|Saturday morning. Calla with a slightly angry bruise above her brow. Because she was asleep on my bed and my checking in on her in 2-minute intervals was not frequent enough.|
1. Do not go on Facebook to update your status with "Boo hoo, my baby has fallen off the bed. I'm a bad mummy" and the likes. That can wait.
2. Do not panic. Babies are like dogs and can sense fear so your fear can rub off them. Be calm and soothing. Give her lots of hugs and kisses
3. As appealing as it seems, do not attempt to re-enact her fall by rolling off the bed yourself and hitting your own head. You+a head concussion are not going to be very useful in any situation.
4. Do not ignore your instincts. You're supposed to look out for unusual behaviour like vomitting or if your usually-able-to-sit baby is flopping all over the place.
5. Having said that, do not believe everything you read on the internet. Not every baby that falls off the bed suffers from all of the scary things you read. Arm yourself with the necessary information and know when to stop reading.
PS I'm not going to say do not leave your baby on your bed anymore because I'm a real-life mum as well, and I know that lots of babies sleep better on the big bed, and goodness knows there are days when all we want is for our babies to just go down for a big nap already. So how about "Leave your baby on your bed within reason"?