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post #161 of 1466
Oh I forgot a lovely gem from the archives of dumb things my family says:

My nephew was a few months old and my sister wanted to give him a bath in the tub. My BIL told her she couldn't give him a bath because he would suck water up his butt.

And no I'm not making this up:
post #162 of 1466
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Originally Posted by Mommy2Austin View Post
Oh I forgot a lovely gem from the archives of dumb things my family says:

My nephew was a few months old and my sister wanted to give him a bath in the tub. My BIL told her she couldn't give him a bath because he would suck water up his butt.

And no I'm not making this up:
Damn it, why didn't anybody tell me this before??? Now it's too late and all that water went up his butt for 13 months. But finally somebody enlightened me so I don't have to die stupid! ROFL
post #163 of 1466
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Originally Posted by In Exile View Post
Damn it, why didn't anybody tell me this before??? Now it's too late and all that water went up his butt for 13 months. But finally somebody enlightened me so I don't have to die stupid! ROFL
Yeah I couldn't figure out why Ive spent over half my life so fat! I'm retaining bathwater
post #164 of 1466
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Originally Posted by Mommy2Austin View Post
Oh I forgot a lovely gem from the archives of dumb things my family says:

My nephew was a few months old and my sister wanted to give him a bath in the tub. My BIL told her she couldn't give him a bath because he would suck water up his butt.

And no I'm not making this up:
:::
post #165 of 1466
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Originally Posted by Mommy2Austin View Post
Oh I forgot a lovely gem from the archives of dumb things my family says:

My nephew was a few months old and my sister wanted to give him a bath in the tub. My BIL told her she couldn't give him a bath because he would suck water up his butt.
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Originally Posted by Mommy2Austin View Post
Yeah I couldn't figure out why Ive spent over half my life so fat! I'm retaining bathwater
post #166 of 1466
This is such an entertaining thread!
post #167 of 1466
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post #168 of 1466
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Originally Posted by HQ Fishkiller View Post
I was in the grocery store one day and DD who was 6 m/o at the time was sucking her thumb. A woman who I had never met before witnessed her sucking her thumb and started telling me to put quinine on it (bitter) to make her stop sucking her thumb because it would ruin her pallatte.
Well sure, quinine is real safe for babies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinine
post #169 of 1466
I dont know if I already posted this or not but....when dd was around 6 months we were shopping at a Farmers Market. A little old lady came up to admire dd and then noticed she was hiccuping....."she's awful young to be hiccuping, is she allright?"

I dont remember my response as I was sort of shocked. She was really worried! I muttered something about her being fine and walked away.
post #170 of 1466
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I think this also can come from before MD's recommended breastfeeding for 6 months or longer before introducing foods. I was born in 1970, never had BM, in addition to formula I was given cereal at 2 weeks, via spoon. Water was thought to be important then.
The water thing is for ffed babes. Even the Sears' Baby Book recommends water for babies who are 100% ffed - they need a bottle of water a day. So, all of our mom's who ffed us were all told that water was important. My mom, who is super supportive of my bfing and used to come over to hold DD when I was pumping all the time for triple feeding, still wonders when we should give her water.

I this thread!!!
post #171 of 1466
I finally have one! Today a woman asked me if DD didn't like shoes (she was just in socks). I told her she didn't really have an opinion of them yet; we're at home 90% of the time, her feet are really too chubby for most shoes, etc. etc. I don't know why I even explained myself, I'm just chatty.

Anyway, she gasped in a very concerned way and said "oh, you've got to get her in shoes! Otherwise she'll be walking with bare feet!"

Um, okay. So before the time of shoes no one learned to walk?
post #172 of 1466
My boys are 22 months apart almost TWO years, one is short and the other shorter :-), they look a bit like one another but really they do look different, they're re in a different developmental stage, they even wear different clothes hehe. That seems very visible to me!
And believe it or not, I cannot recount the times someone's been asking 'are they TWINS?':
I can just tempt the urge to say 'are YOU stupid?'
post #173 of 1466
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My nephew was a few months old and my sister wanted to give him a bath in the tub. My BIL told her she couldn't give him a bath because he would suck water up his butt.
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Originally Posted by Mommy2Austin View Post
Yeah I couldn't figure out why Ive spent over half my life so fat! I'm retaining bathwater
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I died laughing!!
post #174 of 1466
Just a random meeting with another new mom in the streets. She was feeding her 4-5 monther petit danone from a spoon on the go. Don't know how conversation started but (about me exclusively bf my then 6m old) came to say (because drs. have 'authority' in this country (Tr)) 'It's on Doctor's orders'
And she replied (about feeding Danone to her small baby): 'It's on doctor's orders TOO!'.

Hb and I turned around to continue our way and hide our faces...
post #175 of 1466
Or:

''Isn't baby COLD in sling?'':, ''pleeeease, we're sweating!''
post #176 of 1466
This from an ex coworker who I could not STAND.

One day at work she was boasting to our other coworkers that she knew the best parenting trick to keep teenage girls from getting pregnant. She said that when her daughter was eleven or twelve, she had another baby (my coworker, not her daughter). She boasted

"When the baby was born, I made my daughter completely take care of the baby all by herself. She had to change all of the diapers, do all of the feedings, even at night, and I didn't have to lift a finger the whole time. I told her that's what having a baby is like and she'd better not get pregnant as a teenager. That's how you teach girls not to get pregnant when they are young. It'll ruin your childhood."

I was absolutely HORRIFIED at this woman. For one thing, it's horrible to teach children that having kids is a punishment. For another, it was HER baby, not her daughter's baby. Her daughter didn't decide to have the baby, SHE did, which makes the baby MOM's responsibility, not the daughter's.

And for GOODNESS' SAKE, the daughter never got pregnant, so why on earth would you punish her in advance for something she's never even done? Ruin her childhood? Yeah, it ruins your childhood. She ruined her daughter's childhood and made that poor kid raise a child she never got pregnant with and never wanted almost on her own and even have to get up for the night feedings while HAVING TO GO TO SCHOOL!

And that, I believe, is the most messed up parenting advice I've ever heard.

And our coworkers' responses on hearing this little bit of advice? They all agreed that she was some kind of genius and would all be doing that with their daughters if they had any.

post #177 of 1466
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"oh, you've got to get her in shoes! Otherwise she'll be walking with bare feet!"
Horrors!

Or, you know, not:
http://nymag.com/health/features/46213/
post #178 of 1466
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Originally Posted by amberskyfire View Post
This from an ex coworker who I could not STAND.

One day at work she was boasting to our other coworkers that she knew the best parenting trick to keep teenage girls from getting pregnant. She said that when her daughter was eleven or twelve, she had another baby (my coworker, not her daughter). She boasted

"When the baby was born, I made my daughter completely take care of the baby all by herself. She had to change all of the diapers, do all of the feedings, even at night, and I didn't have to lift a finger the whole time. I told her that's what having a baby is like and she'd better not get pregnant as a teenager. That's how you teach girls not to get pregnant when they are young. It'll ruin your childhood."

I was absolutely HORRIFIED at this woman. For one thing, it's horrible to teach children that having kids is a punishment. For another, it was HER baby, not her daughter's baby. Her daughter didn't decide to have the baby, SHE did, which makes the baby MOM's responsibility, not the daughter's.

And for GOODNESS' SAKE, the daughter never got pregnant, so why on earth would you punish her in advance for something she's never even done? Ruin her childhood? Yeah, it ruins your childhood. She ruined her daughter's childhood and made that poor kid raise a child she never got pregnant with and never wanted almost on her own and even have to get up for the night feedings while HAVING TO GO TO SCHOOL!

And that, I believe, is the most messed up parenting advice I've ever heard.

And our coworkers' responses on hearing this little bit of advice? They all agreed that she was some kind of genius and would all be doing that with their daughters if they had any.

Pardon me while I throw up.
I'm afraid that I would've said something like "actually, what she learned is that her mother is a manipulative UAV who's too : lazy to take care of her own children. When you never get to see your grand kids because your daughter's not talking to you--that's why."
post #179 of 1466
Someone mentioned that I'd gained weight again. I said, proudly, 'There is a reason!' (was 4m pregnant so people would notice soon enough :-). So I happily announced that I was pregnant of my second child (my first was 18 months at the time), and got to hear: '' Are you going to KEEP it?'...

This woman's been really tactful with some other comments too. She's not a bad/unsympathetic woman, but I did decide I won't trust her with confident information ever since I already get unwelcome remarks without even telling anything and definitely not sure what she'd 'confide' to others bout me.
post #180 of 1466
Three more shining moments of stupidity:

1. While wearing my ds in a sling, I stopped to speak with a formaer coworker. She said to my ds, "Poor baby! Doesn't she ever let you move?"

No, I keep him in the sling night and day at home, too. He never, like, plays with toys on the floor or anything. That would be stupid.


2. This weekend I hosted a barbecue for my friends and family, and ds was wound up and resisting his naptime (very loudly). My father is a bit "out there" and often grabs ds from me when he cries, carrying him away because I apparently don't know how to comfort my own kid, right? This drives me crazy... So anyway, while I'm lying down with ds trying to sing him to sleep for his nap, my dad comes into my bedroom without knocking, bends over the bed and says, "Gimme that baby." I almost punched him out. I said, "It's not a good time, grandpa."

3. Another thing my strange father said at the same barbecue. My son was headed for the back door of our house, which was standing open on the steep cement basement steps beyond it. I jumped up and started to run after ds and Dad actually said, "Sit down, he's fine, he's having fun."

That time I barked, "It's MY kid, Dad!"
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