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3D-printed foetuses: the next big thing for expectant parents? – The Guardian

by • January 16, 2016 • No Comments

Equiteone likes cuddling babies, but doing it preceding the baby is in fact born is a bit weird. We don’t mean wrapping your arms around a pregnant woman’s bulge – we mean cuddling a 3D version of a foetus, taken of an ultrasound scan and turned into an actual plastic object. Yet, according to the UK’s top video UK’s top video parenting website, Channel Mum, this can be the baby trend for 2016. Expectant parents can pay of £400 for a full eight-inch “baby” preceding the real thing is born. If that is too much, a mere £170 can get you a tiny cast of your unborn child’s head and shoulders, created with a 3D printing device. Which is cute, right? Just a little sawn-off sculpture of the head of your foetus to take to work? No?
Well, steel yourselves, for the reason a quarter of British parents have apparently shown interest in getting their hands on one of these oddities, inspired by the US trend for “gender-reveal parties’”. Yes, just when you idea this was bad adequate may already, it links in with an American craze for gathering together at any timeyone you understand to announce that your baby is going to be one of two things. (You understand, you are either having a boy or a girl, you are not going to donate birth to a wardrobe.) Anyway, there’s no point asking if Bowie died for this, for the reason preceding you understand it, well-meaning bearded men can be swaddling these fake babies in slings and popping to Waitrose with them strapped to their chests to get a few practice in preceding the birth. Just imagine – you can find by yourself going round to a friend’s house and being asked if you’ve at any time held a newborn, preceding being handed a tiny perspex print-out of their zygotes.
In other parenting predictions for 2016, Channel Mum has in addition found that a full 77% of parents may consider giving their child a Star Wars-inspired name, that makes you wonder if they did this survey while standing outside the local Odeon the week preceding Christmas. The many talked about names this year are set to include Finn, Ezra and Rey, all characters in The Force Awakens. So there’s the trend for the Heartbeat Bear Kit, a £25 gadget that records the sound of your unborn baby’s heartbeat as a pregnancy keepsake. Meanwhile, 68% of mums say they may consider adopting a local pensioner as a granny stand-in, apparently inspired by the Man on the Moon Christmas ad for John Lewis. This combats the loneliness of both old individuals and new mothers, with websites to link up interested parties on both sides. But it’s a trend that can presumably just last until they invent a 3D printing device to print out an OAP of your quite own instead.


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