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DD crawled off the bed and fell face 1st on to our wood floors last night! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
DH & I were in the kitchen and heard a thump..We ran!<br>
Thank goodness we were soo close, DD was lying on her face..We were shaking! Dh picked her up and DD started screaming, we checked her all over...OMG it's soo frightening to see your baby on the floor like that! Thank goodness we only have a mattress & box spring on the floor!<br><br>
when stopped crying and was off crawling again..We stayed very close w/her all night to make sure she was ok..I even gave her a bath after all this w/epsomn salts to help if she hurt or pulled anything...Whew what a night!<br><br>
QUESTIONS FOR MAMAS OF CRAWLERS; WHAT DO I PUT ON THE BED TO PROTECT HER ??? Because if pillows are on the bed around her she crawls over them....<br>
We are putting pillows all around the box spring/floor so if she does this again,I hope not but atleast she will be padded...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Any advise, please!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm glad your dd is ok. We have our boxspring/mattress on the floor also (we do have carpeting though) and it's pushed up against a wall and also to the side of another wall so only the foot of the bed and the other side are open. We do have a bedrail on the open side although ds's new thing is to stand up holding onto the rail, I'm now afraid he'll accidentally flip himself over it. Could you teach your dd how to turn on her belly and scoot off the bed? kinda make it a game and practice it over and over with her. Ds will now do this to get off the bed. I think your idea of pillows and blanket around the open sides of the bed will work too at least if she is to fall off it will be padded.
 

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I'd put the box spring away for a while, just use the mattress on the floor. And put area rugs around the bed, a little better than the hard floor. I wouldn't do pillows as they could be a suffocation risk.<br><br>
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Sorry forgot to say DD is 10.5 mo..<br><br>
amj'smommy,I like your idea of teaching her but how do I w/her age? Yes, we too have the bed pushed up on one side, but she crawled to the foot of the bed!<br><br>
Jenp: Thanks on that tip! Would blankets be better?<br><br>
Thanks mamas, keep any advise coming my way...I don't want DD to fall like this again!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> This happened with Ds and it was so scary. If DD was there for a nap is there somewhere else you can put her while she's sleeping w/out you in the bed? Ds usually sleeps with us at night, but for naps I put him is his co-sleeper which now has the sides up so he can't get out. This is still in our bedroom so at night when he goes to sleep I set him in there until we come to bed, then bring him in with us. If you don't have something like a pack and play or crib or cosleeper maybe just a mattress on the floor would be best?
 

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I know that sound... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> mama! Everyone's baby at one time or another falls from the bed, or couch or where ever they may have been. My DS #2 fell out of bed on MOTHER'S DAY, of ALL days!! He was about 7 months at the time.<br><br>
What we did was side-car the crib along side our bed and if DH and I were going to leave the room after our DS was asleep to #1 turn on the monitor that was in the crook of the bed & crib mattresses, #2 put a pillow barricading him in and #3 have our spare comforters on the hard wood floor side of the bed (one side was w/ the crib., head of the bed was against the wall and the foot of the bed was well carpeted, so it was only one side- DH's that was w/ hardwood) and just be very vigilant about listening for him. I wanted to opt for putting the bed on the floor (off of the frame) but DH wouldn't.<br><br>
I agree with trying to teach your little one SAFER ways to come off of the bed. Our 9 month old still tries to barrels off of anything of any height. Good luck and safe nights!
 

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We also do mattresses on the floor. It's just a relief not having to worry about them falling at all. We also found the bedrail more dangerous than no rail with the mattress on the floor. Even if you did teach her the safe way to get down off the bed (and we did), there is still the rolling around while asleep aspect to consider.
 

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DD fell out of bed. Twice. Once from our bed, and again several months later when we were vacationing.<br><br>
Of course, I freaked and took the mattresses off the frame & pushed one side against the wall. But honestly, she learned about the edge of the bed from that first fall. (The second, she just got directionally confused in a different environment.)<br><br>
To teach a baby (and this works at any age...we did it when DD started crawling, at 6 or 7 months) to dismount a bed safely: Show baby how to do it w/you demonstrating. (Scoot backwards off the bed on your tummy, feet first. Show baby how to grab blankets for support.) Then physically help baby practice. Lots!
 

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Hugs to you. My babe fell (at 5 and 7 Months) out twice, so we lowered the bed, pushed it against the wall, and taught her how to get off feet first (we practiced every morning and after every nap --it took about a month) But, just to be sure she is ok, we still put on the monitor and place RATTLES/RATTLE TOYS around her, so when we hear the rattles, we go and check on her. It's worked great!!!
 

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Hugs to you from me also...<br><br>
This happened to my dd a few weeks ago, she's 9 mos. And we have a frame on our bed. But we do have carpets. She was fine too but obviously I was terrified. Our solution is to never, ever let her sleep in our bed again unless we're in it with her. Instead, we put her in a crib (a pack 'n play). At first I thought there was no way she would nap in the crib, and I used to hate cribs, but it took her about a week to get used to it, and now it works great. Sometimes (usually dh does this) we will lay her down on a lamby on the floor. Both of these are much, much safer than the bed!! I just don't take any chances anymore. We do also use a moniter too. For some reason it was never a problem with my ds; we had bedrails and he never rolled or came close to falling off. He would cry or call out first thing when he woke up so we could come running. With dd, she wakes up quiet as a mouse and starts taking off!! Sometimes can't even hear her through the monitor. So, a crib is a very good thing for naps IMO!!<br><br>
I started trying to put her in the crib at night too, to see if she'd sleep longer. The crib is right at the foot of our bed. I think it would actually work but I was too scared to try it because there have been flood warnings around here with all the storms, and I could not fall asleep at night having these horrible thoughts that the house would flood and she would drown in her crib. (My dh things I'm crazy for that one.) Anyway...when the flood warnings are over I might try it again. (Wow, typing that, I do sound like a bit of a nut.)<br><br>
HOpe this helps.
 

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DD learned how to do this at about 8 months--we taught her just like MovingMama described. They pick it up REALLY fast. And it's also helpful later with things like learning how to avoid a backward swan dive off the couch.
 

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My DS fell off the bed when he was 5 months old! What a scare - I immediately took him to the Ped to have him checked out (he was fine). I came home and immediately removed the bed frame and boxspring, so that the mattress was directly on the carpeted floor.<br><br>
We kept it that way until he was about 15 months old, at which point I raised the bed back up and taught him how to get on his stomach and slide down by himself. He mastered that rather quickly!<br><br>
I have a baby on the way (due in May) and this time I plan to lower the bed again around 4 months. I also would like to try the Snug Tuck Pillow with the baby and when she outgrows it, my DS can use it when he's ready to move into his own bed.<br><br>
Here's the link <a href="http://www.snugtuckpillow.com/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.snugtuckpillow.com/index.htm</a>
 

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My son is 11 mos and from about 6 mos, eveytime we woke up from bed, I would help him get off the bed feet first. A couple weeks ago he started doing it on his own. He also does this when getting off the couch. While we are sleeping bed, if he isn't between us, he will still roll alot during his sleep. So I think you can still teach him how to get off the bed by himself and keep him between yourself and either DH or the wall. Good luck, and I heard that heart dropping thud more times than I'd like to admit.
 

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Glad everyone is ok. We have a wall unit bed and the mattress is thick so waht I end up doing is putting the bed rail up and then inserting a big stron piece of cardboard between the mattress and the rail. It makes a big wall because I can't move the bed. the crib is on the other side with one rail off to make more room in case my 3 year old comes in. Sound funny but works for us. I also have a tv monitor and can see the baby as soon as he starts moving around . It was a little pricey but we have used it with both kids now and it is well worth the money to me.
 

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You can buy a side rail for the bed. Here's an <a href="http://www.leapsandboundscatalog.com/jump.jsp?lGen=detail&itemID=178758&itemType=PRODUCT&iProductID=178758&change=118&cm_ven=Google&cm_cat=Top100&cm_pla=Top100&cm_ite=null" target="_blank">example</a>, but there are many to choose from for even cheaper prices.<br><br>
We bought one wheh my dd was 10 months old and fell about of bed, but we never set it up! Lazy mom here. Now my dd is 15 months old, and hasn't fallen out of bed since that time when she was 10 months. She just learned the perimeter of the bed and avoids it. I have always thought I would eventually use it, but it's starting to look doubtful.<br><br>
But since you have hardwood floors, you may want to give it a try.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sorry forgot to say DD is 10.5 mo..<br><br>
amj'smommy,I like your idea of teaching her but how do I w/her age? Yes, we too have the bed pushed up on one side, but she crawled to the foot of the bed!<br><br>
Jenp: Thanks on that tip! Would blankets be better?<br><br>
Thanks mamas, keep any advise coming my way...I don't want DD to fall like this again!</div>
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I didn't think it was possible to teach them to crawl off the bed backwards, but as soon as they were crawling, we did this, and each of them got it within a week. I was amazed. We would just tell them and turn them so they were scooting off backwards on their belly whenever we were on the bed and they crawled towards the edge.<br><br>
I also did sometimes put pillows/blankets on the floor around the bed.<br><br>
But the main thing I did was reassure myself that although it's definitely something to avoid, the fall from a boxspring and mattress to even a wood floor won't cause any permanent damage. There are a lot of serious headbonks in your dd's future - just yesterday ds2 ran into the cermic tiled kitchen, slipped on a spot of water I didn't see, and landed full force on the back of his head!
 

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I wrote a similar post a few months back. Ds is now almost 10 months old. I think we have all been there. I think us parents hurt more than they do when this happens., to my ds, it happened I think 3 times in all. I put up a bed rail. I did not even think about teaching him to scoot off the bed b/c he can't walk, ity didn't dawn on me. We will have to work on it. Glad everyone is okay.
 

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Thank you soo much mamas for the love and support along w/the great ideas! OK tomorrow we'll be teaching her how to scoot off the bed properly w/out any bonks!!! Thanks for the links too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Bless up!
 
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