As a new mom (well, I suppose not that new any more – I have 6 months of experience), I am a captive audience for any one trying to sell a gadget, gizmo or contraption that promises to make my baby happier, calmer or more content. I’ve realized that most retailers prey on this and yet, when I think of how my parents had a lot less at their disposal in terms of baby paraphernalia and the fact that I’ve turned out reasonably normal and well-adjusted (I accept that the jury might still be out on this point), it seems unnecessary to spend a small fortune on raising a child. Yes, I might have spent the equivalent of the GDP of a small country on kitting out the nursery as best I could, but after watching this documentary simply entitled “Babies” , I’ve been doing a lot of thinking.
The documentary follows the first year of 4 babies from very different parts of the world – USA, Japan, Mongolia and Namibia. There is no Hollywood voice as a narrator (sorry Morgan Freeman, you missed out on this one) – just an objective depiction of the daily lives – in fact, I think this makes it so easy to understand and draw one’s own conclusion. Could it be that less is more when it comes to babies? Are we over-doing it as new parents when it comes to buying things for our children? All they really need is love.
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