'Who is nanny?': mum freaks out after toddler starts seeing 'imaginary' nanny

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Kids can come out with some creepy stories. 

Whether it's suddenly talking about past lives or claiming to see ghosts, they can leave some raised hairs on parents' necks. 

But one mum has joked she 'may need a priest' after her toddler started talking about a 'nanny' who helps calm him down - even though both his grandmothers had died before he was born. 

Taking to Reddit's parenting thread, the mum recounted how she first learnt of 'nanny' after her hysterical son began calling out for her during a 'poop accident'.

After finding her son had covered himself and the walls with the excrement, the mum walked out of the room, saying his screaming was so loud it 'was ricocheting through my skull'.

But when she walked out, the little boy began calling out for 'nanny'. 

"Kid never had a nanny. I peeked in and said 'daddy is downstairs'," she said, 'He looked at me like I was the dumb one. 'No, I want nanny' and proceeded to continue screaming."

After telling him she would leave so 'nanny' could come in, she was halfway down her hallway before the screaming turned to giggling.

"I returned to find him sitting on the potty, hands in the air, smiling. I asked 'What did nanny tell you?'. He looked at me dead in the eye and in a whisper said 'calm down'.


The mum said her son had never met either her or her husbands' parents, who had all died, but that they had found a journal belonging to a terminally ill woman when they bought their home. 

Joking that she may need to call a priest, the mum said she was making sure to try to keep the invisible woman onside.

"I was very nice bathing this boy this evening because, apparently, he has a nanny, that I can't see. And I don't want this invisible b*tch to hate me."

The thread led many others to share their child's 'creepy' encounters. 

"My son did something similar. He used to always ask for 'Uncle Ritchie!'. I thought maybe he had heard someone else say something similar or maybe he was misunderstanding something I had said (he did this when he was like 22 to 24 months old)," said one.

"And then one day I mentioned it to my mother-in -aw. She had a brother who died before my husband was born named Ritchie that she was very close to."

Another shared how their son used to talk to his papa, who died two years before he was born. While his parents assumed he had picked it up from a movie, an incident at their grandma's house left them a little freaked out. 

"Then one day at my grandma's house he went and put his head in her lap and said 'do you miss papa, grandma? Don't be sad, he won't be gone for long'. It totally freaked me out. My grandma is in her 90's and asked me if he was born before her husband died because she couldn't remember," the mum wrote.

"I said no and without missing a beat she told my son 'tell him I say hello next time you see him'.

While others joked that the mum should make use of the extra help. 

"This is good. A nanny that helps calm the kid, and gives you some free time. Help like that, during a pandemic no less, is hard to get. Leave some cookies out just in case nanny want to be paid," they said.