New Mom Secrets: I Leave My Twin Babies Home Alone

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It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets—we won't tell.

This Week's Secret:

"I leave my 5-month-old twins alone in the house while I drive my friend home. I'm only gone for five minutes and I know nothing will happen to them because they're sound asleep, and we live in a safe neighborhood." —anonymous

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We all have secrets and opinions—so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation nonjudgmental!

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LeslieSS LeslieSS

I can't believe anyone would think this was ok!!! If the friend couldn't wait to go home, they could walk.

diann... dianna1121

no i wouldn't. i will protect my child at all cost. being a new mom can sometimes be hard but you must learn that your childern come first no matter what. There are plenty times when i walk next store to the neighbors and i still take my daughter with me. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if something happen to my little girl and i could have prevented it. anything is possible.

cowgi... cowgirlmommy03

I would never leave my sleeping baby home alone or any of my children. At first I thought you meant while your out side for a few mins but to actually leave your "housing area" thats just irresponsible and dangerous. Anyone can break in a take your child or even a fire. I would NOT take that chance I have heard to many stories like this that end with the child hurt or worse.

sstepph sstepph

WOW! No way I could do that. WOW!


I cant even run down the steps to throw clothes in the washer when he is sleeping because im afraid he'll wake up and fall or something, or run down the 5 steps to go to the bathroom without worrying he'll wake up or choke or a fire.

Danners Danners

First of all I have twins also ... I understand how nice it is when they are both sleeping, however, I WOULD NEVER LEAVE THEM ALONE even for 5 minutes.  I had a hard time going to the garage to do laundry when they were 5 months.  You never know what can happen and with two precious life's in your hands why chance it! 

Agent... AgentBrez

i dont care if this is considered 'judgemental' but this absolutely insane. you should NEVER leave an infant home alone. EVER!

Patri... PatriciaofMN

I think your friend needs to find another way home.  And what planet are you living on?  Haven't you been reading the news lately?  It only takes ONE second for something to happen to either you or your beatutiful babies. 

mommy... mommyhedden

Wow. Just wow. how irresponsible. I live in a duplex. We have a shared entry way. Even if I run over there to borrow sugar (for example) I take my 4 yr old with me. There are so many things she could get into or get hurt on/by in just THREE minutes, let alone five!! And when she was a baby, she went with me too.


Oh the things that they have gotten into while I am on a 60 second pee-break! Usually its just a messy situation (like powder dumped int he living room) but to leave any child ALONE for ANY amount of time is plain and simply LAZY parenting.

mothe... mothermayiam

I admit I have thought about it more than once.  It seems so unnecessary to wake them when your only gone for a few minutes.  My drive way is 600Ft long with the mail box at the end and the house at the other.  So far that's as far as I have gone leaving them home alone to get the mail.  Not as infants though only recently 7 & 4.  They can easily come out and get me. Knowing the stories I have heard here is enough for me to not leave them for a minute more.  I could never live with myself if something happened to them.

magic... magicmama6

ya and what if you have a wreck?- My son's grandmother told me when her son was a baby she was pulling the car from the alley in the back to the street in the front, therefore driving aroound the block.. well she had a fender bender... needless to say .. ANYTHING can happen!

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