According to a recent survey, 74% of parents in USA hire a babysitter at least once a month.
A daycare worker has shared why she never lets parents and carers drop off babies while they’re asleep. She claims that a sleeping child can be a sign of abuse, explaining that parents can hurt then drug the child so they can blame babysitters or daycare workers for injuries.
Internet user Twatermellon shared a story of one former daycare employee who had one strict policy that the babysitters had to adhere to and explained the reason behind it
‘I worked at a daycare and was told to never accept babies sleeping in carseats or sleeping children at all. So if a mum or dad brought a kid asleep, I immediately woke them up and pulled them out of their car seat,’ they wrote.
‘This made so many parents displeased with me but it’s policy. ‘I used to think it was to help the kid be on a schedule then one day a grandma brought a baby asleep and he was not waking up at all, he would just raise his head, whimper and go back to sleep.
Immediately my boss called 911 and the grandma was trying to down play “he had a rough night, he’s just tired”.
‘I knew this baby, he wouldn’t sleep if he thought he was going to miss out, we had music playing and kids loudly singing and dancing. In the chaos, grandma slipped out and at some point, someone called the parents.
‘Turns out granny had a history of giving kids stuff to knock them out when she babysat but this time she did it to a six-month-old and that’s why he wouldn’t wake up. I think they pumped the kid’s stomach and he had a stay at the hospital. Legal actions were taken and the family moved away.
‘To clarify, the policy was put in place because my boss knew abusers have been known to do this,’ they added. ‘They’d break the kid’s arm, dose them, dump them with the sitter who lets the baby asleep all morning then because the kid was with the sitter all day, it’s easy to blame them for the baby’s injury. Or worse, the baby died and they do this to blame the sitter.
‘So, to this day if I’m babysitting, I don’t accept sleeping children. I flat out refuse to watch kids at their home while they’re sleeping for the same reason.
I’ve pretty much stopped doing any child care because as much as I love kids, watching parents make bad decisions on purpose when they know better, was killing my soul.’
Commenters on Reddit were horrified by the account and said they’d now look more carefully at sleeping children dropped off for care. ‘Crazy knowing this is a common thing. Happened to me as a kid,’ wrote one person.