Today I was with Zachary in his room while he played on the floor. One of his favorite activities is opening and closing the drawers to his changing table dresser. He has been doing this ever since he could figure out how to stand up. Now that he’s taller, he can open all three drawers at once because he’s able to reach the top drawer much more easily. I suppose I didn’t realize this would pose a problem. Anyway…
I was resting in the chair in Zachary’s room watching him alternate between playing with Maya and the dresser drawers. All of a sudden, after he tugged on one of the drawers, (it seemed like slow motion) I saw the dresser start to fall forward, right towards Zachary. He looked up at it with a totally confused look on his face.
I’m not sure how I managed to move so quickly (it was like I had superhuman powers), but I somehow flew out of the chair and pulled Zachary on top of me as the dresser crashed down and EVERYTHING spilled out! Of course Zachary started to cry and I wondered if maybe I didn’t make it in time and he was hurt. I put him down on the floor and started examining his legs, but there were no bumps, bruises or scratches. I realized he was just startled, because he soon got distracted when he caught sight of a bottle of Johnson’s baby wash which had fallen out of the top drawer and began playing with it, eventually dumping half of it out on the fallen changing pad. Thank goodness he was fine!
Also, thankfully, the dog was out of sight when the dresser fell, so no one was hurt. The dresser itself is a little bumped up but still intact.
Unfortunately due to the layout of Zachary’s room, the dresser can’t be anchored to the wall since the only wall with enough room to rest his dresser against, is a divider wall with no studs! Very obnoxious – Such are perils of living in an older home. However, I do plan to purchase babyproofing drawer locks ASAP so that he can no longer get the drawers open and throw the dresser off its center of gravity.