Baby Borrowers, a new show on NBC, has young couples see what it’s like to have a baby at their age when they are put in charge of an infant or toddler for several days. Some teens screening the premiere found the living conditions of the TV couples very unrealistic and certainly not typical of what the average teen mom faces.
“No way!” [Cassie Hadley, an 18-year-old mother from Martinez] blurts upon discovering that the show’s five teen couples have been moved into spacious homes on a quiet suburban cul-de-sac for this intriguing prime-time experiment.
“They should be in trailers or in tiny, crowded apartments,” says Hadley, as she bounces her 1-year-old son, Money, on her knee. “That’s just not realistic.”
Eliza Nino, 16, and Nayelli Gallardo, 18, also teen mothers with babies in tow, nod in agreement.
“They would never be able to afford those houses,” says Gallardo, a Concord resident who lives in an apartment with four other family members, including her 2-month-old son, Mario.