Mom Puts Her Twins Down For a Nap—a Few Minutes Later, One is Fighting For His Life

Alison Johnson is a busy mom of twins and a younger baby, and like many moms, she often uses her babies’ nap time to grab a quick shower. But after a terrifying incident she posted about on Facebook on April 4, she’s awfully glad she decided not to shower that day. Now Alison has a warning for parents of twins or kids close in age about the placement of their cribs.

She explains in her Facebook post (in full below):

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.

Seeing her child struggling for life like that is an experience that will haunt Alison forever, and she never wants any other parents to go through it! Be aware of this danger, parents, and don’t place cribs directly next to each other. I am thankful to Alison for posting, because I doubt this danger would have crossed my mind either.

If you know anyone with twins or kids close in age with cribs in the same room, please share this to warn them! And check out Alison’s original Facebook post below.


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