Cousin Demands New Mom Pay Her Back for $2K Shirt After Newborn Throws Up

Word to the wise: Don't wear expensive clothes around babies!

What would you do if a loved one came to meet your new baby—but then asked you to pay up to cover the cost of their "ruined" shirt when your bundle of joy vomits all over it? That's exactly what happened to this new mom. Hold on to your leggings, this Reddit thread is a doozy.

"I gave birth four weeks ago, and we decided to have a 'baby ceremony' where everyone gets to meet our lovely daughter Charlotte," u/isaoas posted in the "Am I The A**hole" (AITA) subreddit. Sounds great, but it wouldn't really be a party without some family drama.

"My cousin Alice and her parents were among the guests," the mom continued. "The first thing I'll say about her is that she has expensive taste. She's the sort of person who has a minimum price range for how much she spends on clothing. She doesn't own anything that isn't designer and has some items of clothing that cost thousands. She is a banker and still lives with parents so can afford the lifestyle."

OK, can't blame Alice there—nothing wrong with spending hard-earned money on clothes you like. But, of course, there wouldn't be a Reddit rant if there wasn't more to the story.

"It was Alice's turn to hold the baby and she was happy to at first, but suddenly Charlotte vomited on her," the original poster continued. "Alice handed Charlotte back to me and ran off crying, and spent the rest of the event crying in the car. I went to see her to apologise but she didn't want to hear any of it. My mum gave her one of her shirts which was too big for her and she felt completely upset and humiliated."

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Oh, Alice. First of all, it's completely normal for babies to spit up. Anyone who's been around a baby, well, ever knows that between post-feeding spit-up and diaper changers things can get a little messy. Of course, it's entirely possible that Alice hadn't spent a lot of time around babies and was genuinely surprised by the untimely bodily excretions, but unfortunately, that wasn't the end of things.

"Today I got a call from my mum, saying that she'd been on the phone to her sister (Alice's mum) saying that they want me to reimburse the cost of the blouse (roughly £1800) since it was completely ruined," u/isaoas explained. "I have said no. At the end of the day, we all know what babies can be like. She took a risk wearing something so expensive knowing a baby was nearby and unfortunately it backfired. I feel bad for her but it was not my fault. Am I doing the right thing by refusing to pay up?"

Whoa boy. Redditors quickly chimed in confirming that the new mom was definitely not the a**hole. "Common sense to not wear expensive clothing around newborns unless you are okay with risking this happening," one user wrote. "She should have known better."

A few commenters noted that if she felt so inclined, the poster could offer to pay for cleaning the shirt. "NTA, but don't expect Alice to own up to her error," another user commented. "Asking for full payment is selfish. Paying the dry cleaning bill is all you are obligated to do."

And while some commenters noted that the mom should have passed a burp cloth around with the baby, one user pointed out that that's not foolproof either: "I mean, the baby could've easily had a giant blowout on her, so a cloth diaper or burp rag on the shoulder still isn't a guarantee."

The only real solution? Sure, stock up on burp cloths, but only wear clothes you don't mind getting a little messy when you're around babies—or, let's be honest, kids in general.

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