My Worst Mummy Mishap!

A big moment in our house at the weekend as we converted the cot into a bed. Baby O has been getting increasingly upset being in his cot (he desperately wants to be a big boy) so we thought changing into a bed would make him feel more grown up. All was going well until about half 11 and he was up and wanting to come and find us. To encourage him to get back into bed I lay in it to encourage him in. You can see where this is going can’t you? Of course the bottom gave way and I ended up with a V shaped cot base. Just what we need at half 11 at night!

Anyways, it got me thinking. We’ve all had those mummy mishaps where things go terribly wrong and we’re left wondering what the heck to do next! So, it’s confession time. My worst mummy mishap was…. locking my 7 month old son in the car!

Obviously, not on purpose and I never left his side but there was a car door between us. It was last summer and the Olympic torch was coming to town so I’d arranged with a friend to meet up and take the kids. O was still in his baby car seat so whilst strapping him in I’d dropped my keys on the front passenger seat so my hands were free (something I always did). In hindsight I remember hearing a click but didn’t think too much of it. I closed the door and went round the car to get in. Door locked! Went back to where Baby O was, door locked! And slowly the realization that all the doors were locked and the keys were inside started to sink in.

SHIT!! (Sorry, don’t often swear, but there’s no other word to use). Thank God, the baby bag with my phone in was on the drive! Okay, sensible head on. I’ll phone hubby to come home and let me in the house to get the spare key. No answer! Plan B, I’ll phone the in-laws to let me in. No answer!

By this point it’s raining and I’m hysterical on the drive! Baby O is cozy and warm in the car, laughing at me. Anyway, after several panicked phone calls to hubby’s colleagues he was located and was in a meeting half an hour away. A stroke of luck was he had left his keys at the office which was only a short drive from our house, so one of his employees drove round to ours with his keys to let me in.

Baby O was only locked in for about 15 mins but it felt like hours and he was oblivious to the panic happening outside. It took about an hour for my heart to stop racing and about 3 months for the teasing to stop from anyone who knew.

I’d love to hear some of your mummy mishaps, please tell me I’m not the only one this sort of thing happens to. And we never got to see the Olympic torch!


  1. October 29, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    Wow that must have been terrifying – lucky he was happy though, can you imagine if he was screaming?! Shudder.
    Anyway i have LOADS of these. One of my worst was not securing breaks on the buggy well enough and the buggy rolled off a step with F strapped in massive cut/bruise to the head. I felt horrendous and he was hysterical for around an hour πŸ™

    • notafrumpymum
      October 30, 2013 / 10:14 pm

      Poor little F! I once moved 2 steps away from O to take a photo of him in the couch and in that time he nose dived straight off the side! Another bad mummy moment x

  2. October 29, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    Whoah – glad he was OK and it wasn’t a hot day. Although I guess rain on the outside was the second worst weather you could have had.

    • notafrumpymum
      October 30, 2013 / 10:12 pm

      I didn’t mind the rain, disguised the hysterical tears that were flowing down my face. Luckily none of the neighbours were around or they’d have thought I was either a nutcase or a terrible mum! x

  3. October 30, 2013 / 9:22 pm

    oh gosh how scary. hopping by via #MMWBH

    • notafrumpymum
      October 30, 2013 / 10:11 pm

      It was awful at the time, my heart was thumping in my chest! x

  4. November 1, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    There must be so many moments like these that happen everyday with babies and toddlers that Mums don’t admit to.

    • November 1, 2013 / 5:28 pm

      I agree, I remember telling my friend that she might drop her baby as we had dropped ours during a 4am feed in the first few months… I then felt awful for revealing this bit of info! But my friend said it helped her relax a little knowing these things can happen to anyone!

  5. November 1, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    Aaaw how scary! I’m sure you’ll laugh about it later though πŸ˜‰ I’m always scared of locking the keys in the car with the kids in it, as often lock the car as an automatism (is that a word?!). I’ve recently dropped my phone on my 3 month old’s head and he now has a big bruise πŸ™ everytime he looks at me and smiles all I can see is his bruise and feel guilty! But these things happen… My dad once forgot about me on a carpark and drove all the way home, about 15 minutes away… I was only about 10 and this was before mobile phones… Ah the joy of being a parent! πŸ˜‰


  6. November 1, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    Things like this happen, it’s nothing to feel awful over and it all turned out ok in the end! πŸ™‚ xx

  7. Colette B
    November 1, 2013 / 7:43 pm

    I’m always fearful of doing this one! I’d say my worst was letting our eldest fall off the bed at months old.

  8. November 1, 2013 / 7:50 pm

    Oh how awful, I was always so paranoid about that sort of thing. I did lock us all out of the house once but thankfully had my mobile and rang the in-laws who came with the spare key. The kids were happily playing in the garden oblivious so it was a bit less stressful than your experience.

  9. kate
    November 1, 2013 / 10:21 pm

    Oh gosh! You must’ve been beside yourself! I’ve done plenty, locked us out of the house, left the house for hours with the front door wide open (I don’t do that anymore btw) taken my eye off Lil Miss when she was almost 12mo old for a second not realising Lil Man had opened the door & she did a nose dive out of the front door onto the concrete paving slabs. She had a bright red scab on her nose for two weeks after! I’m sure there’s worse but I’ve probably blocked it out!!!

  10. November 1, 2013 / 10:41 pm

    Awww I bet you were a wreck! Things like this can happen to anyone, and I have a million and one stories like this. I once closed the door when my then three year old’s finger was in the door crack – owch. Badly bruised, nail fell off but still on one piece. I still don’t think she has forgiven me 7 years on… πŸ™‚

  11. November 1, 2013 / 11:12 pm

    oh no! Scary! I’m sure these things are a rite of passage though – my mum tried to put a nappy pin through my tummy by accident! I put my eldest on a low table and she rolled off! These things happen!

  12. November 2, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    This exact thing happened to my sister when her two were a baby and toddler (ie two under two). Unfortunately she didn’t have anyone to pop round with keys, both kids got very upset, I’m guessing it was for a lot longer than 15 minutes and in the end she had to get the police to come and smash one of the windows which completely freaked the girls out! Personally I feel pretty guilty for putting my four month old in a Bumbo on a dining room chair in the kitchen (hard tiled floor) which he promptly launched himself out of head first! We spent the following three hours in a&e and the worst thing was that this happened the week our baby group had a photographer in and I now have a beautiful picture of my baby with a big greeny/yellow bruise on his forehead to forever remind me of my awful neglect!

  13. Wicked World of Lucas
    November 4, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    Glad he’s OK – I can imagine how your felt. I remember slipping on the stairs when Lucas was only 4 weeks old. Luckily I managed to keep hold off him but it really shocked him and it was the first time he really cried. I felt awful for ages. Popping over form Britmums

  14. adayinthelifeofabusymum
    November 5, 2013 / 9:50 am

    Oh my goodness! I would’ve been just as terrified, although it’s cute that your little guy was giggling at you from the inside! Bless him. So pleased you got it sorted out so quickly. I slipped in the swimmers once….why they have tiled floors with people walking around with wet feet actually baffles me….and its slooped slightly for the water to drain out through the gulleys. So naturally I slipped….as I was carrying my 6mth old son, Jacob. Luckily I turned myself round through the floor, to land on my back and Jacob safely on my chest…unhurt…unlike myself. OUCH MUCH!

    Thanks so much for linking up to #MMWBH xx

  15. November 5, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    Omg so scary. I can just imagine how panicked you felt. I once forgot to pick my son up from school! He was not amused!

  16. November 5, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    You must have been petrified! I get really paranoid about leaving/locking J, Always check and check again for keys. Got all the auto-locking locks changed to manual since having him. #MMWBH

    • notafrumpymum
      November 5, 2013 / 10:00 pm

      That’s probably a good idea. I now never shut the door without the keys in my hand. Still can’t believe I was so stupid!

      Thanks for commenting!

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