Hi, my name is iDaddy and I'm a gadget-aholic.
Okay, I'll admit it...I love gadgets, especially tech gadgets. If anything new comes out, I've got to have it. Maybe it's the Asian in me?! My wife hates it! She hates it even more now that we have our Pogi. My wife's latest rant--"Why does a 7-month old need an iPod?" I'm obsessed with baby gear and gadgets. Even before he was born he had 3 strollers! And with summer just around the corner I have plans to get that Chariot jogging stroller I've been eyeing.
Yesterday, I saw a report on CNN about the market for luxury baby gear. They showed a clip of shoppers at Barney's buying $400 D&G dresses and $200 cashmere sweaters for their babies. I'll be the first to agree that if you have the means, go ahead and splurge. It's your money, and you can do what you want with it.
Now, we don't have the kind of money to spend $200 on a sweater but our Pogi does have his share of designer clothes and high end baby gear. We'll hit Century 21 in NYC or make a trip up to Woodbury Commons to get some deals. Or we wait for the current seasons' collections to go on sale for him to wear next season. As for gear, I'm the type of person that believes you get what you pay for, so we'll splurge a little on quality.
But is it for the babies or is it for the parents? And at what point does this spoil a baby? Surely, our Pogi wouldn't have a clue whether he's rolling around in a $900 Bugaboo or $20 umbrella stroller from TRU. Or whether he's wearing a Burberry cashmere sweater or a sweatshirt from Wal-mart. All he cares about is being comfortable and warm.
Growing up, I didn't have expensive clothes. In fact, my Mom made my clothes and even put my initials on most of my overalls. Looking back at pictures, the clothes were actually cute! But at that age did I care that my Mom made my clothes instead of buying me designer clothes? Hell, if it weren't for pictures, I didn't even remember what clothes I was wearing or what stroller I was rolling around in.
So, where do I stand? I'm all for buying designer clothes and high-end gear for our Pogi. I think he deserves the best that we can afford. But I (I say, "I" because my wife doesn't think we should spend too much on him) need to find the balance so that when he gets older, he doesn't "expect" the designer clothes. Although, judging by the kids we run into at the malls, it's inevitable when he reaches middle school--hell, even elementary school!