Thursday, May 07, 2009

Flower Power

I have long since debated doing a post on this topic, because I know for a fact many many many of my readers will no doubt take offense. But that is not my intent. I just want to make fun of you. Just kidding!!

But really, this is something I feel strongly about, and when I see instances out in public or online, it just makes me cringe.

The topic I speak of is flowered headbands on babies.

I'm not sure just where this trend originated, although I'm guessing it's somewhere in the Salt Lake Valley. But now poor innocent children have had to be the brunt of a cruel fashion joke. Now, you all know I am a lover of all things handmade and crafty, but a simple 2 minute search on Etsy will reveal hundreds of images of babies forced to wear an entire artificial floral department on their heads.

Now, I'm fortunate enough to have a daughter with plenty of hair. And I do use bows in her hair. Small bows. Bows proportional to the size of her head. Perhaps these users of gigantic flowers and bows feel the need to use them to make sure people know their bald babies are indeed girls. I don't know.

When the size of the flower is bigger than your baby's head, there is definitely a problem. Am I the only one who sees it this way?? I think that I may be, actually. And I'm okay with that. If you are guilty of using bows big enough for an elephant, it's okay. I still like you. I'll still be your friend. But just know I think your adorable daughter looks a mite ridiculous.

Oh, how could I forget the ostrich feathers???
It's a wonder a swarm of bees don't come and attack the poor child.
These Gals with Girls are some of the worst offenders.

These parents really should be turned into the authorities...making her wear this thing while she eats?? I mean, she has no clothes on, but she has her flower on!
Are we channeling Princess Leia here??

She looks like a satellite dish, honing in on some good reception.

This poor girl's head is being crushed by the weight of this thing.
And look, soon her vision will be impaired due to her accessory.
I tried to find reasonable examples of flowers and bows. They are hard to come by, let me tell you. I could only find 2.

I guess I'm just conservative when it comes to my kid's hair accessories. Call me crazy, but I just don't want my daughter looking like Carmen Miranda!

Now, some of these bows would look darling on an older girl, say 8 or 9 years old. But on a wee baby, I don't see her cute face, I see the silk plant staring back at me.

Ok, that's all. Let me have it.


Ligia said...

Ooh, I could not agree with you more!! I always wanted to blog about this but couldn't find a way to do so with tact. Job well done my friend, job well done.

Sarah said...

That is so funny! Jake is TOTALLY against the big bows and flower headbands, but I do think some are really cute. Totally agree with you though. I do think when the bow or flower is bigger than the baby's actual head, it just isn't as cute.

Stacy said...

Yes, YEs, YES!! Tyler and I think these babies look like they have a big head lamp on their heads. Definitely a Utah thing, you never see this here in Seattle.

Lindsey said...

You got some of those pictures off my Etsy shop! haha, jk. I know what you mean. I can't even get myself to put little bows on Carly because I'm afraid they'll hurt her head. Those large ones are bound to throw off a baby's balance or worse cause a baby to have a crooked neck. They're a hazard!

DeAnn said...

Those are atrocious! The smaller ones have actually grown on me though. I used to hate any headband.

Jessica said...

Yeah Im with you. I actually never used bows on Alex. Not a big accessory fan.

Jessica said...

I concur, they are way to overpowering. I do think the tiny little bows that my mom use to stick in my sisters hair with Karo syrup were supercute, just a touch of girl.

BeccaJane said...

Hey Karen, I am DeAnn's little sister. She told me about your blog and I had to laugh cuz this is what I just posted on my baby blog:

I do put smaller bows & flowers on my baby girl, but nothing like these! It's ridiculous!!

Stewart Family said...

I totally agree too :o) I only have about 2 bows for Emma and started making my own little flowers on clips for her. I have never heard anyone else speak out about the "flower power" :o)

Lara said...

I feel obligated to remind you, that your daughter has HAIR. ;-)

My daughter had NO HAIR until the age of three, and if I had a dollar for every "what a handsome boy" comment I got, I could make a killing at the dollar store!
ANYWAY--I never put those ridiculous big flowers on her head, but I certainly put a little, tasteful headband. And one time, I even GLUED on a bow! GASP!

;-) I hear you, though. Those baby headbands can get a bit--ostentatious...

MidCityGal said...

Well said. I couldn't agree more.

Ashley C. said...

This weekend I say props to all moms out there regardless of the bow size they seem to deem appropriate for their childs hair.

Happy 1st Mothers day!

Kate said...

Okay, Karen, that is too funny! I've always wondered when my small world moment would happen and here it is! :)

What have you been up to?? The last I remember seeing you was when we were both working at the Cougareat.

Our family blog is, although it's been severely neglected lately.

Oh, and I TOTALLY agree with you on the whole bow thing.

Jennifer Gilmore said...

Wow - I sure do miss a lot only having boys. :)

Anonymous said...

So what do you say to that pix of Summer with that big bow headband on her first pix? that headband was as big as her head. El natural plz

Karen said...

Her head was freakishly small when she was born. Way to be bold anonymous...I know it's you, Mom!