How did the new mother ever manage to care for her newborn children before she was outfit with all the latest Graco and Dr. Brown and Carter’s accoutrements?
It’s a wonder humanity was able to survive, so great is the import placed on all the “must have’s” for the successful gestating, delivery, and caring of baby people.
Erin needed newborn diapers. I could have picked up a box of Pampers Swaddlers at Target, Meijer, WalMart, or any other number of local superstores. But, no. I felt an overwhelming need to go to the baby-ware mecca, Babies ‘R Us.
And though I knew to head straight to the back of the store to find the diapers, I instead willfully chose to aimlessly wander up and down each aisle, opening myself up to subliminal marketing ploys and clever packaging that somehow managed to get any number or random products off the shelf and into the cart.
Buzz Lightyear potty-trainer toilet seat insert? Of course we need it.
Johnson & Johnson Oatmeal Baby Wash? The only soap I’d deem worthy to bathe my children.
Ergonomically correct (and yet oh-so-comfortable and stylish!) booster seat? Sure, toss that in, too. We’ve got one at home; why not have one to keep at Grandma’s house, too?
Disposable nursing pads, Boogie Wipes, and Lightning McQueen sunglasses. Check, check, and check.
Plush rattles to hang from the handle on the infant carrier, a mirror to mount on the headrest of Erin’s seat, and $180 later, I left the store feeling….
….. no more equipped to parent Erin and Seth than when I entered.
Now, in all seriousness, there are plenty of products of convenience that I will gladly endorse with not a word of defense: SwaddleMe blankets, crib sheet savers, Ameda breast pumps. My life is easier, and therefore, I do believe that I’m a better mother, because of these things. I could survive without them, of course. But I’m glad I don’t have to.
As I walked through the massive square footage of BRU, I couldn’t help wonder if we haven’t complicated things by all the STUFF-YOU-HAVE-TO-HAVE-FOR-BABY that we’ve been convinced we need.
After all, isn’t a bottle (or breast), a clean diaper, and a pair of sturdy arms for cradling and cuddling all a baby really needs?
What are your thoughts? Are you a minimalist baby-care-must-have mom, or do you proudly use your wipes warmer/Diaper Genie/Boppy/Exersaucer/Sophie teether/etc.?