This week’s Confessions of a Bad Mum comes from Amelia, mum to Arlo.
We all know how easy it is to get lost in our phones, whether it be scrolling through a social media app (ok yes, Instagram) or asking Google what it means if our baby’s poop is green during the 3.00am night feed.
I’ve heard mums say that they sometimes have to lock their phones away in drawers or put them somewhere over the other side of the room, just to a stop themselves from picking it up every five seconds.
So the truth is, we are all pretty much glued to these small but ever so addictive devices.
My phone has sometimes been the reason for not staring back into my baby’s eyes when he’s feeding and for not always watching his eyes close as he goes off sleep. But what I feel most guilty about is my phone being the reason for my baby’s first bump on the head.
I felt AWFUL when my hand slipped and my phone fell onto him. I felt like such a terrible mum that I had disturbed my baby from such a peaceful feed with this unintentional but careless act of stupidity. I felt like I was definitely the only person in the world that had done this until I shared what I’d done with Jodie and she also confessed she was also guilty of doing it too.
It wasn’t until we both spoke about how bad we felt from doing it that we both realised it was probably more common than we first thought. As mums, our phones can be a huge comfort to us during those lonely feeds at night, and I guess we came to the conclusion that it was just a matter of time for our hand to slip.
Since it happened I would say I’m a lot more careful now and I tend to hold my phone to the side of him rather than directly over him if he’s feeding or asleep on me. But accidents do happen and if you’ve also done it, just know you really aren’t the only one!