A Tiskit, A Tasket, A Baby in a Basket?
July 3, 2010 3:21 PM Subscribe
People often say that "a baby would be just as happy in a dresser drawer"...but will society actually -let- mothers do this? (a little long)
posted by DisreputableDog to Society & Culture (53 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
First off, no, I do not have children, nor do I remotely plan to until I'm about 30 or so (22 now).
Now, my question is, basically, "Why a crib?"
Yes, they make baby cribs that also work as toddler cribs which in turn can morph into beds for young children. They also make bassinets and other little beds which are purely for babies in those first few months.
But...what if I wanted to put my future baby in a drawer (fixed so the thing couldn't close on my kid and therefore snag tiny fingers or toes) and then get a bed for it later? After all, the baby doesn't _care_ frankly.
I've also seen those little baby hammocks....but what if I wanted to get a, more or less, normal sized cloth hammock so the kid could just grow into it.........or one of those papasan chairs turned so it sits like a bowl? Or a child's room with cushions somehow fixed on a large area of the floor somehow, in the corner say, and no real "fence" around the edge, no different than having a mattress on the floor really.
Would that bring child services to the door? How much social angst would that bring down on the mother's head? Are there any problems (baby-wise or otherwise) I'm ignoring? (And why do babies supposedly need little bars around their bed anyway - would they need it if the bed was sitting low and there wasn't any "falling out" situation possible?) Has anyone else had experiences with this or know of someone who's done it?
I want the apparent moral implications, the actual or imagined problems, your misgivings or your support (with as much proof as you can provide, not that I wouldn't enjoy your emotional responses, but that's for chat, sorry). This is halfway a question on social acceptance of what's right for babies and halfway tips on how I should actually do things for my future youngling.