Camera footage shows the moment that a mom’s own reflection terrifies her, and the clip has left the internet in hysterics.
She added the following text to the video: “I went to go fix my daughter’s pacifier and I thought I saw someone on the monitor, turns out I was just seeing myself.”
More than 30 million people have watched the clip, which has received 3.2 million likes since it was posted on December 2.
A 2019 Full Spectrum Insights study of 1,000 U.S. parents with children aged up to 2 found that one-in-three dads said they check their monitors at least once per minute, compared to only one-in-four moms.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that baby monitors should not be used to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). This is because the AAP has no evidence that the devices have an impact on the prevention of SIDS in healthy babies.
The Full Spectrum Insights results also revealed 61 percent of moms admit to embarrassing behavior when nobody’s watching, as opposed to 47 percent of dads.
How Old Should Your Child Be Before You Stop Using a Monitor?
There are no official guidelines about age and baby monitor use, but Babysense, a video device company, has highlighted a couple of milestones that may help you determine when it is time to ditch the monitor.
The Six-Month Milestone
At six months, a baby begins to sleep through the night with ease, so this might make parents feel comfortable enough to put them to bed without a monitor.
However, Babysense points out “many parents find that six months is too young to turn off the baby monitor. Especially since six months is the age that the AAP suggests babies can transition out of their parent’s room.”
A baby monitor can bring peace of mind to parents and prevent them from getting up unnecessarily throughout the night.
The Two-Year Milestone
Babysense has revealed some parents may opt to keep the monitor in their toddler’s room as they transition from a cot to a small bed. This is because 2-year-olds are inquisitive, and parents may find it difficult for them to stay in beds, so a monitor is a great device to see what they are up to.
The Four-Year Milestone
At this age, “a child develops their sense of self, they will likely seek out privacy,” according to Babysense. Therefore, a parent may respect their privacy and turn the camera off during the day or completely stop using it.
More than 28,500 TikTokers have commented on the video, and they can’t help but laugh.
The top comment has received 134,600 likes and read: “It looks like your fight or flight glitched.”
Another comment has been liked more than 93,000 times: “It’s like you went to run to save the baby, then realized she was already in the room.”
“She ran as fast as she could to get to where she already was,” commented another TikToker.
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