Does anyone else have scary stories of their baby falling?

Melissa - posted on 11/21/2010 ( 48 moms have responded )

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So I feel TERRIBLE! We layed my son down for his nap and about 15 min. later we heard a horrifying scream and then a terrible cry we ran in and he was on the floor...He had pulled himself up and flipped over the crib! SCARED me to death....
I had no idea my son could pull himself up...up untill today he has shown no interest! So Scary!! He is fine and only creid briefly more so because it scared him...
Please tell me I am not the only mom out there that has experienced a scary unsafe situation with their baby!

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Felisha - posted on 12/28/2012

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Falls will happen a lot along with many bumps and bruises. My baby girl just turned 11 months and from 4 months up since becoming mobil she has fallen off beds, the couch, slipped in kitchen hit her head on the floor, tripped and hit the coffee table it's just part of being a baby. I freaked out a lot but we as woman and mothers have an intuition that we will truly know if something is terribly wrong. Also just watching your baby and making sure they act ok, we know our kids better than anyone and just being educated on symptoms that could occur after falling if something is truly wrong and you can google those. I used google alot for everything and every question aswell as asking other moms. I hope this helps and your baby is doing ok!!

Kristen - posted on 12/17/2010

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My oldest daughter when she was 10 months did the same thing. She pulled herself up and flipped right out of the crib. We heard a loud "boom!" She was fine. Just scared of what happened. And recently with our little one, when she was 3 months I was taking a nap while my husband was cooking dinner. Our 2 year old was playing and the baby was in the car seat on the table but the handle bar was down. Our oldest some how flipped her car seat and she landed on the kitchen floor. She was bleeding from her nose so she rushed to the ER where they did a cat scan. It was horrifying!!! I cried for hours and your older daughter still talks about it 6 months later in detail. our baby is fine. no head trauma at all!!! it happens to us all!! we learn and become stronger!! :-)

Renee - posted on 12/16/2010

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This summer my 2 year old was sitting at the kitchen table eating dinner. I had gotten up to get him more milk and all of a sudden I hear a crash and him screaming. He had pushed his chair back from the table and the chair tipped backwards. He was strapped to a booster seat on the chair so he couldn't get up. His head cracked into the back of the chair. My husband is a paramedic and my son's behavior scared him after the fall. He snuggled into me and just wanted to sleep after he was done screaming. Then when he was just whining, he started to throw up. My son has never thrown up before and never has since. He threw up 3 times and we took him to the ER. After being there for about 2 hours he started to act "normal" again. When my son learned how to crawl out of crib at about 18mos old, we found out he could do this when he fell over the edge of the crib in the middle of the night. The next night he slept in his play pen with the crib mattress on the floor next to it. I found a "crib tent" and that solved the issue of him crawling out of his crib for another 6mos until he learned how to unzip it from the inside. How he did it I have NO clue yet to this day as the zipper tucks into a little pocket from the OUTSIDE.
Then with my daughter born 3/19/10, when she was about 2 weeks old I could hear her choking and gagging in her crib. I ran over to her and picked her up. Her lips were turning blue so I turned her upside down, head towards the ground and patted her back- infant Heimlich- nothing came out but she all of a sudden just gasped for air and turned pink again. Thank God for infant monitors!!!

Melissa - posted on 11/26/2010

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I am so carzy I am sitting hear crying reading these stories because so many moms can relate..silly...anyway thanks for the stories...we have tuff babies now!

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Nicki - posted on 04/23/2013

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My now 3 year old was down the hall, with my husband when he was 18 months old. There used to be a cabinet in my son's room and he'd opened and closed the doors on it a million times with no incident. I was in the kitchen at my laptop and I heard a loud crash, a scream that made my blood run cold and then heard my husband screaming "Oh no...Oh no...". I race down the hall to see blood running down my baby boy's face and the cabinet on the floor next to him. Daddy had been less than six inches away, turned his back for half a second and Patrick had pulled the cabinet just so and it had fallen over and split his forehead open. I had to race outside to keep myself together long enough to call 911. An ambulance trip, a 5.5 hour ER stay and 15-17 stitches later we came home. The split in his forehead had gone down to his skull, but we were blessed that there was no concussion and no damage to his brain. I got no sleep that night, as every time I heard him breath very deep I was up and checking on him. I felt awful for not being in the room with him, my husband felt awful for not catching the cabinet in time. Our little ones are so fast that even when we are right there, accidents will sometimes happen. I am just thankful that we were blessed with him being okay. You are not the only one to feel that fear and know that hugs are sent to you from Texas.

Maria - posted on 04/21/2013

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You can't sue anybody unless you have a reason, if your son is healthy six years later you don't have a case. That's awful though.

Karen - posted on 04/20/2013

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my son was three days old and he fell out of the bed in the hospital nursery. They told us the latches was locked and he kicked them unlocked , made the door come open and then rolled out the bed. He was 3 days old and they said they found him laying on the nursery floor face down crying. He is going to be 6 yrs old next month and is healthy. I think about getting a lawyer and sueing them what do yall think?

Meagan - posted on 12/24/2012

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My son was 5 weeks an I woke up in the middle of the night to feed an change and burp him I was sitting up in my bed as was he and he was in my left arm and my phone went off and I reached for it with my right hand and i guess it startled him he jump and fell out of my arm and onto the floor and starts screaming I threw the phone down and jumped off the bed and picked him up and held him and kept apologizing and crying I didn't know what to do he is 3 months now and I still haven't told anyone till now I thought I was the only one and that I was the worlds worse mom since then he's been fine his doctor says everything is great and I'm smarter with how I sit or stand or hold him.

Jessica - posted on 12/18/2010

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Just the other night... up until then, if I laid him on our bed for a second to grab something out of the closet, put something away, etc. he just laid there and watched me. All of a sudden, I turned to see him roll over and start to try to slide himself off the bed. Before I could catch him, he lost his balance and fell back, bumping his head on the floor. He, too, only cried briefly, but it scared me to death!

As a mom of two, I know how the first time something like that happens, it is really scary. With my oldest, I was carrying him and slipped on the steps and fell down the stairs with him in my arms. He didn't get hurt (I did), but he cried because he was scared. Don't feel bad... things like this happen even to the best of us parents! I'll bet your son won't do it again! :)

Stacey - posted on 12/05/2010

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You're not the first and you wont be the last.
I put my daughter down on my bed once while getting her dressed and I dropped her pants on the floor, I bent down for barely a second and she rolled right off the bed onto wooden floor boards. She was fine, just a bump on her forehead and a bit of a shock.
Accidents happen, they teach us to be a bit more careful next time. Don't worry too much about it, I'm sure there will be plenty more falls over the years.

Melissa - posted on 12/05/2010

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My son hasnt learned to climb out of his crib yet thank goodness, but the other day he was standing up holding on to the coffee table trying to walk around the corner of it and he lost his footing and fell and hit his mouth on the corner of the table. I didnt even know what he hit until I picked him becausue he was screaming and shaking, he had his hand in his mouth and when I pulled his hand out there was blood from where he hit his gums. It took me twenty minutes to calm him down and when it happened it scared me because that was a huge first!

Autumn - posted on 12/04/2010

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My daughter (now 8 months) fell off the bed when she was 5 weeks old. I had a TERRIBLE stomach virus (both ends, too much info, I know). It was the day of my grandfather's funeral, which was 3 hours away from where we lived. I had to force myself to make it. My brother drove, and I rode in the back seat with a puke bucket in between my legs. The day was long. I was so weak that I could barely walk, so my husband and brother had to take turns caring for my daughter during the trip. When I finally got home that evening, I was ready to collapse. I was breastfeeding then. The first thing I did was change my clothes and climb into bed with the baby to feed. Of course, this was a bad idea, but I had no choice. I immediately fell asleep with my daughter in my arms attached to my breast. Not even five minutes later, my husband was shaking me to wake up because our daughter had rolled off of me and into the floor. I was so sick and delirious that it took a while for me to realize what had happened. We then had to make a trip to the ER. Luckily, she was perfectly fine. Babies handle falls better than you think.

Tiffany - posted on 12/03/2010

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I had our 8 month old daughter sitting in her bumbo on the kitchen table, I thought I had it back far enough but I was wrong, and our 2 yr old son ran by and grabbed her leg and she fell face first to the floor! She had bruises on her forehead and nose but other then that she was fine! I was really freaked out because the nurse at the hospital gave me that look and was like so what happend right when we got out of the ambulance! And my 2 yr old son fell off the couch and bed! When he just learned how to climb on to the couch he fell off and split his forehead open on the entertainment center. As much as you try to prevent anything from happening, somethings going to happen. Dont feel bad, you didnt know so there wasnt anything you could do to prevent it!

Elizabeth - posted on 12/02/2010

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My 3rd child rolled off the couch when he was 3 mths old and slammed his face into the metal bar under the table. My 3mth old had a black eye! Talk about feeling terrible!!! That was the worst, but I think all my babies have rolled off the bed/couch something, but the eye was the worst! I have 4 kids, it just happens, almost every Mom does it and it has no reflection on whether you are a good Mom or not! Kids get hurt!

Melissa - posted on 12/02/2010

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Tammie dont rush it she will get it sooner than you think! Our son was the same way! but you prob. should move the crib down if its not already just in case she decides to do it her crib! Ya I have no idea how he launched himself over the rails...he is a shorty so i didnt really think he would be able to! That same week he decided to crawl, walk in his walker and wave...it all happened out of no where! Now I want to prees pause because so much is happening with him now...oh and the standing in the crib is driving me crazy because he doesnt know how to lay back down so I am constantly going in and putting him back down..uugghhh!

Tammie - posted on 12/02/2010

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That is scary! I'm a little impressed that your son is able to pull himself over to clip. Kidding sort of... My daughter will stand holding something, but she refuses to crawl, and doesn't really pull herself up.. You have to stand her up.. She yells and grunts till we stand her up... Should I let her have a fit in order for her to figure out how to pull herself up?? I'm not in a rush for her to get big, but I want her to meet all her milestones too:-)

Yvonne - posted on 12/01/2010

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omg my son has fallen off the bed numerious times and now that he pulls himself up im too scared to leave him in his crib!1 but yes i believe everyone has experienced there child falling off the bed or there crib babies just move too much can't really control it

Ann - posted on 12/01/2010

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I left my 7 year old in my bed with my 5 month old laying on my bed after school one day. The baby was playing with a toy in the middle of my king size bed and his brother was playing with him. I went to the kitchen to fix my older son a snack (grabbed a bag of pretzels and a juice box) and then heard a thunk and the baby screaming! Scared me to death. I kept checking on him the rest of the day, and all night long. I even set my clock to go off every 20 minutes and slept in his room so that I would be there if he needed me.

Stephanie - posted on 11/28/2010

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chloe has flown off th bed a few times, i think it scares mum more than it does bubs

Cristina - posted on 11/28/2010

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I had no idea my little one was pulling up either and he was playing in the living room while I was making dinner, the I heard that same terrifying scream. I came running out to see blood all over my son's mouth. He had hit his face into the edge of the coffee table! OMG it was Horrible!

Sheri - posted on 11/27/2010

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Don't worry they are tough. About a month ago my 8 month old fell down about 3 of our stairs in our house as I had the gate to them open cause my 2 yr old daughter was down in her room playing so I had left it open so she could come back up. By the way my son doesn't really crawl just pushes him self along on his tummy but can really move I was doing my tong ren for my back and didn't realize he had went over there until I heard a thump and him crying at first I thought it was my daughter as she is a bit of a clutz like her mom and has fallen on the stairs a few times already. He was fine with in a min of being picked up and since it was before breakfast time in our house I knew he was fine when he ate normally. I think it just scared him and now when she goes downstairs to her room I put him in the exersaucer while she is downstairs. All our bedrooms are in the basement too.

Kasey - posted on 11/27/2010

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Oh another scary story! When my son was about 6 months old I went to my moms house to visit. Well when we was leaving her house my mom put him in his carseat and put him in the car for me. I drove home with the radio up cause he falls asleep to the music and he was really tired. my home was about 10-15 mins away with curvey roads. he wasnt makeing any nosies so i never looked in the back seat but cars was stareing at me at the red lights. Which I thought was a little odd. I got home, jumped out of the car opened the door to get him out and the carseat was flipted all the way over!!! I freaked out and grabbed the seat and flipped it over and he was asleep but i thought he was gone! My heart dropted, he was fine but had a red mark on his face where the straps on the car seat got him. My mom didnt get the seat belt tight enough and it gave it room to flip over cause i wasnt useing a base. It still haunts me to this day because i dont know how long he was flipted over in the car he could have been strangled. But he didnt know anything had happened.

Sharon - posted on 11/26/2010

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A couple of months ago when Grace first started rolling over, she was in bed with us and sleeping on the outside edge. She must have woken up and rolled over because I was asleep until I heard a thud that woke me up. I was trying to figure out what the noise was until I heard her crying. My husband told me later that he was sure when I picked her up that her head would be bleeding. And I was afraid to look. But I picked her up and put her on the boob and she was fine right away, I think she was scared more than anything else. But hubby didn't let me forget it for weeks, making me feel guilty and horrible about it. When I told my mom what happened she just laughed and said it happens, babies fall. Of course you do everything you can to prevent accidents, but stuff happens.

Toni - posted on 11/26/2010

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When my eldest son had his third surgery at 12 months old(cleft lip and palate) he fell off of the hospital bed head first. The nurse had come in to check his vitals, and had both rails down. When she left, he was sleeping and I decided that I could put the rails back up by myself. As I was putting one side up, he rolled over and I tried to grab him and missed. Down he went head first. He screamed, I freaked out! There was blood coming out of him mouth so I assumed his stitches had came undone. I ran out to the hall and in a crying panick told the nurses what happened. We took him for a CT scan, and he was fine, and the stitches were all still in tact. He is 7 now, and perfectly fine, but I however, have still never forgotten it. I felt like such a horrible mother.
If ever you have a child ina hospital crib, make sure there are 2 people there when the rails need to go up!!

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Kayden has fallen off our bed a time or 2 but thats not as bad as this horrendous story: I was putting on his coat to go home from my aunt's house and he HATES getting dressed so he was screaming and screaming. I went to put his sleeve on and was holding his hand and tyring to pull the sleeve over it and his sleeve slipped causing me to pull on his arm pretty hard and abruptly. He was crying so hard but he was also over tired and getting dressed, everyone even my dad who is a sports doctor convinced me I was overreacting, so I brought him home. he slept awful all night long and finally at 4 in the morning I got my DH to get up with him and I said "if you don't think its his arm tell me whats wrong" he came back to wake me up 15 minutes later and said "we need to go in, something is definately wrong with his arm" so we finally got in at 8 am only to find out his elbow was dislocated! It took 4 doctors to set it and I had to hold him while he was screaming and they were wrenching his arm back to try and pop it back in. It took so many doctors because it was swollen since we waited so long. I felt HORRIBLE. I cried for days.

Kristen - posted on 11/25/2010

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then when she was 7-8 months old my husband was changing her on our couch i was working outside and suddenly i hear a scream she had rolled while my husband was getting the new diaper he caughter her lower half but it was like her upper half didnt receive the message and kept falling right on to my WORLD'S GREATEST MOM coffee mug right in the center of her head we were so scared cause it was her nap time but she hit it hard enough that it imidatly bruised and bumped and we couldnt get her to quit crying i called her doctor and her told us to come in on the way there she kept falling asleep turned out that she had a mild concution (SP) i had to keep she awake the rest of the day with no nap while my husband went to work. but shes fine now Piece of advice never leave coffe mugs laying around and never try and keep a 7-8 month old away all day with no nap thats just insane My husband makes sure he has everything right there with him when he changes our daughter now made us both feel horible like we werent good parents.

Kristen - posted on 11/25/2010

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when my daughter was about 3 months i had laid her on my bed changed her and everything my sister who lived with us at the time came in and was playing withh her while i got her clothes or so i thought evidentally she got passed me with out me seeing her and i had my back to my daughter she rolled over and slipped down the bed it was like mommy radar i turned around and her feet had barely touched the floor. scared me half to death i still dont know how i did it

Kristen - posted on 11/25/2010

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This just happened a few days ago. I was bathing my daughter as any other night and she was crawling and pulling herself up more than ever and it was getting harder and harder to keep her safe. Well she had never had any issues before so I let her pull herself up on the edge (stupid me) and with my hands on her, she managed to slip out of my grip and swing around and smack her chin on the edge of the bathtub! She busted her gum open on the top since she had teeth on the bottom. At first she cried really hard and i grabbed her and got her out, but it was the blood coming from her mouth that freaked me out the most. I was shaking, panicking, and feeling horrible for her! I had to have my fiance call the dr for me since i was so traumatized and just holding her while the bleeding stopped. It was all in a matter of 5 minutes and she was fine again. I however couldn't get over it and kept apologizing all night untilI she went to bed. I felt AWFUL. she was as good as new in 2 days.

Ambyr - posted on 11/25/2010

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Ya i felt terrible because obviously I shouldnt have had him on top of the dryer but I figured he'd be fine because I was standing right there!! scary

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oh god, Ambyr, I would be crying until the bump went away! I'm glad the baby is fine though, that was quite a fall!

Ambyr - posted on 11/24/2010

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Yes well I did something that was very stupid at the time and I really didnt think of the consequences. My son was 4 months old and I had him an a bathing chair up on the dryer. I never walked away from him but I turned just slightly to throw his diaper out( i was undressing him for his bath) and he completly slipped threw my hand and arm and feel head first onto the floor. I heard his head hit. He started screaming and crying. He ended up being completly fine and the HUGE bump on his head only last about 3 days but I felt terrible. I was even questioned at the doctor when I took him in to get it checked if I was abusing him.

Shontelle - posted on 11/24/2010

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i found out my daughter could crawl when i was visiting my mum and put her on my mums bed and turned around 2 get a nappy and a change of clothes and all i here is a big thud i was more upset then she was my mum laughed and said it happends to everyone which didnt really help also a few weeks later my partner was getting her out of her jolly jumper not sure how it happend but she fell out onto her head she was fine after 10mins but i wasnt i rang the healthline wasnt till they told me she would be fine that i calmed down

Kasey - posted on 11/24/2010

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My granny always said they dont have any sence till they fall off the bed! lol

Joanne - posted on 11/23/2010

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Had a similar incident when my Claire was 7 mos. old. we just came home from a later night dinner and i put her in the middle of our bed. I was planning to change for the night and when i turned my back from her for a few seconds i heard a thud! When i turned to check there she was lying on the carpet beside our bed!!! My heart skipped a beat as i ran towards my baby who started crying once i carried her. I never stopped saying sorry to her until she fell asleep that night. My husband didn't help me much on the guilt thing as my head was also thinking about all those negative things that can happen. Now she's almost 9 months and thank God everyhting seems to be fine, but we never leave her alone awake on the bed now. We place her in the crib even if she cries, we have to!!!

Hope that helps...

Matula - posted on 11/23/2010

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also for anyone who thinks they have done something bad cope a load of this! this happened to my husbands cousin when she was only a little baby. she was in the car crying, and her parents were stuck behind some cars. so her father thought he would get her out of the car seat and bounce her to calm her down. anyways she was leaning out the car window and her dad dropped her! right out the window onto the road! being a bay she just kinda rolled, and there was othing wrong with her but 25 years down the track it is still a family favourite story! oh i forgot to mention the dad was drunk!

Matula - posted on 11/23/2010

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my first daughter was about 8-9 months when she took a tumble off the change table. its was the most horrific thing! i saw the whole thing happen but had no hope of stopper her. whats worse is there was a bedside table next to the change table to she kinda fell between them pinball style. i was in complete histerics, rang my mum bawling! by the time mum got to my house (only 5 mins away) summer was happy as larry and i was still crying!

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they're durable and they have lots of padding :P what part did he land on? His bottom or somewhere else? My son has yet to learn the whole drop to your bottom from a standing position and just lets go of the couch and slams into the floor every time and we all hear the horrible thud and his cry but once we pick him up he's fine.

Melissa - posted on 11/23/2010

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Umm Karen I was/am neuratic aswell and as soon as I let my gaurd down look what happened! I still dont know how my son didnt get hurt...it was like a 3.5 foot drop!

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OMG I am always terrified he's going to get hurt! He stands up in his crib all the time I keep waiting for him to pull himself over the rail. I was hoping I wasn't the only one scared of him falling. Everyone calls me neurotic but I don't think so I think I'm more realistic, cuz let's face it ladies, kids get hurt, they're good at it, but it breaks my heart when he does, cuz I feel like I couldn't protect him from whatever he got hurt from.

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I have not have an experience with my son yet, but my 6 year old daughter flipped out of the back of a grocery cart when she was about a year old. Landed flat on her back. Of course we were in Walmart with all those people around to witness my lapse in mommy judgement.

Kasey - posted on 11/22/2010

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yeah my son crawled off our bed in the middle of the night a couple of months ago. I didnt even know he could crawl until that night! His cry was more a scared cry then a hurt cry but i was so upset that i couldnt go back to sleep that night and i havent put him in my bed once since then!

Kyrie - posted on 11/22/2010

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the first time my daughter feel off the bed i cried harder than she did. it happens to all of us so no neeed to panic

Kira - posted on 11/22/2010

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ohhh my goodness no!! You are definitely NOT the only sweetie! Through a mis communication of my hub and I our son fell out of his high chair onto our lino kitchen floor. I nearly DIED!! We alsmot went to hospital because i couldnt calm down! Shakes, crying the works. My son cried for not even a minute. Scared him more than anything but was absolutely fine. Its insane how tough they are! Im glad to hear that he's ok!

Melissa - posted on 11/22/2010

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I am 4' 10" and our crib is rather tall.. so I was waiting untill he started to move arond more to lower it but man do I regret that...I wish I would have just lowered it from the get go! Thank god though their was a pile of clothes by his bed that he landed on! I never usually let it pile up.... so glad I did!

Gabriela - posted on 11/22/2010

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The other day I was holding my baby with one arm while I checked if her cot was wet with my other hand. She jerked unexpectedly and did a backflip in the air over my arm. I had a very quick reflex and caught her ankle. She was head first and over 1 m off the floor. Pheeewww!!! It really shocked me I nearly dropped her from that height on her head! She didn't realize anything had gone wrong.

Danielle - posted on 11/21/2010

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We lowered my sons crib setting to the lowest the day we started putting him in there to sleep. But twice now he has crawled off our bed, thank God we have a platform bed and it's only about 12 inches from the ground. Still horrifying though!

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