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Mum shares innocent snap of daughter's bedroom and is accused of 'child neglect'

Entertainment - By Mirror | December 9th 2020 at 10:50:00 GMT +0300
People didn't like that the mattress was on the floor

These days it seems no matter what you share on the internet, someone is going to take issue with it - could be a photo of your lunch or a look inside your home.

The latter recently got one mum into a spot of bother online after she shared a snap of her one-year-old daughter's bedroom on social media.

The Australian parent posted a photo of the pink room on Facebook with a cupcake inspired feature wall but instead of commenting on the decor people were quick to accuse the woman, named April, of "neglect".

This is because the child's mattress is on the floor, instead of on a bed frame.

April explained that she had set the bedroom up "Montessori" style, with the bed on the floor to allow her daughter room to move about and use her imagination while playing.

She added that the child doesn't really sleep on the mattress often, as she co-sleeps with her mum and only uses her room for naps or play.

However, many still felt this was a bad idea.

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According to The Sun, some accused April of "neglect" while others thought she was putting her daughter's health at risk by having the mattress on the floor, where it wouldn't get enough ventilation.

One person commented: "It needs to be on a base, it’s a disgusting breeding ground for mold and bacteria."

The mum was shocked by the negativity her post was met with and later updated it to clarify a few things - letting people know that the bed actually is on slats.

She added that the little girl uses the bed as a play area and also builds cubby houses with it.

"We are very minimalistic people and use this mattress throughout the day for alternative things," she said.

"Floor beds are extremely common around the world and just because in the western world it isn’t the norm doesn’t mean it's wrong."

She continued: "If you would like to call the department of child services on me for having a completely safe bed for my child tag me and I will give you my details because this is very clearly not a neglected child’s bedroom.

"Stop being mean because it literally isn’t affecting me at all, and you are making yourself look silly."

A number of people were quick to share messages of support for the mum following her update.

One wrote: "Absolutely gorgeous room. I often want to put our own mattress on the floor with my first child and have the same Montessori style bed. You have done a wonderful job."

A second replied: "Mumma you don’t need to explain what type of bed your daughter is sleeping on its none of ANYONE’S business - the wall looks great and what’s more important is that you and your daughter like it."

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