Playground dangers you might not think about - KMOV.com

Playground dangers you might not think about

I hate when my little boy gets hurt. It just breaks my heart! Now that my 11-month-old son Jude is toddling, the bumps and bruises just keep coming. I know there's not much I can do. I can't bubble wrap the kid...or can I...hmmm??? I do my best to keep him safe, but I can't hover over him every second of every day and even when I'm right there with him, he still falls. Like any parent, though, I want to make sure I'm not doing anything to put my little guy in harm's way. I would have never thought this could be dangerous:

That's my husband Ryan taking Jude down a slide. Something I thought every parent does. Apparently, it can be dangerous! According to an article on MSNBC.com, the added pressure of a parent's weight going down a slide can snap your child's leg if their leg gets wedged on the slide. The article goes on to tell this horrifying story about a mom who broke her 18-month-old daughter's leg by riding down a slide with her. I can't imagine how I would feel if I did that to Jude. The article says incidents like this are more common than you might think.

I know I sound like a paranoid mom by blogging about this, and to some extent I guess I am. But I know that I don't want to take any chances when it comes to my son's safety. Read the article for yourself and let me know what you think. Until Jude's big enough to do the slide all by himself, I think we'll stick to the swings!

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