Boy Swoops In To Catch Infant Brother Falling Off Changing Table

by Maria Guido
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Here’s a good reminder not to turn your back on an infant on a changing table

One of the most stressful things about parenting is that it really only takes a moment for an accident to happen. One mother who had a very close call this week is sharing her story in hopes to spread awareness about the danger of turning your back on a changing table — even for a moment.

Yes, there is a very easy directive to follow: never leave your child’s side when they’re on it. But life happens, distractions happen, and looking away for a few seconds is almost impossible to avoid. A Florida mom learned this lesson the hard way when her infant son rolled right off the changing table this week. Lucky for her, her nine-year-old son has some amazing reflexes.

Tila Levi stepped away from her 11-month-old son for just a moment — long enough for him to swing his foot over the side of the changing table and roll off. His nine-year-old brother Joseph swooped in and managed to catch his brother before he hit the ground.

Levi told Today that she was initially embarrassed to share the video, but decided to share it anyway.“I was just getting everyone ready for bed. I was home alone with the five kids, and at first I said, ‘I messed up. I did something wrong,’” Tila told WSVN. “But then I realized that, really, it was a miracle. I must have done something right to have been deserving of this little guy, running in at the right time and catching him at the right moment.”

Good for her for sharing it. For one, it’s an amazing catch and her son deserves all the praise he’s getting. But it’s also a great reminder of how dangerous it is to leave your baby on any sort of high surface unattended — even if only for a moment. Her transparency has led many other parents to confess that similar things have happened to them. None of us are perfect. She should be commended for putting her less-than-perfect parenting moment out there to raise awareness.

“It can happen to anybody, and now I know who it’s happened to ’cause everybody’s been confessing about when they dropped their baby,” she said. “Obviously, I am more careful, but at the end of the day, it happens in a second, and I think that all of our lives can change in a second.”

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