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Perfume for your baby? And other interesting products!

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There are a slew of new fragrances on the market for the under two set. I’m not surprised they make it—anyone who’s ever walked into a Baby’s R Us knows there is a whole lot of stuff marketed to new parents that they just don’t need (the first thing that comes to mind, for me, is wipe warmers...). But I am confused as to who would buy it. And why.

Quick quiz: What’s considered one of the best smells in the world so much so that it’s become a huge cliché that complete strangers will walk over to one and smell it?

Answer: A baby. They just have a good smell all on their own, right? Maybe it’s a mix of the soaps and creams we use on them (which, yes, have fragrance), maybe it’s their brand-new skin, maybe it’s just that they’re just so pure and perfect. Whatever it is, I don’t think it needs to be messed with. At all.

If someone were holding my baby and told me they smelled yummy I wouldn’t want to be like, “Oh, yeah, it’s Dolce & Gabbana’s Eau de Enfant.” (This is a real thing—and it retails for $45.) Can you imagine? What am I, Beyonce? I’m sure some of these fragrances smell great but as a crazy-busy mom who tries to have a life outside of my kids, I am looking for ways to simplify the child-rearing process by cutting out the unnecessary crap and having to spritz my baby before we go out would be an extra step I’m just not interested in taking. Are you?

Is it even healthy to put this stuff on little babies? Should it be soaking into their skin and being inhaled into their little lungs? The Today Show covered this trend recently and their expert, a doc who's writing a book on babies and toxins, said, not surprisingly, the answer is no. Babies shouldn't wear fragrance and neither should their caregivers. But apparently perfuming your baby has been a popular practice in Europe and Latin America for years. One “perfume for baby!” press release I read included this line: “perfuming isn’t just about deodorizing! It creates a bond with baby, and the scent can bring back memories in years to come.” So now I have to breastfeed and spritz my baby in order to have the proper mother-child bond. Ugh.

I used mostly unscented, mostly organic products on my babies (Alex had really bad eczema) and I remember it bothered my mother that they didn’t have that Johnson’s & Johnson’s baby shampoo smell or the baby powder smell (I’ll admit, I do love both of those smells), but it was more important to me that I use products I felt comfortable using. I also used fragrance-free detergent, which meant their clothes didn’t waft Dreft, another baby-smell shortcoming in some people’s eyes. But my babies still smelled really good (as far as I remember). And there are enough creams and lotions and soaps and shampoos that offer enough fragrance that spraying extra just seems like overkill. I’m not saying these perfume products are bad or unhealthy, I’m just…I don’t know. Not sure why they’re necessary I guess. But I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you ever seen baby perfume? Would you use it on your infant? Let’s discuss!

Would you use baby perfume or any of these other products?  What products have you seen on the market that make you go...Hmmm?!

by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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new_mom808
by Andrea on Feb. 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM
1 mom liked this

 Okay, if I had the stomach to handle my own placenta (which I didnt/dont) I would have used it for some of the health benifits it offers, not as a......I dont even know what this should be. An heriloom? *shudder*

Quoting Vertical15:

© inhabitots.com

Placenta Teddy Bear

What's more cuddly than a placenta? Not only must you cut, cure and emulsify the organ, you have to actually sew it into the teddy bear using this kit.

 

new_mom808
by Andrea on Feb. 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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 They cant even hit the toilet consistantly, this small tube has disaster written all over it.

Quoting Vertical15:

© babyrockapparel.com

This tube is meant to act as a pee receptacle for potty training little boys so they don't spray the seat (or their shoes). We're not convinced that holding and then dumping a tube of your kid's pee is much more sanitary than just wiping down the toilet seat afterward. The makers say it also works as emergency toilet when you're on the go. Don't we have trees for that?

 

Vertical15
by on Feb. 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

 I never knew that.  Interesting.


Quoting new_mom808:

 

Quoting Vertical15:

http://www.parenting.com/blogs/true-mom-confessions/erin-zammett-ruddy/baby-perfume?src=NL&con=wk&cid=enews022613&spPodID=010&spMailingID=4758581&spUserID=MTY1OTMyMTQ4NDES1&spJobID=143738170&spReportId=MTQzNzM4MTcwS0

Quick quiz: What’s considered one of the best smells in the world so much so that it’s become a huge cliché that complete strangers will walk over to one and smell it?

Answer: A baby. They just have a good smell all on their own, right? Maybe it’s a mix of the soaps and creams we use on them (which, yes, have fragrance), maybe it’s their brand-new skin, maybe it’s just that they’re just so pure and perfect. Whatever it is, I don’t think it needs to be messed with. At all.

 

I have been told that the newborn smell is actually amnionic fluid.


 

Vertical15
by on Feb. 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM

 But worth it!


Quoting new_mom808:

 This is pretty clever. I'm sure it would cost an arm and a leg.

Quoting Vertical15:

© Redhousedesign.com
Ride-on Vacuum

Wouldn't it be great if your kids would do the vacuuming for you? The only problem is that most kids we know are petrified of the vac. Also, letting them go to town with major sucking power doesn't seem like the best idea we've heard.

Buster Vacuum Cleaner for Kids, design for a student thesis, not for sale

 


 

lexiemmysmom
by on Feb. 28, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Haha thanks for the laughs!

Vertical15
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM
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 The sad thing is that there are probably hundreds more to share out there! 


Quoting lexiemmysmom:

Haha thanks for the laughs!


 

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