What's the daftest piece of advice you've been given
about caring for LO? Whether it's something granny told you or something HV visitor said that made you go would love to hear some!
I remember bringing Hol home and about 2 nights in I'd been bf'ing for hours. I was just sat there with this book in tears to my OH because it said "your baby takes most of it's feed in the first 5 minutes" (the book was written in the 80s...I shoulda known better!) I couldn't work out why she wasn't satisfied after 5 mins on each side
I was told by a pediatrician at the hospital not to have animals in the house for 2 years. I said but I have 2 dogs and he just said keep them outside for at least 2 years they are dirty and full of fleas and diseases!
To put him in the garden under a tree at the same time each day, alone for 2 hours!
Not to carry him in a sling but to leave him in the pram and walk by a busy road so I can't hear him scream
To let him cry to exercise his lungs
Not to pick him up everytime he cries as he'll learn to expect it (this backfired on them as I said sorry but i'm going to, picked him up, he did an enormous burp, I put him back down and he played again happily). I hope he does expect me to care that he's upset!
If he walks to soon he will be bow legged (the pp reminded me of this!)
Babies can only eat purée at 6 months
That you should just let your baby scream in the car seat as they need to learn they can't just be picked up when they want it
That I'm crazy to cosleep
Oh and that i should feel my breasts and if they are "empty" i.e not swollen and leaky I should top up with formula and that my milk isn't fatty enough for my baby. (I've got a 24lb , tall, healthy baby thanks very much! and my breasts have never been "full" looking or leaky!)
I was told in the nicu that I was holding my LO too much (he was one week old). I only got to hold him for a total of about 6 hours per day, but they said that I would really be in for it when I brought him home.
Oh...to put rice cereal in his bottle (after cutting a hole in the bottle with scissors) so that he'll sleep through the night.
ETA: HA HA, Weezie...who told you to put LO in a garden? That's insane! Sounds like a nutcase.
My mother in laws mother said it! My mother in law did it too though as her mother told her to and she was very young so followed all advise given including feed very 4 hours and letting the baby cry to sleep :,( she feels really bad about it! But she did say the tree thing was good as when they wake they stare at the leaves and so you can get some more peace! Her and her neighbour used to race in the morning to see who could get the babies out quicker!
My husband says as a child he had night terrors all the time and was afraid of the dark, no wonder.
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