Skip to content


Your cart is empty

Article: The Art of Face-Planting

Baby Music

The Art of Face-Planting

There's a lot to commemorate this month! Veteran's Day was Monday (make sure to check out our giveaway!), Thanksgiving is coming soon, it's International Drum Month and it's also...Child Safety Protection Month. Of course, as a parent, every day is a day to think about child safety, whether you have a little tyke running around, or you're expecting. When I was pregnant, you can bet I was super careful going up and down stairs (actually, everywhere I stepped) to avoid face-planting or worse. I wasn't jumping into any mosh pits or crowd surfing and I certainly wasn't riding any roller coasters. Now that I have a child, I'm constantly struggling with preventing all those worst-case scenarios involving my now 17-month-old every moment of the day. I do what I can to childproof everything. I've at times considered getting her a helmet - partly for my protection, too. But there's only so much you can do. I'm learning more and more that part of keeping my child from getting hurt involves me not freaking out when she does. When we recently traveled to Europe, the first 3 days of our trip in Stockholm entailed my daughter, Little D, mastering the art of face-planting. It was as if she was a baby again learning to walk for the first time.  (She's been walking since she was 9 months old, so she was pretty darn good at it, we thought.) My husband and I didn't realize that the combination of jetlag, wearing boots and unfamiliar European terrain would be so dangerous. Our little girl had experienced none of these before together or apart. So she went "boom" a lot. At the zoo, on cobblestone streets, in the hotel, on a replica Viking ship. Her face was bruised and cut, and I quietly sulked because I didn't really want our dream European vacation to be filled with photos of D's injured face.


But she was fine, as long as we said, "It's okay," and our actions that followed assured her that it was - versus me screaming or looking at her in horror. So after each face-plant, there was a little crying (sometimes wailing), but within a few minutes she was up, running and squealing with joy ready to risk each boom, because the combination of jetlag, wearing boots and unfamiliar European terrain excited her. I just had to try really hard not to fuss over the owies on her face, or the adults with their owie-free kids, who saw D's and were possibly judging us for letting them happen. Little D was a foreigner and she loved it, bruises and all. And that's all that mattered. From soothing those bruises from face-planting to introducing your baby to moonwalking, we've got a release for that!

 027297968820 027297969629 027297969520


Lucky D to have traveled to Europe at such an early age. Hope you have album saved for her to look at when she’s older. Face planting is expected at her young age plus jet lag ! Nice blog!


Our daughter face plants at least 3 times a day, and she is 19 months. She is such a little toughy though, she rarely even makes a peep. I freak out in my mind of course. She even got a bloody nose once, and cried for like 30 seconds, and then it was over (she was more upset about having her nose wiped.) Babies are funny!


Wow, itzybellababy, you just reminded me that I left out the part that she got her first bloody nose on the trip, too. It’s amazing how resilient our little ones are!

First-Time Mommy

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

All comments are moderated before being published.

Read more


Evan Rachel Wood Talks Rockabye Baby on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

New momma Evan Rachel Wood made an appearance last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote her upcoming films A Case of You and Charlie Countryman. As both are new parents, they chatted a...

Read more

10-Year Anniversary of My First Blink-182 Show (And How It Almost Didn’t Happen)

Last month, Blink-182 announced a string of shows they'd be playing in L.A. to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their self-titled album that was released November 18, 2003. All the ruckus surr...

Read more