Naptime often provides busy moms a moment to themselves.
However, Alison Johnson will be forever grateful that she postponed her usual shower to go check on her twins. Had she not, it’s likely she would’ve lost her son Caleb to a tragic accident.
The mom of three took to Facebook to spread awareness on a simple life-saving hack. She began her post touching on the fact that many families either have twins or children close in age. Due to the age proximity, parents may be likely to set the cribs up side by side in order to save space.
However, her post illustrates why distance between beds is crucial.
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…
Alison wrote that she had put her son down for a nap. Typically, she used that time to shower or do other chores around the home. However, when she heard her baby crying, she went in to check on him. She wrote:
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.
She added that if his arms had given out, “he would’ve just been hanging there by his head.”
Had she showered, per her normal schedule, Alison knows that her son “would have literally hung himself.”
Prior to having her twins, Alison had baby proofed her house as much as she could, but “never in a million years” would she have considered crib placement a potential hazard.
The Having Twins website reaffirms Alison’s warning, advising parents to keep a fair amount of distance between cribs in order to avoid hands and other body parts from getting stuck in the gap.
[N]ever place a crib near a window especially with blinds and curtain cords to prevent chocking and entanglement.
Cribs should also stay away from anything in reach so things like power cords, shelves, lotions etc.
Furthermore, infants should sleep uninhibited by excess fabrics or sheets, as they can increase the chance of suffocation. Blankets and pillows can also pose a risk, therefore, “if you dress your baby to suit the weather then a blanket is not necessary.”
While baby Caleb is no worse for wear, the image of him hanging there completely “shook up” Alison. She wants to raise awareness for this simple trick and prevent any other parents from experiencing potential heartbreak.
Her post has received more than 50,000 shares. Although initially worried about “mean comments” from judgmental mothers, Alison wrote:
I just thought it was SO important to share, I’d rather take the grunt of it knowing that is also possibly saved a baby’s life. I’ve literally received hundreds of messages from twin moms saying their nurseries are set up just like this, so they’ve moved the cribs apart now.
She added, “I know I’m a good mom and they all are too, it’s just something that would never even cross your mind.”