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One of the first things I do when I get up in the morning is look at the news, mostly Middle East stuff, but I do also enjoy random news like guys calling 911 to report themselves as drug dealers :) I saw a funny article this morning about Disney starting to market to newborns. The article talks about Disney giving free newborn clothing away at hospitals which will of course suck babies into the vortex of commercialism.
The article doesn't point out that other companies are already using this same tactic. Hospital are either a Pampers hospital or a Huggies hospital and whatever diapers they give you are probably the ones you'll keep on using. The same goes with formula, wipes, even breastfeeding stuff. We came home from the hospital with more than a baby, we had bags full of diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, etc. Granted, we had to go back to the hospital for Faith to get bili-light treatment for her jaundice so we got double, but it's a ton of stuff. Faith is 8 months old now and I still haven't purchased any baby shampoo because I still have hospital stuff.
Also, you can't shield your baby from marketing entirely. Pampers have Sesame Street characters and Huggies have Disney characters. I'm pretty sure images of Elmo haven't scarred Faith yet, but I am worried that he's not projecting a healthy body image (have you seen how skinny he is??)
If Disney had given us free baby clothes at the hospital, I would have taken it and if we liked it, I probably would have bought more. That's the whole marketing idea behind free samples, right? Hell, if they want to send me free stuff now I wouldn't turn that down either :)
What do you think? Should babies be shielded from commercialism or is it inevitable?