When I first had my son, I can remember all too well sitting there and counting down the days until he got up on his hands and knees and crawled. And then when he finally did, I cursed myself and wondered just what in the hell I'd been thinking. Because sedentary babies are one thing, but babies on the move are a whole new adventure.
A few parents in Indiana decided to have a little bit of extra fun with the fact that their little ones have mastered the art of crawling by participating in a "Diaper Dash." The Diaper Dash is an annual event in Fort Wayne, where babies race against each other to see who can crawl from one side of the room to the other the fastest. Sounds harmless enough, doesn't it?
Of course, if you add in the fact that there was a $1,000 prize on the line for the baby who reached the finish line first, it's easy to see where there was an opportunity for the parents to get pretty competitive. After all, an extra $1,000 really comes in handy when you've got a kid in diapers, right?
I can also see where this little exercise could have the potential to create a bit of tension between moms and dads as well. You see, one parent stays on either side of the playing "field" before the race starts. Then one sets the baby off on his way, and the other encourages the baby to crawl to him/her on the other side. I wonder how many times this results in unintentional yelling on the part of the encourager, which in turn results with the other person telling them to chill out and not act like such a drill sergeant?
Here is a video clip of this year's annual Diaper Dash. Aren't these tots adorable?
Have you introduced your baby to the world of competitive sports yet?
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