My Daughter Was Suffocated To Death By A Teddy Bear—This Is My Story

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“On the 6th of March at 8:01 a.m. my life changed. I woke up to get my oldest ready for school to find my youngest baby had passed away.

I have been blaming myself, as she passed away due to suffocation. I had packed down the side of her bed with teddy bears and placed a big one on top of the smaller teddies to stop her from falling down the side of her bed. She did exactly that, but went under the massive teddy and fell asleep with the angels.

All I think about now is what if I just left it empty? She would still be here maybe with just a small bump on her head.

Infant smiling at table eating before she passed away
Courtesy of Dexy Leigh

It’s all what-ifs now. But I want every parent to see and be aware of this. Let them fall; don’t try to stuff small places up with soft things; just leave them empty.

She had a bed guard at one side and the smallest gap from her wall to her bed and that’s where I had put all her teddies; my biggest regret in life. Please move everything off your kid’s bed and away from the sides.

My oldest daughter used to have her bed covered in cushions, teddies, and princess drapes. They don’t need anything extra on their bed.

I really hope my little princess’s tragic story can save someone else’s baby’s life. I miss you Connie so much. I’m so glad and proud you were my little girl.

You made me who I am today and now I’m even stronger for your big sister. Thank you for being the most perfect and lovable baby. Your smile can make anyone come from a really dull place to happy in seconds.

Infant who has since passed away from suffocating on teddy bear biting headband
Courtesy of Dexy Leigh

Mum, Murray, and Dior love you lots and miss you so much baby! Everyone in the family is broken.

I hope you are having fun princess. Sleep tight baby.”

Mother and firstborn holding hands with cross to remember infant sibling who passed away
Courtesy of Dexy Leigh

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Dexy Leigh of Scottland. You can follow her journey on Facebook. Join the Love What Matters family and subscribe to our newsletter.

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