The baby is bathed with tap water in the park by his father.
A video shared by a Sina Weibo user @高茜茜茜, showing a middle-aged man using tap water to bathe his one-year-old son in a garden in Chengdu, has attracted a lot of attention and sparked a large-scale debate online.
Weibo user @高茜茜茜, surnamed Chen, said that she thought it was cruel to bathe a baby in such cold water, reports Sina News.
Several residents told reporters that it wasn’t the first time that the father had bathed the baby in cold water.
According to a lady surnamed Hu, the toddler’s parents are both sanitation workers.
The baby’s mother Luo Chun, who gave birth to her son at the age of 41, told reporters that she disagreed with her husband in the beginning, whereas the baby’s father, named Tan Juncheng, said that boys should be toughened up during childhood. “What if he needs to live in the wilderness?” he added.
The father started training his son to withstand cold showers since he was six months old. However, did he mention that it was not the norm. “But mostly, we use warm water to bathe him,” he said.
Luo Chun expressed confidence in the effectiveness of the method, saying that the baby hasn’t fallen ill once since birth.
Xiang Long, a doctor from a hospital in Chengdu, suggested that Tan’s parenting method is too extreme. As a baby, it’s easy to catch a cold when exposed to such cold temperatures. He also added that the unsterilized tap water in the garden will bring the child into contact with many different types of bacteria.
Here is a video of the baby enjoying a nice cold shower.
A web user named @小天你能不能去看书0-0 said, “This is normal. Chairman Mao took cold showers, too.”
Another named @小云云的小云云 said, “Bathing in public? If the father wants to train the baby to be tougher, he needs to go back home to do that. How could he bathe his kid in a public place.”
“Why can’t the father pour the cold water on his own body?” user @ 小樱桃滴嫲嫲 wrote in a fit of anger.
When it comes to parenting, everyone has their own method. In 2012, a video of “eagle dad” went viral, where a father forced his four-year-old son to run naked in the snow.
By Lucy Liu
[Video via Sina Video]