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Could You Bring Up Baby in a Foreign Country?

Most mamas don't have spare time to imagine what it'd be like to raise children in a foreign land, but it's certainly a worthy exercise. Babies, a documentary film that focuses on a year in the life of four cherub-face little ones from around the world promises to makes us take a mental parenting trip. The film isn't set to open until next Spring, but the trailer has been released and stolen a little piece of my heart. It chronicles babies in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo, highlighting their first breath, first steps and daily life as bambinos.

The peek at the film begs the question: Can you imagine bringing up your baby in another country or culture and if so, where might you — or have you — set up the crib?


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MandaBeth MandaBeth 7 years
Awww I can't wait to see that! We live in Japan right now, and I'm due with our 2nd son in March. It will be different raising our kids here instead of in the states, but not too different since we are living on an American military base.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Oh my god I'm tearing up, that's beautiful. I'm so gonna see it. As for me.. yeah totally. I've lived in a few different countries myself so I'm well-adjusted; raising baby elsewhere wouldn't freak me out. When baby is old enough to build memories though I'd like to keep them in one place so they have a place to call home and not have identity issues like me. :P
aembry396 aembry396 7 years
I am actually doing this...I just gave birth 3 weeks ago and am getting ready to move to Austria for my husband's job. I am very nervous about everything.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Hey Lauren, they do have babies r us here... I'd love for her to be brought up in any Scandinavian country because of the school system.
kia kia 7 years
Yes, I could raise a kid in a foreign country. And I am looking forward to seeing Babies with a 7-month preggo belly when it hits theaters.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Could I? Sure. I think it would be tough (my family and my husband's family are both within an hour from us) but we could do it
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I live in Germany bc my hubby is a US army officer. I am due in February with my first! The hospital/doctors are all an adjustment but they are MUCH more natural here which I love. I don't speak German so it's a little tough but most medical professionals have to learn english so it is not a huge issue. I mostly miss the target and babies r us of America. :) it's hard to find baby stuff here!
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i'd raise a kid anywhere that has more affordable health care!
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