Baby Competitions – To Enter Or Not To Enter?

A friend of mine has the most brilliant and apt expression – “Elke ma dink haar donkie is a resies perd” which directly translated means – every mother thinks her donkey is a race horse, perhaps my Afrikaans version has some spelling errors?

I am no exception. I think Ava-Grace is the most beautiful baby girl that ever graced the planet and no other baby could ever come close to her in beauty, grace or cleverness! πŸ™‚

My Mom and a few others have been urging me to enter her into a baby competition and so far I have resisted. I know she is the most beautiful child so don’t need to enter her into competitions for this affirmation. πŸ˜‰

Oooh soo pretty!

So what are your thoughts on all these Baby Competitions? Worth entering? Or just setting oneself up for disappointment? People (strangers, family, friends) often comment on how beautiful Ava is but don’t we all comment on how beautiful others babies are? Even when they aren’t? Even when they look like a child of Shrek? An ugly scrunched up monkey? We still ooh & aah over them and say how beautiful they are.

So my question is to enter or not to enter?

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  • Reply lea2109

    I have never been a fan of baby competitions and have never entered either of my kids. Probably the same reason I won’t let my kids become child models.

    January 20, 2011 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Mash

    Hmmm! I think the most important question is how it will affect Ava in later years. How will she feel if she won, how will she feel if she lost? What message will she get from it around the importance of being cute and pretty? And then ask yourself the same questions, how will you feel? If you can give healthy responses to all those questions, then why not!

    January 20, 2011 at 11:31 am
  • Reply To Love Bella

    You beat me to this! I’ve been wanting to enter Isabella, but fear that it may not be approprite just yet because the adoption has not been finalised! Each time I open the L&L mag, I wish that I could enter her!!
    But that’s just me! At the end of the day, as long as we (and many, many others) know that our child is the most beautiful and precious creation on Earth, that’s all that matters!!

    January 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply rumneym

    I’m not a huge fan of baby competitions either but that said I have entered my son in one or 2. Only because the particular photographs are really nice.
    Whether winning or loosing will have an effect on him later depends on how much importance I place on winning. I’ve entered purely for fun and am not going to beat myself up about it if he does not win.
    Besides each and every child/ baby is a beautiful miracle of life – so in the end they are all winners.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply mozzie01

    I think I entered my girls into one competition…can’t even remember who was running it! But I didn’t enjoy how it made ME feel…isn’t the world of mommies competitive enough without putting yourself out there to endure more competitiveness?!?! Just my thoughts…who knows, I may enter mine again one day if I am up to a bit of competition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Nisey

    This is a completely personal decision! Every mom is going to have a different idea… for me personally – i have a lot of body image issues and i want to try and instill in my child that beauty is truly from within. i feel that jaden will be bombarded with enough outside influences telling him how to look and behave and i’d like to be seperate from that.

    And in any case… jaden is so adorable and cute that i feel it would be unfair to the other kids to have to go up against him πŸ˜‰

    January 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply coachmarcia

    LOL love your friend’s saying πŸ™‚

    I don’t like these competitions based on cuteness and beauty because I think there’s enough pressure in the media as it is, without adding to it by entering competitions.

    I want to instill a good self-image/ body image via other means. I also don’t ever want my kids to feel like they’re not good enough… because of a silly competition.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply mayflowerladybugs

    I am also not a fan – basically because I also don’t want my kids to associate how they look with self worth, if that makes sense? Obviously they are the most beautiful children EVAH so it would be a waste anyway ;)!

    January 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply pandoragelb

    I am also not a fan, for all the previously mentioned reasons. I especially hate those horrid american competitions, where the little girls are dressed up like lolitas with tons of makeup, high heels and grown-up dresses. I really do not like the high heels that are now being sold for little girls as well. They are children for such a short time, why make them little women at 9? I also don’t want my daughter to think beauty is the most important thing. It seems that there is already so much pressure on girls to look a certain way.
    That being said, the photo competitions in magazines are relatively harmless, at this age they do not yet get what it is about. I think the pictures are usually very cute and sweet. Yet I will not do it personally.

    January 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply marina1605

    Claudio appeared in a Cell C TV ad recently with his dad, but he wasn’t cast, it was a random selection in a shopping mall we just happened to be at. The director liked what he saw and requested that we take Claudio to a casting for a Pampers ad he was directing. I did, but am ever so sorry. Claudio was expected to “perform” in front of the client and at 15 months, what exactly was he supposed to do? We all know that babies don’t do cute stuff on demand, so it went badly, and I felt awful afterwards, like my child wasn’t good enough and to me he’s the best, cutest, most beautiful child ever! I won’t be doing that again, and the same goes for competitions.

    January 21, 2011 at 9:25 am
  • Reply trishdg

    It is so true that every parent thinks their baby is the cutest one. When I found out that Matt had a cleft lip I was so worried that when he was born I would think he was ugly and not love him as much but when he actually was born I was totally in love with him and thought he was the most gorgeous baby and I barely noticed the cleft. I often wonder if parents are as blind to their childrens slight flaws as I was to the very obvious one.

    I actually never thought of baby competitions but why not – you could win some cool prizes!

    January 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply kirstymac72

    If it’s a baby photo competition then I say : go for it. Baby pageants??? Not so much
    We were approached by a modelling company in a shopping centre for my daughter to do some modelling. She is 4. I went for the photo shoot (cos it was offered free) and young madame had a ball (pics on FB)…. but I’m not sure how I will feel when she is called for an audition/shoot.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    Go for it!
    The prizes are usually cool. Baby competitions are fine. I have no problem with the photo ones in the magazines. The pageants are another story. Don’t think I would do that unless my child indicates that he is keen.

    January 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply wheresmybun

    Well since I have no idea how I will react to baby competitions, and of course what everyone said makes sense, so I think its a personal choice. All I know is that Ava is THE MOST GORGEOUS girl child that has ever walked on the face of this earth. Just my 2 cents.

    January 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Jessica Emilia

    Baby competions? Honestly? I couldn’t run fast enough the hell away from them. I have huge issues with judgements of any kind especially for a developing child. Now if when she gets older she wants to then i’d support her – kicking and screaming the whole way.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm
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