How One Little Baby Seat Sparked a Viral Online Parenting Debate

This new baby seat is pitting parents against one another on Facebook.
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If there's one thing that becomes abundantly clear the minute you give birth, it's that everyone has an opinion about everything you do.

Case in point: this 30-second clip that shows a baby sleeping on a new infant seat that promises to make babies feel "held" even when they're not. It even has stimulated heartbeat sounds built in.

It's called the Babocush, and it sounds pretty cool, right?

Not so fast. The promo video has apparently sparked a heated debate over whether or not the seat takes away the crucial parent-baby bond, and it's now going viral with more than 10 million views and 25,000 comments!

"Really? Baby won't hear your heartbeat, have your smell or feel your warmth," wrote one commenter. "They are tiny for such a short time. Make the most of it -- cleaning will be there tomorrow."

"Wow if you're too busy to hold your baby why bother having one?" asked another.

Way harsh.

My take? Where the hell was this thing back when I had newborns?

Babocush, for its part, has pretty much taken the whole controversy in stride. After all, any press is good press, right? The company took the high road on Facebook, posting the following recent update: "In response to the overwhelming amount of conversations happening in the comments on the Facebook page, we have set up a support group that parents can join to ask questions and get information. This group is designed specifically for those who either need support and advice and those who are experienced to give it to those who are struggling. Please do not use it as a place to bash other mothers or discredit the Babocush. Haters and abusive comments will be removed immediately."

If you would like to join The Baba Babes, check it out.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.

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