I am writing this open letter to all baby product manufacturer’s out there; this is written by a flustered first time mom. I want to be over joyed about the birth of my son coming in the new year, but every time I start to feel elated something weighs on my heart. All of your companies set out to make products that make the top of the market and are best seller’s. This is a great thing because your products are helping so many families out there. However you are forgetting a huge sect of people on the market; you are forgetting all of the physically handicapped parents and grand parents out there. This is what saddens me. I cannot shop like other mother’s out there.
Picture your average first time mother who is getting excited for her new baby; she goes to the store and eagerly starts to pick out the items that she wants to add to her Baby Registry. She knows that if she does not receive these items that she will find a way to get her hands on them whether it is by buying them new or used she knows she will find a way. I have seen these mother’s in the store. You can see the twinkle in their eye and the smiles on their faces. They are talking to their little one’s growing inside of them telling them just how lucky they are going to be- but alas that is not always the case.
The experience is completely different for me. I go to the store with a smile on my face ready to hunt for the best products for my little one. I track down some of the highest safety rated products and find that I cannot use any of them. My smile fades and my shoulders slump. I know this feeling too well; the feeling of utter disappointment while shopping for something I will never be able to have. I press on. Why do I press on? I press on because my child will need a car seat, a stroller, and so many smaller items that I won’t even touch base on right now. I know that my child’s safety is the biggest concern and because of this I truck on trying more and more products. Hopeful, that I will find that one magical item that I can press the darn button on. After going down aisle after aisle of products my defeat is sinking in. Tears of frustration are brimming in my eyes. I don’t get to have that twinkle or that excitement in my voice talking about all of the amazing products that my baby boy will be able to experience once he is born.
After trial and error I realize that I will never find the perfect product. I will never be able to buy my first pick item that has the highest rating because I will never be able to work the buttons, clips, and latches on them. I have to give in to the fact that I will always have to have help from another individual. It isn’t fair. I can function daily on my own without help. I go shopping alone. I drive my own car and I manage to keep a house orderly however I cannot travel with my child alone. How is this fair? How is it fair that I have to struggle and try to get creative to make things work? Should I really have to attempt to create gadgets to help me do all of these buttons and clips?
It isn’t fair. It is your job to create products for everyone. The disabled should get just as much attention as the general public. We are consumers too and we will buy your products if you make them handicap friendly.
The Defeated New Mom
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