Those Baby Shows - page 2

World BirthDay, A Baby Story, Bringing Home Baby.....what are your thoughts on them? Love em? Hate em? Why? This is your chance to rant about the shows or rave on your favorites!... Read More

  1. by   rpbear
    I do watch bringing home baby as I am falling asleep in the AM (night shifter) I think is is funny also. I love how they have every family member and friend over the day they come home form the hospital don't get to sleep until after midnight and then wonder why the baby is so fussy all night long and why everone is tired. Also, does every member of the house need to be up at 2 AM to watch you breastfeed? And it really bothers me that almost every breastffeding mom on these shows suplements with formula. That is why moms in the hospital keep asking for formula because their milk is not in yet. You have colostrum, it is what the baby needs most, and if you don't put baby to breast then you will not make enough milk for him. Sorry.... little rant, I feel better now.
  2. by   whiskeygirl
    I, too, find them totally unrealistic.
  3. by   Justhere
    Hadn't watched them since my baby was born (7 years ago). They all made me cry when I was pregnant, all these ladies have vbacks. My doc wouldn't let me try. So I just boo-hoo'd with the vag deliveries.

    First delivery, had family all in the room 2 sil and mil all nurses. It was fine until I really got to hurting. Then they got on my freaking nerves and I wished they would have made them leave. But I worked at that hospital (normally we only let 2 in at a time) and they asked me if I wanted them to stay and I said sure, but I was not in any pain at that time. When I got to hurting I was cussing everyone out.
  4. by   LiveZen
    Gompers: Wow, bringing the neighbor kid in....holy cow! That must be an interesting neighbor dynamic. Poor kid.

    Yeah, My mom stepmom and sis are the only people I'd even consider letting in there, other than my husband (don't have one yet) and me. It's gonna be a long time on the kiddos here....I'm a young-un myself (20) I'm just starting nursing school! lol
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    they also had a school-age boy that lived next door because they wanted him to see what childbirth was like!!!
    I think that's a little more than i want to share with my neighbor's child :stone
  6. by   CoffeeRTC
    Quote from Gompers
    Loathe them as well, for the most part.

    There is one on TLC I believe called "Babies: Special Delivery" that is a bit more realistic. It shows moms and babies having not-so-normal deliveries - complications, prematurity, etc. That one is a little better.

    "World Birth Day" is at least interesting because you get to see other cultures and stuff like that.

    "Bringing Home Baby" is annoying sometimes. I love the episodes where the parents freak out at night because the baby won't sleep. Isn't that terrible of me? It just bothers me because sometimes I can tell what they did wrong and I want to shout at the screen, "Well if you hadn't woken up the happy sleeping baby, turned on every single light in the house, taken 10 minutes to change one diaper (with two people, mind you), fed the baby and then woke him/her up AGAIN to change the diaper because there was two spots of pee in it, MAYBE the kid would be asleep already!!!" Now, I know first time parents have to learn stuff the hard way, but as a NICU nurse I just spend too much time picking on what they do wrong...

    "A Baby Story" is the worst, absolute WORST! I don't know who these people are that they find for this show. They aren't normal, that's for sure! This show gives parents such unrealistic views of pregnancy, delivery, and parenthood. It's like watching the Stepford baby show or something.

    The thing that bothers me the most is the ending of each episode. It's a few weeks after the birth, and there the parents are with a perfect sleeping baby. They're always smiling and saying, "Sally here is just the best baby in the whole world. She hardly ever cries and she just has such a laid back personality. Her older brother Charlie just loves her to pieces and kisses her all the time. She has fit right into our family and it's just so wonderful..."

    Just once, I'd love to see this instead: "Sally has been to the doctor 8 times in the past 6 weeks. She's got reflux and vomits up most of her feeds. She's really colicky, especially at night, and we haven't slept for more than 2 hours at a time since she was born. Her brother Charlie was potty trained and now he's reverted back to diapers. He tries to bite the baby whenever I'm holding her, and he's just not the same little boy he used to be..."

    Needless to say, I haven't watched TLC since the day I found out I was pregnant.
    OMG, I can't stop laughing. Soooo true.
    So mean I'm not gonna have a 20 minute labor like they do on the show? Now that I'm pregnant with my 4th I guess I need to start gathering the family together to have these parties and get to gethers and talk all nice about each other.
    Pss...I still watch them on occasion.
  7. by   nurse_atnite
    I tend to find those shows really unrealistic. Labor hurts and it doesn't end within 30 min to an hour....unless the patient is really lucky! I think if some pregnant families saw all the true drama of labor and delivery, they may think twice!
  8. by   BSNtobe2009
    I heard a comedian once say...

    "The filming of childbirth...who really wants to see that again? I mean, under what occasion would you pop in the tape and show this? After Thanksgiving Dinner? Having a few co-workers over for dessert?

    Filming the Conception, however, has much more entertainment value"

    I thought that was hysterical.
  9. by   BSNtobe2009
    The one I hate is "An Adoption Story"...adoptions cost big bucks for a healthy, white infant, and international adoptions can set people back $25K or more. They once featured a gay, male couple who adopted a child internationally, and considering the restrictions on even a single female adopting internationally, I cannot even imagine what they paid for that baby.
  10. by   MissJoRN
    Quote from rpbear
    And it really bothers me that almost every breastffeding mom on these shows suplements with formula. That is why moms in the hospital keep asking for formula because their milk is not in yet. You have colostrum, it is what the baby needs most, and if you don't put baby to breast then you will not make enough milk for him. Sorry.... little rant, I feel better now.
    Rant On!!

    This is what I hate about Bringing Home Baby. I think the TV crew must add to the normal stress of trying to nurture a tiny human being and it's so sad how the moms don't know what else to do but grab a bottle. I remember our 3rd night home. She cried all night, it was all very normal and we worked it out, just her, me, and The Boob, but who knows what I would have done thinking the whole world was watching me starve the baby!

    My other big complaint is how often they do not use carseats correctly- aftermarket snuzzlers that strap in, bundle-mes that strap in, chest clips too low, toys and mirrors on the handles and seat backs, and harnesses that are too loose.

    If they had a community nurse type, she could step in at the most frustrating moments and be encouraging or offer just a little advice. Isn't the L in TLC for Learning??
  11. by   slou!
    Quote from Gompers
    Just once, I'd love to see this instead: "Sally has been to the doctor 8 times in the past 6 weeks. She's got reflux and vomits up most of her feeds. She's really colicky, especially at night, and we haven't slept for more than 2 hours at a time since she was born. Her brother Charlie was potty trained and now he's reverted back to diapers. He tries to bite the baby whenever I'm holding her, and he's just not the same little boy he used to be..."
    Haha I loved this! Now I don't have kids (and I won't for a while! I'm 18.) but the little girl I babysit for is 19 months old, and her mom just had another girl in September, so they are 18 months apart. I haven't watched them together yet but I will again starting in the end of November. Whenever I go and visit Eliza (the older sister) is always trying to poke Gemma (the little sister), hold her, shove her pacifier in her mouth, etc! I mean she doesn't succeed in doing it, but she does try! The mom is having a tough time because now Eliza is being very clingy and wants to be held all the time. I mean it's not that she didn't expect it, but this show is always way off! While little kids may enjoy having a big brother or sister, they aren't going to love them and act like little angels ALL the time!
  12. by   Gompers
    Quote from slou!
    Haha I loved this! Now I don't have kids (and I won't for a while! I'm 18.) but the little girl I babysit for is 19 months old, and her mom just had another girl in September, so they are 18 months apart. I haven't watched them together yet but I will again starting in the end of November. Whenever I go and visit Eliza (the older sister) is always trying to poke Gemma (the little sister), hold her, shove her pacifier in her mouth, etc! I mean she doesn't succeed in doing it, but she does try! The mom is having a tough time because now Eliza is being very clingy and wants to be held all the time. I mean it's not that she didn't expect it, but this show is always way off! While little kids may enjoy having a big brother or sister, they aren't going to love them and act like little angels ALL the time!
    There is this GREAT picture of my brother taken the day I came home from the hospital. My mom is holding me (she looks extremely tired, I look extremely red and wrinkled) and my brother is standing next to us giving me a bottle. Except he just has it SHOVED in my mouth, and he's turning away from me looking at the camera with this look on his face that CLEARLY says, "Do we HAVE to feed it? Can't we just let it STARVE to death???"
  13. by   Gompers
    Quote from MissJoRN
    My other big complaint is how often they do not use carseats correctly- aftermarket snuzzlers that strap in, bundle-mes that strap in, chest clips too low, toys and mirrors on the handles and seat backs, and harnesses that are too loose.

    Gotta sneak this in here, since I just registered for baby stuff and have been reading a lot about this kind of thing. Yes, those snuzzlers and head rolls are not approved for use unless they come with the carseat. This is why I registered for the carseat by Chicco that already has a nice snuzzler-like insert (4-11 lbs) that comes factory installed and is safety tested. The Bundle Me covers, however, are approved. The knock-off brands might not be, but the original one is considered a better option than putting a baby in a snowsuit (which causes the carseat harness to not fit right and baby to overheat on long rides) or putting a blanket over the carrier (which could smother the baby).

    Safety info for the Original Bundle Me:

    In line with JJ Cole's commitment to child safety, the Bundle Me has been tested to FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) 213 requirements. Tests performed on infant car seats with the Bundle Me installed found that the car seats complied with the Restraint System Integrity and Occupant Excursion portions of the FMVSS 213 requirements.

    Sorry for the hijack!!!
    Last edit by Gompers on Oct 30, '06

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