Jul 16, 2013 07:22 AM EDT By Vishakha Sonawane
A survey of 1,000 parents reveals that one in five mothers and fathers are disappointed with the way their baby looks.
The UK-based study asked the participants about the first impression of their newborns. Nearly 18 percent of them said they found their babies ugly when they first saw them. Daily Mail quoted an anonymous father saying that his daughter was the "disgusting little thing" he ever saw.
"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," he confessed. "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."
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He further said talking about the looks of babies is "taboo" and does not go down well with people. The study found that only 8 percent of parents admitted to sharing their thoughts on their babies to their near ones.
"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," the father told Daily Mail."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," he said.
The study also found that parents admitted they would get offended if anyone told them their child was not beautiful. But, most of the parents agreed that no matter how their baby looked they loved them unconditionally.
"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," a parent said.
Spokesman for PromotionalCodes.org.uk, who conducted the survey, said that the poll results only showed that human beings "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," the spokesman told Daily Mail.