I was home with 2 sick kids Wednesday morning. The day was going smoothly. I was on the couch nursing the baby, my son was watching TV, but then he started trying to get my attention by trying to put his foot on the baby’s head. Boob was still in mouth, and the phone was ringing. I tried not to break the latch, got up to get the phone, and then it happened…OMG, I dropped the baby!!!!!
There she was on the hardwood floor screaming. I was in shock. I picked her up, started crying, calmed my son down, and called the pediatrician. I got the secretary, and through my sobs I explained that I dropped my baby. She was calm as could be and said “come in at 2pm if you want” huh… did she not hear me? I dropped my baby! She asked me if the baby cried, I said yes, she asked if the baby was vomiting, I said no. My daughter was alert, I couldn’t even make out a bump on her head.
I took her in at 2pm, and got her checked out, and she was fine, I on the other hand took 24 hours and 2 glasses of wine that night to recover.
btw…my Pediatrician confessed to getting at least 2 calls a week from frantic moms who accidentally dropped the baby too.
What to look for if your baby falls: look for swelling and bumps on the head, body and limbs, and then look for signs of head injury. Dr. Sears has great info on this here
The International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) did a recent research study on booster seats and found that 8 out of 72 tested aren’t recommended. Below are their findings.
Boosters are better than they used to be at fitting lap and shoulder belts on 4 to 8-year-old kids to restrain them in a crash. So parents don’t have to search as hard for a good fit for their child and vehicle. Most belt-positioning boosters, though, don’t offer consistently good fit in all vehicles. This is the bottom line in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s third round of booster evaluations.
Researchers assessed the safety belt fit of 72 boosters, assigning the best ones the top ratings of BEST BET or GOOD BET because they correctly position belts on average booster-age kids in most vehicles. The worst performers are ones the Institute doesn’t recommend because they do a poor job of fitting belts. A good booster routes the lap belt across a child’s upper thighs and positions the shoulder belt at midshoulder.
2010 IIHS BOOSTER EVALUATION RESULTS
Britax Frontier 85 (combination highback)
Chicco Keyfit Strada (dual highback)
Clek Oobr (dual highback)
Cosco Juvenile Pronto (dual highback)
Cybex Solution X-Fix (highback)
Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (dual highback)
Evenflo Big Kid Amp (backless)
Evenflo Maestro (combination highback)
Graco TurboBooster Crawford (dual highback)
Harmony Baby Armor (dual highback)
Harmony Dreamtime (dual backless)
Harmony Dreamtime (dual highback)
Harmony Secure Comfort Deluxe (backless)
Harmony Youth Booster Seat (backless)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (dual highback)
Recaro ProBOOSTER (highback)
Recaro ProSPORT (combination highback)
Recaro Vivo (highback)
Recaro Young Sport (combination highback)
Safety 1st Boost Air Protect (dual highback)
The First Years Pathway B570 (highback)
Britax Parkway SG (dual highback)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual backless)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual highback)
Evenflo Symphony 65 (3-in-1 highback)
Graco TurboBooster Sachi (dual highback)
Graco TurboBooster Wander (dual highback)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi (dual highback)
Eddie Bauer Deluxe (combination highback)
Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 (highback)
Evenflo Express (combination highback)
Evenflo Generations 65 (combination highback)
Evenflo Sightseer (highback)
Harmony Baby Armor (dual backless)
Safety 1st All-in-One (3-in-1 highback)
Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (3-in-1 highback)
Note: Thirty-six boosters are in the middle range. They may provide adequate belt fit for some kids in some vehicles.