I pondered as to whether I should write this or not. What happened yesterday was pretty upsetting. Ultimately I concluded it was for the best to write it down. Might help another mother who takes her eyes off her child for one split milisecond.
Oliver is a toddler who has never, literally ever, put anything in his mouth (besides food and a dummy before he hit 15 months)-not tops of pens or toy cars or lego or anything. Nada. Yesterday as my mother and I tucked into our jacket potatoes and beans and Oliver his pasta in a coffee shop, Oliver took the lid off his kids’ size bottle of apple juice and put the whole piece in his mouth. We realised immediately and I will never forget him gagging.
It was a large enough top to stay in his mouth as opposed to him swallowing it, and I calmly and quickly removed it. My Mum said her legs were about to go.
It was awful. In one second he had placed a large bottle top in his mouth. It could happen to anyone and I’m sure it has. I definitely won’t be relying on the old, ‘he’s never put anything in his mouth before’-yes he is striving for independence, yes some days, he seems to have a wider vocabulary than me, but he’s still a little boy. A little 2 and 2 month old boy who can sometimes do silly things that can (but thankfully) didn’t, have horrible consequences.
Lesson learned for both of us.