Parents Are Spilling Water On Babies For A Controversial TikTok Challenge

Lex Gabrielle 19 Jun 2020

As it usually goes with social media, trends come and go. It seems that over the last few years, more and more social media platforms have popped up for everyone to use. Long gone are the days of just MySpace or Facebook. Now we have Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, Tumblr, and so much more. Sometimes, it's hard to even keep up with all these apps and platforms.

TikTok is the latest video-sharing platform that all millennials love to use.

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Millennials and Gen Z seem to be obsessed with the quick-video sharing platform. Much like the Vine app from a few years ago, TikTok lets you create short videos and share them instantly with the world.

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While not everyone "gets" TikTok, there's no denying its populairty.

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Many people from older generations don't necessarily use or understand the platform, but videos are being shared rapidly and trends are stemming from the social media app.

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Many times, the viral video trends include pranking or using other people.


The appeal is to catch others off guard and film their reactions. Sometimes, people on TikTok use their significant others and their family. But, recently, moms have been using their kids.

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The latest TikTok video trend has to do with moms catching their babies by surprise.

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The moms set up their phones with the baby and themselves in focus, and, usually play some music in the background to keep things "viral and fresh." But, some think that what happens next is problematic.

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The new video trend has to do with "accidentally" spilling water on your baby.

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The moms use a cup or water bottle to spill some water on their babies heads and film how they react to it. While some babies laugh it off and think it's funny, others not so much.

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Some videos included babies who were crying and angry.

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Not every kid wants to be splashed with water, especially when they are taken by surprise. Kids get scared easily at a young age, and it doesn't make it easier when mom is dousing them in water.

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Therefore, many moms are not happy with this new trend.


Some of the videos posted showed that their kids were scared and crying (although moms said they were fine immediately after). Moms, of course, began commenting saying how the trend was "wrong" and shameful.

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All of the moms who tried the trend assured the TikTok community that no babies were harmed in the making of their videos.

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Even though some kids didn't seem to enjoy the water splash, all kids get over things rather quickly. Many of the kids were fine moments later, according to the moms on the social media platform.

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All and all, one thing is for sure about social media.

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When you're going to post your kids or doing things with your kids, you leave yourself open to the possibility of being "mommy-shamed" by others online. As always, it's a double-edge sword.

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