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Mom says her babysitter fell asleep while watching her baby

In a viral TikTok video, a woman claims her babysitter fell asleep while watching her child, even though she and her husband were only three hours away.

“Am I overreacting?” creator Danielle Mitchell (@danimariemit) asks viewers at the beginning of the video.

@danimariemit First time parenting issues, I know, but seriously, is that ok? #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #babysitter #firsttimeparent #amioverreacting #isthisok ♬ Original sound – Danielle Mitchell

Mitchell says she left the babysitter to babysit her 10-month-old while she and her husband went out on a date night. She notes that she was quite nervous because the babysitter was the first person to watch her son alone, apart from them or their parents.

Before the couple left, the TikToker notes that the babysitter rocked the baby to sleep. Within 15 minutes the baby was fast asleep, so Mitchell and her husband left. She says her son slept the rest of the night.

Around 9 p.m., Mitchell says she checked the cameras. At first she thought the babysitter was listening to her audio book, she says, because the babysitter said she would bring one. However, after she texted the sitter to bring the dog inside and saw no movement, the TikToker said she realized she was sleeping.

“We watched the cameras to see if she would move and she didn’t,” Mitchell says in the video.

That made her panic, she says. Worried that the babysitter wouldn’t hear when the baby wakes up and starts crying, the couple decides to go home.

“Internally, I’m starting to freak out,” Mitchell says. “She’s watching our son, but she’s sleeping. But he also sleeps. But he’s only ten months old and I don’t know if she would hear him if he woke up and started crying.”

As soon as they arrived, Mitchell claimed it took a moment for the sitter to wake up. She notes that she would have felt better if the babysitter had turned on the sound monitor, but Mitchell claims she didn’t.

“Now I don’t know what to think. Is it normal for your babysitter to fall asleep while looking after your children?” asks the mother in the video.

The TikToker also states that they weren’t out very late. “It wasn’t like we were back at 2 a.m.,” she says. “We were back at 9:30 am.”

The video has been viewed over 1.4 million times and her question sparked debate in the comments. Some said Mitchell should have told the babysitter there were cameras.

“Whoaaa did you alert them to the cameras before you left?” one user commented.

However, the TikToker notes in a follow-up video that the cameras are clearly visible.

“Outside. Obvious. Everyone knows they’re being watched,” reads the text overlay.

@danimariemit in reply to @queenofzilch ♬ BARELY BREATHE – Grant Averill

Another commenter countered, “You sleep when you ‘watch’ your kids too, don’t you?”

However, in an additional video, Mitchelle argues that the situation is different considering the babysitter was paid.

“I actually had to think about it, but that’s what I would say,” Mitchell says in the video. “First of all, I’m his mother, so I’m a little more attuned to him as a random person. So when he wakes up and starts crying, I’m literally awake in a split second. And second, I don’t get paid, but I pay the babysitter.”

The Daily Dot contacted Mitchell via TikTok comment.


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*Initial publication: June 20, 2022 at 8:49 pm CDT

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