While most of us would think there’s nothing wrong with handing over a sleeping child into the care of a childcare worker or babysitter, there’s a very good reason why they may wake the child up.
And no – it’s not to frustrate the parent or upset the child.
An anonymous babysitter who has also worked at a daycare centre explained on reddit why it was policy that all children be woken up before taking them into care.
The reason is disturbing.
It is allegedly common for abusive parents or guardians to injure and then drug the children before trying to drop them off at day care or place them into a babysitter’s care.
Of course this then also allows them to point blame towards the temporary caregiver for any injuries or in the most sinister of cases death.
“I worked daycare and was told to never accept babies sleeping in car seats or sleeping children at all,” the anonymous poster wrote.
“So if Mom or Dad brought a kid asleep, I immediately woke them up and pulled them out of their car seat.
“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. Just would raise his head, whimper, and go back to sleep.
“Immediately my boss called 911 and grandma was trying to downplay — ‘He had a rough night, he’s just tired, etc.’
“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 6 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.”
In that instance legal action was taken against the baby’s own grandmother and the family chose to move away.
The poster continued to explain.
“To clarify, the policy was put in place because my boss knew abusers have been known to do this.
“They’d break the kid’s arm, dose them, dump them with the sitter who lets the baby sleep 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 yeah, 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.”
So next time a babysitter or daycare worker wakes up your child as you try to sneak off to work, know they are doing it because they care for your child and not just to ruffle your feathers.
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