house in Texas, my grandmother mentioned that my dad rode his bike across Wichita to visit a friend when he was around 10. Wichita is a big city. Today Grandma would have been arrested for child endangerment. It was obvious walking through those isles that fear sells. Blame for today’s cultural problems can be thrown everywhere; politicians, Overbearing mothers, Safety Regulatory Agencies, lawyers… But it was obvious today that the seed of the problem is us consumers. We are so gullible that we are willing to believe anything that is printed on the package. Put your baby’s bottle in the dishwasher? Oh no! You need to buy a bottle sanitizer! Breast feed? Oh no! You need to buy healthy iron fortified formula with LIPIL®!
In my opinion, if you want to see the dark side of a consumerist market driven society, stroll through a baby store.
P.S. Erin says that i’m being too negative. I did have a good day. 🙂