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Worst Parenting Advice?

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Re: Worst Parenting Advice?

  • red727 said:

    @TamarraL ;My MIL thinks the same thing. I feed on demand. So she tries to "soothe" her when I know she is hungry. Baby is basically trying to latch onto everything in sight by the time she agrees that baby could be hungry. So annoying!

    Haha my dad is like that! He loved talking to the baby when he was awake which was super cute, but this was in the first couple weeks where really if the baby is awake it's because of hunger. By the time I got him he was so frantic and it was hard to get him to latch!
  • "Stop holding her so much, she's getting spoiled"
    That was said to me when my daughter wasn't even a week old yet.. She's 9 weeks now and still in my arms 98% of the time. She's not "spoiled", she just feels happy in mommys arms❤️

    "You need to give her bottles too, she can't breastfeed the whole time"
    "You need to let her cry, it's not healthy to pick her up every time she's upset"
    "Don't feed her too much, she will get fat"
    "If you cosleep she will never be independent"

    It's been one thing after the other lol.
    anightintunisiarobyelizaviiseven
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  • "Give her water with oregano" . What????
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  • edited January 2016
    Give baby water for those hiccups. (Eye roll)
  • Advice from my grandmother in law: 
    give her water for those hiccups!!! Smh...

    Advice from mother in law:
    I'm going to come next week for three nights to help you train your daughter (one month old) to sleep through the nights without waking up to eat! So you guys can get some rest!

    So basically, she'd like to let my daughter cry it out for hours because she's hungry....ummm Not happening. I'll happily wake up as many times necessary to feed my baby girl. Thanks....
    anightintunisiaondabiancajanemza
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  • ndziuba said:
    Advice from my grandmother in law: 
    give her water for those hiccups!!! Smh...

    Advice from mother in law:
    I'm going to come next week for three nights to help you train your daughter (one month old) to sleep through the nights without waking up to eat! So you guys can get some rest!

    So basically, she'd like to let my daughter cry it out for hours because she's hungry....ummm Not happening. I'll happily wake up as many times necessary to feed my baby girl. Thanks....
    That sort of advice is just sad and scary because it means people do it/have done it. I cannot fathom the rationale behind letting a hungry baby remain hungry. :(
  • poofwokpoofwok member
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    I was told " they will sleep better if you give formula, it lasts longer." I ebf all of my kids and they would sleep 4-6 hours a night, even when newborn.
    My MIL would tell me this and I used to get so mad at her. What a load of BS.
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  • "She won't get enough just with breast milk, mix formula for some feeds".

    DD was born 5lb6oz, on the 3rd centile.
    At five months, she was on the 50th centile, and has stayed bang on average weight ever since (1 next week).

    Tell me again how breast milk isn't enough?
    mcb-333
  • My step grandfather couldn't fathom a baby living on just breast milk. Before I had my little guy, he'd talk about how my aunt tried to breastfeed just couldn't give my cousin what he needed and she had to give him formula. I told him I was breastfeeding and that my aunt was the exception not the rule. He said that I'd see the truth. Babies needed formula.
    My son was born at 7lb and 1oz, 19in and hc of 13in. After two months of exclusive breastfeeding he weighed in at 13lb 9oz, 24in and hc 16in. Step Grandpa says he's the most handsome baby he has ever seen and took back everything he said before about breastfeeding!
    mermaid-tae
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  • I was told to let the baby cry themselves to sleep, I can't handle that so I would comfort them.
  • Never went through such a wrong advice...
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  • MIL: "if she's sleeping until 5 am on 3.5 ml - if you gave her 4 ml or 5 ml she'd sleep until 8!" Um...no...she'll puke it everywhere and get cranky...
    She also said we were crazy when LO was cluster feeding every hour during a growth spurt...
    And always goes back to talking about how DH was eating cereal in his bottle at 2 weeks old and was having 8 oz bottles out of the hospital...um what!?
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  • edited October 2016
    I know this is sort of an old thread but I have to share because this one is nothing short of amazing.

    When I was born my mom decided not to nurse, and after several months decided formula was too expensive. She asked the doctor if I could be given cow's milk. This wonderful doctor told her...yes. I pretty much immediately got colic along with frequent diarrhea and vomiting and no one connected it to the cow's milk. Even better? I am lactose intolerant. 

    It's honestly a wonder I didn't die. I've also been anemic my whole life pretty much. I take three iron pills a day and even with that can barely keep the levels normal. I wonder if the cow's milk is to blame for that.

    My sister was born two months premature so she had to be on a special type of formula for a long time. If not for that she would have probably been fed cow's milk too.
    beemaya83
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  • Worst advice we ever heard was all baby wipes are the same! We used generic baby wipes and it left our little Rufus with a red rash. I know how sensitive a baby skin is so I am always skeptical to use paper towels or tissues. I did some research online and found Fridababy BreatheFrida booger wiper and chest rub wipes. They are SO soft and sensitive so I am happy to use them on my baby’s nose and chest. They have menthol and eucalyptus so they help my lil bub breathe too. They are a god send and I always keep them on hand now. I got them here if anyone interested:

    http://www.amztk.com/breathefridaqa

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