True Mom Confessions: I Dropped My Baby on Her Head

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little feetEarlier today, I read a post on a message board from a mom who is absolutely mortified because she accidentally dropped her 4-week-old baby.

The poor woman was carrying her little guy in his Moses basket while heading out to the car. When she tried to put the basket on the back seat so she could pick him up out of it and put him in his car seat -- the door handle slipped and the baby fell out onto the pavement.

Thankfully, he's ok, but the mom naturally feels like the worst mother who ever walked the face of the Earth. And after I heard her story, all I wanted to do was reach out and hug her and say, "Oh, honey. Don't be so hard on yourself. This stuff happens to all of us -- and it happened to me."

Yep, when my son was about 3 months old, I laid him in the middle of our king-sized bed so I could fold the laundry. I'd done it a million times before, and he never moved an inch. On this particular day, however, I quickly ran down the hall to turn on the dryer -- I was gone for all of about 30 seconds. And as I was running back to the bedroom, I heard a thud. And I knew.

Much to my horror, I found my poor baby on the floor, staring up at me all wide-eyed and confused. And as soon as he saw the look of distress on my face, he burst into tears, and so did I. He wasn't hurt or anything, but I sure felt like an awful parent, and I never turned my back on him for one second from that day forward.

But just as I suspected, I'm not the only mom who is willing to admit having either dropped her baby or done something that led to her baby falling onto the floor.

Here's what 10 other moms on Twitter and Facebook had to say.

  1. "Oldest rolled off the bed with my husband once. I fell down the stairs carrying her once as well. Just lost my footing and down I went."
  2. "When my daughter had finally learned to roll over, I had put her in her swing and strapped her in. In about 10 minutes, she had flipped onto her belly and then shimmied out of her straps and fell onto the floor."
  3. "The oldest rolled off the couch at about 3 weeks old. He also shimmied out of his bouncy seat, fell out, and pulled the seat over on top of him."
  4. "When my daughter was 7 months old, she rolled off our bed, hit her head, and lost consciousness. Concussion. Felt like the Worst. Mom. Ever. I was sitting right there when it happened -- it was just so fast. But she was ok."
  5. "Mine is an early roller too! Rolled off the futon multiple times early on (he's 2 now, so I cannot remember exactly what age he did the roll-off thing, VERY early though). I started napping next to him after that to prevent more roll-offs."
  6. "Put her on the bench in the Forever 21 dressing room. Next thing I know, she was on the floor. The thing couldn't roll over yet, so my mind was blown! (It was bad, though. Screaming, etc.)"
  7. "My oldest rolled off our bed when she was a baby. Somehow I actually managed to catch her before she got to the floor."
  8. "A friend put the car carrier and baby on top of her car & it fell. Baby laughed, Mommy horrified. Car carrier saved the day!"
  9. "My baby rolled off the sofa onto the floor, it was carpeted, and she didn't even cry. I still felt terrible though."
  10. "I put my daughter in her car seat, which was on the kitchen counter. I turned to grab my keys, and the next thing I knew, she was on the floor of the kitchen. It was horrible."

Have you ever dropped your baby?


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kelti... kelticmom

When my son was about two months old, I placed him on my bed, with his feet towards the side of the mattress, with pillows on either side while I ran to the bathroom. I come back in, no baby on the bed! I freaked out because I was home alone. I looked down, he was laying on the carpet, just kicking his feet and looking around. Happy as could be. Thankfully it was only a couple of feet, and he landed on soft carpet, but I felt like a total failure.

mommy... mommyof5cutties

My newest addition was about 4 weeks old and I returned to work. My husband the stay at home who was warned to make sure the olders who aren't that much older not try and pick her up. My husband said the 4 year old tried to pick the baby up out of the bouncy seat on the floor but was unsuccessful as the baby was strapped in. Poor thing fell over and baby hit the carpet... he was freaking out but she was just fine not even a bump or anything. He learned that the kids are quick and he needs to watch after them closer then a hawks eye.

schlis schlis

I think I can beat you all, but it was a mistake my parents made with me. I was less than a year old, in my carseat, and my parents were driving. They (as was normal at the time I guess) had me against the door. Oops. I opened the car door, and guess the car seat wasn't strapped in, 'cause when we turned, out I went. Carseat and all. I was fine, but my mom said she'd never been so scarred in her life.

IKnow... IKnow0101

I trip in the house with my daughter but luckily I managed to turn myself so I could fall on my back.  Thank Heavens all these children are okay.  You can laugh about it later.

nonmember avatar Jessica

I put my son in his swing so I could go to the bathroom real quick and that was the day he learned to sit up and he fell over out of it. I felt so aweful but knowing it happens all the time with other moms made me feel better.

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

My husband fell asleep on the couch with my oldest on his chest and she rolled off. Scared us to death! My youngest hit the front of her head on a table leg after she wouldnt stop running back and forth on a low sitting mantle. I stopped chasing her and down she went. She never climbed that mantle again tho.

LuvMy... LuvMyDandD

confession #6 mother called her baby "the thing"?

Misty... Misty.Dawn

Luv-i was gonna say the same thing about #6 !!

Rosas... RosasMummy

I've never dropped my daughter but she's rolled off the sofa onto hard wood flooring and off a high bed and she climbed out of her cot and landed on her head and we had to call the paramedics, I think stuff like that happens to everyone. ny uncle once threw my cousin in the air when she was a baby and then someone called his name and he turned and she just fell on the ground!

Melis... Melissa1508

Luv, I noticed that too.  The "thing" fell off the couch.  Wow.  My oldest (5 now) was crawling when she was 8 months and her hands came out from under her.  She hit her head on the baseboard in her room.  It happened so fast that I couldn't even move.  She had a dent in her forehead for several days.  She cried for a few seconds then was fine, thank God.  It can happen with you sitting right next to them!!!

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