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    1. Spectra bottles. I've never used any before but one of my clients sent one in and the top just pops clean off in the middle of use, dumping breast milk all over the baby. I cannot make the thread connect the top to the bottom no matter how much I try. I looked at the Amazon reviews and apparently that's what this bottle does.

    2. Doctor Brown's bottles. Way over-engineered and the leakiest product on the market. It's one of those products that is super-fancy and it's supposed to confuse parents into thinking that it's a magic solution to a very real problem. Sorry; it's not gonna cure your child's gas, but it is going to leak all over the bag you sent it to me in. I found a mommy blog that enthusiastically promotes it and instructs that, to avoid leaks, you don't use it to mix formula, don't use it to warm up formula or milk, don't fill it past the line, don't use a nipple with too fast a flow, don't use it with a nipple with too slow a flow, don't tighten it too much, don't tighten it too little, and absolutely don't tip it other than at an exact 45° angle.

    3. Shoes that lace up on toddlers.

    4. Hair clips on babies.

    5. Magic amber garrotes, I mean, necklaces.

    6. White clothing on newborns with liquid feces, babies who crawl around on the floor, and toddlers and preschoolers who get more food on their bodies than into their mouth. Just don't put your child in white clothing.

    7. Fancy diaper ointment, and then a couple of days of me changing the diaper regularly makes the rash clear up, and it's back every Monday when your child comes in bright red and screaming in pain and coated in ointment like it's sheep dip. Instead of providing a patch on the problem you caused by avoiding a task you dislike, change your child often enough that their skin isn't irritated all the time. (That family is why I raised my rates and buy my own diapers now, so I'm not fighting with someone who wants to nickel and dime every last diaper their kid went through.)

    8. Bodysuits that don't open at the crotch, you sadists.

    9. DEET-free mosquito repellant, and a request that I pay a company to have all the pollinators in my yard sprayed to death with toxic chemicals that will enter the ecosystem, because you only want essential oils on your child.


  • #2
    Amen to the lace up shoes!
    Any jewelry on toddlers and infants.
    Clothing: Crawlers need dark pants so their outfits don't look so dirty (yeah, I clean my floors everyday - but pants manage to look dirty anyway). I am a big fan of navy, brown or black pants! One piece clothing that snaps from top to bottom (too many snaps). "Cute" denim jeans that have zipper/snap closures and no elastic. Thin kids' hips can't hold the pants up, and not-thin kids often quickly outgrow the waist and it's a tight fit. Best is an all elastic waist. When potty training, I specify only full elastic waist pants. Even after fully potty trained, kids need to easily handle their clothing and snaps, zippers, etc. are too "fiddly" to encourage independence. Oh, and dresses - really, gross when they dangle in the toilet - so please, no dresses.
    Thankfully, we don't have many mosquitos here in Colorado (usually they come out around dusk), so I don't need to worry about them during childcare hours.

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    • #3
      "Sheep dip" & "sadists"

      I do mostly agree. I never minded Dr Brown's though.

      I freaking hate the 15 snaps on a romper outfit. My fingers are crying in pain.
      And skinny jeans for toddlers. For the love of all things holy, whyyyyyyy?

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      • #4
        I agree with the pants thing! I work at a center and our director is insane about kids being clean. Well one parent sends her kid in light colored pants, no matter how many times I tell he white is a bad idea.. She could care less if her kid comes home dirty but everyday we have to wash the pants...

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        • Alwaysgreener
          Alwaysgreener commented
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          Could explain that you are required to wash the clothes or switch the child pants into spare ones.

      • #5
        Leggings, they are not pants and the girls are so cold outside they don't have any fun. It just takes a bit of dew and some wind to ruin recess.

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        • #6
          1. Leggings are not pants.
          2. Hoodies are not coats.
          3. Size 6T rear ends do not fit into size 2T pants.
          4. If I can see through it, it is not clothing.
          I provide everything else, so....

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        • #7
          Those tight-fitting, melted around the legs jeans just get on my last nerve whether potty-trained or not

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          • #8
            YES. Shoes that don't fit. My clients are financially stable; why can't they afford baby a new pair of shoes?

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            • Alwaysgreener
              Alwaysgreener commented
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              I bought a Brannock shoe sizer. My intent before covid was to show dcm what size her child needed so she could shop for shoes when DCB was not with her. It never failed by the time she got him new shoes, they would barley fit him and he would grow out of them in no time.

          • #9
            Those pacifiers everyone seems to use now….”Soothies”. Younger babies cannot keep them in for more than a few seconds!

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            • Rockgirl
              Rockgirl commented
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              This one says “Soothie” with the trademark symbol, and “Children’s Medical Ventures”. I think part of the problem is that the part against the baby’s face is completely flat, rather than being contoured. I really just prefer the Mam/MiniMam brand.

            • Alwaysgreener
              Alwaysgreener commented
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              My kids did not use a pacifier, it did not matter what kind they were given. My dd was given an advent smoothie at the hospital and my ds, 6 years later was given a razbaby jollypop. They are also one piece but shaped like a regular pacifer. https://www.amazon.com/RaZbaby-Jolly...821869843&th=1

            • GirlMomma
              GirlMomma commented
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              Rockgirl and Annalee that’s the same kind I used. The child may need to be sized up. I’ve heard the Jollypop brand is supposed to be the best out there!

          • #10
            Originally posted by Pestle View Post
            YES. Shoes that don't fit. My clients are financially stable; why can't they afford baby a new pair of shoes?
            Or those dang "cute" sandals and shoes. You know the ones that look "OH so cute" and match the outfit BUT that let the childs foot slip out the side , or that there foot falls completely out of. Oh and they KEEP sending there child in them no matter how many times you remind them that you love the new sneakers they bought and how well they fit

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            • Annalee
              Annalee commented
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              Yes; and I LOVE when these kids start whining that they have pea gravel in these sandals when their parents pick up and I reply with "well, i have asked everyone to wear closed toe shoes so?" The kids don't even tell me anymore as I make them empty their own shoes so some kids will wear the shoe all day with that pea gravel in them. Until it gives them an uncomfortable consequence, the parents or kids will not change....the pea gravel in the shoe usually tells a parent that "I meant what I said" so??? LOL
              Last edited by Annalee; 3 weeks ago.

          • #11
            Hoods on baby clothing.

            Stinky diaper cream - I use it but I can not stand it.

            Toddler toothpaste / Training toothpaste - Ever since I was pregnant for ds, I can not stand the smell of this.

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            • #12
              Dresses
              Sandals
              Jeans
              Hello Bello anything…

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              • GirlMomma
                GirlMomma commented
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                Alwaysgreener I personally am not a fan! LOL I have one family that uses that brand for their 2YO. I don’t like the diapers, specifically on older kiddos that don’t go at frequently as babies or as much as babies. You can’t tell if the child is actually wet because there is not wetness indicator. I do pinch the diaper to see if it’s wet, but if it’s a little bit, you don’t get the same texture as if they go alot. Does this make sense?? 😂

                The sunscreen and the diaper rash cream both have a weird, gritty texture to them.

                I will say, the wipes are great. I don’t mind those at all, they are textured so they actually clean!

              • Alwaysgreener
                Alwaysgreener commented
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                GirlMomma I have a client that just started using hello bello on the infant, I have only used the diapers so far.

                I've had other families use Aldi's brand diapers and they don't have an indicated line either now that I think of it, so that hasn't bothered me.
                Last edited by Alwaysgreener; 2 weeks ago.

              • GirlMomma
                GirlMomma commented
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                Alwaysgreener the diapers are okay, they don’t leak or anything. But on older kiddos it’s hard to tell. I have to undo the whole diaper and look to see if there’s anything there.

            • #13
              I don't mind the lack of an indicator line. I check the diapers to see whether they are wet or soiled; I feel like an indicator line gives you permission to not check and leave the kids stewing in whatever they have produced.

              I use Honest Company. They are somewhat less environmentally destructive than the big brands, but still just as convenient. Since I generate such a huge volume of discarded disposable diapers, I feel like, for me, that's the right area to focus on, even if I don't go the distance of using a significantly more eco-friendly product. Paying attention to how much I consume and what amount of strain I put on the environment, and trying to carve away a little of that to make space for what naturally would be here if I weren't, is something that I do when I take a slightly less convenient route for diapering, landscaping, grocery shopping, fast food dining, clothing shopping, etc. I think most people have areas of their lives where they do that, and diapering is one of them for me.

              I mean, I am no environmental warrior, but I did make a donation to a carbon offset company when my friend texted me, appalled when she got back to her car after work and realized she had left it idling for six hours. 😱 Every time I remember that, it stresses me out!
              Last edited by Pestle; 2 weeks ago.

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