We all know that parenting styles differ, but there are some opinions that can cause seriously heated debates among moms. Recently, a British-based parenting site posed the following question: “Would you leave a peacefully sleeping 10m old home alone for 7 minutes?” The site lit up with those in favor and others who felt it was just too much of a risk.
One mom who admits she is often tempted to leave her baby for a short amount of time says, “Er, no. Even though it's super tempting, I quite often want to shift my car when it's parked 100 yards away and a space comes free next to the house. But I don't do it as it's just not worth it!!”
One mom who has in the past left her sleeping baby to run a quick errand said, “I went to the shop once, needed milk and he was asleep. He was in that deep sleep they have when they first nod off. I was 5 mins and don't need to cross any roads.. I did a risk assessment and summarised that it would be far riskier for him to wake in the night cross because of lack of milk!”
Others argued that moms run the risk of something happening to them outside, like getting hit by a car or falling down that would prevent them from returning home in 7 minutes. But in response to this argument one mom writes, “I would. You could take a 7 minute shower and not hear the baby and fall and be knocked unconscious.” Even moms who didn’t think it was that big of a risk still feared legal ramifications of neglect if anything did happen while they were away.
It seems here in the states we may have a different idea of what’s safe for baby. A Today reader’s poll shows that 93% of those surveyed believe it’s never okay to leave baby home alone while 7% think it’s okay.
What do you think?
Do you think it’s ever okay to leave baby home alone for a short time?