GIVEAWAY: Things You Should Never Say to a New Parent

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Happy Monday, everyone!

Today we’re kicking off the week with a little Rockabye Baby Etiquette 101. (By the way, if you haven’t read the “How to Hold Other People’s Babies” post, you must!) The lesson of the day is simple: Sh*t you should never say to a new parent.


  1)   “Your baby is really cute . . .” if you don’t mean it. We may not be getting much sleep, but when you become a parent, it’s like your BS radar goes up a notch. So if you’re not being sincere when showering our kid with compliments because you feel obliged to, we’ll know. And those fake smiles . . . save ’em. 2)   “Are you getting much sleep?” No. But you know that already so don’t remind us that we aren’t. And you probably don’t want to spend the short amount of time you have our undivided attention talking about how little sleep we’re getting, right? 3)   “Are you free fill in the blank night?” During the early months, seriously, there is no “free” time and when there is, it’s likely spent doing things like catching up on sleep, eating uninterrupted and, you know, showering. 4)   “You look good . . .” if you don’t mean it. See #1. But it’s nice of you to say so. I personally think I look better sleep deprived, but my husband looked like a wreck. A loveable wreck, but if you’re someone who is used to an average of 7-8 hours of sleep a night, well, good luck! 5)   “Why don’t you fill in the blank . . .” Frankly, if you’re thinking of saying anything to a new parent that starts with those 3 words, best to reword in a different way. One of the most annoying things we could do without is all the unwanted advice. Yes, we probably vent about all the things that are bothering us because of #3, but sometimes we just want someone who doesn’t (lovably) spit, poop or pee on us all day. Now, if we actually ask you, pointedly, your help on something, please share! 6)   “Will you have another?” Um, how about you try asking after we’ve survived the first year.

 Now, it’s your turn….

What are things YOU think you should never say to a new parent? 

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  • “he/she seems uncomfortable”

    Lily G on
  • “It only gets harder!” Or “It never gets easier!” Or how about “Just wait until your baby is….(fill in the blank)”

    Ashley on
  • He is looking a bit scrawny (friend said this to me when I was struggling to breastfeed)

    Janet on
  • when you feel like a zombie:
    ‘..its only fair you get up to baby every hour through the night, dad works, while you get to stay at home and rest all day..’

    ‘..ugh! why THAT name?..’

    ‘..another girl/boy?.. try making a girl/boy next time..’ or ‘ you wish you had a girl/boy instead..’

    ‘.. in my day we did xyz..’

    ‘… in my day we managed to cook gourmet, clean to perfection, child rear genius’ annnd still look pretty for our husbands..’

    so many things to be said.. people should come with a filter!

    C. Williams on
  • You’ve got another 18 years of this…

    It doesn’t get any better you know…

    You soon manage to cope on 3 hours sleep a night…

    Glenn Marvell-James on

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