A couple in Japan has managed to prevent their toddler from crying in the absence of his mother thanks to an ingenious parenting hack.
The trick, which the child’s father shared on Twitter, involves the use of giant cardboard cutouts, which are placed in strategic locations around their house.
According to the father, their 1-year-old son cries as soon as his mother disappears from sight.
To prevent this behavior, they decided to use life-sized cardboard cutouts of hers as a temporary “Big Mummy.”
In a now-viral video, the child can be seen giving occasional glances to his “Big Mummy” while watching cartoons and playing with his toys.
The experiment appears to have worked, as the young boy believed that his mother was just around the corner for a good 20 minutes.
The cutouts, made from cardboards they purchased from the supermarket, are placed out of the toddler’s reach to ensure that he does not figure out the scheme.
His father, who goes by the username @sato_nezi, said that such things “may be useful occasionally.”
The parenting hack has now gone viral since its posting on Dec. 8 with over 123,000 views and 47,000 retweets.
Japanese Twitter users had mixed reactions about it:
“This is a brilliant idea.”
“Ten years later, his son might be out studying with a cardboard.”
“This is insanely funny. It seems to be useful when having to go to the bathroom.”
“I wonder what happens when the cardboard and the actual mother appear at the same time.”
“I think it’s a very good idea, but at the same time, I’m worried about the child getting used to seeing his mother all the time.”