When you are expecting, there is nothing and no one that can prepare you for becoming a first time parent.
But as soon as you showing a bump, the "advice" comes rolling in.
Parents-to-be soon find out that everyone and anyone, have super duper important words of wisdom they have to share. I have found out it doesn't stop once the little one is born, I still recieve it now, and my daughter is one. Most people mean well letting you know their experiences, but is does get irritating.
Sure, some of the advice is useful, but sometimes it's just ridiculous.
Don't swaddle your baby!
Apparently you shouldn't swaddle your baby,
because it'll cause their arms and legs to be deformed.
They can't stretch out and relax.
Swaddling has been practised for years, helps to keep baby warm and remind them of being in the womb. It helps them feel secure, so I'm going to keep doing it thank you.
Let your baby cry!
As long as the baby is fed & changed, then they are just moaning for attention.
They are just trying to manipulate you, so leave them to cry for as long as you can.
This is a horrible thing to do. I am not leaving my baby to cry thank you.
If your child starts biting, bite back!
If your little one is going through the biting stage, and won't listen to you telling them off,
when they bite you, bite them back! Sure, it'll hurt, but it'll teach them it hurts and not to do it again.
Excuse me, but I am not biting my child. No matter what.
Don't smother them.
You shouldn't cuddle them, kiss them or tell them you love them too often.
You're just spoiling them.
This advice literally makes me laugh.
I will hug & kiss & tell my children I love them all day long.
Stop breastfeeding when your baby gets teeth.
It'll be uncomfortable for both of you, and you'll get bitten a lot.
I will continue feeding my children for as long as we both feel comfortable.
I may get bitten, but only by accident. I am not stopping because it's 'advisable'.
Sleep when baby sleeps
You'll be exhausted as a new parent, so you should always sleep when your baby is sleeping.
This is sort of good advice, but it's really annoying to hear repeatedly.
Most people cannot sleep when their baby sleeps, we have other things to do!
Dress your child gender-appropriately
Boys cant wear pink, purple, cardigans etc
Girls cant wear blue, green, shirts etc.
People need to be able to tell the difference,
and you don't want the child to look silly or be embarrased.
It's annoying when people mistake your baby girl for a boy, sure.
But that's no reason to be so uptight.
My daughter has some kick ass, green dinosaur pajamas!
What's some of the worst advice you have been given?