So with the hysteria of our future King being born (that’s Prince George of Cambridge if you’ve been living in a cave all week long!) there has been baby talk non-stop! With this in mind we at PCUK have been discussing the taboo subject of ugly babies! Few parents would openly admit to the fact that their child fell outta the ugly tree, but a new survey has revealed that almost a fifth of new parents secretly believe their baby is ugly. Yikes!
From our survey conducted it showed that 18% of mums and dads owned up to being privately disappointed with the looks of their new arrivals. Love at first sight? I think not! But a loyal 82% said they proudly believed their new baby was the most beautiful bundle of joy they had ever seen!
Our poll asked 1000 parents on their thoughts and reactions when they first clapped eyes on their babies, and a resounding 99% said they did feel they had fallen in love with their baby the moment they saw them.
But of the 18% who admitted being disappointed by the looks of their child, over half (52%) had spoken about this to their partners but only 8% said they had discussed with anyone else.
So it would seem the vast majority of parents suffer their disappointment in silence, putting on a brave face society expects.
An anonymous father of two said the following: “There is a lot of pressure on new parents in all kinds of ways and this is something that remains taboo and just isn’t talked about.
“Everyone seems to think they have the most beautiful baby on earth and as a new parent you feel you have to say the same even if you privately believe your baby is ugly.
“My daughter is three now and she is gorgeous but when she arrived she was the most disgusting little thing I’d ever seen. She had a face only a mother could love, but even my wife admitted she was ugly.
“She was our second child and we knew we were being objective because when our eldest girl was born we had been convinced she was beautiful. When number two arrived we both felt very differently.
“It doesn’t mean you love them any less of course. In fact it brings out some very intense feelings of protection. You really feel you have to root for them in life because they aren’t as good looking.
“I totally understand why all parents say their child is gorgeous even if they really think they fell out of the ugly tree and got hit by every branch on the way down. It’s just not something you ever feel you can admit to anyone else and you do get offended if anyone ever dares to suggest your baby isn’t beautiful.”
One of our marketing team at Promotional Codes, who helped conduct the survey, said the poll surprisingly revealed that a number of parents admitted to being disappointed with their baby’s looks.
She said: “As human beings we are wired to love our babies and the poll overwhelmingly supports the theory that we all fall in love with our offspring at first sight.
“But interestingly loving your baby doesn’t have to mean that you think it is beautiful. It seems that every parent feels a pressure to say their new baby is beautiful but only four out of five actually believe it.
“Yet the remaining fifth who secretly feel their baby is ugly don’t love them any less and may even feel the need to spoil them more than they would a good looking baby.”