We have all been there. “I’m just walking around the block,” “We’re just sitting outside,” “He/She’ll be fine!”
But what happens if they’re not fine?
It’s been incredibly beautiful here in the Midwest this winter. Yesterday it was 60 degrees, and all three kids and I were basking in the sunshine and playing outside. I was on my laptop getting some blog work done, and Micah was tootling around the yard on his power wheel. Maisy, my 8 month old, was sitting in her stroller, holding a teething toy and babbling away. Emma and Maisy were being particularly sweet to each other, so I snapped this photo and posted it on my Facebook feed:
Within 15 seconds, this scene was very different. As I was putting my phone down, Micah came barreling down the sidewalk on his power wheel, and he rammed the back of Maisy’s stroller going full speed. It’s a three wheeled stroller, and it instantly went careening to the cement, baby side down. I swear it happened so fast, and so slow at the same time. I started yelling, “OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD!” and struggled to upright the stroller that held my screaming, dangling infant inches from the cement. It felt like it took ten years to pick the stroller up since the power wheel was rammed into the back of it, and I couldn’t get it back on all three wheels.
I finally got it standing up, and whisked Maisy out of the 5-point buckle. She was scared beyond belief, and was clearly hysterical. I expected scrapes, blood — the worst. But she was totally unscathed.
The only thing that kept her head from slamming into the concrete was the fact that she was buckled in to her stroller using the full 5-point harness.
I’m the first to admit that with my other kids, I often skipped the shoulder straps. But why? It literally takes 4 more seconds to attach them. We wouldn’t dream of buckling our kids into our mini vans with only a three point harness. Why would we with strollers, booster chairs, high chairs, and the like?
This is a situation that could have ended up very differently. Please share this with your friends. No mom is perfect, and we all make our mistakes, but let’s help each other out and remember to take the extra step when it comes to our kids’ safety!