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Hey MoMs, I’m a first-time mum of a 6 mth old and every time we are out, whether she’s in the pram, in my arms or being changed… whatever, I get asked all sorts of random questions. “How old is she/he?” “How does she sleep?” etc. and it’s really starting to bug me. I’m a polite person and sometimes I find myself making us late because I can’t just say no. How do I stop being forced to answer their questions without making a scene or whatever? Or do you have ideas for making scenes that are hilarious and I will be laughing too hard to tell my partner about later or my daughter when she grows up?

Posted by Emii, 24th August 2015

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  • I think the people asking you questions may be drawn to your cute bubba, just be friendly with brief answer as you can always just move away if you don’t want to converse.

  • How lovely to have that interaction – you usually won’t get that on your own.
    If you and bub are going somewhere in a hurry when someone stop you and ask a question: smile, say thank you and we’re in a hurry, then move on.
    People will understand.

  • I can’t add much more as other moms have answered wonderfully.
    But please remember bubs are bundles of pure joy and delight and people just want to enjoy these precious little cherubs.

  • It is lovely that people are interested but you can always say you would love to stop and chat but you have an important appointment to keep ,or to be more truthful you could say I must be going now as I have housework to catch up on!

  • I think if you honestly answer the first couple of questions you could then excuse yourself saying that you have an appointment and need to leave. Most people will be happy with that.
    I feel I am never going to be a grandma unless my kids adopt but sometimes I do ask questions of mums just so I can get a peek of a baby.

  • I think it’s actually really nice that people are interested. The world is becoming so focussed on me me me nowadays that it’s great to hear that strangers actually still interact!

  • Honesty is always best i find – i get alot of random people talking to me about my daughter’s hair… usually im in a hurry so i just smile and say thanks and walk away!

  • I think you should accept the questions and be happy that people are interested, maybe leave a few minutes earlier if you are tied for time. But the reality is that this phase of your child\\\’s life won\\\’t last forever and then nobody will be interested in your little person. You will get the smiles and nods but the chats will go. Its part of life, the baby that brings you joy also brings a smile to others and just be happy to spread a little joy around, maybe they are missing their grand children, or just lonely or even just delighted to see your little star. Its life, live it.

  • This frustrates me too! No advice though! Sorry x

  • Welcome to the world of being a mum :) Most people love kids, especially the elderly and I really don’t think that a couple of minutes out of my day hurts when you’re being friendly and kind to another human being. If you really don’t like it, maybe try some dark sunnies ;)

  • just be polite ..answer one odd question and start to move saying I’m expecting people at home :)

  • i just answer the first question or two as straight to the point as i can and then say “look i would love to have a chat but i am running late” or “my child is due for a nap or she gets really cranky so i have to run”

    i am a nice person as well and if i am waiting in line etc i will chat but i know sometimes you just get bombarded and can’t get out of it, like school pick-up lol.

  • Your obviously doing something right for people to ask your advice. Well done! : )

  • Maybe you have a friendly face and inviting personality. :)

  • Be brief with your answers, or say you are in a hurry

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