The first time my daughter got seriously hurt I was in bed, watching television. She came in and hopped up on the bed to lay with me for a bit, and when she tried to get down I held her arms to assist her down the tall slop of our Queen-sized bed frame. The problem? I lost my grip. Before I knew it my 2-year-old baby went flying into the corner of our dresser's sharp corner. There are things no one tells you about the first time your toddler hurts themselves, like how quickly a seemingly serene day can turn into a terrifying hellscape.
Luckily, my daughter (now almost 11-years-old and as healthy as can be), doesn't remember much about that incident. Her 5-year-old brother hasn't had any serious injuries as of yet, either, which has done wonders for my peace of mind. But despite the fact that both my babies are healthy and safe, I hover and helicopter more often than I should so I don't make the same mistake twice.
When I fell out of a tree and broke my arm as a kid, I'm sure my parents felt the same way. It's a terrifying thing, being in charge of a small person all the time and especially when I feel I can barely take care of myself some days. IN my experience, it's best to be as prepared as possible. With that in mind, here are just some of the things no one tells you about the first time your toddler hurts themselves that I had to learn the hard way.