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Mom Shares Scary Crib Story as a PSA to Other Parents

After a terrifying crib-related incident, this mom is spreading an important message about safety.

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After her 18-month-old son Caleb got trapped between two cribs, mom Alison Johnson decided to share her story as a warning to others.

She posted a photo of the crib set-up for Caleb and his twin sister Libby to Facebook, along with a pretty harrowing story that's now going viral.

"I have a lot of friends that have twins or kids close in age that may have a similar set up, so I wanted to share something VERY scary that happened today," she wrote. "This morning I put Caleb down for his nap. Shortly after he started to cry. After a few minutes, I went in to check on him. He had climbed out of his crib and was stuck between his crib and Libby's crib. His body fit through, but his head wouldn't. He was using every ounce of energy he had to hold himself up by his little arms. If they had given out, he would've just been hanging there by his head."

So terrifying! What's even more scary, is that like many moms, Johnson said she generally uses her kids nap times as an opportunity to shower. "Had I done that today and checked on him after five minutes," she wrote, "he would have literally hung himself."

I got chills when I read Johnson's post. I don't have twins, but I took about a billion showers while my kids were napping back in the day, and it's a gut-wrenching reminder about just how quickly your life can be altered forever.

Major props to this brave mama for coming forward to share her story, in an effort to warn other parents of multiples about the potential danger of the nursery setup. Her PSA has now been shared more than 50,000 times, and in a follow-up post, Johnson said she was "pleasantly surprised" by the positive reaction, pretty much across the board.

"Before I shared it, I totally prepared myself for the mean comments," she explained. "People can be so terrible on the Internet, especially when it comes to mom judging. But I figured if our experience could possibly save a life, I'd take the grunt of it from the Internet trolls."

Instead, Johnson said people have been so thankful for the information, as it's just something they never would've seen as dangerous. "I've received hundreds of messages from twin moms thanking me," she said. "Kindness...it's a nice change of pace for social media!"

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.