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Woman Hears Her Baby's Cry & Finds Her Husband Trying to Bathe Him in a Kitchen Sink

Bettina Dizon
Jan 25, 2024
01:00 P.M.

A Reddit user discovered that her husband bathed their son in the sink. She then called him gross before she altogether banned him from bathing their child.

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A frustrated mom went on the Reddit platform and shared when her husband tried to bathe their son in the sink. The Original Poster (OP) walked in and immediately stopped him because she thought it wasn't normal.

OP didn't know that people bathed their 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.

An infant in a bubble bath | Source: Getty Images

An infant in a bubble bath | Source: Getty Images

On the morning of the incident, OP went out to do some grocery shopping. She explained that in the past, she and her husband would usually split their parenting responsibilities. She handled the more complex tasks, such as feeding, changing diapers, and bathing, while he handled the more straightforward tasks, including cleaning up and rearranging sheets/blankets.

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The sound of OP's 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. Although Jessica Zablan, owner of The Birth & Baby Company, says it is safe, the Redditor didn't think so then.

A woman carrying her child in the kitchen | Source: Getty Images

A woman carrying her child in the kitchen | Source: Getty Images

The angry wife called her husband "gross" for trying to bathe their son in the sink and then took the infant away. She then told her husband that it wasn't his job to bathe him and banned him from ever doing it again, but their argument didn't stop there.

Her husband called OP "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." When she wrote the post, the couple wasn't on speaking terms.

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A couple arguing in the hallway | Source: Getty Images

OP received a lot of backlash from the Reddit community for how 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.

"Kids have bathed in sinks forever. What's the issue here? If it's clean and his dad is giving him a bath what is your actual problem? [...]You can't gatekeep his parenting like that and fly off the handle," one Redditor commented.

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A woman screming | Source: Getty Images

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Another Reddit user revealed that they replaced their sink when they learned they would be grandparents. "It's so much easier on backs to bathe the littles in a sink," the person wrote, adding that it was also less tiring to get the job done while playing with the infant while standing. However, the person also noted that the sink should always be cleaned, and babies should never be left inside for safety reasons.

A third Redditor called out the OP for believing things are wrong because they aren't done her way. "My husband is an amazing dad. He handles like 75-80% of the childcare on weekends, because I do so much more during the week. I have to constantly fight the urge to 'correct' him, though," the person shared.

An elderly woman by the kitchen | Source: Getty Images

An elderly woman by the kitchen | Source: Getty Images

After OP read the comments, she returned to the platform and apologized as she didn't know it was common to bathe infants in kitchen sinks as none of her family members had done it. Most of the Redditors weren't happy with the way she treated him.

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In the comments, they suggested that she apologize to her husband for what she did and take steps to make amends. Interestingly, OP wasn't the only Redditor concerned about bathing kids in the sink. A Reddit user also had reservations about doing it while preparing for her baby to arrive.

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A woman holding her newborn | Source: Getty Images

At the time of the post, the person 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 where 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 daily in the kitchen would affect their newborn should she bathe the baby in the sink.

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A bathroom sink | Source: Getty Images

The responses to the post were primarily positive. Some community members reassured her that they hadn't had any negative experiences when they bathed their children in the kitchen sink.

One user claimed that using chemicals wouldn't harm 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.

A person cleaning the sink | Source: Getty Images

A person cleaning the sink | Source: Getty Images

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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 she had a safe environment to raise a newborn. She explained, "We live in a two-bedroom apartment with 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 remove the cats before the baby arrived. After reviewing 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!"

Two kittens | Source: Getty Images

Two kittens | Source: Getty Images

Several years ago, a Reddit user 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. Many agreed that parents commonly bathe their children in the sink. One of the top comments was a person 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 kids or knew of people who did. They all shared positive experiences about the practice.

In a similar story, a new mom caught her mother trying to sleep-train her baby, even after she explicitly said otherwise.

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