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My hope is to keep this cultural...not medical/personal, etc...

We're 25 weeks with our first child. I grew up in the Midwest and my husband grew up in London. Our child has been less than cooperative with our ultrasounds in regards to gender reveal, so we don't know and have decided to not try and find out (baby wins!).

Since we don't know for sure, we started talking last night. How did other UK ex-pat couples address cultural differences with having a baby? Something like male circumcision is the norm in America but clearly not the norm in the UK/Europe. So (medical/personal opinions aside), how did people approach topics like this that each culture has a different norm?

And what other quirky/cultural differences came up when you guys had babies of your own? I'm sure there will be things (even the name of some items) that we'll encounter along the way!


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We are American and Mexican, so not exactly in the UK Europe demographic but....

What we did with our baby is just to raise it like we wanted and not worry too much about cultural differences. Or our cultures.. I suppose subconsciously perhaps, like the pressure to dress our kid in a million layers even though it is 25c here in January; although we resisted and made some compromises. Travelling home from the hospital in a car seat is not very common and was not even questioned when we left the hospital, but we did it anyway because we wanted our baby to be safe. Hmmm... we speak to our son in both languages, sometimes two languages in one sentence, just whatever comes naturally.

I suppose what I mean is, think about what you two want to do, and not feel too pressured to follow the "norm" all of the time. Sometimes the norm is wrong even though everyone does it.

It seems to be uncommon for kids in my neighborhood to go to bed anytime before 11 pm, even the little ones. That would be the norm. Yet, I know my child needs sleep and a schedule so we have a set bedtime even when all of the other 1.5 year olds are still out playing and crying from exhaustion. Our son is sleeping soundly because he is tired and it is whats best for him.

We are also less paranoid about germs, maybe an American idea, I do not know as I have not lived there in over 5 years. Kids will get sick, life goes on, go out and play and explore the world.. Anyway just our thoughts..

Congrats on having the baby! If you are in the UK dont forget to file for your CRBA!


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You can always let your kid decide for himself whether or not he (if indeed a he it is) wants to be circumcised after he is an adult.


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