Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:41 pm
Post subject: What impact has design had on caring for children???
We have a lot to be thankful for nowadays when it comes to baby/toddler products. From the steam steriliser that has cut sterilisation time dramatically to the little scoop we now find in the formulated milk cartons, both of these products have had a major impact on parents lives and overall helped to make them easier when raising a child. But contrary to this are they also to blame for making us too over protective and essentially a quivering wreck. From the monitor systems that are now available where the parent is able to see their child sleeping to the dummy that now closes before it hits the floor, these are both great innovative products however they both play a great part into why parents are more alert to germs and over anxious. Whilst emotionally we now have a disgust of ‘germs’ we actually cannot live without them, and children actually cannot build up their immune system if they don’t ‘pick things up’.
What are everyone else's thoughts on this topic?
Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:03 pm
Did you copy that straight from your question paper?
Sounds like someone is trying to get someone else to do their homework!!!!
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Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:48 am
In answer to your question no i didn't copy it straight from my question paper!! I wrote it myself!
It was actually my lecturers idea to but this on a forum as he thought it may give me some insightful information.
I have a dissertation to write and i have come up with the question: What impact has design had on caring for children? I
generally need other peoples/parents opinions on this topic in order to come up with a conclusive argument.
So a more helpful reply you could have gave could of been something along the lines of for e.g;
Yes i agree with with this without the use of a steriliser i would have found raising my child a lot harder, it would have taken a lot longer to sterilise bottles ect and therefore i would have less time to do other things. On the other hand though i do feel more paranoid when it comes to germs as before having a child i had never giving them much thought. But now i feel i have an ocd when it comes to keeping my child's products clean and sterilised. Hope this helps a little.
If your not willing to be helpful why write back in the first place, and trying to get someone else to do my homework...please what sort of lowlife do you think i am.
I am a mother of a 2 year old trying to earn a successful career as an industrial designer. Any insights other parents have is going to help me out. Clearly writing this on here was a bad idea i thought people would give me insights into what products they use and if they think are good when it comes to raising their child not soppy remarks like yours!
How do you think baby products get designed in the first place? Its with the likes of mother and child peer groups where the designer asks a number of parents questions related to certain products then they give their opinion on them what is good, bad, could be improved and from this a better product can be made. With out designers your life as a parent would be hell.
Think i will just stick to asking parents who i know!
P.S all of your comments made ME laugh cheeky isnt it
Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:57 pm
I really dont think without designers life as a parent would be hell after all women have done it for millions on early and the human species has survived.
I think if you had written your original post explaining you may have had some more positive replies.
But another arguement, why should people on a parenting forum contribute to your work when you haven't actively contributed to the forum?
Anyway my answer would be - the one and only thing I couldn't have done without when having a baby was a washing machine and nappies every other mod con I think I could have coped without.
Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:24 pm
i have to say i still let my little one pick things up as other wise her immunity will not grow to things that are around her daily (done it with my 13 year old and it never hurt her one bit ) my mother done it with me and it never hurt me ( i agree to sterilizing a newborn's dummy but by the time there 3 months old there own immunity should be starting to kick in instead and there already sticking toys in there mouth at 3 months plus laying on the floor/seats/and other things (and how are we gonna get that to happen if all we do i wipe there hands and feet 24/7 not going to in my eyes ) if it something i know will hurt her then of course i will clean her hands or any other part that has touched her (if it is mud oh well MUD-CAKES i used to make as a toddler/child so why can not mine ) there is such a thing called a bath have them take one when they have finished there play time
i have been told off many times before for allowing my toddler to get DIRTY sorry but i want my child to have an immunity so when she gets ill it wont kill her because i have aloud her immunity it grow instead of hiding it
p.s i did still sterilize the bottles until she was 1 year's old (now they go in the dishwasher)
Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:05 pm
.... I personally dont use sterilisers or powdered milk.. im not knocking anyone that does but how sad that you would assume that these things should be yhe norm. I don't understand the question to be honest.. I dont use any if the products mentioned so I guess that shows I dont need the fad products aimed at us mums. I use my instinct and products I NEED..
Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:54 pm
Can't say any of the inventions have made me over-protective, too aware of germs etc.. with my kids.
First baby we did not have a steriliser, but boiled the bottles on the stove. Got the sterilser with the second one, simply to save time!
Dummies - drops on the floor - I have no problem putting it back in my childs mouth (will not do this if it for e.g. falls on a hospital floor or a mall floor) - in my own house, creche, friends houses etc.. no problem.
We used a baby alarm (alarm goes off if baby stops breathing) and baby monitor with both, but can't say it made me more overprotective.
I love the little scoop in the formula boxes
We used a normal baby phone with my first and with my second switched to a camera one - simply because we had moved to a house and the baby slept on the first floor and I was down on the ground floor all the time. When it broke, we switched to one without a monitor.
I think its good that baby stuff is getting easier and easier, its hard and stressful work looking after a baby (throw in household, other kids, hubby! etc..) so anything that helps (within reason) I think is great. Too many things can also end up just taking up your time.
I personally don't see how any of the things that I have used have made me more over protective, I'm paranoid without them! By that I mean, all Mom's try and get everything right with their kids, esp babies and esp their first babies, we have no experience (its not really something you can study for, sure you can read parenting books etc... but the real thing is something completely different!), you might have your close environment (in laws, Mother, husband) with different opinions on how you should do things etc.. and its simply hard. But very rewarding.
Hope I didn't ramble too much and that this helps.
Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:57 pm
unfortunately i am one that can not breast feed and would love to (after having my first DD 13 years ago the discovered my milk is not good and the baby starve's due to it) so have just stuck to SMA with lots of the cuddle's (most products are helpful to the new mum but an old school mum would go by there instinct and what the baby wants) i for one go by what the child wants not the product that is need to be used or rammed down our throats
cave women and the women of the 1900's managed to survive with out what the new mother's have today and there child were happy and healthy and just like they are today =D
Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:07 pm
All the new designed stuff made me ...critical? pessimistic? about what I actually needed before my son was born and constantly look twice to see if it was something I really need or just someone trying to make money out of a nervous mum.
I kind of went with the thought of did my mum have this for me? she coped perfectly well without a self closing dummy or wipe warmers so I wont be buying them.
I might have tried breast feeding a few more days if the bottles/powder/steriliser were not in the kitchen waiting to be used but that's all I would have managed, maybe 2 more days?
Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:45 am
What is helpful to one mum is not to another. I really can't believe how much stuff there is out there now, a new mum would walk down a supermarket aisle and think she needs everything because it's there - you really don't! I breastfed so didn't have use for a steriliser but I did buy tablets and cheap bottles in case I couldn't get on with it or wanted to swap to bottles. It might be more timely than a steriliser but also cheaper. (Also I didn't clean my boobs before every feed )
It is great how products adapt etc but as Janey and others said when you think of how our parents coped before with so few marketed products you realise just how little you need these days, really we're all about ease and speed and convenience now, I look at a lot of products and think it's lazy, not helpful and a lot are so expensive it does feel like companies are trying to fleece new mums in believing they need this product when you can do without.
To your main question : I really don't think of germs to be honest, I don't have a disgust for them and am not overly paranoid. They're everywhere, you can't chase your child down and wipe everything before and after they touch it. We have friends the same age and our LO's will share a cup/beaker and we don't bat an eyelid. My two weren't attached to dummies but when Isabelle had one obviously I wouldn't let her drop it in a puddle then pick it up and use it again, but if she was to just drop it for a second then pick it up, or leave it for half a day then find it again, I wouldn't have grabbed it to clean it first - at most I would use a wet wipe on it. I'm a mum of two so can't be chasing both to clean everything or see what they are doing all of the time so thankfully I'm not and have never been a quivering wreck x