Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, you need to go over to McSweeney’s and read “Hello Stranger on the Street, Could You Please Tell Me How to Take Care of My Baby?” Okay. Did you read it yet? I wasn’t joking. Go read it. One of my favorite paragraphs from the article is below:
Yes, he IS crying, isn’t he? You are right. He’s probably hungry. Should I feed him? And if so, where do I put the food? His eyeball? His butt? What kinds of cuts of meat do babies like? Should I not give him hot peppers? How much salt is too much, and when can I expect him to use a knife? If he spits up, should I have him put to sleep? There are just so many things I need to know, and that is why I rely on total strangers like you who happen to be experts on child care.
I love this. Really – could it be said any better?
Now, to be fair, I often do go to Facebook and Twitter with my parenting and baby questions. And I do often Google random things about babies to just make sure that he isn’t dying or anything…but you got to love the random, unsolicited, advice that you get from strangers sometimes…huh?
And not even strangers. Friends. Family members. Whoever. Everyone has advice on how to raise your baby. And sometimes it’s helpful. And sometimes it’s not. The total bummer is that you never really know which is which. Oh, the Nap Nanny worked miracles for your baby? He slept for hours and hours in it? Sweet – guess I should get it! Oh! That specific brand of sippy cup worked for your daughter? I assume it will work for mine!
Granted it goes both ways. Sometimes it’s easy to assume, especially when you’re at your wits end, that because something worked for one baby, it will automatically work for yours. If only it was that easy. So that’s probably why we ended up with a Baby Björn, Moby Wrap, Kokopax baby carrier and Ergo (btw, the Ergo worked the best for us and will do WONDERS for your child – GET YOURS TODAY!).
What is some of the best/worst advice you’ve received from strangers? Any good stories to share?