It’s the question firing up debate in parenting forums: would you leave a sleeping baby peaceful and “safe” fast asleep in her cot while you popped out for seven minutes?
She’s sound asleep.
The shop is 50m down the road.
And you just know she never wakes up this soon.
Is it ever okay?
Is it ever okay? Via IStock.
The question was posed by a mother to the parenting forums Mumsnet.
“Would you leave a peacefully sleeping 10m old home alone for 7 minutes? Baby reliably naps at the same time every day for at least an hour. The 7 minutes is going to a shop to collect something approx 50m away”
The response: More than 800 posts and a huge debate about whether its ever okay or not.
In it the mum was called “ really irresponsible” and “out of order.”
“If I knew of somebody leaving a 10 month old alone like that I would be making social services aware. Sorry.”
She was told it was risky and dangerous..
“Er, no. Even though it's super tempting, I quite often want to shift my car when it's parked 100 yards away and a space comes free next to the house. But I don't do it as it's just not worth it!!”
And told to consider the what-could-go-wrongs..
“The bigger danger is that something happens to you. If you get knocked down by a car and carted off to hospital no one will know about the baby in your house on his own. If your car gets bashed and you have to sort out details with the other driver then you'll be loads longer than 7 mins. If your tumble drier sets the house on fire then 7 mins will kill your baby.”