'Expecting a Baby' Facebook Feature Gives Child-Haters Another Thing to Mock

expecting a babyWhen Facebook announced a new option for its Timeline that allows you to sport an official "Expecting a Baby" status on your page yesterday, I'm sure a million eyes rolled. For some reason there's a hefty portion of the population that gets sent into mad fits when someone dares post anything sweet or sentimental about their children or children-to-be. I, however, think it's a welcome addition.

It allows you to post that you're pregnant, the due date, and whether it's a boy or a girl to the list of life events. It will appear in your news feed along with a pacifier graphic, and will pop up on the day your baby is due under "Celebrations" where birthday notifications appear.

It's not a life-changing development, and plenty of people already announce their pregnancies via Facebook. But it's a nice nod to parenthood as an important part of one's life. It's certainly much better than the site banning breastfeeding pictures

For months you've been able to let people know if you're engaged or married with an official status, and it's about time you can let them know about this huge event in your life too similarly IF you choose. That's the key -- IF. No one has to use it, and some definitely will not. That's fine, but no one should be mocked if they choose to do so.

Oh but you know they will be by some supposed "friends" -- probably those who are already using the unbaby.me app.

I'm so tired of people acting like seeing pictures of people's kids and baby bumps or hearing them talk about child-related issues is akin to torture. Guess what? People should be excited about their children. The world would be a much better place if all parents were.

So if you're expecting a baby and you want to share your excitement with the world of Facebook, I say go for it. If anyone doesn't like it, there's always the unfriend feature.

Do you think this new feature is cute or corny?


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Evaly... EvalynCarnate

People take FB way too seriously. I only have about 60 people on my list, all of which I know personally and all of which do not need a special application in order to receive my news. And I agree, freakin delete me if you dont like my kids..You're probably an asshole anyway. O.o

cmjaz cmjaz

I think the 'eye rolling' is for people who feel they need this on fb

nonmember avatar Liz

You're delusional. Just because someone might not want to see your kid taking his first poop on the potty or picking his nose does not mean that person is a "child-hater." I love kids. There are certain people I'm friends with who I just can't get enough of their baby pictures. But there are also other people who I've blocked updates from because they have no respect for their child's privacy and think posting pictures of their kid with his underwear on backwards and his butt cheeks hanging out is a good idea. People like you, who call others "child-haters," are the reasons those baby apps exist. Not all parents are created equal though, and I look forward to many people's baby pictures, the way I know many look forward to mine, because I don't post 1000 pictures a day or pictures that will embarrass my children some day.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I have friends who update at least once a day with pregnancy 'news' about nausea or swelling or kicks and even they think it's creepy.

nonmember avatar LizzieBorden

This is why I only friend people who I know in real life; I can share the joys in my life with the people who truly care.

nonmember avatar C

Just don't involve yourself with FaceSpace and be done with it. Keep in touch the REAL way.

nonmember avatar mama sue

I don't let kid haters get to me. I post tons of pics & cute stories about my kids on my fb page ... but mainly because I use it like an electronic baby book more than anything - for me to look at & for family far away. If someone doesn't like it, they can block me from their feed. I don't care.

Kirsty Melissa Hooks

kid haters am a waste of time making pages about dead babies and some other sick evil stuff they have made pages for about babies/children and joking about it if face book can allow that and dont care that it hurts people im sure they will allow expecting a baby feature where it isnt upset setting any one like they say on the hate pages dont like it DONT GO ON THE PAGE OR BLOCK IT!!!

nonmember avatar Tiffany

I think its a good idea tbh and i think your either with it agenst it. But personally i think its good ppl have there own views on apps like these but it the choice of the mothers if they want to put pics up but embarrising ones that are going to embarris your child one day is harsh and crawl not fair. But i think its a good idea tbh x

Dee_m... Dee_marie13

I'm actually very interested in where this feature is located. Can someone help me out?

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