Thursday, February 07, 2008

*@$% Huggies

In the mail box...

Your toddler is 21 months old!

I will NEVER NEVER NEVER use Huggies. NEVER!


***This has been eating at me for a couple of days and I only now figured out what it is that bothers me so much about it. I mean, after almost three years of this I'm pretty used to the snail mail reminders from the big "baby companies." But this one bothers me because...well..."Your toddler is 21 months old!"...that's just an absurd note. 21 months old?!?! That's not a milestone month. It's not a month that's even really noteworthy in a child's developmental growth. Three, six, twelve, eighteen, twenty-four...these are months that typically "mean something." The twenty-first month?!?! Not really an important one. So I can't help but feel like its only purpose is to taunt me.***

***And just now, sitting here doing the math in my head (because I can't stop thinking about how much this bothers me), I realized that my toddler would only be 21 months old if he was born in May. Travis was due in September. MY toddler would only be 17 months old. So to top it all off...they got it WRONG. I can only imagine that they got my name from the hospital admissions list at the hospital at which I delivered Travis (and now Myles...I did get a "Your baby is 3 months old!" mailing too). Shouldn't the hospital have some responsibility to make sure that my name doesn't get sold to those lists? Shouldn't the companies have some responsibility to make sure they're buying a "living baby" list of names before they mail off their senseless mailings with glossy photos of happy smiley babies?***

11 comments:

Laura said...

OH I HATE THEM SO MUCH!!!! I know that a million mommies find those coupons helpful, but there's quite a few of us who get them and it ruins their whole day or week. I wish there was a way to get off their mailing list.

ms. G said...

Holy Crap. That's it. That's all I can say.

DD said...

Gotta *love* getting your name on any of those mailing lists. I had to email all of the companies, explaining why I want my name off. No apolgies; no sympathies; just a confirmation response. I know I shouldn't expect more...but, well, I do.

kate said...

How the hell did they get your info for Travis??? If it is from the hospital (or insurance company), they should be ASHAMED and you should COMPLAIN. They should not sell your information. (ours doesn't, i never signed up for anything & i get no coupons).

kate said...

Oh, the address to write to to reduce unwanted junk mail (in general) is:

"Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 15012-0643 Include your complete name, address, zip code and a request to "activate the preference service". For up to five years, this will stop mail from all member organizations that you have not specifically ordered products from."

I found that online & i am not promising anything....but it's worth a shot.

Angel Mom said...

I got one of those myself this week for the baby I miscarried. I think it said 31 months old on mine but I don't remember exactly and I certainly don't feel like figuring it out in my head.

(((Hugs)))

Amy said...

What a hateful reminder! They need to keep their crap to themselves unless WE ask for it.

I keep getting things in regards to how far along I am. I keep writing them and telling them to take me off of their list and it never seems to work.

So sorry you have to deal with this too.

Elizabeth said...

I get the same stuff for my dead baby. He died almost 2 years ago (that was hard to type) and I'm still getting stuff from Pampers and Huggies and Enfamil for him.

I just shove the coupons in a pile and hope they're still good when I can use them for my living son.

Monica said...

Ouch. I just hate that. My favorite was when I got some enfamil formula in the mail the same day his hospital pics arrived.

I'll never buy Huggies either!!! BTW, I never mentioned, but the child I lost (James Travis) was going to go by Travis too! I just love that name. However my mother wanted me to call him Jimmy because that is my fathers name, so that is why we call him Jimmy on my blog.

kate said...

I have been stewing over this for a few days & have come back to make a third comment. I am just appalled that the hospital (or possibly insurance?) is essentially selling the personal information of their clients. It sounds like a huge invasion of privacy to me...can't you sue them? Class action, anyone? I am not a suit-happy person , really! but i do think the hospital should not sell your personal information....

Julia said...

Oh, this is too much. You are absolutely right-- this is unconscionable. Whoever is behind this-- the hospital, insurance, the company-- should exercise a lot more care. Crap. This just sucks.