Just like any industry, the baby-product industry will tell you that it’s working in your best interest, when in fact all it wants is your money. In today’s article, we’re going to reveal exactly how the baby-product industry is ripping us and our babies off by giving you 10 lies the baby-product industry is telling you. What can we say? We’ve got babies on our mind and if you want to check more baby stuff out, take a look at 10 popular baby names in the United States! Read on and take notes, so that you can avoid giving too much of your hard-earned money to the baby-product industry.
Formula sales earned a cool $5 billion last year in the U.S.A alone, which is pretty incredible, since almost all the pediatricians recommend that infants be exclusively breast-fed for the first six months of their life. If this is the case, then why does every new parent leave the hospital with their baby in one hand and a branded bag of formula in the other? Just to reiterate, formula is not and will never be as good as breast milk!
Apps today are everything! You can do and learn almost anything with the help of apps, can’t you? Well, not really. Some apps which are targeted towards children will say they do much more for them than they actually do. A child will benefit more from actually getting out there in the real world and experiencing things than they will from staring at a screen. Apps are fun, but that’s about it.
Teething is not a medical problem; it is a normal stage in an infant’s development. What a child needs to soothe those itchy gums is a cool and moist washcloth and not teething gels. These gels commonly contain an anesthetic which can harm the child in two ways: it will cause them to lose sensation in the area and thus be more likely to cause injury and also, benzocaine (commonly found in teething gels) is known to reduce oxygen levels in the blood in some rare cases.
There is a plethora of mommy bloggers out here on the internet and you would think that they know best, due to their experience, but that assumption would be incorrect. Many of the mommy bloggers aren’t in it for the kicks, they are being paid by the baby-product companies to promote certain products. And even if they are not paid, they are given free products to review and that’s how the companies get the products exposed and advertised.
We’ve been told again and again that organic is much better than non-organic, but that could be just hot air. There have been no long-term studies to show that babies fed organic food or formula have developed better than those who have not. We don’t know if organic really is safer and healthier.
This is one of the most common lies the baby-product industry is telling you, that your baby needs everything the industry is shelling out and without it, your child will be held back. The U.S. spends around $23 billion in 2013 on baby products, such as toys, formula and furniture alone, but the truth is your baby doesn’t need all that. We raise our children to be spenders and that is just wrong.
No matter how full of lies the baby-product industry is, we find it hard to believe that they would lie about something as important as safety, but the sad truth is that they do. For example, crib bumpers, which the companies say people should use when assembling a crib, carry the risk of suffocation. Naturally, baby products that prove to be dangerous are taken off the market, but not until something bad happens.
That’s what we’re told, that your child not only needs expensive toys, but that without them, they will not develop as well as the children who have those expensive toys. That is just nonsense! A kid can play with leaves and use and develop the same area of the brain as a child who plays with the latest robotic dinosaur.
As discussed before, apps are a simple and fun way to get your child entertained and maybe learn a few things, but an app will never be able to teach your infant language, the same way an app won’t get you speaking fluent Spanish. Not to mention that infants cannot learn the alphabet because they’re too young to conceptualize. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 years of age not be exposed to any type of screens.
We know that new parents can feel a little lost and telling them to just rely on their instincts is the vaguest thing you can tell them, but this is really the best piece of advice for new parents. We’re constantly being told we need baby planners or lactation consultants for our infants. Doesn’t your own body and your child know best when to feed your child?
Do you believe any of these lies the baby-product industry is telling you? Would you like to drop us a line to tell us what you think about all this? We invite you to do so in the comment section below.