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What is the Weirdest Drive-By Parenting Advice You've Ever Received?


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First: Visit “That Baby Looks Cold.”

Second: Write up the weirdest parenting, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, formula feeding, infant care, discipline or new mom advice bomb ever dropped on you by a stranger.

Third: I don’t really have a third. But it would probably be polite to say “Submit your tale of weirdness to That Baby Looks Cold” so I can’t be accused of hogging all of the cringe-worthy entertainment.


I have nothing to do with the TBLC site, by the way. I just think it’s hilarious because I apparently walked around with “INCOMPETENT MOTHER” tattooed on my forehead for at least five or six months. I wanted to add to the tattoo “…WHO KNOWS ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT HER BABY DOES NOT NEED A HAT TO KEEP WARM ON THIS 95 DEGREE SEPTEMBER AFTERNOON THANK YOU VERY MUCH.”


There is a book called “Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads” that has made my husband and I laugh hard over the last five years. I’ll send a copy of the book through Amazon.com to a commenter on this post that I will pick at random on Friday, April 21 at… how about 8:00 a.m. Pacific time?


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I was told that to fix my baby's day/night confusion, I should turn him upside down, then turn him right side up really fast, and that would reset his internal clock. I was like, thanks! But I think I'll pass on that.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Today, the check-out girl at the 7-11 in my office building told me that I would have a brain-damaged baby because I was buying a diet caffeine free Coke. I pointed out that it had no caffeine in it, and that I didn't think that brain damage would be the result if it did. She insisted that I was hurting my baby. (BTW: I have about one of these a month because I loved diet Coke before becoming pregnant, and find it to be a treat). I kept my cool, and got her to sell it to me, but it was weird.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

When my son was a baby he had really bad eczema. We were traveling with husband for his job and staying at a hotel where this lady came up to me and told me it was easy to heal my son's skin. She told me when changing a wet diaper that I needed to wipe the pee on my son's face and that would cure his skin problems. I just smiled, said 'uh huh' and walked away.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I went back to work 8 months after my daughter was born and and chose a daycare just 5 minutes walk from my office. She's 11 months now, I am still breastfeeding her and I stop by during lunchtime to nurse (my cub refuses all bottles so pumping milk doesn't work for us). At the beginning, when we just started, one other Mom saw my daughter crying as I was leaving and said that my baby is really attached to me (I decided to take that as a compliment) and that I should stop breastfeeding because it would let her get used to daycare faster!!!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIva

My daughter was a week old and I was taking her to visit the pediatrician. We lived in a city and had no car so I put her in a front pack and walked her the few blocks to the peds office. On the way a nosy old lady first asked me if I was carrying a doll. "Um. No, not a doll. She's my daughter." Then when she was convinced that I was indeed carrying a real live child, she said to me, "Don't worry, she'll grow."

I think I just walked away dumbfounded.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

A friend of mine was recently informed that her 9-month-old son will be illiterate because he doesn't crawl on all fours (he scootches around on his bottom instead to get around)

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterevb

Gosh, I think I may have blocked the really crazy stuff from when I had my first baby. Now when people say, "oh, is this going to be your first baby?" I say, "no, fifth," and they pretty much walk away with mouths hanging open, having forgotten to offer whatever advice they had in mind. Kind of handy, actually.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermelissa

That book looks fun too. I'm ready to have this third baby any day now and luckily haven't snapped to bad at anyone with all the "you're having twins" "you're HUGE" comments. Although that is not really parenting advice just bothersome !
The most annoying parenting junk I get right now is people insisting that we should just eat like everyone else even though my second child is dairy allergic. It just seems unfathomable to some people that
A. we figured this out with out a docotor or a test (so it must not be 'real')
B. Whatever the official diagnosis is giving my child a cup of milk is never worth the hours of screaming and pain he has to deal with when he gets some. (FOR ANY OF US)

But "Where is he getting his calcium" "He must be malnourished" "It is not dairy, it is the almond milk you give him" "Give him some and see if he grew out of it" etc etc etc........ Ugh

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

When I was in my hospital after having my first daughter, she was in the nursery (I can't recall at the moment why she was there, it was the second night after my first cesarean so I should have been able to room in with her by then) It had been nearly 4 hours since I had fed her, so I rang the nurse to ask if she could bring her to me and she said that "newborns can go up to 6 hours between feedings" and that I should sleep. Wonder if the problems I had breastfeeding can partly be attributed to that?

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoula Nicole

Random people all the time: "You shouldn't have had your children so close together!" (They are almost 14 months apart) Really? It would have just been easier if you would have said: "your children are screaming and out of control and you look like you are going to lose it lady!"

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey
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