It’s inevitable that being a new parent comes with a whole score of people who want to give you advice about what to buy, how to parent, how being a mum or dad should look. While some of these people are well meaning people, others can come across as down right rude know it alls. The secret is learning how to deal with these types of people. No matter how the advice or information comes across to you, take it with a grain of salt, thank the person for sharing their little tid bid of information and do what you feel is best for you. If they are persistent say to them “obviously we all parent differently and I’ll have to decide for myself what is best for me” and leave it at that. Excuse yourself from the conversation and leave quickly if you have to. You will have handled the situation gracefully with your dignity intact and hopefully if the idiot got the message, they will word their words of wisdom better next time or learn a lesson about giving unwarranted parenting advice. We all like to think that we know what we are doing when it comes to parenting and sometimes we don’t, but there is no harm in learning from our mistakes if there are no serious consequences.