When you're about to add to your family, it can seem like your to-do list is at least a mile long and always growing. Even those without children know that there is baby gear to buy, a nursery to decorate, and, most importantly, an entire house to babyproof.
Babyproofing alone can take up a ridiculous amount of time and money. There are copious multi-page resources devoted to just keeping your kid safe. There are gates for doorways and different gates specifically for the top of stairs; there are more kinds of outlet covers that you can count on one hand to make sure your new bundle of joy doesn't manage to electrocute themselves. The cabinets? There are locks and latches for those. Door knobs? They make many special implements for those, too (some of which will keep even a full-grown adult from being able to access the bathroom in a hurry).
And don't even get us started on cribs! That fluffy, cozy bedding of yesteryear? Yeah, toss that in the trash. Pillows, comforters, soft toys, and bumper pads have all been labeled hazardous, as infants can easily suffocate in soft bedding. But there's another bed issue even the most prepared parents likely haven't thought about, and new mom Alison Johnson wants to make sure they know about this specific risk.
When Alison discovered she was pregnant, she was thrilled. Then she got a surprise: twins!
After struggling with infertility, what could be better than being a mom to this adorable duo?
And with twins comes two of everything! Two cribs, two mattresses, two bedding sets ... but only one nursery for this pair, meaning those two cribs fit perfectly side-by-side.
Those side-by-side cribs are exactly what Alison is now warning people about.
As she shared on Facebook: "I have a lot of friends that have twins or kids close in age that may have a similar setup, 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."
Understandably, Alison was incredibly shaken by the incident.
"What's even more scary is that like many moms, I generally use naptime 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 setup. 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."
So, what can you do to avoid this scary situation?
It's not always possible to give your close-in-age kids separate bedrooms, but you can still make sleeping safely possible by putting a little space between the cribs.
Leaving a large gap between the cribs doesn't mean you have to lose space, either.
By adding a chest of drawers or shelving unit in the gap, you can add some much-needed storage.
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