Parenting is not easy. Between 3am wake-up calls from a hungry newborn baby to potty training a toddler with a few wet beds along the way, it can consume your life. It’s the reality of parenthood that couples should accept before they turn on baby-making mode, especially first-time parents. Otherwise, they may find themselves signing a ‘baby-nup’.
Yes, you read that right. Baby-nups are a recent trend in the parenting world. It’s basically a prenup without any money. The baby contract splits up responsibilities between parents, but it’s not that serious. It’s in no way legally binding. The document is more like a flexible guide that allows parents to reshape and modify the responsibilities. The purpose of a baby-nup is so that both parents equally fulfill the role of a parent.
The concept might sound nice in theory, but is it really a good idea?
Some parents are shaking their heads at the thought of this silly trend. They say that parenting should already be an equal division and that if parents need a document to help them check off their responsibilities, then they are probably doing something wrong.
Others argue that using this concept turns a baby into a chore- which it is absolutely not.
‘Seems like if you have to make your husband sign this, there’s a problem. And should they really be having a baby with him?’ asked one person.
Another person shared the same opinion: ‘Why all the complications? Parents have raised kids together for thousands of years so about just both enjoy the children and split the responsibilities because that is the right thing to do.’
While baby-nup haters do exist, there are also some supporters.
A few people say there is nothing wrong with having an organizational board to help parents plan their lives, which are easily flipped upside down after a baby.
Another mom says her and her partner needed a plan because they had twins and dividing their roles was completely necessary. So haters, stop hating!