Were you aware that you’re acquainted with an astonishing number of baby experts? I know, right?! But you totally are.
And by “experts,” let me be clear: I mean people who know exactly what your baby needs better than you do, despite their complete lack of credentials, experience, or personal knowledge of your baby. UGHHHH.
1. Famous People.
I know that none of you used Kristin Cavillari’s baby formula recipe or heard Jenny McCarthy’s vaccine advice and thought, well that makes sense! Because you’re way too smart to take baby advice from beautiful people with no academic credentials save a high school diploma. Right? RIGHT?
2. Your great aunt and pretty much every other sweet older lady you know.
They just can’t resist handing out Dr. Spock advice in a Dr. Sears world! Like, did you know that swaddling is baby torture? Or that your baby’s head is going to be flat from back sleeping? And why doesn’t anyone get those darling padded crib bumpers anymore?
But maybe, cut them some slack: they’re just trying to help. They used to be moms, too, and their rotten grandkids don’t visit often enough. Smile politely. Forget it all instantly.
3. Been There, Done That Moms.
Oh wait, THAT’S ME. And yet, here I am, telling you not to listen to me, or rather, to take my advice with one very important caveat: every baby is different. What worked for my babies might be a disaster for yours. And some babies are just easier. (Mine were. Sorry.)
4. Dr. Google.
We all know logically that the internet is not a legitimate medical reference. And yet, just about every layperson at one point or another has let Dr. Google convince them that an ingrown hair is cancer and OMG I’M DYING, YOU GUYS.
When it comes to your baby’s health, the only medical references you need are your child’s actual medical provider and the American Academy of Pediatrics. (Their terrific reference book is ideal for addressing your questions about healthy, standard-issue 0-5 year olds.)
So, what do you think, guys? Who else should be added to this list?