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To point out to the people commenting on my baby's

(55 Posts)
StarlightMcKenzie Mon 30-Sep-13 22:36:46

Lack of socks, that themselves are wearing no socks hmm

What is it with people. Literally everywhere we go we are getting comments about his bare feet and that he'll get cold.

Then I see they are only wearing sandals themselves!!

greenbananas Mon 30-Sep-13 22:45:28

But those adults are moving around and walking in their sandals and keeping the blood flowing in their feet. Babies feet are very little, their circulation is not so good as ours, and they are often just sat in a push chair or sling with their tiny toes exposed.

I think it's rude of people to comment but I do think they're right. My baby is often disgracefully grubby and in mismatched clothes or even pyjamas but I do cover his feet up outside now that it is nearly October.

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 30-Sep-13 22:46:24

What is it with sock threads lately?

If your baby's feet are warm enough just tell them to fuck off.

ArgyMargy Mon 30-Sep-13 22:46:36

Your baby, much like your bump beforehand, is everyone's business...

NumTumDeDum Mon 30-Sep-13 22:46:57

I have a paranoia about this. Ds pulls his off within minutes. I have socks! He won't wear them. I have them perched defensively on the hood of the pushchair to wave in people's faces - see! I haven't neglected him, I know it's colder! So far no one has said anything. I suspect that has more to do with the manic look on my face though...

NumTumDeDum Mon 30-Sep-13 22:48:19

I shall solve this problem with a cosy toes however. Genius, that's me.

greenbananas Mon 30-Sep-13 22:50:28

Mm, starlight, I'm sure you are touching your baby's feet every now and then to check that they feel warm.

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 30-Sep-13 22:52:04

They're as warm as his nose is.

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 30-Sep-13 22:56:00

He's my 3rd.

My eldest with ASD refused to wear them EVER, and no shoes unless he was walking in them. He's made it to age 6.

My dd thought it was fun to pull them off and after Ds didn't come to any harm I made it less of a priority than say chest and head.

Ds seems to be going the same way as her, remains a hot little thing regardless and it really isn't THAT cold ATM.

greenbananas Mon 30-Sep-13 22:57:07

Warm nose, warm toes, sound fair enough to me (as long as his nose isn't freezing).

But people have different ideas about what is okay. I know a little boy whose mother always insists that he is warm enough, even when his little lips are blue. I am always longing to snuggle him up in a nice big jumper. She thinks my house is way too warm in winter (is about 19 degrees) and that I am making my DS too soft living.

imnotwhoyouthinkiam Mon 30-Sep-13 22:57:17

I had sock refusers, especially ds1. People (especially older ones) were always commenting.
Sil bought him the most hideous pram shoes I've ever seen so that he would "keep his socks on" He didn't! He pulled the shoes off too and I accidentally lost them

Even now at 9 he takes his socks off as soon as we get in!

ErrolTheDragon Mon 30-Sep-13 22:58:56

baby socks are just litter waiting to happen.

If its cold enough that he needs his feet covered, put him in a onesie. If its not, let him wave his tootsies freely.

Xmasbaby11 Mon 30-Sep-13 22:59:21

DD won't wear a hat, which is awful in winter when it's freezing (and she has almost no hair). I'm sure people are judging me. If they can get her to keep a hat on, they're welcome to try.

greenbananas Mon 30-Sep-13 23:05:12

Yes yes to onesies. I tend to do babygros with dungarees over the top.

Mine won't wear hats either. Fortunately they both have lots of hair. When it is biting cold or snowing, I get those hats with straps that I can tie in a granny knot under their chins (risk of strangulation less than risk of constant painful ear infections)

Leaptheditch Mon 30-Sep-13 23:08:39

Why socks not gloves? surely feet are as warm or cold as hands. anyway they hate socks being tactile little wigglers.

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 30-Sep-13 23:09:07

Ds will currently only wear a hat if you put it on and then surprise him with something it will take both hands to hold or eat.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 30-Sep-13 23:24:14

tights. they look like socks when trousers are on top and a fiendishly difficult to get off whilst strapped in a pushchair with staps and reigns... wellies, gloves, hats, on the other hand....

spatchcock Tue 01-Oct-13 02:42:40

Yep, I hear you. I live in a very hot place and DD, DH and I are the only people in the whole country who don't think it's freezing as soon as the mercury drops below 20 degrees. DD is also a sock refuser (and a general clothes refuser but that's another story) and am constantly copping faux-sympathetic tuts and moues from citizens concerned that DD is about to contract hypothermia in the arctic 22 degree temperatures.

AveryJessup Tue 01-Oct-13 03:43:44

YANBU - I don't know what these people think you're supposed to do when your baby keeps pulling his socks off. Tape them to his legs? At least with girls you can put tights or leggings on them sometimes.

I got this today at the supermarket too while out for a quick run to stock up on milk for DS: 'Oh my, he looks tired! He needs to go home for a nap!'

Er, no he doesn't. He just woke up from a nap half an hour ago and he looks tired because he has a cold and hasn't been sleeping well!!

themaltesefalcon Tue 01-Oct-13 03:54:43

Try moving to Russia.

I regularly get stopped by grannies who tell me that I'm not wrapping up my husband warmly enough.

MisselthwaiteManor Tue 01-Oct-13 05:37:27

I do think babys feet should be covered in the cold but do people think it wouldn't occur to you to check how warm his feet are yourself? Like you're wandering around clueless waiting for some genius to tell you that socks exist. It's patronising and nosy.

helloeverything Tue 01-Oct-13 06:28:33

Tights under trousers for winter works for boys as well as girls.
We got told off by a prostitute in basel for dd's lack of a hat.

spacegirl81 Tue 01-Oct-13 06:39:43

Sock ons are brilliant for this! My little one is always trying to pull of his socks but these help them to stay in grin

Lagoonablue Tue 01-Oct-13 06:40:11

You can get little things that keep socks on. Personally think it is up to the parent to ensure they stay on, DS hated mits but his hands were often freezing so had to find a way to keep them on.

Babies don't take their socks off because they want to cool their feet down. They can't make that link.

Lagoonablue Tue 01-Oct-13 06:42:15


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