A woman has claimed her mother-in-law stepped over the line by changing her baby’s dirty nappy – as she believes grandparents should not be allowed to do this task.
The new mum took to the Mumsnet forums to rant because she was upset that her mother-in-law did not ask her for permission.
She wrote: “I’m very keen on consent and protecting my baby’s privacy and prefer that only myself and my partner are the ones to change our son’s nappy.
“Obviously, I understand if we’re not available due to nursery eventually or if someone else is babysitting, then I’m happy for someone else to do it. However, this has not yet been the case.”
However, the mother has been hit with backlash online, with other users on the forum saying the woman “seriously [needs] to address this with yourself” if she is offended over a nappy change.
The mother continued to explain what happened, writing: “My baby started crying and rather than just give him back, [my mother-in-law] decided to take it upon herself to change him – I was standing right there.”
She added: “He continued crying throughout the change and she gave him back straight after but it annoyed me as it wasn’t her place to change him.
“I didn’t say anything at the time – I was trying to be nice and friendly but I’m starting to find her more overbearing and I’m getting close to drawing a line.”
The woman asked Mumsnet if she was being “unreasonable” by considering confronting her mother-in-law over this issue, and people online were quick to respond.
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One person replied, writing: “So nursery workers or babysitters can change your child but their grandparent can’t? I suspect this is more about your feelings towards your mother-in-law than anything to do with privacy and consent.”
The user continued: “Consent is a ridiculous concept for a small baby who has no capacity to give informed consent at that age.”
A third person pointed out: “If you can’t trust immediate family to change a nappy then, well, your child is going to grow up with you literally obsessing over ‘privacy’ for them.”
Another commenter said: “If you don’t trust grandparents to change baby’s nappy they shouldn’t be seeing the baby. If you do, no issue.”
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