by Mary Fischer
People. They're the worst. Well, not all of the time, but when someone has the nerve to say something insulting about your baby, it's pretty hard to exercise any sort of restraint.
Sure, the majority of the time, most folks have nothing but sweet things to say about the little bundles of joy in our lives. But once in a while, someone comes out with a comment that's either really offensive, ridiculous, or a combination of both -- and leaves us speechless.
I'll never forget the time I was traveling to Florida with my son when he was around 5 months old. I was sitting in the airplane seat and had him on my lap, and as the other passengers passed our aisle during boarding, some random lady looked at us and exclaimed, "Oh my GOD! His toes are SO long! He looks like a little monkey!"
I'm sure she meant well and all -- but I was pretty taken aback by her words and couldn't help but be offended. I mean, my baby's toes were just about the cutest damn thing on the face of the earth. Where did she get off making a weird comment about them? (Gah.)
But the toe jab (no pun intended) I got can't compare to some of the wacky things other parents have heard.
Here are 15 more of the worst insults moms and dads have heard in reference to their babies.
"My ex-MIL told me that my newborn son's dimples were birth defects! Little did she know that all three of my children would have them and they are simply beautiful!" -- Linda
"Someone told me they were really surprised that I was naming my daughter 'Ashley'. They said they thought I would have chosen a more original name." -- Kelly
"'Better you than me' when they saw I had twins plus a 14-month-old. I wanted to slap everyone that told me that!" -- MaryBeth
"People always felt the need to tell me what a big head my son had! Really? I hadn't noticed! Sheesh!" -- Sasha
"You're brave to have a baby at our age. I was 35 and she was around 50." -- Heather
"My daughter's foot was curled a little inward when she was born; a family member said she had a clubbed foot." -- Rebecca
"To my 5-month-old daughter: I'm not holding that thing but I've got room in my trunk." -- @suburbansocial
"When my husband's ex saw our baby for the first time, she paused for a second and then said, 'Well, at least she's healthy.'" -- @cheyenneahoyt
"My sister-in-law referring to my daughter's baby acne said, 'Ewww whats wrong with her face, will it go away?'" -- Lisa
And the boy/girl mix-up seems to be a popular one:
"Ya know, the typical gender swap!! ... 'Awww he is so handsome ...'; 'Thank you, but she's a girl'... yep ... because I get a kick outta putting a yellow bow and red/yellow polka dot dress on my lil' dude. Jackasses." -- Kristen
"To my little 3-month-old baby girl ... 'Awww, he's so robust!' Two things wrong with this: (1) He is a SHE, and (2) she is NOT robust!" -- Sam
"We had an old man at Kroger say that Lucy was going to be a
linebacker when she grew up ... he was unaware at the time she was
actually a girl. I responded, 'Yep, she is chubby; but she will skinny
up just like her sister did.'" -- Lizzie
"People loved to tell me my son -- dressed in head to toe blue -- was such a beautiful girl. Annoying." -- Jen
"My daughter was all dressed in pink, in her stroller with a pink blanket, and a lady asked how old he was. I said SHE'S 8 months. The lady said what a cute little boy. I told her that my baby is a girl. This lady went on to say my daughter would be cuter as a boy, and then asked me if I was sure she is a girl. Ya, I forgot to check." -- Nicole
Brace yourself ... I saved the best for last.
"We were at Target one evening and my son has blond hair and blue eyes, and these teenage girls are looking at him and they said, 'Hitler would have saved him.'" -- Michael
(OMG. Are you kidding me?)
What's the worst thing anyone has said about your baby?
Image via Mary Fischer