How is babby cosplayed?
August 31, 2016 3:09 PM   Subscribe

Photographer Laura Izumikawa's baby turned out to be a great sleeper, so she used the opportunity to dress her napping baby in pop culture costumes and post the photos to Instagram.
posted by Room 641-A (19 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
 
Wait, isn't this post a day early? Anyway snooze the force.
posted by sammyo at 3:16 PM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


I can't decide whether this is cuter or scarier than the usual babby pix.
posted by janey47 at 3:18 PM on August 31, 2016


But... these clothes... aren't entirely caked with curdled spit-up milk? *gives side-eye to sleeping infant*
posted by phooky at 3:22 PM on August 31, 2016 [5 favorites]


I like the ones where the baby is awake. When the baby is asleep, I'm too distracted by my concern that the baby appears to be sleeping on a fluffy comforter, instead of a bare mattress with fitted sheet.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 3:35 PM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is why I don't understand parenting. On the one hand, these are obviously adorable. On the other hand, it I thought the "don't violate their privacy" backlash against public photos of incapable-of-consenting babies was firmly established.
posted by sparklemotion at 3:45 PM on August 31, 2016


This is why I don't understand parenting.

Shockingly, like other forms of humans, parental human forms often differ from one another in their behaviors and opinions.
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 4:20 PM on August 31, 2016 [21 favorites]


Needz moar of the dog.
posted by mochapickle at 4:20 PM on August 31, 2016 [4 favorites]


related (thematically)

also the main link in the previously is pointed to boredpanda.org instead of .com so the link is a bit rotted but this one works
posted by bl1nk at 4:24 PM on August 31, 2016


These are so adorable - thanks for posting!
posted by Fig at 7:30 PM on August 31, 2016


Beat me to it, thanks!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:48 PM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is the Greatest Thing Ever today.

And now I shall regret until the day I die not doing a David Byrne Big Suit portrait of my children when I had the chance.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:25 PM on August 31, 2016 [4 favorites]


The pix are outrageously cute. What's more interesting to me is the rapid transition from the variety of shots she posted before the bairn to every shot being exclusively baby-related since. I wonder if there's a established all-baby-all-the-time focus timeframe in the social feeds of new parents.

Also, if ever you wanted a lifestyle porn feed this has to be it. What amazing place does this person live in? Those pre-baby shots look like she inhabits a world drawn by Ghibli.
posted by freya_lamb at 2:47 AM on September 1, 2016


Yes, babby is adorable. But oh my word do I have a problem with the consent issues here.

I mean, I have a problem, in general, with staging one's life for consumption in the way she does, and that's even before we get to the creepy performatively-Christian aspects. I can wave a lot of that concern off, though, because after all who among us doesn't indulge in some degree of performance-of-self?

But the — oh, I dunno, let's call it deployment — of this human being, repetitively, obsessively, as an object? That's just kiddie-pageant levels of creepy. And for that child's sake I surely hope that they are eventually amused and delighted by this, because they sure as hell didn't have a choice in participating in it.
posted by adamgreenfield at 3:07 AM on September 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


Shockingly, like other forms of humans, parental human forms often differ from one another in their behaviors and opinions.

I can't be the only one that read that in Richard Attenborough's voice.
posted by dances with hamsters at 5:18 AM on September 1, 2016 [5 favorites]


Don't know why I clicked on this—I usually pass on the cute baby/kitten/whatever posts—but I'm so glad I did. For all the wisdom in the advice that Mom should "sleep when the baby sleeps", clearly there are entertaining alternatives.

(adamgreenfield: I hear your concerns and if this turns out to be just the first in an endless series of performance pieces I will agree that it's creepy, but I think it's too early to call. Re "they sure as hell didn't have a choice in participating in it": I image most kids consider this part of the average day from the moment they can form an independent thought until they leave for college.)
posted by she's not there at 6:26 AM on September 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm too distracted by my concern that the baby appears to be sleeping on a fluffy comforter, instead of a bare mattress with fitted sheet.

As long as the mom is around (and presumably could move the child should sleeping issues start to happen), is it an issue?

(When my kid was a baby, I was overly OMG MY KID HAS TO BE ON HIS BACK ALL THE TIME OR BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN to the point where he started to develop a flat spot on the back of his head.)
posted by Lucinda at 8:08 AM on September 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


I sure hope this baby is permitted supervised TummyTime! napping. The Back to Sleep campaign + our "container culture" have contributed to a remarkable uptick in brachio-/plagiocephaly.
posted by sutureselves at 11:36 AM on September 1, 2016


What's container culture (yes, I googled it first).

Sleeping just on backs can lead to flattened head shapes, but as far as I can tell, having a flatter head shape doesn't actually do any harm. Did I miss something?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 4:00 PM on September 1, 2016


If only I had a penguin... - "Container culture" refers to the strong tendency in the US toward use of infant furniture (cribs, Bumbo, Boppy, Rock n Play, swing seats, etc) and frequent use of carseats to hold infants during times other than auto travel.

It isn't that a flat head is itself harmful, but muscles used to extend, flex, bilaterally flex, or rotate the neck will have compensatory patterns of weakness and hyper-/hypotonicity. Combined with the presence of torticollis (wry-neck), this can cause sensory processing challenges and further postural compensation as baby reflexively tries to right eyes with horizon. Babies deserve the fullest possible use of their head and neck muscles in all planes and vectors.
posted by sutureselves at 7:35 PM on September 1, 2016


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