9 New Mom Fails So Traumatizing They're Tough to Admit

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baby on carMoms are only human and we all make mistakes from time to time, but have you ever committed a mom fail so horrible you're almost embarrassed to admit it?

Sometimes no matter how hard we try to do everything perfectly with our babies and keep an eye on them 100 percent of the time -- sh&% happens -- and they wind up either being in a potentially dangerous situation or possibly even getting hurt.

And then we freak out and the overwhelming guilt kicks in and we wind up being traumatized by those mistakes to the point where we'll never forgive ourselves for them.

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Here are nine of the worst mom fails out there -- proving no one is "Mother of the Year" all the time.

  1.  "After a routine Whole Foods trip, I was driving down the highway when I heard my baby making this weird whimpering noise from the back seat. I briefly turned my head to see if he was ok -- and realized he was not fastened into his car seat! The straps were around his shoulders, but I'd totally forgotten to clasp the harness. I pulled over immediately and fixed the problem, but to this day, whenever I drive down that stretch of road, my heart drops into my stomach." -- (Yep. This one's mine.)
  2. "One time I was trying to click my daughter's car seat into the base. I totally missed it, and entire seat went tumbling down behind drivers seat. Whoops."
  3. "When my daughter was seven months old, she rolled off our bed, hit her head and suffered a concussion, even losing consciousness. I was sitting right next to her when it happened. Just turned my head away for a second. She was OK, and there have been no long term effects (she's four-and-a-half now.) But I have never gotten over the guilt I feel from that one moment. Not to mention it was the single most terrifying experience of my life. I thought she was dead." -- Elizabeth, The Writer Revived
  4. "I put the forward facing car seat back in the car after getting it cleaned. I must have missed a loop or latch with the seat belt. After the first left turn, my son started whining. I looked in the rear view mirror and saw him safely strapped in the car seat -- which was laying on its side across the back seat."
  5. "Once when my oldest was about three or four months old, I put him on the changing table and took my eyes off him for five seconds ... that's all it took for him to roll off the table and hit the floor face first."
  6. "We had a case of the flu go around our house and I was down for the count. My son was probably a year old at the time and at some point in the night he woke up and threw up everywhere. My husband and I didn't hear him cry! I woke up the next morning to check on him and the poor kid had puke everywhere!! I still feel completely horrendous about it to this day!"
  7. "My daughter, my second, was literally home from the hospital for an hour when I decided to cut her claw like fingernails (being the pro that I was as a second-time mom, this did not intimidate me.) So I start snipping away with the baby clippers and NICK -- blood! Missed her nail and clipped the top of her finger. She survived and her finger was fine, but I was a bad, careless, over-confident mommy."
  8. "I let my son play out back and he managed to squeeze through the gate (still don’t know how) and my neighbor (luckily out front at the time) returned him to the front door. You can imagine my heart when I saw him standing on my front porch when I thought he was out back. And I swear I was checking on him regularly! I think my husband was even out in the garage nearby."
  9. "I strapped my daughter into her car seat while it was sitting on the kitchen counter. I turned around to grab my keys, and boom! The next thing I knew she was on the floor. Luckily she was not hurt -- but thinking about it still makes me cry."

Do you have a major mom fail you'd care to share?


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Jessica Thomas

I can't wait to see all the "I Would Never!!" comments. 

nonmember avatar April

when my daughter was 2, and my son was a new born, I was EXHAUSTED. My son was a horrible sleeper, I was up all night and we were walking zombies. FINALLY he slept, And I crashed HARD. Until I was awakened by a man yelling "Helloooo?" into my house. I walked out of the bedroom and there was a stranger, holding my 2.5 year old daughter (who was wearing nothing but panties, BTW) She had climbed up to unlock the deadbolt, and foiled the child proof door knob and wandered outside, in march, at 630 AM, mostly naked. Thank goodness we lived on a quiet street. a nice random stranger saw her and she indicated where she lived, he brought her home. I fell apart. Cried so hard my husband had to come home from work. Felt like the worlds worst mother.

Changed the door lock to requiring a key from both sides after that.

B1Bomber B1Bomber

My oldest rolled off his changing table at just a couple of weeks old. DH was with him and got up to get  a diaper and whoosh - off the table into the basket on the floor.

jacsm... jacsmama022

My oldest daughter rolled off the bed when she wasr4 months old. She hadnt stated rolling yet and I sat her in the middle of our king sized bed. I had walked right outside the doorway to the linen closet and at most was not looking for 7 seconds. I heard a thud and a cry and my heart dropped. It was carpet and its a low bed anyway but still. I cried more than she did I think.

2baby... 2babymomma

When my oldest was around 2 we were at the grocery store and I shut her finger in the frozen food door. I didn't notice she had her hand in the hinge and I cried like a baby. She was fine

nonmember avatar blue

Oh my god, nothing like that ever happened to me. I'm not saying it couldn't have, of course. I'm just really glad it didn't, I don't know what I would have done!!

nonmember avatar me&myself&I

@April similiar thing happened to me and my son, but he didn't wander outside, just left the door wide open all night with the lights on. But I know he went outside because our dog was inside when I passed out and he had been outside on the leash. I felt horrible. I still lock the door both ways even though he's five.

Pixie030 Pixie030

I have severe insomnia and had been put on some heavy dose sleep medicine, it really didn't work like it was supposed to though. It didn't make me fall asleep at any decent time during the night but when I would finally fall asleep I would be like comatose. One morning I guess my oldest son was upset with me for not getting up and he had learned how to open our sliding glass door, we are in apartments but luckily downstairs. He was almost 4 at the time and his baby brother was just under 2, my oldest had stripped down to nothing and had first pushed his brother outside but then went outside too. So lucky that a neighbor saw them and decided to sit with them while trying to figure out where I was, since our door opens to a patio area and then straight to the parking lot. She also asked my son to get a pull up and he did and let her put it on him. Then our maint. guy came by and she asked him about me and he banged on my windows and it woke me straight up and put me in an instant panic attack not hearing my boys anywhere and then seeing the door wide open. So scary and I just quit taking those meds after that happened.

lmh84 lmh84

I was at a fireworks show and I was watching little kids walking with cops because they got lost. I turned to my friends and told them "wow... do people not watch their children? " About an hour later, someone kindly brought my 2 year old to me because he walked off. I had thought he went to the bathroom with my husband. I felt like such an ass.

MaryRose Hastings

My son was not quite starting to roll and I put him down for tummy time while I worked on getting dishes done. A moment later, I heard a bloodsplitting cry and came running. He had stuck his hand on the oil heater (which I'd foolishly thought too far away for him to get there-it was across the small room) until his little fingers were all burned. :( Poor little guy!

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