The Mom Test – Letting a Child Free Friend Do “Mom Tasks”

by Katie Reed
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fisher-Price . All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently I shared a post about our new Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard and how easy it is to put together. It’s become our go-to spot for baby Chester to play, and because it is so portable, we have taken it with us various places as a pop-up play space/sleep nook! We are LOVING this thing!

Peace of Mind Every Day with the Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard

But I got to thinking about the simplicity of this thing and wondering if it is just because I have had to put together so many complicated playpens before. Maybe it is only easy in comparison. So to figure it out, I decided to involve one of my child-free friends. I called up my friend, Candace and asked if she’d be willing to be put through her paces doing a “Mommy Test.” I explained I wanted to gauge the relative difficulties of various parenting tasks, and I needed someone who was basically clueless. She was happy to help.

Perhaps the first test I should have given her was engaging with kids. My older boys were slightly afraid of her, though she did her best to win them over. We finally got them to give her a chance by promising them a treat. It must have worked because days later my two year old was wandering the house looking for his friend, Candace, and he was awfully put out when I said she wasn’t there.

The Mommy Test - Do the kids like you?

Once we’d all been properly acquainted, I set the rules for Candace, promising to grade her performance in each of five basic tasks of motherhood.

The Mommy Test - How to Make a Bottle

The very first test I gave her involved her having to make a bottle for the baby. I gave her our most complicated bottle to put together and then made her follow the directions for baby formula. I could have had her defrost some breast milk, but I thought I’d go easy on her for her first time.

The results were predictably hilarious. Her confusion over putting the bottle together had us all in fits of giggles, but I was proud when she managed to get it in working order after only two attempts. Her results with the formula were a little less impressive. Following the instructions, she added one scoop of formula to two ounces of warm water. She realized that this was a tiny amount and would not be enough for the baby, but she couldn’t quite figure out how to multiply. In the end, she asked advice from my four year old, who told her to add more water. In the end, she had about 8 oz of water and only one scoop of formula.

Result: FAIL

The Mommy Test - Changing a diaper

One proviso Candace had when she agreed to do this test is that she would NOT change a real diaper. So we were nice and had her change Dexter’s teddy bear instead. Of course, before she got there, I smeared a bit of chocolate spread in the diaper so that when she opened it, she got quite a shock!

All that said, she only got mildly confused at this task, wondering aloud which way the diaper was supposed to go. She figured it out, but I had to knock some points off when she “wiped” the “baby” from back to front instead of front to back.

Result: PASS

The Mommy Test - Swaddling

Candace went into this one fairly confident. She related to us that she used to swaddle her baby dolls all the time as a kid. She also expressed mistrust of our large swaddling blanket and asked, “Don’t they have those burrito blankets now?” I reminded her that in this scenario, she is a mom on a budget, and fancy blankets aren’t high on the priority. Her response of, “A budget? What’s that?” was very telling.

Her first try of swaddling was less than impressive. She didn’t wrap her bear baby very tightly, and she forgot to support his head, which should have been an automatic fail. But I was nice and gave her a do-over. She tried again, this time supporting the head, but it still wasn’t particularly tight. I gave her a pity pass for this one.

Result: PASS (but really a FAIL)

The Mommy Test - Installing a baby gate

I may have been a little unkind with the next task, having Candace set up a baby gate. We have a few of them laying around, and I unintentionally gave her one that was broken. As she tried over and over again to get it to stay in the doorway, she kept telling me it was not working due to a fault. My response was, “You’re a mom. Figure it out.”

I finally took pity on her and gave her one which was in full working order, and though it took her a little while, she finally made it work. To test it, we let Daniel (2 years old) try to get past it. It stopped him in his tracks. I then let Dexter (4 years old) try, and he climbed over it with no problem. I told Candace that she should have raised it a little bit so that they couldn’t go over or under it. But my husband quickly jumped to her defense and said it wasn’t fair to do that. I grudgingly gave her a pass.

Result: PASS

The Mommy Test - Putting together a play yard

Finally we made it to the final task, and the one I was really curious about. I let Candace loose on our Fisher-Price play yard. I told her to feel free to follow the instructions that came with it, but she pointed out that they were helpfully written on the actual product itself!

Having never before put together any sort of play pen before, I was really curious as to whether she’d be able to figure it out or not. I needn’t have worried. She had a plan! Her plan involved yelling for her husband to come and do it for her! Sorry, Candace, but that’s not really in the rules.

Though it took her a few minutes, she was able to construct the whole thing with very little fuss. In fact, the main bit was done in about 90 seconds, which included time to read the directions!

She did get slightly confused about the extra sleeper bit, but once she looked at the photo on the box, she understood what it was for and was able to put it together with ease.

The Mommy Test - Putting together a play yard

I was very proud of her for taking the time to make sure her bear baby was properly secured in the seat. Well done, Candace!

Result: PASS

I guess this speaks volumes about the ease of use with the Fisher Price Ultra-Lite Day and Night Play Yard. Remember you can Purchase at Walmart for yourself or a friend. It would make a GREAT baby shower gift. If you’re expecting, put it on your registry because I’m telling you it is the BEST there is. Only half the weight of other play yards, it is supremely portable. And with the attachable inclined sleeper it allows your baby to get amazing sleep, day or night! And the best thing yet is that it comes with a really great changing pad that you can keep in the outer pocket. It is the perfect product for new moms or seasoned pros.

What do you think? Would you be able to pass the Mom Test?

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Joanne T Ferguson August 5, 2015 - 11:04 pm

I think it is important that people without child can do what mums do every day it gives them an insight into how much is actually done

Robin Rue (@massholemommy) August 6, 2015 - 4:32 am

I know that before I was a mom, I would have had completely different test results than after. I knew nothing about babies until I had one.

Christy Maurer August 6, 2015 - 5:30 am

LOL I love this post! All of the pictures totally bring it to life :) I feel for your friend.
i should put my almost 21 year old daughter through this test and show her how much I had to struggle as her mom lol!

Jeannette August 6, 2015 - 6:19 am

This is too funny! It’s so true that we just learn how to do things as moms and likely we weren’t too great at them before we had to learn. I loved seeing you put your friend to the test!

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly August 6, 2015 - 7:44 am

nope and I wouldn’t even try! I don’t have kids, I don’t want kids and she is a very good friend and sport because I would not go through any of those paces quite frankly! So I suggest you buy her dinner – at minimum! =)

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle August 6, 2015 - 10:26 am

LOL. I love it! I wish I had had a crash course like this back in the day. My play pen was a nightmare!

Breanna August 6, 2015 - 11:00 am

Haha! I love this post – it was a comical read, and very well written :) Loved the pictures, too! It’s not easy being a mom – but the rewards are surely amazing! :)

Megan Elford August 6, 2015 - 11:13 am

Wow, Candace did pretty great! I must say, that play yard does look much easier to assemble than many of the ones that I’ve used (and I’ve used a ton of different ones!).

Liz Leiro August 6, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Love your idea to test out the simplicity of the product! And Candice seems like she was a great sport through the mommy-Olympics you put her through, haha. :)

Luckily I am the oldest of 4 and have been helping my mom with the kids since I was 3 so most of this stuff I’ve done before – although I’m sure it’ll be different when it’s my own child and not my sibling, lol.

rika August 6, 2015 - 12:15 pm

This is a must have item, especially for new parents! We had a playard but not quite impressed with the quality. I’ll tell my friend about this

Alli August 6, 2015 - 2:52 pm

This was such a fun read! If someone that has never put together a play yard can put the Fisher Price one together so easily, it’s a winner in my book. Of course, I love all Fisher Price products because they are always so well made.

Cara (@StylishGeek) August 6, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Will I pass this same test too? I certainly hope so! Most of what’s in your test are the basics stuff and I can still handle those :).

Liz Mays August 6, 2015 - 6:57 pm

The play yard sounds really easy to put together. It would be really convenient to bring around since it’s so portable.

Kate Danielle August 6, 2015 - 8:09 pm

What a great idea. I also believe that you get familiar with the brands you use… I am a pro at Britax Stollers and Graco Pack-n-plays but I have been stumped by a few baby products that are not the brands I use.

Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey August 6, 2015 - 8:11 pm

I hope she enjoyed your mom test! Your play yard sounds very cool. I had my experiences on those playpens that’s so hard to assemble, really a pain!

Annemarie LeBlanc August 7, 2015 - 5:04 am

I think your friend did pretty well! There really is a lot to learn when you are a first time mom. Thanks for sharing this post. I enjoyed reading it.

Ourfamilyworld August 7, 2015 - 7:47 am

That was fun! I admire Candace for being so game on this. A little more practice and she’ll be an axpert in no time.

Rebecca Swenor August 7, 2015 - 8:28 am

This is a great post. As moms we all know it can become frustrating when we have trouble putting things together. This Fisher Price Ultra Light Day and Night Play Yard sound like it is easy to put together in no time which is great for all parents. Thanks for sharing. what most parents say. lol

lisa August 7, 2015 - 9:33 am

There were many a time I put my child free friends to the test when my kids were young. It gave them the opportunity to see how the other side lives!

Ann Bacciaglia August 7, 2015 - 10:12 am

This i s a great idea. I should try this with one of my friends that are trying to get pregnant. The play yard is so easy to set up.

Michelle | Divas With A Purpose August 7, 2015 - 10:57 am

How fun!!! I’ve got some great upcoming shower games thanks to this article! Your friend is such a great sport and we all need that child-free friend around :)

CourtneyLynne August 7, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Hahaha this cracked me up!!!!! I’m always so hesitant to let non parents do parent things because I remember how clueless I was pre mommy days lol

Chubskulit Rose August 7, 2015 - 3:02 pm

That is awesome that Candace passed the test. She is well-ready to become a Mom!

aly mashrah August 7, 2015 - 3:35 pm

That is awesome! haha I used to do that for my sisters all the time before having my own son.

Jesica H August 7, 2015 - 7:04 pm

Parenting is a live and learn, as your go and grow thing isn’t it! I got a good chuckle out of these!

Tiany Davis August 7, 2015 - 11:19 pm

This is hilarious!! While I thought I was prepared for parenthood when I had my first, I quickly came to realize I was clueless! LOL

Tiffany August 9, 2015 - 1:37 am

What a fun post! I wonder if I would have passed these before having kids and HAVING to do them correctly! :)

Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies August 9, 2015 - 11:49 am

This was such a funny post to read but so true at the same time! I sure hope that I would pass the mom test!

Krystal August 10, 2015 - 5:39 am

Oh how I can relate. I sure hope that I could pass! I guess I need to give it a try! ;)