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*UPDATE FROM PARENTS* Is it irresponsible for parents to let their baby ride a Roomba?

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Parents Who Put Baby on Spinning Vacuum Need an Infant Safety Refresher Course (VIDEO)

Posted by Mary Fischer on January 3, 2013 

baby on roomba

You know those little circular Roomba vacuums that scoot back and forth across your floors to clean them up so you don't have to do it manually? Yeah, they're pretty cool, and they're major time savers.

But (call me crazy) -- something tells me they aren't supposed to be used as a mode of transportation for infants.

The parents of a baby girl named Aria thought it would be cute and funny to sit her down on top of their Roomba and let her take a spin around the living room and help tidy up the pine needles left over by their Christmas tree. Yes -- they let their baby ride their Roomba.

And of course, they caught the whole thing on video. Sure, it's kind of cute. But I couldn't help but gasp and want to hide my eyes throughout the whole thing. Watch the clip below, and then we'll discuss my paranoia.

 

OMG! Um, can you say dangerous -- not to mention pretty darn stupid?!?

Yes, I realize the thing is going very, very slow, and it's obvious that little Aria has mastered the art of balancing on top of spinning vacuums.

But the one thing that kept popping out at me was that perfect little head of hers -- and the hardwood floor beneath it. One sudden jerk or shaky move and that little girl could've toppled over and banged her head on that hard floor -- a thought that made me cringe over and over again.

When my son was a baby, I constantly worried about him smashing his head into something. I remember not even wanting to sit him on a floor that wasn't carpeted without some sort of padding beneath him out of fear that he'd hurt his poor little noggin.

And yes, I realize I was probably a bit overprotective and extreme (what new parent isn't?), but isn't that better than sitting him on top of a moving household appliance because you're too naive to think anything will go wrong?

What do you think? Were these parents being irresponsible in letting their baby ride the Roomba?

*UPDATE FROM PARENTS*

I’m both the person filming the video and also Aria’s dad. I don’t normally make a habit of jumping into internet debates, but since there are over 500 comments about our parenting (the most I’ve seen regarding our video on any website), I thought I would add a few cents to the conversation.

First, my wife and I have really enjoyed reading most of the comments in this thread. It is always great to get feedback, even if it only covers a small sliver of life. 

Second, our parenting style is about exposure both physically and mentally. The video shows one small slice of life where Aria is riding a Roomba. That slice of life by itself doesn't add up to much more than a silly minute, but summing her exposure to lots of different activities over months and years gives Aria confidence in different situations and makes her a more well rounded person. The video was taken ~3 years ago and Aria will be 4 in April. I’m confident in our parenting style because I can see the amazing little girl she has become and a glimpse of the adult she is becoming. Aria was walking at 11 months, riding a bike without training wheels, ballet classes, and zip-lining when she was 2, rock climbing outdoors, caving (she calls it looking for bears) and skiing when she was 3. Not only are we proud of her for these accomplishments, but she is proud of herself. She simply loves trying new things and has confidence in herself (and us) that she will always be reasonably safe. We do science project Saturdays, take her to the museum, build volcanos, shoot model rockets, and do color experiments to expose her mind to new things as well. The more we can expose her to the better, even crazy Roomba rides at 7 months as long as the danger level is acceptably low.

Could she have fallen off the Roomba? Sure, it is possible, but we had confidence that she would be able to stay on and we were nearby to help prevent a fall. Does the Roomba ride look pointless? Yes, if viewed as a single slice, but it is just 1 small experience amongst a myriad of others that collectively expose her to new things and build her confidence and abilities. Were we having fun making the video? Absolutely, just like all the other crazy things we do with Aria, although I’m a little embarrassed by my “woooooing.”  :-) This whole viral video thing is a new experience for her as well. Just last night we were talking with her about how she has become “internet famous.” She seemed to get a kick out of it. She got a big smile when her aunt called to tell her that she saw her on the internet.

But ultimately, the people to best asses what a specific child can or cannot do is the child’s parents. Other parents should absolutely raise their children in the best way they see fit. For us, we feel successful in the way we have raised Aria and are proud of her. Most importantly, she is proud of herself.

I intended to throw in 2 cents but I ended up throwing in 10, I guess that is because I’m her dad.

--Jon Reberry

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Replies (641-650):
BlessedBeX3
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

 doesn't even seem like she likes it tho..like its just for the parents entertainment. everything i did with my kids, was to make THEM laugh as a baby, yeah id put on certain hats that i thought were hillarious but thats different. my concern isnt with her falling, but what if she got her hand under that robot vacuum? i'm asking bc idk much about those other than the fact that they move around by themselves and clean but whats under that thing, spinning brushes? anything to get her hand caught? I did see a vid pop up for a cat riding on it, i think that would be funnier lol

Quoting Basherte:


Quoting ErikaRobin:


Quoting jbirdsladie27:

I saw this on this mornings news... if she would have fell backwards......

...she would have cried.  I don't know that that would be enough of a fall to really injure her though.  They obviously know their child well enough...I'm betting this wasn't her first ride.

I thought it was pretty funny.  She's adorable.

She would have cried for a few moments and mommy or daddy would have loved her up and she would have been fine. Her parents were right there, I'm sure they were watching her like a hawk, considering daddy was taking the video to begin with and mommy was right beside her. 

Have mother's become so paranoid that a little bump on the noggin will send them into spasms of fits? 

Infants and children alike deserve and need to be able to explore their world. This child is adorable. 

I, for one, am thankful that this little girl doesn't have a pair of overbearing, overprotective, overly obsessed parents. I also for one, am very glad that I'm not like that with my son either. Being treated like a fragile egg, will only teach the child to act like a fragile egg and not allow them to have any fun in this life, let alone have any friends. 

 

SaphiraJFire
by Bronze Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

They did put her at risk. its less of a risk than her in a car with mommy or daddy driving and talking on the phone and texting at the same time. she could have hit her head yes and they were wrong to put her in danger. its to me still not worse than buying a pool and not putting up a fence with a locked gate. 

A lot worse things they could have done. its bad but  not the worst.

Basherte
by Gold Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

She didn't seem to dislike it either. I don't know it's been awhile since I've had one that young. My youngest is almost 4 years old. 

I've never had one of those vacuums either. So I don't know much about them. I'm sure though that no one really has the right to judge them for doing what they feel is okay for their family. 

I wouldn't want anyone to watch a video of my son doing something and having them judge me for what I allowed my son to do. It isn't anyone else's business. 

Since when is it okay to judge the way parents raise their children? I simply don't see the big deal with this video. Neither does my husband.

Would I put my child on a vaccuum like that? No. I wouldn't want to take the chance that the extra weight on it would ruin something that is kind of expensive. <that being the only reason.

Quoting BlessedBeX3:

 doesn't even seem like she likes it tho..like its just for the parents entertainment. everything i did with my kids, was to make THEM laugh as a baby, yeah id put on certain hats that i thought were hillarious but thats different. my concern isnt with her falling, but what if she got her hand under that robot vacuum? i'm asking bc idk much about those other than the fact that they move around by themselves and clean but whats under that thing, spinning brushes? anything to get her hand caught? I did see a vid pop up for a cat riding on it, i think that would be funnier lol

Quoting Basherte:


Quoting ErikaRobin:


Quoting jbirdsladie27:

I saw this on this mornings news... if she would have fell backwards......

...she would have cried.  I don't know that that would be enough of a fall to really injure her though.  They obviously know their child well enough...I'm betting this wasn't her first ride.

I thought it was pretty funny.  She's adorable.

She would have cried for a few moments and mommy or daddy would have loved her up and she would have been fine. Her parents were right there, I'm sure they were watching her like a hawk, considering daddy was taking the video to begin with and mommy was right beside her. 

Have mother's become so paranoid that a little bump on the noggin will send them into spasms of fits? 

Infants and children alike deserve and need to be able to explore their world. This child is adorable. 

I, for one, am thankful that this little girl doesn't have a pair of overbearing, overprotective, overly obsessed parents. I also for one, am very glad that I'm not like that with my son either. Being treated like a fragile egg, will only teach the child to act like a fragile egg and not allow them to have any fun in this life, let alone have any friends. 

 


coolmom1999
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM

you've got to wonder about parents sometimes. so many want to be friends not parents.

mommy2lexinmark
by Silver Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM
She isn't laughing and actually looks scared, especially when it jerks around and she looks like she almost lost balance
For that I think its messed up
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BlessedBeX3
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

 well the must of put that video up on youtube or something so they'll be in for a lot of jugment. and i'm not criticizing them, just saying i would have probably done something else to make baby laugh.

Quoting Basherte:

She didn't seem to dislike it either. I don't know it's been awhile since I've had one that young. My youngest is almost 4 years old. 

I've never had one of those vacuums either. So I don't know much about them. I'm sure though that no one really has the right to judge them for doing what they feel is okay for their family. 

I wouldn't want anyone to watch a video of my son doing something and having them judge me for what I allowed my son to do. It isn't anyone else's business. 

Since when is it okay to judge the way parents raise their children? I simply don't see the big deal with this video. Neither does my husband.

Would I put my child on a vaccuum like that? No. I wouldn't want to take the chance that the extra weight on it would ruin something that is kind of expensive.

Quoting BlessedBeX3:

 doesn't even seem like she likes it tho..like its just for the parents entertainment. everything i did with my kids, was to make THEM laugh as a baby, yeah id put on certain hats that i thought were hillarious but thats different. my concern isnt with her falling, but what if she got her hand under that robot vacuum? i'm asking bc idk much about those other than the fact that they move around by themselves and clean but whats under that thing, spinning brushes? anything to get her hand caught? I did see a vid pop up for a cat riding on it, i think that would be funnier lol

Quoting Basherte:


Quoting ErikaRobin:


Quoting jbirdsladie27:

I saw this on this mornings news... if she would have fell backwards......

...she would have cried.  I don't know that that would be enough of a fall to really injure her though.  They obviously know their child well enough...I'm betting this wasn't her first ride.

I thought it was pretty funny.  She's adorable.

She would have cried for a few moments and mommy or daddy would have loved her up and she would have been fine. Her parents were right there, I'm sure they were watching her like a hawk, considering daddy was taking the video to begin with and mommy was right beside her. 

Have mother's become so paranoid that a little bump on the noggin will send them into spasms of fits? 

Infants and children alike deserve and need to be able to explore their world. This child is adorable. 

I, for one, am thankful that this little girl doesn't have a pair of overbearing, overprotective, overly obsessed parents. I also for one, am very glad that I'm not like that with my son either. Being treated like a fragile egg, will only teach the child to act like a fragile egg and not allow them to have any fun in this life, let alone have any friends. 

 


 

AshlynnJadesMom
by Bronze Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Never. That baby looked scared! I have a friend whose son fell and hit his head and actually went brain dead and she had to turn off his machines. She can barely go on. People don't realize how fragile a babies life is and that a cute video isn't worth it.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM
She looked so scared.
WalkingDeadlove
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM
I'm usually critized by family for being way too overprotective. I worry all the time but this seems harmless. They were both there in a little space and the thing was so very slow. I don't see this as any more dangerous than a rocking toy. I mean, babies can fall backward off those and hit their head too.
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ruserious53
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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I couldn't see the video, but I don't see a problem. I was born before car seats, bike helmets, and everything ultra whatever. I suppose the Roomba is just about like a dog, which every kid or their siblings have tried to ride. How many of you have never tried that or something like it????

I could scare the sh*t out of myself thinking about what could have happened back then, I have alot bigger worries now (mortgage payments, paying bills on time, having money for gas, etc.). Now we video our lives and open it to criticism from total strangers

shrugging

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