Warning: never let your baby play with the phone!

What are the odds, I ask you! Our 1 1/2 year old baby K- somehow got ahold of the portable phone this evening and before we could retrieve it, she’d dialed
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Which just so happens triggers the emergency system here in Colorado. Linda hung the phone up immediately and told me “the baby just dialed 911 but I hung up before it connected”
Ah, well, no she didn’t….


In fact, about 90 seconds later the Police Department called to check on the distress call and I explained that it was our baby making a desparate plea for help, uh, um, randomly pushing buttons on the phone and somehow dialing 911. All was well.
Not 60 seconds after that, there’s a knock on the door.
A member of the police department stood there when I opened the door, wanting to ensure that all was well. I explained our story again, of course, and just by coincidence K- comes toddling up to see what’s going on.
I couldn’t resist, I introduced her as “the perpetrator.”
Little monkey!

6 comments on “Warning: never let your baby play with the phone!

  1. My one year old almost always manages to push the ‘off’ button while talking to Grandma on the phone. I think her grandma thinks that it’s me limiting the conversation. I swear I have nothing to do with it.

  2. Mmmm, we used to have 911 on our speed dial until I got tired of explaining to the 911 operator our cat was calling to complain about his food…

  3. That’s hilarious. You’d think the odds would be slim that that would happen. But believe it or not, my daughter did the same thing. When she was about 9 months old my husband thought it was the greatest idea to let her hold the phone while he changed her diaper. Sure enough, she dialed 911. 🙂

  4. rotfl! funny enough, my 10 mo dd did just the same thing.. except no one called and a full 45 minutes later the police arrived! I live in toronto, ontario… little comfort that if there WAS real trouble and i was unable to communicate! she LOVES the phone, so to stop the problem I gave her an old, unplugged phone with beeping buttons to push!

  5. I did this exact thing to my Mom when I was 3… just to see what REALLY happens when you dial 911. I didn’t hang up in time either (I don’t believe you even can). Not 30 seconds later the police dispatcher called my Mom back to find out “The nature of our Emergency?” My Mom says my eyes were as wide as plates. She requested to have an officer come to the house and speak to me, if there was one in the area and available. He did! He explained to me that if I call 911 as a joke, that it could keep them from helping someone who was REALLY in need of help. This was about 1978, and has stuck with me always. I’m hoping that I don’t have the same incident with my now 17 month old, when she can get to the phone.

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