I still remember it like it were yesterday. From the moment I opened my eyes at the sound of my baby’s cry. I immediately got up to find her across my bedroom tile about two feet away from the bed, her face as red as a tomato. Just praying to God my baby didn’t have a concussion or wasn’t bleeding from her head. I quickly grabbed her in hopes of giving her comfort from a bad fall. But I wondered who would comfort me for feeling like an awful mother.
I couldn’t help but feel I was a bad parent. I told myself this is what happens when I co-sleep with my daughter. Usually every morning my husband is the first one up. He always barricades the side he sleeps on with pillows to make sure she doesn’t go rolling right off, because Alice tends to toss and turn. Alice being an active baby that she is; full of spunk and curiosity, was up before I was that morning. The fort of pillows were gone, and so was my baby. Somehow, she had lost her way but found the floor. Although, she seemed to have recovered quickly after being in my arms, the sense of alertness still lingered as I carefully inspected her to make sure there weren’t any bruises. Even though she was alright, I was the one in tears.
So…unfortunately, accidents do happen. Whether we want them to or not. Please remember that doesn’t make you a bad parent. As long as you establish awareness from that point on, you will always know that prevention is key.
However, in case this does happen to you and just don’t know what to do, here are a few tips that will probably serve some use.
- ACT FAST—Always, immediately make sure they are alright. Comfort them because they do not understand what happened, nor why.
- STAY CALM—I know a lot of moms first reaction is too panic. But let’s be honest, it really doesn’t help
- CHECK FOR SYMPTOMS—Often times when a baby (or practically anyone) that has a bad fall will lose consciousness or tend to be abnormal from their usual self. Check for injury as well. Anything that might seem off, please contact your child’s doctor.
- PREVENTION—Take it as an opportunity, a lesson learned; to be a little more cautious to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Never leave them unsupervised anywhere they can get hurt.
Really, it might not be the last time they fall, but just by educating yourself on what to do, will come a long way.