Nearly all the advice you will receive -- welcome or not -- about raising your baby is well intended and reflects more on the advice-giver than on you! Remember to maintain a sense of humor -- and appreciation. Here are some helpful tips on how to react to advice given by parents and in-laws, family and friends, authority figures and strangers.
Advice from Parents and In-Laws
This is the most emotion-laden advice. The "good" child in us may act on advice to please our parents, even if it goes against our gut.
Remember that your parents may have denied themselves baby pleasures like cuddling or breastfeeding because of the prevalent practices at that time. Assure them that they made loving decisions for you and your spouse that have enabled you to make loving decisions for their grandchild.
Advice from Extended Family and Friends
Peers offer practical advice based on their personal experiences. Remember, what worked for them may not work for you. If it sounds good, try it. If it doesn't, thank them but continue to follow your own instincts.
Advice from Authority Figures
Don't be intimidated. Ask questions about advice that you're not comfortable with and seek a second opinion if the answers don't satisfy you. Be an advocate for your baby and for yourself.