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#1 Ice Queen

Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:48 AM

I just had one of those awful mother accidents when you just do something so awful and wonder if your poor bub is going to be okay.  I went for a walk (a fast exercise walk) with DS, 11mo, in the big pram.  It is a 4 wheeler with small front wheels and big back ones.  The front wheels very easily get caught on pavement uneveness etc so I have often nearly tripped it but never completely.  For the record it is a STUPID pram which I always regretted buying but I dont use it that much as I usually use my stroller.

Anyway I think you know what is coming.  Cue me walking fast across a pedestrian crossing, get to the part where you walk up onto the footpath.  There is a join, the wheels get caught, I am going to fast to stop, over goes the pram then to make it worse I totally lose balance and fall full weight on top of the back of the pram.  DS is squashed underneath it all but thankfully starts screaming pretty much straight away.  I got it up, and him out, big red marks already starting......him screaming.  The handle which should have given him some protection broke under my weight too.

We are home now and he seems ok. I rang a dr friend and got the signs to look out for and described it all.  He wasnt overly concerned but gave me all the instructions anyway.  DS has a huge red mark all across the front of his head which I think is more gravel rash than swelling/bruise.  

I feel terrible.  DH is going to have a fit at me when he gets home!  DS looks terrible.  Poor thing.  sad.gif

#2 Jjbeanz

Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:56 AM

Awe big hugs but accidents happen so don't beat yourself up too much! Maybe toss the pram out though! Hope your son is ok

#3 Furfeathersfleece

Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:56 AM

That must have been so scary, but so easy to do. Hope you're both ok!

#4 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:56 AM

Don't beat yourself up too much it was an accident. Hope you and your DS are okay.

#5 Soontobegran

Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:59 AM

You poor thing sad.gif
I know exactly how you feel, I have been responsible for more than one of these 'accidents' for my children and the guilt is awful. I am sure your little one will be fine.

I think prams with small wheels in the front and large at the back should be off the market, even those that cost a squillion dollars, I can't believe they are still passed as being safe.

#6 deejie

Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:02 AM

I'm sure your DH won't have a fit at you when he gets home. Surely he can understand that it was an accident.

hugs to you, OP. Most Mums at some point or another have accidentally injured our babies. Lucky they are robust little creatures! Don't beat yourself up.

#7 Kafkaesque

Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:11 AM

I didn't buckle my DD once she went head first out of the pram landing on her forehead while I kept walking over the top with the pram.

I felt awful but she was fine. It happens op.

#8 ~Jodama_Forever~

Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:11 AM

I know how you feel. We have had a couple of these accidents and we can laugh and joke about them now, at the time though I was mortified. I am sure he will be fine.

#9 jo-v

Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:35 AM

You poor thing, hope you're both ok.

I once dropped a book on DS's head when he was about 6 months. sad.gif I lay him next to the bookshelf while I was looking for something and stupidly pulled a book out from under another one and it toppled off the shelf (my head height) and hit him smack in the face.  cry1.gif he had a cut over his eye where the cover caught him but thankfully was ok apart from that.

#10 Ice Queen

Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:51 AM

Thanks everyone.  Their heads do seem to be designed for twitty mothers and all the crazy stuff they get up to.

I kept thinking of that stupid story and photos of Peaches Geldof when she dropped her baby out of the pram and the paparazzi getting photos.  Phew lucky I am not a celebrity (and sadly my legs arent as good as hers were)....I would have got a flaming from the press. biggrin.gif

#11 Jenflea

Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:54 AM

i got out of bed one morning and somehow managed to drop my baby on the floor. Still don't know how I did it. I was holding her with both arms. Really scary moment sad.gif
She's also managed to push her booster chair (the one that ties onto a normal dining chair) over backwards and cut her head open. On Christmas day no less . Fun 5 hours in the ED, NOT! but she did score a great toy keyboard!

#12 Ridcully

Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

If my DH had a 'fit' over a genuine accident and made me feel worse I would be livid.

I'm sure your son will be ok, it's scary when something like that happens.

#13 protart roflcoptor

Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:10 PM

Very scary! I hope you are seriously thinking about retiring/trashing that pram!

Or walking veeerrry sloooowly when you use it.

#14 pinkcupcakes

Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:38 PM

we have a stupid pram like that, only the wheels are all smaller. the rest of the pram is great, i just want the big wheels that drive over everything! cry1.gif but i have nearly done that myself op. and my dh would be cranky at me as well. get naked. they cant stay mad at you when you get naked.( i am a good example of this, because i look disgusting when naked, and hubby has been absolutely ropable at me in the past... completely unjustified, of course... and it still works!)
my stupidest mother moment ( and it was stupid) was leaving dd on the changetable "just for a second" while i grabbed a singlet or something, about a metre away. off she went, onto floating floors.poor little thing.i felt sick to my stomach. but she was fine, thank goodness, wasnt even slightly concussed!im such an idiot though. welcome to humanhood, ehill. hugs for u n bubba. hhugs.gif

#15 ~She~

Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:43 PM

Don't beat yourself up OP - I think most people have a story similar to tell, mine was baby rolling off the bed (luckily a low one!) As long as you are both okay original.gif

#16 coolbreeze

Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:46 PM

The exact same thing happened to me when ds was about 12months old. DS was ok but a big bump on his head and a hysterical mum (me)
It was a bugaboo and have hated them with a passion ever since. I reverted to the ancient mountain buggy with large fixed wheels and felt so much more confident.
Mind you ds will be 5 in just a few weeks, so my pram days are nearly over.

#17 idignantlyright

Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

As long as he was strapped in, don't beat yourself up about it. As others have said, accidents happen.

#18 BetteBoop

Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:52 PM

Some prams are utterly useless, particularly those huge 3 wheelers. I had one that was constantly tipping over when the ground wasn't level.

I wonder how they pass safesty standards.

OP, write this pram off. Use something else. It's not worth the risk.

Glad you're both okay.

#19 Sancti-mummy

Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:53 PM

You poor thing!  I let mine fall from the top of a slippery slide - ran the block and a half home (and I am NOT a runner) with her in my arms, called the doctor who said "did she scream?" - when I said yes she said "that is a good sign, give her panadol and keep an eye and if you are still worried in an hour, bring her in"...

QUOTE (pinkcupcakes @ 25/11/2012, 02:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
...get naked. they cant stay mad at you when you get naked.( i am a good example of this, because i look disgusting when naked, and hubby has been absolutely ropable at me in the past... completely unjustified, of course... and it still works!)

Love it - this advice should be stickied!!

#20 babatjie

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 25/11/2012, 09:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think prams with small wheels in the front and large at the back should be off the market, even those that cost a squillion dollars, I can't believe they are still passed as being safe.

I completely agree. Yours isn't a Bugaboo Bee+? We had a Bugaboo Bee+. A very similar thing happened and my 6 month old daughter fell onto her face, pram on top of her as we crossed the road. Fortunately it was a quite street, she was ok, I was just really shaken. I got home and googled how on earth that happened if you're just pushing a pram along. Turns out it was recalled for safety concerns and serious risk to the occupant. I took it back to the shop where we purchased it, we bought it while it was recalled, they claim they were unaware, although they are responsible to ensure they sell safe baby equipment. They wanted us to send it in for repairs, but no way will I ever put my child in that pram again. What if that was a main road or to awful to think of the what ifs? We now have a very safe Mountain Buggy with large air filled tyres. It was half the price and a dream to use.

#21 Ice Queen

Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:06 PM

QUOTE (babatjie @ 25/11/2012, 02:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I completely agree. Yours isn't a Bugaboo Bee+? We had a Bugaboo Bee+. A very similar thing happened and my 6 month old daughter fell onto her face, pram on top of her as we crossed the road. Fortunately it was a quite street, she was ok, I was just really shaken.

No, its a Bebe something a rather.  I dont think they are sold anymore as I have never seen them again.  They are a similar setup to the Bugaboo normal pram and I only got it as a 3 wheeler wouldnt fit in my car.  I have a bigger car now so I might invest in something more solid.  Yes, your description of what happened sounds the same as me but I was heading up to the footpath so safe from cars.  It is a bit annoying as we aren't having anymore kids so I thought my days of buying prams and babygoods was well over.  Might have to hunt on gumtree or something.

The PP who said about getting naked  laugh.gif .  Too funny.  DS was asleep by the time DH got home so I could explain the accident and warn him about the state of his face before he saw him so he was fine although a bit concerned.

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