As 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.
Have you ever reacted negatively to a baby?
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