“A mother continues to labor long after the baby is born.”
– Lisa Jo Baker
“Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.”
– Tina Fey“
There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”
– Jill Churchill
Coming across a lot of amusing and shocking comments people say to new mums, I could not resist writing a post about it!
So, I asked you, new mums: “what are the most ridiculous things people told you?”
I admit, I thought I had heard all of the really “bad” ones before. But while talking to you, I was still taken aback at moments and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. ??
I am sure this list does not cover all of the ridiculous things a new mother ever came across, but let’s take a look at the most “popular” ones.
“You are so tiny, you don’t look pregnant at all.”
“You had a c-section? Oh, I’m sorry.”
To a crying baby: “She’s not happy, is she?”
“You should try to enjoy the birth as it goes so quickly.”
“It’s crazy you aren’t going to breastfeed. When calves are born they would die without getting any of the initial colostrum that the mums produce.”
“You’re going to need an itemised bill for Child support because babies don’t cost that much.”
“You can’t feel the baby move already, I didn’t at that many months.”
“Don’t listen to your midwife’s advice, I never did it like that.”
“You know schedule feeding is the only way to feed your child!”
To a mum of a couple of hours old baby: “Put mittens on your son because he needs to “explore” himself.”
“That’s a hungry cry.”
“Your son had a feeding tube? How I wish my baby had a tube…”
“If you cycle baby’s legs they will grow tall.”
“If you don’t do tummy time your baby will be short.”
“You look tired.”
“Is she a good baby?”
“Baby is soo skinny now, are you feeding him?”
“Just wait, it gets worse.”
“When are you having another one?”
“I’m so tired…”
“If you put him in onesies all the time he would grow up and not know how to get dressed.”
“You look good… For someone who’s had a baby.”
“Holding your baby would spoil them.”
“Your baby is small because she was formula-fed.”
“He’s 8 weeks? He should be sleeping through the night by now.”
“Your baby should be sleeping in her own room in her cot at 4 months or she never will sleep alone.”
“You shouldn’t breastfeed your baby because he’s a boy and you won’t have enough milk for him.”
Partner of a mum with a 7-month-old baby: “You don’t get to celebrate Mother’s day because you haven’t been a mum for a year.”
Now, I would love to know what ridiculous things you heard as a new mother!
Is there anything you would add to the list?
Let me know in the comments! xx