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Beware the Know It Alls: How to Handle Unsolicited Baby Advice

Unwanted baby advice from family, friends, and strangers -- why so many people give it and how to deal with it gracefully.

Baby Advice Etiquette continued...

Here are two more examples of how things change, whether the advice giver knows or not. Railings in those quaint cribs you were advised to buy used are often spaced incorrectly. Remember, if you can fit a can of soda between the rails, the space is too wide. And older children still need to be in car booster seats depending on their height and weight -- regardless of the cool or convenience factor.

And of course, you need to trust your own judgment and keep your composure.

Bob Lancer is author of Raising Our Children Raising Ourselves and a radio talk show host in Atlanta. He tells WebMD, "There is just so much advice available -- and much of it contradictory - that you can lose your mind trying to get it right. The first rule to always follow," he says, "is the rule of your own equanimity."

Tarrant agrees. "I've learned that as a mom, you will instinctively know what your baby needs," she says. "So don't fret."

Reviewed on October 17, 2013

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