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The Book that Made Me Cringe

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I am so glad I borrowed What to Expect the First Year from the library.
I’d return the book if I had bought it.

On page 43:
“…don’t buy everything in yellow or green, particularly since many infants don’t have the complexion to carry off these shades”.


Are they serious?
No need to concentrate on my baby’s physiological and psychological development, we’ve got a fashion crisis on our hands!
Hopefully I don’t ruin my child by dressing him/her in (gasp) GREEN.  The horror!
I’m shocked at the emphasis on something so superficial. The world will throw these values at my child soon enough. I can’t believe that a baby book would go there.

Needless to say, I put the book down after I’d read that line.
I don’t trust parenting advice from authors who possess such opposite values from my own.
It would be like seeking spiritual guidance from Entertainment Tonight.

  • nova - Hahahaha well you don’t want your newborn to look washed out in her glamour photos do you?ReplyCancel

    • cocomama - That’s my biggest fear Nova. My biggest fear.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Rooftops - What the…?! Are the elderly relatives going to reject your baby if s/he looks a bit washed out in buttercup?

    Actually, my grandmother was apparently horrified that my parents dressed me in bright yellow. She seemed to think it would do my gender identity some sort of lasting damage. Hmm…ReplyCancel

    • cocomama - I think it’s awesome that your parents dressed you in yellow. When my husband Gino was 15, his dad used to take him shopping to find a blouse for his wife. My father in-law figured his wife and son were roughly the same size so he’d insist that Gino try them on! Haha! Thankfully no lasting gender confusion damage done to my husband…he only wears the occasional blouse ;)ReplyCancel

  • Trixie - Double UUUGGGHHHH!
    Unconditional love is the best thing a baby can wear anyways…ReplyCancel

  • ana {Bluebirdkisses} - I’m so glad I’m not the only one who HATED this book! and the “what to expect when you’re expecting” I hated that one too. It was so ridiculous i didn’t know what to say.

    btw, thank you so much for stopping by the other day. I adore your blog!ReplyCancel

    • cocomama - It’s so true about “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” too! There’s a section that mentions something about how microwaving everything is safe.. yeah, ok.ReplyCancel

    • cocomama - Ps so fun to find your blog – it’s gorgeous and I love stumbling across a good Canadian blog :)ReplyCancel

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