Warm wimps

Will parents who buy baby-wipe warmers raise a generation of warm-bunned wimps? Jay Gress wants to be a cool parent.

What most concerns me about the wipe warmer is the attitude it could engender, and that I’ll one day wake up to realize that I have raised exceedingly effete and spoiled children who cower from any “jolt” or discomfort. I fear that they will recoil from worthy pursuits that involve suffering, like studying and work, and worry how they will react to the compulsory sufferings of life.

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  1. Indigo Warrior says:

    What most concerns me about the wipe warmer is the attitude it could engender, and that I’ll one day wake up to realize that I have raised exceedingly effete and spoiled children who cower from any “jolt” or discomfort. I fear that they will recoil from worthy pursuits that involve suffering, like studying and work, and worry how they will react to the compulsory sufferings of life.

    1. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

    2. The asswipe warmer is just another silly product for sale. I’ve seen plenty of silly stuff in my long lifetime, most were fads that never caught on.

    3. I’m sure your kid will grow into a perfectly normal, healthy teenager who will expose himself to many sorts of adversities just to be cool.

    4. You think Bill Gates’s kids (or J.P. Morgan’s or Nelson Rockefeller’s, in another epoch) weren’t also physically indulged from an early age?

    5. The current generation of 20-to-30-somethings works harder, for longer hours, and less pay than my generation. This trend is likely to continue. So much for spoiled youth.

  2. I’m not sure which is a more shocking development, that a money-grubbing capitalist comes up with a silly product that preys on the guilt of new and about-to-be parents or the inevitable demise of western civilization foretold by someone with a column to fill.

  3. I don’t care if parents use warmed baby-wipes on their childrens’ bums.

    The problem comes, not with warm baby wipes, but with the parental attitude that “my child is extra-special and deserves extra-special treatment from everyone.” And when they convey that attitude to the child.

    SO then we wind up with 18 year old college freshmen who complain that they have to park a whoooooole 1/4 mile from their classroom building, when there’s a “faculty and staff” lot right next to the building’s front door. Why should those spoiled staff get to park near the building and not them?

    Or then we wind up with children being dropped off at after-school programs with lists of “requirements” (like “please do not feed my child any of the following: refined sugar. salt. caffeine. artificial coloring. non-organic meat products…”), when the people running and working in the program are UNPAID VOLUNTEERS who do not have the time or the energy to devote to every last minutia of Michael or Jennifer’s micromanaged life…

  4. I’m always suspicious whether this type of writer has ever changed a diaper. I felt the very same way about these ridiculous wipe warmers. Then someone bought me one when I had my first child. I left it in the corner for a while and sneered at it as I walked by. Then, changing a screaming child several times a day starts to wear you down. So, you try it. And oh my gosh, the child screams a little less. You use it to soothe your ear drums, not your child’s hiney.

  5. Indigo Warrior says:

    The problem comes, not with warm baby wipes, but with the parental attitude that “my child is extra-special and deserves extra-special treatment from everyone.” And when they convey that attitude to the child.

    Parents have to decide:

    What are the needs of the child (which are not necessarily the same as wants).

    Am I doing this for the child, or for myself, or as a status symbol for myself, or a relief from guilt, or to rebel against my own parents?

    Does my child deserve extra-special treatment, or fair treatment?

  6. I think that the pontificating, overwrought father who wastes time thinking about the societal implications of baby wipe warmers is more of a problem for the child than the warm wipe.