AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: June 28, 2012 | COMMENTS: 5 Comments
CATEGORIES: Health & Safety,
We decided to celebrate our first day of summer with a dip in our back yard pool. It was a good idea, in theory, but sometimes, my good ideas are easier conceived than implemented! You see, one would think getting two 10 month olds to a pool, twenty steps from my backdoor, wouldn’t be that difficult.
But once again, twin reality slapped me in the face.
First of all, who do I carry out first? And when I go back in, is the babe I carried out first safe? And can I leave one sitting on the sunning step (which is rather large) while I play motor boat with the other?
There are just not enough of me sometimes.
Then I had a lightbulb moment.
When Drew and Ryan were babies I had a bath seat for them.
I could buy a new one, and then I’d have instant stability for at least one baby while I diverted my attention to the other.
Turns out they don’t manufacture bath seats anymore. I guess too many brilliant adults thought it was okay to leave the room while their baby…uh… bathed themselves…which rendered the seats safety hazards.
Why do stupid parents have to ruin everything for the rest of us?
Yes, that is a Bumbo seat. And yes, I’m pretty sure there’s a warning label on it somewhere that says I’m not supposed to use it to secure a child in a pool. But sometimes a mom’s gotta do, what a mom’s gotta do!
And, it actually worked.
Now before you start sending me messages about child safety, please know I’m not putting my kids in Bumbos..in pools… while napping… in a hammock. I’m just using it to stabilize one of my 10 month old weeble-wobbles while I’m tending to the other! I’m never more than a few feet away.
That being said, I do have a history of improvising when it comes to baby gear. Sometimes it’s simply an off-label use (like a bumbo in a pool). At other times, we’ve had to make due in manners, that in retrospect, may have not been the wisest.
Case in point…
Now, given the above depicted parenting fail, I may deserve your messages of concern! If you feel the need to send me a note of disgust please address it, “Dear idiot mother who used a case of Miller Light as a booster seat while securing her one year old to a chair with her husband’s belt“! (I know that’s a long salutation but it fits…don’t you think?)
And don’t forget to mention the ironing board in the background with the hot iron teetering on the edge.
It’s a wonder Ryan has made it to 15! But he has. Without major medical incident.
…but I don’t think so.
As parents, we have to get creative with our kid related problem solving by channeling our inner MacGyver. Improvise. It’s an art and, I think, a necessary part of surviving parenthood. Bumbos in pools and cases of beer as booster seats require that common sense is enlisted. (Let me repeat the words…common sense!)
So next time you are faced with a parenting dilemma, use your God-given creative mama-instincts by thinking outside the box! Then pat yourself on the back, and make the phrase, “I CAN do this is” your mantra.
Oh…and take a picture of your solution and send it to me! I can use all the mothering help I can get!
*Important* Edited to Add…
Bumbo seats have recently been recalled due to a high incidence of infant skull fractures. Please see link here for information on how to get a safety harness for your Bumbo seat!