Father and mother took their son for a day out at a nearby location where he began to babble and play, much to the annoyance of a woman who then requested that they either hush their child or leave so that she and her partner could enjoy their day.
The father was quick to object
The father was quick to object, insisting that the lady should be ashamed of herself for making other parents feel bad about having fun in a public space where noise should be expected.
Should You Stay or Go When Your Child is Disruptive?
It's no secret that kids can be pretty noisy and unpredictable; they might cry, babble, giggle, and carry on just about anywhere and at any time without much regard for etiquette.
This has sparked a recent debate on a Reddit post regarding whether or not parents should leave a place if their child is causing annoyance to others or simply stay put.
Coffee Break with Baby
The husband took to Reddit to share that he and his wife decided to grab a cup of coffee and a pastry with their 8-month-old son at a café near the local park.
Vocal Baby and Noisy Toy
The parents noticed that their son had become more vocal lately and was particularly fond of playing with his plastic toy, which had rubber strings that produced a gentle sound.
Although the toy made some noise, it was not loud enough to be considered annoying, unlike those toys with speakers.
Sunshine, Pastry, and Family Time
The family of three enjoyed their coffee and pastry while seated outside, taking in the sunshine and their son's cheerful babble, happy that the temperature wasn't too high.
Elderly Couple's Disapproval
A few tables over, an elderly couple arrived and shot the family a disapproving glance before making a loud remark about how parents with babies ruin the experience for everyone else.
Husband's Response to a Noise Complaint
After a few minutes of their son's babbling, the lady asked the parents if they could keep their baby's voice down, to which the husband replied that they would try but couldn't make any promises.
Music Fails To Calm the Baby
Despite putting on Ms. Rachel to keep their baby quiet, the parents couldn't prevent him from clapping or babbling. The father notes that they played the song at iPhone volume level 2, which was just enough for the baby to hear but barely audible from a foot and a half away.
Asking Parents To Leave
As the parents were getting ready to leave, the older woman turned to them and asked them to leave so that she and her husband could enjoy their day out.
The husband fired back, reminding the lady that they were at a local park and outdoor café and that she had no right to make them feel bad for spending time with their son.
The Lady Responds
In response to the husband's retort, the lady said that she never took her kids out when they made noise and implied that the parents should do the same.
The lady's husband tried to calm the situation, but the father's temper got the best of him and he made a remark about how the woman should feel ashamed of herself for making other parents feel guilty about enjoying a day out with their child.
Was This Comment Necessary Though?
According to the OP's wife, the last personal comment made by her husband was unnecessary, as it turned the situation into a personal attack. A coworker also advised that it would have been better to ignore the older lady and avoid a confrontation altogether.
Husband Seeks Validation After Park Incident
The wife is now hesitant to go out again with her husband after the incident to avoid him responding that way to another person. Although he believes he was justified, he still seeks validation from the Reddit community.
Enjoy Babbling While You Can
“NTA. You're right, if they don't want to hear everyday noises, they can stay home,” the top comment reads. “Enjoy your son's babbling, it turns into teenage silence way too quickly!”
One Redditor who voted “NTA” stated that the complaining lady should have followed her own advice by not going out if she couldn't handle the noise: “If she can't shut up and make nonsense noise, she should have stayed at home.”
“We Live In A Society, Get Over It”
“I'm sick and tired of this hatred that has become popular against kids in public places,” one commenter expressed.
“Baby babble is adorable and necessary for their development. You did nothing wrong. People just need to get over the fact that sometimes they will have to share a public space with children.”
“Not Everyone Finds The Babbling To Be Adorable”
The sound of a baby babbling may bring joy to some, but not everyone finds it adorable. One commenter who shares this opinion wisely recognized that public places naturally come with the risk of being annoyed by others.
Therefore, they “wouldn’t confront or say anything to the parents,” in this case.
Child-Free But Supportive
An “NTA” voter who chose to remain child-free also acknowledged that not everyone finds the sound of baby babbling cute. However, this doesn’t justify the lady’s request for the parents to leave.
“I can’t imagine telling a parent that their kid shouldn’t be at a public park. If I had a problem, I would move or get up and leave,” they wrote.
Child-Free Reddit User Finds Baby Babbling Adorable
Another child-free individual chimed in but with a different perspective, finding the baby's babbling to be cute.
“I don’t really enjoy being around kids being loud or obnoxious, but a baby babbling is so cute,” they commented. ”They’re just excited about life and enjoying every single moment.”.
“Is Your Son Thor?”
A commenter in the thread added a humorous perspective, jokingly suggesting that for a small child to disturb people in an outdoor café, they “must have a babble like a thunderstorm.”
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