When it comes to parenting, it seems everyone has their own opinion on how it should be done – and most of the time, they aren’t afraid to voice it.
While this can be helpful, it can also be hurtful.
One mum recently felt like she was being shamed for the way she was looking after her baby, during a trip to her local supermarket.
While in Lidl with her 11-month-old daughter Violet, Isobel Harrod says she was approached by a stranger who told her she was carrying her child “wrong”.
The 20-year-old mum had her daughter in a baby sling, which she uses often and is careful to ensure the little one is properly supported.
The parent was picking up some extra nappies when the stranger confronted her.
She claims he told her carrying the baby that way was “dangerous” both for the child and the mum.
Speaking to The Sun, she explained: “He told me that he’d spent time in rural Africa and had seen women carrying their babies in scraps of fabric, similar to the way I was carrying Violet, but on their backs.
“He continued to tell me that I was actually carrying my daughter wrong, that it was dangerous for her and it would ruin my posture.”
She continued to say he “patronised” her by telling her to do some research and “try again”.
While she was “offended” at first by the man’s comments, she soon decided to let it go, as she felt he was “uneducated”.
The mum, from Horsham, says she spent plenty of time learning about how to correctly carry a baby following her daughter’s birth last year.
Because of this, she won’t let his words get to her and insists she will keep on using her baby sling as she has been – as both she and her daughter enjoy it and know it’s safe.
“Being a mum is hard on the best of days, the very last thing we need is an uneducated remark on what we are doing ‘wrong’,” she added.
“At the end of the day, we’re all just doing what we think is best for our children.”
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