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Internet Debates Whether A Mom Using A Vibrator To Clear Her Baby’s Congestion Is A Good Idea Or Not

By lheidi - July 25, 2019
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There are a lot of very unusual home remedies to fight a cold. And we’ve tried them all. We’ve done everything from eating so much garlic that you can repel a vampire a mile away to standing outside in the rain with wet socks because we think that the  same thing that gave us the cold is also going to make it go away. We’ve ate lemons, drank lemons, rubbed lemon on our chest, put lemons in our armpits, put lemons between our toes, and made a circle of protection around us using nothing put lemons. None of those things have worked, because the common cold is a real bastard.

We’re not surprised if someone does something weird to try to make themselves or their children feel better. But the jury is still out on what one woman did to make her baby well again…

Baby Blues

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Being a mom in the 21st century means that you can ask total strangers questions about how to take care of your baby via the magic of social media.

Of course, it also means that you’re opening up yourself to judgement from a bunch of total strangers, too.

You can open yourself up to new parenting techniques that you’d never even dream of. Of course, some of those parenting techniques are a little, er, outside the box.

Sick Day

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When your baby has congestion, it can be pretty hard to figure out what’s going on.

After all, your baby can’t talk and tell you how they feel in a calm and rational way. But they can cry. A lot.

And when you’re baby is wailing away, you’ll try anything to get the baby to quiet down. You’ll even turn to a parenting trick that might make you win the “World’s worst mother award,” even if it works.

Shake It Up

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The Facebook page Melons and Cuties says that there’s one simple and easy way to get rid of a baby’s congestion.

All you do is put a vibrator on your baby’s back while placing your baby in a steamy room. Yes, you read that right.

We’ll repeat it in case you didn’t get it the first time. Placing your baby in a steamy room, then placing a vibrator on its back can clear up your baby’s congestion.

Don't Try This At Home

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Of course, you shouldn’t just take our word for it. And you shouldn’t just take Melons and Cuties’ word for it either.

If you’re going to try this parenting hack, you should check with a medical professional first.

As it turns out, this parenting hack is very controversial, and you can probably guess the reason why some people are up in arms over it. Hit: It has to do with the whole putting a vibrator near your baby thing.

Work It Out

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Not every parent is cool with placing an “adult” toy on their baby, and we totally get that. We can respect that decision.

But other parents swear by it, saying it worked on their congested baby.

One parent posted that they tried the trick, and as you can probably guess, their post was meant with a lot of judgement as well as some support. We get it. Vibrator and baby probably shouldn’t belong in the same sentence.

Post With The Most

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One parent put it simply. “This works,” reads the post. We can’t judge a desperate parent for resorting to weird tricks.

“I tried it on my son (with a brand new vibrator before anyone calls me disgusting again..)” continues the post.

We’re glad to know that vibrator wasn’t a hand me down. The baby is already sick. You don’t want to make the baby sicker. And also, you don’t want to be some kind of sick person either.

Back It Up

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Some people jumped in to defend the parenting hack. Just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

“Just because something has a s*xual purpose some of the time does not mean that’s the only thing it’s good for,” wrote one Facebook user.

“Having a sick child can be hellish. Within reason I say whatever works.” Desperate times call for desperate measures, and desperate measures include vibrators, apparently. Some people just love to judge other people like it’s their job.

Multi Use

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But as it turns out, getting rid of a baby’s congestion isn’t the only thing a vibrator is good for.

Get your head out of the gutter. We didn’t mean it that way. Other Facebook users offered other parenting hacks that all involved the same household item.

One mother said she put a vibrator in her baby’s mouth to help prepare him for eating solids. Again, we know how bad it sounds. But it’s honestly quite innocent.

Baby Soother

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The vibrations can actually soothe a baby in many different (totally okay for a baby) ways.

Some parents use the vibrations to calm down their fussy baby. Because sometimes nothing else will work on some babies.

A vibrator can also unclog a clogged duct if you’re breastfeeding. All you have to do is massage the clogged duct with the vibrator. They seriously need to stop selling them as s*xual aids and start selling them as parenting aids.

Not A Fan

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But it turns out, not everyone thinks that you should use a vibrator when trying to parent.

The original Facebook post sharing the hack got more than its fair share of negative comments. Or maybe it did get it’s fair share. It’s  a pretty unorthodox technique. Not everyone’s going to be happy about it.

The photo received over 26,000 comments, which is impressive. A lot of people had a lot to say about the subject. But hey, that’s parenting.

In Good Fun

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The Facebook post got a lot of people chiming in with their baby vibrator tips. And it got a lot of people having on the very idea.

But it also got a lot of jokes. So it’s kind of like a cross section of parenting.

“Funny, it usually takes my breath when I use it,” wrote one Facebook user. We’re guessing that she’s not using it to clear up her congestion. Or maybe she is? You never know.

Batteries Not Included

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Of course, some people were completely against the idea, but it’s not because they thought it was immoral.

“No thanks, not waisting my batteries on the child,” wrote one Facebook user. Umm. We’re pretty sure you’re not supposed to use the one for personal use on the baby.

But hey, isn’t that parenting? Your children can be really draining. They can take the life out of you and your batteries, and leave you with no way to relax.

Explain Away

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Some people were very sensitive about the suggestion that it’s okay to put your baby in the same zip code as a vibrator.

And some people had a sense of humor about it. Seriously, if someone tries this hack on their child, they should absolutely get a brand new (and clean) one. Please don’t upcycle your vibrator. That’s good for nobody, not even the Earth.

We hope that nobody got reported to child protective services over that post.

Life Hack

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It sounds really strange, but we’re not doubting that it works. We don’t know if we’d ever try it, but we’ll take their word for it.

Why would you lie about something like that? It’s so strange it has to be true.

You don’t go around telling people you put a vibrator on your baby’s back unless it actually soothed the baby. Otherwise you’d be some kind of weirdo who probably shouldn’t be left alone with a baby.

Good Vibes

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Of course, we kind of feel bad for the baby in this situation. They’re not able to talk, so they can’t say, “Hey, don’t put what’s normally an adult toy on my back.”

And we feel bad for them when they get older. Because one day they’ll realize that their parents put a vibrator on them when they were an infant.

Can you imagine having to live that down? Honestly, it’s probably better to skip this hack so your child doesn’t feel weird later on.