Hello. A very sad post today… a mama from Lil Mamas – the group of women that has helped me survive the first year of parenthood – is mourning the loss of her 13 month-old daughter, Hailey. Hailey passed earlier this week in a tragic accident when a 3×3 cubby storage shelf fell on top of her.
The most important thing you can take away from this is that securing furniture in your home is not an option – it is an imperative. This applies even if you don’t have children.
The outpouring of love and support and mamahood that I’ve seen over the last 48 hours has blown me away. Most of the mamas in this group have never met one another in person and through the power of social media, they came together and took action: mamas around the world contributed to airfare to get Hailey’s family to South Carolina to support her mom, pronto and also to cover the cost of funeral expenses, etc. WOW. Just wow. It sure as hell takes a village.
All her mom has asked is that we spread the word about this very real danger inherent in everyone’s home. Walk around your home, inventory your furniture, and secure the hell out of it. Tie-downs are available at your local hardware or baby store and if you can’t find them there, you can order them online. There are baby-proofing consultants who will come to your home and help you figure out what you need to do. There is no excuse not to take action. It’s so easy to think that we will be the exception to the rule, the lucky ones. Sometimes we are, and that’s great but there will come a day when skimping on safety could have dire consequences.
If you want to do more, please consider making a donation through YouCaring in Hailey’s honor to help cover her funeral and travel expenses for family or visit thelilmamas.com to learn how to donate through Lil Mamas.
Last, but not least, hug your babies tight this weekend and always.