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I don't really like babies - am I the only one?

So, I feel like if there is a "safe" place to say this, it would be on this board. 

I don't really like babies.  I LOVE kids.  Just not babies.  And I've never really liked them.  Whenever someone has a baby in the room, I don't have any desire to hold the baby.  I'm just not drawn to babies the way some people are.  Crying babies annoy me.  And want to stay far away from spit up and dirty diapers. 

Does anyone else feel this way?

My mom claims that she was the same way until she had her own kids.  I have friends who claim the same.  I hope they're right.  I know I'll LOVE my own babies, but I wonder if my attitude toward babies will change when I have my own.

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  • I'm the opposite. I like babies. But once they hit like, 2 years old, I'm done. I really don't like children. Maybe it's because I'm the oldest of the grandkids (at age 21) and had to be around some many little ones growing up.
  • I definitely understand.  The sound of a baby crying is like nails on a chalkboard to me, it just gets under my skin somehow.  I also don't like all the bodily fluids that seem to be constantly spewing from children.  I definitely want my own children someday and won't mind these things so much with them, but with other people's children I try to avoid it.  I also dislike when a friend will want me to pick up a crying baby or my sister will want me to change my nephew's diaper.  Ugh.  
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    I'm the opposite. I like babies. But once they hit like, 2 years old, I'm done. I really don't like children. Maybe it's because I'm the oldest of the grandkids (at age 21) and had to be around some many little ones growing up.

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  • I totally feel the same way. Babies are cute from afar. I have no desire to hold the baby and have it spit up on me or something. When people hand me a baby I usually feel awkward and uncomfortable holding him or her and usually pass off to someone else. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one that feels this way. My mom also says that she was the same way before she has kids. She seems to believe it is fear buried deep in the subconcious. I believe that i don't like spit up or baby poop.

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  • I am just the opposite, I love babies (but at the same time am scared of them) but once they reach 3 yrs old +, I don't like them anymore. Some of the just get annoying. Babies crying puts me in a panic even if it's not my kid and I just don't like the sound...especially on an airplane. Hubby and I aren't having kids, I would too scared to have an infant around, I wouldn't know what to do with it :o)  But I am a very good dog mommy :o)
  • I am with you. I am not a baby fan. It's all about having a night nurse and/or nanny and making the time to care of yourself. Babies are a lot easier to deal with when you are not running ragged.  I think that children become interesting at 2+

  • I'm glad I'm not the only one! 

    I've told H that it's a good thing kids don't come out 3 years old and potty trained, because if they did I think I'd want kids sooner rather than later. But my aversion to kids makes me want to wait awhile! 

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  • I don't like kids at all. Babies, toddlers and whatever the stage between toddlers and teenagers is called. They all annoy me. I fully admit to having absolutely no patience for children but I still think I want one of my own. I know that I'll love my own kid with the fire of a thousands suns but I don't have to like his/her friends. 

    Like yours OP, my mom was the same way. She still doesn't really like kids but she was a fantastic mom. Considering I'm almost 27 and she's still my hero, I'd say that baby hater did a pretty awesome job of raising me.  I don't think you have to like kids to be a good parent. As long as you love your child and will do whatever is needed to make sure that they're safe and cared for, you're already far beyond some of the disgraces that choose to reproduce these days. 

  • I don't really like babies either, and I really don't find them to be cute at all. (Maybe, it will be different when I have kids.) But, I like the ages 2+ because they have little personalities and say really funny, cute things.
  • Here's what my mom has told me (she is not really a baby person and prefers children when they reach the age where they can glue macaroni to paper): your attitude toward babies in generally probably won't change much - vomit and poop are still vomit and poop but the love for your own kids is what carries you through the parts that basically suck.  When it's your own child, you cherish all the moments you can and do your best to laugh at the parts that are hard. 
  • I don;'t like babies. When people would ask me if i wanted to hold the baby i wondered if i was supposed to have some kind of "feeling "like i was DYING to hold a baby... i don't get it

    they are cute but they don't do much in your hands and you are supposed to feel all excited when they crack a smile, wahooo

    anyway, i think toddlers are adorable. im sure if its your own you don't think their sassy attitudes are cute, but i can't resist them.

    Kids i can do without, like 5+ , they are grmimy and germy and annoying.

    Anyway, my coworker has a 7 yr old daughter and a 2 year old son, she said she hates all kids except her own. SHe always talks about the other "germy creatures" that are in her daughers class and how "annoying" the other kids are. (I will give her this, her daughter is SO well behaved)... she said if you aren't really a kids person, obviously you like and love your own, but you never really stop not liking all the other kids.

    Plus, as everyone else said, when they are yours...you don't mind disgusting diapers so much, it's just a phase and you get all the good stuff---like a family, at the end of the day.

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