Friday, 18 March 2011
Today's parents seem to have their priorities a little twisted and this comment from a mother, about her six-month old's form of transport, made me feel quite sad. The pushchair in question is a Bugaboo Bee (pictured above in blue) and cost both sets of grandparents an astonishing £560.
Beau is the name of their first child and his parent's preferred colour of Bugaboo Bee is red. The pushchair is said to be favoured by celebrities. The mum:
I used to be quite critical of people spending a lot on baby things, but when I found out I was pregnant I got a bit obsessed with all the latest gadgets on offer and was spending ages on the internet 'researching' it all.
"I kept noticing prams in the street and noticed how cool the parents looked, folk walking around with a coffee in one hand and pushing this trendy pram with the other. It was sort of like they still had their freedom and I wanted to be like that.
Why didn't one set of grandparents take their child aside and tell them they're daft? I realise the pressure advertising and television puts upon those who have little understanding of the true values in life, but surely someone in the family could have found the courage to help these young parents on the right track.
Now it would appear the mum has realised (slightly) how foolish she was to spend that amount of money on a pushchair.
"I've calmed down a lot now and think we could have done things a lot cheaper, such as taking up the many offers of second-hand prams from friends.
"I thought I'd researched it all. I hadn't factored in the cost of on-going things, such as disposable nappies and baby wipes, which eat up a lot of cash. But I do love going out with the pram.
The sadness for me is she doesn't seem to realise that there's nothing glamorous about walking along the street pushing a pushchair with one hand and carrying a coffee with another. That's not freedom, it's indoctrination with a little imitation thrown in for good measure.