Alison Johnson is a businesswoman and mother of three who lives in Phoenix. As the owner of Sparkling Events, Johnson spends some of her time planning weddings, receptions, and business meetings with non-profits, and the majority of her remaining time nurturing and caring for a newborn daughter and twins Caleb and Libby
Johnson, who admittedly made much effort to baby-proof her home for potential accidents, could not have foreseen the horror she would experience one day after she laid her twins down for a nap.
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It was something Johnson didn’t expect to see. When Johnson heard crying, and came back into the room to check on Caleb and Libby, the image she saw must surely have sent chills down her spine.
Caleb, possibly wanting to be closer to his sister, had crawled out of his crib, and dropped down between the two cribs. But his head was caught between the two top rails, leaving his body dangling below with the full weight of his body on his stuck head.
Johnson described the accident in her Facebook post. She wrote;
“I have a lot of friends that have twins or kids close in age that may have a similar set up, so I wanted to share something VERY scary that happened today. This morning I put Caleb down for his nap. Shortly after he started to cry. After a few minutes, I went in to check on him. He had climbed out of his crib and was stuck between his crib and Libby’s crib. His body fit through, but his head wouldn’t. He was using every ounce of energy he had to hold himself up by his little arms. If they had given out, he would’ve just been hanging there by his head.
What’s even more scary is that like many moms, I generally use nap time as an opportunity to shower. Had I done that today and checked on him after five minutes, he would have literally hung himself. When baby proofing, I never in a million years would have seen this as a potential danger. Please consider sharing this post in case someone you know may have a similar set up. It’s incredibly heartbreaking to think of what the outcome could have been today. I’m still totally shook up over it and don’t think the vision of him stuck there will ever leave my head.”
The post went viral with more than 43,000 shares up until this point. And Johnson, although traumatized by the experience at the moment, is grateful she can share her story and possibly save a life. In response to media outlets covering her family’s story, Johnson commented on Facebook.
“Not gonna lie, the experience was a little traumatizing, but I’m glad it’s raising so much awareness. I’m also pleasantly surprised with the response. Before I shared it, I totally prepared myself for the mean comments. People can be so terrible on the Internet, especially when it comes to mom judging, but I figured if our experience could possibly save a life, I’d take the grunt of it from the Internet trolls. Surprisingly out of nearly 40,000 shares, I’ve seen very few negative comments. People have been so thankful for the information, as it’s just something they never would’ve seen as dangerous. I’ve received hundreds of messages from twin moms thanking me because they had their nursery set up just like this and have changed it now. Kindness…it’s a nice change of pace for social media!”
The takeaway from the experience for parents is to make sure there is adequate space between cribs where cribs are placed side by side. Likewise, thick carpets or padding should be placed on hard floors in and around cribs for those inevitable times when babies begin to crawl out of their cribs.
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