On the Bugaboo snackholder post, a couple of (American) folks have told of their shock when their European friends (and in one case, their Dutch pediatrician) talked of leaving an infant at home while they ventured out for coffee or dinner.
We're not talking about isolated cases here, but a multinational, multi-cultural norm that Americans are clearly not grasping.
There was even that Swiss couple last year who got arrested for being in the cafe at the Waldorf while their baby was sleeping in the room upstairs.
And there's that British baby monitor from Bebetel that can text message your cell phone when it picks up crying sounds.
Can some European parents explain this approach? [Hint: If you were looking for the chance to express your shock at how paranoid and irrationally overprotective American parents are, now's your chance.]
Update: The image above is from a 1950 Life Magazine ad. Those are our parents being parked outside the A&P.