A mum’s hack for helping her baby through a cold has mums around the world convinced their local sex shop could be just as handy as the pharmacy.
From the USA to Australia, demand for vibrators just went up a notch.
No, there isn’t some fancy new model that’s making women scream the house down (but if there is, let us know and we’ll spread the word).
A doula in the US has shared a tip (pardon the pun) on Facebook - courtesy of one of her mum clients - and it’s resulted in one of the funniest comments feeds we’ve read this year. Oh yeah, and it’s really handy for babies, too.
Owner of Melons and Cuties, Crystal Snider, posted: “Our customer shares her remedy for chest congestion!! Use on baby’s back while sitting in a steamy bathroom. Brilliant!!”
Intended to help parents through the peak cold and flu season in her home state of Texas, the post has since gone viral around the world. Source: Facebook
“I share a lot of helpful things, but this one has been the most popular,” Crystal laughed as she told Kidspot.
In just five days, the post has reached more than 2.5 million people and had 10,000 shares.
"Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying." - Fran Lebowitz
“I’m amazed and mortified at the same time over the reactions,” she smiles. “It's not a taboo topic for us, it's not about sexuality. It's a mum hack!”
The owner of Melons and Cuties has been overwhelmed by the response to her very innocent post. Source: supplied
One stick, many uses
Mums with unwell babies applauded the post, thanking Crystal for sharing the very unique piece of parenting advice.
“There are so many who have said they didn't know it existed. It's peak cold and flu season here, so it's come in very handy for lots of mums.”
Vibrations are heard everywhere from NICU units to dentists. Who knew?! Source: Facebook
The breastfeeding educator says the idea of healing chest-related illnesses in babies with a vibrator isn’t anything new.
“I had a couple of clients who had been sent home from the hospital with a vibrator for their child with cardiac issues from the hospital,” she explains. “To help keep the lungs clear. It’s been used for years, but who’s going to announce they’ve been sent home with a vibrator?”
When the comments feed got a little out of control with some mum-shamers adding their five cents, Crystal added to the post to try to get it back on track: “Note that many hospitals and respiratory therapists use these in the treatment of respiratory issues on the BACK in hospital settings. It is common practice. We are just sharing the information and do NOT sell this product.”
Know when to toilet train. Look for these two signs that your child is ready to use the potty: He senses the urge to pee and poop (this is different from knowing that he's already gone), and he asks for a diaper change.
The comments make a lot of pertinent observations, to say the least. Source: Facebook
Crystal said a ‘dildo’ could also be used for helping to unblock milk ducts, placing it underneath the breast while pumping or nursing. “A midwife has told me that a mum healed mastitis while doing it,” she says.
Then there’s the multiple ways it can be used as a pain and stress reliever - other than the obvious, of course.
“Someone also mentioned she had knots in her neck and back and she carried one in her purse for that. Another use is for sciatica in pregnancy; I would suggest putting it under the leg and the pressure takes the relief off the nerve”.
We're all shook up
Aside from all the very helpful advice, the post has provided us with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.
Better keep one in the side draw, just in case of emergencies. Source: Facebook
This is one of those posts that keeps on giving. Source: Facebook
And just like we all know, one size certainly does not fit all. This very innocent application is no different.
“Someone came in my office and they said they ordered one that didn't do anything,” Crystal explains. “You would need it to have a little power in it but certainly on a lower setting for a baby than what you would use on yourself.”
Don't pay your kids to clean their rooms. "If you give them a buck to make their beds, then when you ask them to help you carry in the groceries, they'll say, 'How much? Why would I do that for free when you pay me to make my bed?'" says author and parenting expert Alyson Schafer. You can give your child an allowance as an introduction to money management and possibly for overall good behavior. But don't tie it dollar-for-dollar to everyday chores.