The Worst Parenting Advice

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?

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Morna Piper said...

Oh worst advice....that is tricky. Maybe to take my child for a drive to get her to sleep. Turns out she hated the car and screamed blue murder until I released her from the hellish metal prison! I do agree with the sleeping when they sleep though. I didn't do it with number one but with the second baby I was totally on it. As they got older I even scheduled their afternoon naps to coincide so we could all sleep - oh happy days!

A Cornish Mum said...

There is nothing worse than people trying to be 'helpful' and offering parenting advice you haven't asked for nor want!

Stevie x #TwinklyTuesday

Brandyn Blaze said...

Oh, I've heard all of these! It did get extremely annoying! Now that my daughter is 2 I get all sorts of other advice, most of it contradictory, about when and how to potty train, how to deal with tantrums, what to do with picky eating never ends!


Sarah Howe - Run Jump Scrap said...

Tehe good post...made me smile especially about all the kisses! My Mum is on at me to potty train but my girl I think is a bit too young. We have had 1 poo and she was scared when she saw it! All the advice eh? Just do what feels right xx #twinklytuesday x

Rachael Robinson said...

I have no idea what the worst parenting advice I have ever heard was - probably when I was still BFing Luke and he was only about 4 days old and my milk was coming through. My (at the time) in - laws came round and they were pissed at me for being in the bedroom with Luke feeding him and when I came out we chatted and everything was fine until Luke needed feeding again. She literally would not let me feed my child, she said he had me wrapped round his little finger. He was FOUR DAYS OLD. The woman, gosh...she's mental.

This post really made me laugh, it's so ridiculous the rubbish that people come up with. The biting your child one - i have never heard of that, why on earth would you bit your child?! Ray xx @ #twinklytuesday

babyholiday said...

Yep, I had most of these (apart from the biting back ... but my little one only has two teeth at the moment!).
My worst piece of advice was probably to starve my baby of milk so he'd eat solids ... he was already quite happily having his milk and three meals a day at this point!
Alana x

Caro Davies said...

Funnily enough, I DID bite back — and it worked too!! When you have two children in close proximity, who can't communicate yet, biting seems to be the best form of attack!! Thankfully one bite from mama seemed to put a stop to it!!

I've heard most of these, over the last two years, but my stock answer to any helpful 'advice' has been — do you have twins? This generally stops them in their tracks!! Unless they do! And then I'm all ears!! ;) Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday x

Caro |

Sarah Bear =] said...

Oh my gosh! Some of that advice is ridiculous!
I'm not surprised you 'Caro' did bite back, apparently it's quite common!