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to wish that people would sod off with their unsolicited childrearing advice?

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domesticslattern Tue 23-Sep-08 18:41:46

Today in Gap, the poncey sales assistant came over, told me she was a "baby specialist" and instructed me to raise the pushchair raincover so that my baby didn't get too hot as it was "bad for her ears".


I only wanted a pair of socks.

The week before some woman in the cafe across the road told me off for leaving my baby in her pushchair outside the cubicle while I had a very quick pee. "That's dangerous you know!"

(Yes I know it is, but with my pelvic floor I can't always wait madam).

And lo and behold, some old bat on the District line at the weekend leans over, gets out her passport to show me that she is a doctor, and offers the advice that my baby has a misshapen skull shock and DH and I need to hold her differently so it evens out.

I have also had: "I think he's hot!" from someone on the Piccadilly line when DD was crying after her feed was late, and another young woman coming up to tell me that DD "really needs a sunhat in this weather" (she had just thrown it on the floor of the train and I didn't notice until we got off).

Do other people get this or do I have a tattoo on my forehead saying please give me your opinion on my baby?

And what do you say?


NotDoingTheHousework Tue 23-Sep-08 18:45:04

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NotDoingTheHousework Tue 23-Sep-08 18:46:26

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TheCrackFox Tue 23-Sep-08 18:46:53

Maybe you are not cut out for this mothering malarky wink

YANBU but it will never happen. Some people are just busybodies and you need to practice your death stare.

Saturn74 Tue 23-Sep-08 18:48:44

Stop posting immediately, and go and attend to your child.
<<do as I say, not do as I do emoticon>>

muggglewump Tue 23-Sep-08 18:50:55

Some tosspot gut on another forum I use said children should never touch knives untill they can properly handle a razor sharp one for food prep.
The same total wanker guy also said I'm not very intelligent as I didn't manage to prevent my DD tantrumming in the supermarket when she was a toddler.

Of course he doesn't have kids so knows everything about them hmm

Oh and YANBU

TsarChasm Tue 23-Sep-08 18:55:50

Blimey though you've certainly had a lot of 'input' haven't you?

It's true, people love being an expert about children.

You need a withering reply. Ask for their phone number and say you'll give them a quick ring for more advice at 2am when you're up in the night with your baby.

That's what I always think when people pipe up, yeah thanks, do this 24 hrs a day and then you may advise me where I'm going wrong hmm.

Mum2OliverJames Tue 23-Sep-08 18:57:21

im quite lucky, i never get people commenting on how i should be raising my child. i wonder why.

its prob because i am a young mum (22) and people just assume im doing it all wrong anyway grin

personally i think you shouldnt go out in the rain, then you wont need a rain cover (which, you know, will damage your babies ears)
i also think that if you stopped such luxurys as drinking then you wouldnt need to use the loo in the first place (tut tut, she has a 'drinking problem', just cant stop drinking hmm)
and you know, if you like i do and super glue the hat onto DD's head then you wont have to worry about her getting sunburnt.

Just takes a little common sense y'knw hmm

domesticslattern Tue 23-Sep-08 18:59:13

Notdoingthehousework, how did you know?

blush blush blush

It's not easy though to balance a sleeping nine month old on your lap while you pee. Perhaps I am meant to stash her on the sanitary bin or something.

domesticslattern Tue 23-Sep-08 19:00:24

Hang on that's probaby dangerous too. I could use superglue though, ths stuff which is left over from Mum2's hat idea.

Blu Tue 23-Sep-08 19:02:39

Were you freaked out by the mis-shapen head stuff?

Sanctuary Tue 23-Sep-08 19:02:57

Where are these people when you need help

like helping you with a buggy down steps or your pushing your shopping trolley out of a busy supermarket 8 months pregnant with a 2year old having a tantrum under your arm (that was me could anybody help with the trolley?? NO NO NO)
When you want to get on the tram with Dc do they move????

The list is endless
When you need help where the hell are they ?????????angry

NotDoingTheHousework Tue 23-Sep-08 19:03:03

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domesticslattern Tue 23-Sep-08 19:05:50

No blu, because I have been to see the HV and GP about it and they have both reassured me that it's normal. And it is getting a lot better on its own now she isn't lying down so much.

I just wanted to say to the woman, you know, I do look at my own baby occasionally. I am concerned for her welfare and don't cruise the District line looking for paediatric (sp?) advice.

domesticslattern Tue 23-Sep-08 19:07:27

NotDoing it is uncanny, you are really freaking me out!

I can do it back to you though. I can clearly see that your carpet needs hoovering.

NotDoingTheHousework Tue 23-Sep-08 19:09:07

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NotDoingTheHousework Tue 23-Sep-08 19:10:23

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ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Tue 23-Sep-08 19:11:17

I would get your child's assymetry checked out. It could be plagiocephaly.

Whoopee Tue 23-Sep-08 19:12:33

"Oh, this isn't my baby. I just found it outside Costcutter."

"Sorry. Could you say that again? I'm really stoned and I missed it."

domesticslattern Tue 23-Sep-08 19:14:46

I have had it checked out Mama trust me!

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Tue 23-Sep-08 19:48:21

Was their assymetry measured?

domesticslattern Tue 23-Sep-08 19:54:43

I can see where you're going Mama, but really I am quite quite certain that I agree with my HV and GP that it is not an issue. I should put this in some context, the woman who pointed it out then added (completely seriously):

"But you are so lucky, she has such lovely long earlobes, a clear sign of intelligence. Yo must be so proud."

I think that is when DH and I decided that she was a total nutter.

ScottishMummy Tue 23-Sep-08 20:11:01

your dignity evaporates when pg,continues as receptionist shouts "piss in the pot" at clinic

and any last vestige of anonymity disappears when a mum as complete strangers feel capable and entitled to comment on everything

amazing the commentary people give. i just smile serenely and seethe.cant be bothered expending energy arguing with strangers.not worth it

i had a LBW baby and when out strangers approached me chastising for being out.suddenly everyone is a paediatrician

Ronaldinhio Tue 23-Sep-08 20:17:12

that baby's hungry....would you like me to feed him for you
((peers myopically at baby))))

ScottishMummy Tue 23-Sep-08 20:20:55

eugh was she peyton flanders scary

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