AACAP calls on NBC to pull baby reality show

July 7, 2008

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is calling on NBC to pull its reality show "The Baby Borrowers," in which babies and toddlers are separated from their parents and placed with strangers for three days.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is calling on NBC to pull its reality show The Baby Borrowers, in which babies and toddlers are separated from their parents and placed with strangers for three days.

The AACAP stated that separating babies and toddlers from their parents for extended periods of time can lead to feelings of distress and anxiety by damaging a healthy sense of attachment and security. Additionally, if a child experiences prolonged separation, he or she can feel distrust for his or her primary caregiver.

Furthermore, viewers may emulate the practice of "baby borrowing" in their own lives, thinking that it is an acceptable parenting practice.

The Baby Borrowers, based off of the 2007 British show of the same name, aired its first episode on June 25.