Posted by: brambledoula | March 24, 2008

The Baby Borrowers

Wow I think this is a horrible idea for SO many reasons. Think of the irreparable damage that could be done to these children? These are real babies, real PEOPLE, being left in the care of random teenagers. Yikes. It’s one thing for reality shows like Wife Swap where adults are able to make the decision but to pawn off innocent children who don’t have a voice to object? Not cool. Write a letter. There are better ways to teach teens it’s hard to raise a baby.

Tell NBC to Stop The Baby BorrowersPresented as a “unique social experiment” the reality TV show “The Baby Borrowers” places real infants in the care of unrelated teen couples to “test” their ability to withstand the demands of parenthood and their relationship’s strength to survive the pressure.

The show originated as a BBC production. This fall, NBC is rolling out its own version for a US audience. It films couples between the ages of 16 and 19 attempting to care for infants, toddlers, children, and eventually teenagers. Local authorities, concerned about the physical and emotional risk to the children, called on the BBC to cancel the show. Their requests were ignored, and social workers hoping to oversee the filming were turned away. Despite the protests in the UK, NBC seems equally determined to roll out their production of the show, describing it as an opportunity for the couples to “…peer into the future and see what they (and their partners) might be like if they remain together and decide to build a family.”

The Natural Child Project is voicing its concerns to NBC and calling on producers to entertain people without jeopardizing anyone’s mental health and happiness. Read the Open Letter to NBC by Jan Hunt, Director of The Natural Child Project. Send your letter of concern to:

Mr. Jeffrey Zucker
NBC Entertainment
3000 W. Alameda Avenue
Burbank, CA 91523



  1. Yikes. I totally agree with you Lynn!

  2. I write for reality TV and I’ve been looking into this. Interesting notes:
    So far only 5 episodes have been filmed (a typical season is 13 episodes)

    The producers did not compensate any of the babies, children, or preteens in order to skirt child labor laws (if they aren’t compensated, they are not employees.) The parents of these babies volunteered them up.

    A “nanny” was on site to supervise via remote camera, ready to step in and stop the filming if needed (a joke. Nannies are not licensed. How about a pediatrician or child psych instead?)

    The “teens” are all over the age of 18.

    The air date has been pushed back twice – now it’s scheduled for June.

    It was filmed in Idaho, which has not updated its child labor laws since 1911.

    Here’s a list of all of the vendors and sponsors of the program if you want to contact them!

  3. BTW – I like your new look on the site!

  4. Thx mamacita, needed something Springy 🙂

  5. Yikes! Scary stuff!

  6. Wow, who would just donate their kids for this show? It seems ok to me mostly, I mean parents are there watching as well as nannies, but seems they could compensate them a bit. Maybe college fund or something?

    Although, the show could help stem the recent tide of teen pregnancies.

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