Mumsnet user causes a lively debate by saying she nips out to the shops when her baby is sleeping
A question posted on Mumsnet has sparked an angry debate with over 800 parents joining in.
User Dakin1 posed the question asking if you would leave a 10 month old baby, asleep in a regular daily nap, to go to a shop 50 metres away.
More than 800 parents have joined the discussion, many saying a definite ‘no’ and some citing the Madeline McCann case as a reason for their decision, while others named risk of fire as a major reason for never leaving a child unattended.
A surprising amount of people though have said that they would, and sometimes do, leave their babies sleeping while they pop out to the shops or take the dog for a quick walk. One user said ‘I just wouldn’t tell anybody about it…You’ve got to live. You’ve got to get stuff done. It’s a minuscule risk.’ She went on to say ‘Nothing wrong with it, more chance of a car accident driving up the road.’
During the conversation Dakin1 admitted she had left her baby daughter alone for 7 minutes and wanted to see what people thought. She even confessed that if a babysitter had done the same she would have been angry!
The law doesn’t specify at what age a child can be left alone – however those who do can be prosecuted for neglect and cruelty if the child is placed at risk.
What do you guys think? Would you ever leave your baby alone whilst you popped out to the shops? Let me know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page.