Reddit user MammaBearit33 discovered that her husband bathed their son in the sink and then called him gross before she completely banned him from bathing their child.
Recently, a Reddit user named MammaBearit33 shared a post about the time her husband tried to bathe their son in the sink. The unsuspecting walked in and immediately stopped him because she thought it was "weird."
MammaBearit33 didn't know that people bathed the children in the sink until she came home one day, discovered her husband doing it, and threw a fit. Their argument escalated, and she then turned to Reddit for advice.
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REDDITOR CATCHES HUSBAND REDHANDED
On the morning of the incident, MammaBearit33 went out to do some grocery shopping. She explained that in the past, the couple would usually split their parenting responsibilities. She handled "big tasks" (feeding, changing diapers, and bathing) while he handled the "smaller" tasks (cleaning up and rearranging sheets/blankets).
The sound of her crying baby greeted her as she returned, and the mother immediately rushed to see what was happening. She then caught her husband trying to bathe their son in the kitchen sink. And although Jessica Zablan, owner of The Birth & Baby Company, says it is safe, the Redditor didn't think so at the time.
"It is also more comfortable for parents to stand at the sink versus leaning over a bathtub"
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THE COUPLE'S HEATED EXCHANGE
The angry wife called her husband "gross" for trying to bathe their son in the sink and then removed their son from it. She then told him it wasn't his job to bathe him and banned him from ever doing it again, but their argument didn't stop there.
The other community members shared similar stories about their experiences with sink baths. Most of them had either used one for their own kids or knew of people who did.
Her husband called MammaBearit33 "selfish" and "controlling." In the heat of the moment, the Redditor lashed out at her husband because of his attitude and told him to "stop whining." At the time she wrote the post, the couple wasn't on speaking terms.
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REDDITORS HAVE THEIR SAY
MammaBearit33 received a lot of backlash from the Reddit community for the way she handled the situation. Most of them thought the husband did nothing wrong and told her that it's common for kids to bathe in the sink. After she read the comments, she came back and added,
"I'm sorry, but I had no idea it was common to bath babies in kitchen sinks (?) Weird because literally none of my family did it. I now get why my husband said it was normal."
Most of the Redditors weren't happy with the way she treated him. In the comments, they suggested that she apologize to her husband for what she did and take steps to make amends.
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SOME PARENTS REGULARLY BATHE THEIR CHILDREN IN THE SINK
Several years ago, Reddit user kitkatpineapple began an interesting discussion on the platform. They asked the community, "Have you ever washed your baby in the sink?" And the answers were unanimous. Almost the entire community agreed it was common for parents to bathe their children in the sink. One of the top comments was by a user named themomrollcall who replied,
"I don't know a single friend of mine that doesn't have "sink bath" pictures from their baby days. I've done it for my girls."
The other community members shared similar stories about their experiences with sink baths. Most of them had either used one for their own kids or knew of people who did. They all shared positive experiences about the practice.
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IS IT SAFE TO BATHE KIDS IN THE SINK?
MammaBearit33 wasn't the only Redditor concerned about bathing kids in the sink. Reddit user whimsical_potatoes also had reservations about doing it as she was preparing for her baby to arrive.
At the time of the post, whimsical_potatoes was 36 weeks pregnant and looking forward to meeting her soon-to-be newborn. The couple had several cats, and she was concerned about her baby bathing in the same bathroom they kept their litterboxes, so she considered using the sink as an alternative.
She asked the community for advice. Her main concern was whether the chemicals they used every day in the kitchen would affect their newborn should she choose to bathe the baby in the sink.
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The responses to the post were primarily positive. Some community members reassured her that they didn't have any negative experiences when they bathed their children in the kitchen sink.
We live in a two-bedroom apartment and have multiple cats. Their litter boxes are in the bathroom and it is a poorly ventilated room. I can hardly stand it, let alone the baby.
One user claimed that the use of chemicals wouldn't have any harmful effects on the newborn "as long as they've been thoroughly rinsed." They then referenced their own experience and how their mother used to bathe them in the sink without any problems.
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THE CATS WERE THE PROBLEM
In this case, most Redditors were more concerned about the user's living situation than bathing the child in the sink. They didn't think it was a safe environment to raise a newborn baby.
As she explained, "We live in a two-bedroom apartment and have multiple cats. Their litter boxes are in the bathroom, and it is a poorly ventilated room. I can hardly stand it, let alone the baby."
The Reddit user advised her to get rid of the cats before the baby arrived. After going through all of the suggestions, the user edited her original post and added,
"For all concerned parties, I am now acting on the cat situation. Wish me luck!"
As it turns out, many parents often bathe their young children in sinks. They even said their children enjoy it. When she learned this, MammaBearit33 realized she had made a mistake and regretted her actions. What did you think about this Redditors story? Leave a comment and let us know.
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