When I was pregnant, my aunt asked me why I didn't register for a walker and I told her that I think they're dangerous and don't like them. Fortunately, her response was short and she mentioned how my cousin loved hers as a baby (of course, that was 19 years ago).
Fast-forward to about a month ago: my step mom tells me that she, my aunt, and my grandmother are all thinking of going in together and buying Esm? a walker so that they have something "to put her in" when they watch her. This pisses me off and I tell her, tactfully, that we don't have a walker for Esm? because we don't like them. She proceeds to make excuses about how they're only dangerous when people leave babies in them without watching them - blahblahblah. I do the "uh-huh" thing because I'm irritated and want to get off the phone.
I then see my aunt a few days later and she asks me if I let the baby "just crawl around everywhere" when we're at home. Mmmm, yes, I do. She's a mobile baby and it's her house. Seriously?!
Fast-forward again about a week later and I'm told that my grandmother has bought the baby a $50 walker and is bringing it over to my aunt's who watches E on Tuesdays when I have class. I doubt that E will like being in the walker, so I put her in and she cries (atta, girl!). Also, the dumb thing is too tall for her to even have her feet touching the floor. When the hubs picks her up that evening, my aunt insists he take it to our house, even though I told her that we would not use it.
Today: My aunt is sick, so I'm taking E to my grandmother's house. She asks me to bring the walker so that she and my grandfather have something to put the baby in so that they "don't have to hold her and put her on the floor". Huh?! She's nearly 10 months old, for crying out loud! Not to mention, I thought I made my feelings clear about the dadgum walker!
Ugh...I thought about conveniently "forgetting" to bring it, but I think I'll take it along in hopes that E will make her feelings about it known. And maybe we can just leave it there.
Thanks to you if you've read this far! This has really bothered me; I don't get why people, especially family members, can't just respect your wishes as a parent. And why not spend $50 on diapers or winter clothes?!!