My sister's gonna have her first baby fairly soon, and I thought I'd be helpful and give her a collection of the WORST baby advice out there.
I read quite a few books about getting your newborn to sleep. One of them was adamant about having specific nap times and durations... as in, you put your baby to sleep at 1:00 pm NO MATTER WHAT and WAKE THEM UP at 2:00 p.m. NO MATTER WHAT. At the time, I took it to heart, I mean they're the experts, but I looked and looked and looked in that book to find time tables. I mean, how would I know how long to let them sleep and how often as they grew? I was so frustrated and completely house bound because it would be so wrong to leave the house and interrupt a nap time... Turns out, after I followed my instincts and let this little peach sleep AS LONG AS SHE WANTED (and wherever we were) it all fell in to place. Fortunately, after a few months I figured out that she did sleep according to a pattern. Since about 4 months of age, she can be awake for about 3 hours between sleeps. So regardless of whether she falls asleep at 6pm (sometimes she does) or 8pm, I "help" her sleep through the night (anyone else want to write about the whole letting them scream it out idea?) and start counting down the nap clock when she wakes up (at 5am, 6am, or 7am).
WHAT'S THE WORST BABY ADVICE YOU'VE HEARD (and/or tried to follow)