Twin sisters Niña Williams and Cecilia Moyer are each moms to toddlers — Mariah and Beckham, who have been sharing a room while their families temporarily live together. But when Williams and Moyer noticed the little ones weren’t doing a lot of sleeping during nap time (they do fine at night), they were curious to see what they were actually doing. So the sisters set up a hidden camera. And the all-hell-breaking-loose results are hilarious.
Now the nap time video — featuring some creative “translation” commentary edited in by the moms — has gone viral since being posted to YouTube on June 18. It’s been shared by Rumble, a viral video website, and had more than 356,000 views as of Monday morning.
In the footage, as soon as the toddlers confirm that their moms have left the room, the two start up a lively toddler-babble conversation. Eventually, Beckham, 2, makes his escape from his portable crib. And when Mariah, 1 ½, throws her sippy cup to the floor, Beckham responds by throwing it back at her and accidentally hitting her on the head — though the two are quick to make up and continue with their fun.
“After this clip, we learned two things,” the sisters commented on a Facebook post of the video. “1) No sippy cups in the room. 2) We need to separate them for naps.”
And the toddlers are definitely sleeping better now that they don’t nap together. “We had no idea they were interacting so much,” Morey tells Yahoo Parenting. She adds that, after seeing the video footage, they realized the shared nap space wasn’t safe for the kids. “They fall asleep within two minutes now.”
The two sisters — along with two husbands and seven kids (soon to be eight; Williams is pregnant) — are living in the same house together while William’s house is being built. So learning to coexist in all ways is vital, even for the littlest residents.
In order to let that happen, according to NYC Sleep Doctor Janet Kennedy, she agrees that separating the toddlers was probably a good idea. “It’s really a case-by-case situation,” she tells Yahoo Parenting. But, she adds, “If it’s too exciting, too stimulating, then you want to keep them separated.” Like Williams and Morey, she was concerned for the tots’ safety after watching the video, warning that they shouldn’t be sleeping with sippy cups since they can lead to kind of trouble evidenced here.
But Dr. Harvey Karp, renowned pediatrician and author of The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep and The Happiest Toddler on the Block, says this rambunctious nap time is not only normal, but also good for kids.
“Children have this rich exchange,” Karp tells Yahoo Parenting, which, he notes, is actually the type of socialization parents often seek to encourage. He doesn’t see an issue with letting kids nap together. He does, however, stress one thing when leaving children alone: “You just have to make sure they’re safe,” he says.