Stop right now. Go to amazon.com and purchase:
Parenting, Inc.: How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers and– What it Means for Our Children by Pamela Paul
Finally, a book that is well written, well researched and NOT the latest craze in parenting or marketing. Seriously, you must read it. Especially if you are one of those who likes to hop on a band wagon, who thinks there is a secret formula (that comes in the form of a “How To” book) to make your child the most stylish, intelligent, well-behaved child on the planet. I will admit, we have a pretty pricey stroller/car seat (see orbitbaby.com) and I think it was worth every penny for both its aesthetic value and functionality. But, when I read this book, I realized I don’t really have to have a baby registry that is five pages long, I don’t have to learn baby sign language and I definitely don’t have to sign my toddler up for five different classes a week. Parenting is overwhelming enough, forget the unnecessary $40,000 a year added expense of pointless products, books, classes, etc. Paul enlightens her readers about how the baby industry has pulled the wool over our eyes and played on our fears and anxieties as parents to make a buck or two (or a billion).