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hot drinks shouldn't be held when holding young children

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Madamolive Sat 10-Sep-11 20:05:27

AIBU into thinking that you just shouldn't hold a hot drink whilst holding a baby incase god forbid something terrible happens sad

Family member was over visiting, had usual hot tea whilst cuddling my second DC- 5 weeks.My toddler was running about playing and knocked into family member. Cup nearly went everywhere. Thankfully didn't.
Said family member carried on drinking whilst having cuddles.

AIBU in thinking that hot drinks and young children just don't mix?!

If im not BU should i have said/say something in the future?

MadameCastafiore Sat 10-Sep-11 20:06:50

Don't let your kid run around when there are hot drinks about.

Happymm Sat 10-Sep-11 20:08:28

Hot drinks and little children equal bad scalds, weeks in hospital, and long term scarring IME (worked on paediatric burns unit) Not good. I would always ask someone not to have a hot drink near little people TBH

Madamolive Sat 10-Sep-11 20:08:47

By running about-hes one, hes toddling and tripped-sorry

usualsuspect Sat 10-Sep-11 20:09:14

And todays health and safety award goes to......

LilQueenie Sat 10-Sep-11 20:09:19

YANBU in the childrens ward in hospitsl they dont allow hot drinks. Nature intended kids to run around but natural fluids are cold.

GilbonzoTheSecretPsychoCunt Sat 10-Sep-11 20:12:12

I lock my dcs in a cage when I have a cuppa.

tattyteddy Sat 10-Sep-11 20:15:13

My cousins daughter knocked over a hot cuppa and burned her arm, she was in hospital for a week. I agree you should be very careful when drinking tea with little ones around. X

Hatescolds Sat 10-Sep-11 20:17:54

Nowt to do with title but remember when dd2 was few weeks old was feeding her whilst holding cup of tea, dd2 did massive yellow poo, which went up her back and leaked onto pillow she was on.
I laughed as she was totally covered. DH came in looked totally horrified , grabbed her rushed off to kitchen and turned on cold tap. I followed on , somewhat bewildered until I realised he thought I had chucked my hot cup of tea over her and was maniacally laughing.
Luckily he didn't shove poor child under cold tap.

curlytoes Sat 10-Sep-11 20:19:10

I am training my little ones to understand Mummy's Sacred Coffee Time. A magical time when an imaginary force field surrounds me an nobody jumps or climbs on me. Mine are a bit older than yours though!

BendyBob Sat 10-Sep-11 20:23:28

Yanbu. It seems obvious, but I was often shocked at how many reletives/visitors expected to have tea to hand whilst holding my babies.

I've got a scarred leg from a hot water burn. No way was I going to let that happen to dc.

lostinafrica Sat 10-Sep-11 20:28:24

Next time, you could say, "Here, let me take the baby back so that you can enjoy your drink."

I have to fly a lot with my DCs and I get so fed up of seeing everyone else end their meal with a hot drink. I'm always asked if I want one, but I would never consider saying yes. Sometimes I say, "That's probably not a good idea with her on my lap, is it?"

Sleepglorioussleep Sat 10-Sep-11 20:29:46

And my mil wants to do ironing when dc around. no thanks. Hot drinks are one thing when it's tour own baby but never when holding someone else's. Not my risk to take. and plenty of time for cuppa in my own home.

fastweb Sat 10-Sep-11 20:29:47

but natural fluids are cold.


I don't think nature has any intentions, it just

All the same, probably best not to hold cups of hot stuff where smallies can cop the lot.

DogsBestFriend Sat 10-Sep-11 20:33:33

There's no absolute.

You're perfectly at liberty to say "Please let me hold DC whilst you drink that/Please don't drink that whilst you're holding DC".

Equally other parents are perfectly at liberty to make their own risk assessments about their own children and conclude that they are capable of managing a teacup and a child at the same time, just as so many of us have successfully done for centuries. wink

saintlyjimjams Sat 10-Sep-11 20:35:52

What's wrong with ironing when children are around? confused (genuinely, I am trying to work it out).

acatcalledfelix Sat 10-Sep-11 20:37:01

This really annoys me. I don't drink hot drinks that often but am uber-paranoid about DS knocking them over. I am always moving DH's cups of tea out of the way, sigh. When we're at MIL's or my mums house, I walk around picking the hot drinks up off the floor and saying "please can you keep them away from DS". To the poster who said yabu about a toddler running round with hot drinks around - what is easier? Keeping a drink on a shelf / table out of the childs reach, or trying to keep a small child still?!

acatcalledfelix Sat 10-Sep-11 20:37:33

saintly my DS loves to pull on wires etc...

SpeedyGonzalez Sat 10-Sep-11 20:38:40

I've combined two babies with hot drinks and hot dinners. No burns. <<shrugs>>

If you can't trust yourself when holding a hot drink + baby then fair enough, otherwise you could just take extra care to hold it away from the child and put the cup well out of reach. So yes, YABU.

AliGrylls Sat 10-Sep-11 20:38:54

In future put a coaster in front of said offending relative and say - this is for your drink.

TidyDancer Sat 10-Sep-11 20:40:07

Much like Gilbonzo, I take precautions. Mine are tied up in the garden while I have coffee. For an extra level of protection, I'll padlock them in the shed. I'm big on child safety, me. grin

Seriously though, I think YABabitU. The most sensible thing to do would be to stop your child running about.

Mishy1234 Sat 10-Sep-11 20:41:15

YANBU. Drinking a hot drink whilst holding a baby is complete lunacy imo. I'm amazed you managed not to say something tbh.

Damage caused by hot liquids on a child's skin can be catastrophic and life changing. Personally, I wouldn't want to live with that and I'm extremely careful with cups of tea/coffee when around children.

saintlyjimjams Sat 10-Sep-11 20:42:22

But you'd feel them pulling on a wire and tell them to get off? Surely? Dunno I have three kids and never even thought that ironing could be dangerous (dull and to be avoided yes, but dangerous?). Mind you we didn't have stairgates for ds2 or ds3 either so it's a surprise they made it out of toddlerhood.

Sandalwood Sat 10-Sep-11 20:42:25

Why wouldn't you just say "here you are, let me take him while you have your tea"?
It seems mad to just stand and watch an accident waiting to happen with your 5 wk old.

Northernlurker Sat 10-Sep-11 20:44:38

I wouldn't let somebody hold my baby and a cup of tea.

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