Wisdom Wednesday


New Moms: The “Really?” List

Last week, my Wednesday post was about the items that I found most helpful in the first year with my sons. I got some FANTASTIC feedback from our readers about other amazing, helpful items (I am still kicking myself for not getting that ring sling!). This week, I thought I’d toss out some items I’ve seen but never really understood. The “huh?” items of baby care. Feel free to add your own to the list!

Itzbeen Baby Timer

Ok…I can see how this could be extremely helpful in some situations: if you have twins, if you have a preemie on a strict schedule, if you have a child with medical needs…but in most cases, this seems nuts. I don’t know about your babies, but both of my boys came with pretty loud, built-in alarms, for no extra charge, that let me know when to feed them, change them, and put them in for a nap. I think carrying this around and logging feedings, changing and sleep would just stress me out- the last thing I needed when I had a newborn!

“Your Baby Can Read”

I recently saw an awesome sea lion performance at our local aquarium. The sea lions in the show were able to identify certain shapes when the trainer asked them to do so. They scooted right over to the wall and pointed with their little noses, right on cue. Amazing! But do they really “know” what a square is? Can they figure it out in another context? Nope. And so it goes in “Your Baby Can Read”, or as I like to think of it, “Your Baby Can Be Trained Like A Sea Lion”.  There is a ton of research about when kids are ripe for reading instruction, as well as when “whole-word reading” can have value (hint: there’s a reason many countries with highly successful educational systems don’t even begin until age 7!).  After kids have a handle on basic phonics, whole word reading instruction (such as you might see in sight words cards or on classroom word walls) has its place in conjunction with phonics instruction, but starting sight words with a 6 month old? Don’t waste your time. This set does not teach true reading. Save your money (this set costs some big bucks!) and buy some classic children’s board books instead…and relax.

Bath Safety Alarm

I figure at this point, I’ve given at least 500 baths to my sons. Each time, I’ve checked the water with one of the 10 “bath temperature safety testers” I have…my fingers. And each time, I’ve avoided both scalding and freezing them as a result of this test. Really? An audible alarm if the water gets too chilly? If you’re giving a baby a bath, your hands never leave the water anyway, and you’d know it was chilly. For me this comes down to which is worse for a baby…mildly chilly water or an alarm in your tub?

Designer Diaper Stacker

I’ve met a lot of moms in the past few years of motherhood, and I’ve yet to find a mommy with a child over 2 months old who still finds time to put the diapers in that little, cute hanging diaper stacker that often comes with a nursery decor package. In my opinion, they’re all a little silly. This one, however, pictured here, is one of a frightening number of diaper stackers that sells for EIGHTY DOLLARS. Yes. $80. Holy smokes.

8 comments on “Wisdom Wednesday”

  1. Ha ha ha, great commentary. I’ll take one for the team and admit to purchasing Your Baby Can Read – what can I say, working mom’s guilt I guess. Oh yes, and an addiction to any and all products As Seen on TV. Okay, so most of it still lies unpacked in the box. What they fail to tell you in the commercial is that you are required to have your child completely abstain from watching ANY other TV programming (ever again, basically), and then do flash card DRILLS with them TWICE a day,which is just NOT the ‘lazy mom’s guide to raising a brilliant child’ approach that had enticed me to spend the $150 in the first place. That baby in the commercial in the high chair? they have to KEEP her in that chair so they can drill flashcards into her … because how else do you get an 8-24 month-old child to sit still long enough to even look at the card? So ridiculous. I’m selling it on eBay.

    1. Ohhhhh my gosh! I had no idea about those details. Totally sell it on Ebay! I’ve heard from others who own it and agree that commercial is really misleading. I looked into the company awhile back and discovered all the research studies about how effective the product is (at least when I looked into this about a year and a half ago) were paid for BY the company…ha! Ugh. So frustrating and annoying.

  2. Never saw the Itzbeen Baby Timer before but agree that is crazy. I can saw I did use an app on my ipod in the begining to monitor feeding. Since we were bottle feeding the doc always wanted to know how often and how much she ate. Like I could really remember that. But I found a great app that easly monitored that for me and was able to get the totals with a few touches of the screen. And since I always seem to have my ipod on me it was very easy to carry around.
    “Your Baby Can Read” also crazy. I have actually heard babies who learn this are far behind once they get to school.
    I do believe in sign language as long as it is taught along with the spoke words. Maggie picked it up quick (before a year) and it was helpful. Shortly after she started talking and now uses both many times.

    1. Yea, I think there is a big difference between sign language (which I agree is helpful!) and Your Baby Can Read. It’s just nuts. I imagine the app was helpful though! That’s awesome! They should tell moms about that in the hospital, for that exact purpose!

  3. Yes!! That is so true. Not to mention, they’re mostly pretty low quality for the price you’re paying. I agree- waiting is the way to go. My kids didn’t sleep in their cribs as newborns anyway! One slept in a bassinet and one in the Rock N Play sleeper…it was MONTHS before they were even in the nursery for more than just a diaper change!

  4. To add to the diaper stacker… I think the whole bedding set that one registers for is pointless! And I am guilty of registering for one myself… But then you realize you cant use the fabric bumpers, you can’t use the blanket so you are left with the sheet and dust ruffle for the cost of $150! And to make my situation even more silly – I didn’t find out what I was having… So now I have a very neutral bed set for my very girly girl… I should have just waited… Lesson learned.

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