We’ve all been there. The baby is on the changing table, diaper wide open and full of something that could make your eyes, nose and throat bleed just from being in the same room, when you realize that the ONE thing you desperately need in this moment—baby wipes—are nowhere to be found. What do you do?
That blowout of a diaper is not about to touch your floor and make a bigger mess, and you know that there is a full package of wipes in the bathroom—just 12 steps away. If you run fast, it’s really only like, four steps. You distract the baby with absolutely anything you can get your hands on, and—in your sprinting pursuit to the bathroom and back—seriously question why mommy-races aren’t an Olympic event.
It may be scary to admit, but there are some cases where every parent has done it for a “just a quick second.” Nobody intentionally leaves their child on a changing table. It sits higher than any piece of furniture your infant will ever come in contact with, and the chance of them falling off is horrifying. But for that split second post-blowout, it happens on rare occasion.
Parents Laci Lynn Taylor and Don Taylor lost their 3-month-old baby girl to a changing table accident. The sudden death of baby RemmeLyn still gives the couple nightmares.
According to the Des Moines Register, Laci had left her sleeping daughter on the changing table while she left to warm up a bottle. Granted, warming a bottle isn’t quite the same as racing to the next room and back, but RemmeLyn was asleep, so Laci wasn’t as nervous about her wiggling off.
In the short time that Laci was apart from her daughter, the infant rolled over into a position that cut off her air supply, and ultimately killed her.