My best friend called me and told me her 3 month old had rolled off the change table. WHAT?! Terrible. She must have been so scared. But man, that would never happen to….WHAT?! ME?! My 9 week old just rolled off the change table. But I was right there…I just bent down to grab…he doesn't even roll yet. Omg, Omg, is he breathing? Omg, that red bump looks pretty bad. We need ice. I should have bought that boo boo buddy. Omg, his head is getting bigger. Is his head getting bigger? Come on, baby, focus, follow my finger. Can babies follow fingers? Oh no, his drool looks weird. Luckily he can keep a secret, because my husband will never, ever know about this.
After a day filled with frantic thoughts, extreme guilt, and a lot of online message board trolling to find other moms who made the same mistake, the baby was perfectly fine but I was not. I was a wreck. So guilty. I knew better. I tuck those straps beside the change pad every single time I change a diaper. I took first aid, I heard the safety guy speak at my mom group. I knew very well I should have been strapping the baby down to avoid this very situation. But I didn't. And you know what? I still don't. But I do think about that poor baby's boo boo all the time. It changed the way I change diapers. I make sure everything I need is on the table before I change him, and I don't budge from the table until it's done. (FYI, they wiggle out of the straps too)
I'm a good Mom. Ironically, my husband would say I'm too protective (he may change is mind now) but boo boos are bound to happen. Babies are going to tumble and stumble their way through the world for the first couple of years. It's our jobs to keep them injury free when we can and be there with ice and snuggles when we can't.
Four things that will help keep boo boos at bay:
Cupboard latches – I'm a nut for them. They keep all the house evils at bay, including sharp objects, poisons, breakables and my chocolate.
Safety Gate – I'd be lost without them. I used my baby's room as giant play pen. I made sure it was entirely baby proofed and put a gate in his doorway. He has a ton of room to wander and play and can still see me and feel like he's a part of the action.
Baby Monitor – I used mine until my son was 3yo. Hearing or seeing them peacefully sleeping puts a moms worried mind to rest (in 60min increments)
Sun shade – This one is less about baby safety and more about road safety. We've all had a screaming baby blinded by the sun in the back seat. We awkwardly reach back at a red light and fumble with the car seat shade, or hat, or blanket, or whatever we can grab to shield their eyes. Get a sun shade for the kids, and right away. Trust me, you'll never regret it.
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