Mum's 'secret baby sitting test' for her family criticised for being unfair

parenting 10/09/2019

A mum's secret test to see if her family is good enough to care for her newborn baby has split opinion.

The anonymous took to Reddit to share her story which has lead to a bit of a family argument.

"My husband and I recently had a baby girl, and everyone in both our families keeps asking to babysit." her post began.

"I decided on a simple 'test' to see who's ready, where I ask family to watch her for a bit while I go do something in another room, like fold laundry or take a quick shower."

"Sometimes it goes bad, like my grandma turned off her hearing aid so she wouldn't be bothered by the baby crying. But other times it goes fine, and we've got a trusted new sitter."

"My brother and sister in law came to visit and wanted to babysit, so we tried the test. They didn't even have the baby for 2 minutes before coming to fetch me for help. I figured that meant they failed for now and just aren't ready to babysit a newborn yet, but we can try again when baby is older."

"Like a month later my sister in law asked my husband why we didn't let them babysit. He told her about the test, and she got mad."

People were quick to offer up their thoughts on the predicament...

"This whole idea of testing a family member is just weird." one person wrote.

"You can't 'trial run' people without telling them." added another.

But others didn't see the big deal. "You're allowed to vet anyone who will be taking care of your newborn, including family."

Do you think the 'secret baby sitting test' was a step too far?