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8 Things to Tell New Parents if You Think Their Baby Is Ugly

Posted by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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8 Things to Tell New Parents if You Think Their Baby Is Ugly

by Mary Fischer

baby feetAs sad as it may sound, a new survey indicates that a fifth of new parents think their baby is ugly, though only 8 percent of them are willing to admit it to anyone else besides their partners.

And I guess you can't really blame them for staying mum on the issue. No parent wants to come right out and tell people that they think their precious bundle of joy is anything less than all kinds of adorable and beautiful.

I mean, if they think their kid is hideous, how do they expect others to react upon seeing him for the first time?

Nobody with half a heart would ever look directly at a new mom or dad and tell them their kid could break mirrors, but let's be honest -- sometimes it takes babies, particularly newborns, a little bit longer to grow into their cuteness if it's not present right from birth.

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And it's kind of tough when you take that first glimpse at a new little one and realize you don't exactly have anything complimentary to say about his appearance, which can get really awkward and uncomfortable in the span of a few seconds.

Sometimes you might even find yourself peering into the crib and cringing and not knowing how to get yourself out of that horrible moment. So I came up with a few reactions you can throw in to dig yourself out of that hole before you get too far in.

  1. Simply say, "I'm speechless," which will get you out of actually having to say anything altogether. You remember how your mother always told you, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"? Yeah, this follows that same theory but at least makes the parents think you believe their kid is totally gorgeous.
  2. Just stand there with your mouth hanging open like you can't manage to get the words out. Odds are good they'll think you're stumped by junior's beauty instead of aghast at how unfortunate looking he is.
  3. If you do cringe? Say you stubbed your toe on the crib or that you have a major foot cramp from dancing around with happiness over the fact that you were finally going to meet their baby.
  4. If you really, really make a horrified face? Tell 'em you ate some bad salmon for lunch and then politely excuse yourself and run to the restroom. (Or tell them you think you might be pregnant too.)
  5. Start to cry. Uncontrollably. They'll automatically assume you're weeping over how beautiful the kid is instead of sobbing at the sight of him.
  6. Laugh. When in doubt, laugh. Who doesn't laugh with delight over a baby? Laughing can never be misconstrued as anything but pure positivity when it comes to a newborn.
  7. Repeat, "OH MY GOD" over and over again. Odds are good mom and dad will join in with, "I know. Isn't he amazing?" -- at which point you can just nod your head in agreement and call it a day.
  8. Hide your eyes. But then insist you're just trying to play peek-a-boo with the kid. They'll love how sweet you are trying to interact with him.

Have you ever reacted negatively to a baby?

by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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birthymom4
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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No, I generally think all babies are cute.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think all babies are model worthy...I just love babies LOL.

Also, Awwwww would work ( they think Awww cute, when really it means awww poor thing).
Schizomom91
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM
11 moms liked this
Lmao horrible advice cafesteph
jdy9440
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Oh my .....

momto3boys85
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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I would never tell someone their baby was ugly or do any of these to react to a baby that wasn't considered cute by others. I tend to think all babies are precious!

saraadria
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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OR OR OR ........ you could just behave like an adult and not a complete asshat and just tell them the kid is cute while thinking what you want in your head..............

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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how about being honest.

dmarie2101
by Ruby Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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those sound ridiculous. you could always just control your facial expressions like a normal functioning adult.

Mommy2b2many
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM

And what's wrong with being nice and just saying "he/she is gorgeous"??

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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Mary Fischer sounds like an idiot.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

What...the... Eff....

Man I hope this is a joke

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