Ramping up to Birth Article

Advice on Advice










There's so much information out there and everyone is going to give you advice. Some of it is appropriate, some just doesn't fit, and some is just so crazy you wonder what planet these people came from.

I've learned to be very diplomatic about responding to the advice I get from other people.
- Veteran Dad


If you listen to the "experts," you'll think you need a Ph.D. in infant development to take your baby home. There are many self-appointed experts who are full of advice on exactly how you should care for your family, many conflicting with one another.

And then, of course, there are the multitudes, ranging from your mother-in-law to strangers on the streets, who want to tell you whether you will be having a boy or girl, or the kinds of foods mom should be eating, or how you should be playing classical music at home so your baby is born a genius.

Many of these people probably never had children, because if they had, they would understand that the last thing a new parent needs is some dogmatic, self appointed expert giving him something else to worry about.

Take all advice with a grain of salt. Keep in mind that ultimately, you and your mate will decide what is best for your new family.

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