We’ve all been on the receiving end of some bad parenting advice throughout the years, usually from well-wishers who think they know better! And whether it was given to you during your pregnancy or when your child was in school, some of it can be funny and quite often very strange!

 

We asked MummyPages mums to share the funniest or weirdest advice anyone has ever given them, and this is what they said: 

 

1. Monica King: "I remember meeting an elderly neighbour about two weeks after having my first baby and she advised me to go again straightaway while I was still 'wide open'!"

 

2. Catherine Kearney:  "An old lady once told me that I would not love my baby as much if I did not feel the pain of childbirth... I loved my sons more because I was not wrecked!"

 

 

3. Siobhan Maher: "I remember driving my mother-in-law somewhere while I was heavily pregnant, and she told me it was probably time to stop wearing my seatbelt... Needless to say I didn't listen!"

 

4. Helen Bromley: "I was told by my nan not to pick my baby up so often as he would get used to it. She suggested I just sit and look at him rather than cuddle him! As if....I will cuddle my kids forever - my 16-year-old boy hates it but I still manage to get a sneaky one in!"

 

 

5. Claire Foster, Athlone: "I was having problems with baby latching on and was told: "Maybe the baby doesn't like your milk."

 

6. Catriona Lillis: "I was told by mu mother-in-law that if I lifted anything too heavy after having my baby my womb would fall out..."

 

 

 
7. Virginia Moran, Dublin: “A midwife told me that my twins would be psychologically damaged if I swapped to bottle feeding.”

 

8. Beverley Charlton: "I was advised to pop some hot chocolate into my baby's bottle at six-weeks-old because he was refusing to take a bottle..."

 

 

9. Louise Moriarty-Makins, Northwich:  "I was told by my mother-in-law to leave my 18-month-old if I needed a sleep because it would teach him independence and show that I trusted him. - no comment!"

 

10. Debbie Chisnall, Aberdeenshire:  "I was once told by an older midwife to some vacuuming when the baby starts crying so you can't hear them..."

 

 

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