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Real Moms Share Their Biggest Mom Fails

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Mom fails. They're little hiccups in parenting that everyone experiences. We asked real moms to share their biggest mom fails. Maybe you've done a few of these, too. So let's all commiserate in our mom fails, and know that we aren't alone after all.

"Mine happened the first time we went out with both kiddos, and totally forgot to pack ANY newborn diapers. Let's just say a newborn baby in a size 5 diaper is quite the sight!" – Katie R.

"Finding a dirty pee diaper in a freshly washed and dried load of laundry in the dryer. Yes, it went from the washer into the dryer unnoticed." – Tiffany D.

"When my son was about 4 months old, he had an epic blowout in a restaurant. Me, being a new mom, forgot to bring a change of clothes. I had to wipe him down with baby wipes and drive him home in just a diaper in his car seat." – Mason V.

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"Turning on the Keurig but forgetting to put a mug underneath! It happened a few times after bringing a new baby home and not getting any sleep." – Kristen C.

"While eating dinner, we were talking about St. Patrick's Day and I apologized to my kids that I forgot to dye the milk green. My daughter said, 'Wait, you're the leprechaun? So are the Easter bunny and Santa Claus you too?' I'm the worst!" – April M.

"My son was six months old and I put him in the laundry basket on our bed while I put clothes away. He decided to stand up and flipped onto the floor! I cried. Thankfully it was only 12 inches to the floor and he just started laughing! But I felt terrible." – Briana R.

"We were out with both kids, and I had my baby in his infant car seat. I took him out and nursed him and put him quickly back in, with a blanket on top of him. When we were ready to head home, we got in the car and started driving. We made it about a mile down the road and at a stop light, my eldest said, quite alarmed, 'Ummm... Mommy? Matthew is crawling out of his seat!' I had totally forgotten that under his blanket he was 100% NOT strapped in. I beat myself up about that for a really long time. In fact, I might not be over it yet!" – Nichole B.

I turned my head for a few seconds and when I turned back, my sweet baby boy was flying down the street.

"I forgot to put the brakes on the stroller. I turned my head for a few seconds and when I turned back, my sweet baby boy was flying down the street. I could have beaten Usain Bolt to the stroller, no doubt." – Kara L.

"We brought our daughter into bed with us one night, but she could not get comfortable. My husband decided to go downstairs to sleep on the couch so we could get more comfortable, and, half asleep, I figured I should put pillows on the other side so she didn't roll off. Before I knew what was happening, she rolled off the bed. Luckily she landed on the pillows. Let's just say, co-sleeping is not for us!" – Colly W.

"I left my 22-month-old strapped into her high chair with a blue marker and paper while I went to quickly put her baby sister down in her bassinet. In the three minutes I was gone, my toddler had eaten the entire tip off of the marker. Her whole mouth lips, teeth and tongue were blue! Thank God it's non-toxic!" – Vanessa W.

"Using tiny baby clippers on my 1-month-old son, he jerked and I clipped the end of his finger. He screamed, it left a mark, and I cried off and on for hours. It was so tragic, and I still file his nails to this day. He's 3 now." – Jill C.

I locked my 6-month-old in the car in the Target parking lot.

"I'm always forgetting which kid I'm holding! The other day I set my 9-month-old baby down thinking she was the 2-year-old. I just set her on her feet like she'd stand up and she face planted! I also accidentally started wrapping the 2-year-old in the wrap thinking he was the baby!" – Marci W.

"My baby had a blow-out while being worn and it got all over that carrier and my shirt. I made it to the car without anyone noticing and had no change of shirt for me. There's now a shirt tucked in the back of the car for such emergencies. Moms need extra clothes when out too!" – Tara N.

"I left the iron on the edge with the cord hanging down (thank God it had cooled completely) and she pulled it and it hit her on the head. I fully believe in God having angels all around. Oh my goodness!" – Libier R.

"I locked my 6-month-old in the car in the Target parking lot. Thankfully I had my phone in my pocket. I had to call the fire department to break into my car!" – Katie V.

"My 4-year-old once fed my 2-year-old a whole bunch of baby Benadryl when I was in the other room. I called poison control and thankfully she was fine, but she couldn't walk without falling over for a few hours." – Rachel F.

"For the first few months after my son was born, at least once a day I would forget to keep his little soaker hose covered while changing his diaper. Every time he peed all I could do was stand there and squeal! He even peed over my shoulder onto my husband's back, who was on his hands and knees behind me cleaning up the pee from earlier." – Katie P.

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"I forgot to put the big box of baking soda away the night before. I'm 10 feet away from the kitchen in the laundry room engrossed in sorting and I'm like, 'What's that taste? Why do I taste powder?' My very naughty 2-year-old had dumped the entire box on the floor and he and his sister were spreading it through three rooms of the house. My 4-year-old says, 'Well you left it where he could reach it mom.'" – Free A.

"Realizing the house is too quiet, only to find the child sucking on my phone charger. And it's still plugged in. Terrifying." – Lorena S.

"Caught my 7-month-old chewing on my toddler's Polly Pocket clothes! Those pieces are tiny. She is constantly giving him things he can choke on!"- Anna H.

"My baby was a week old and we were at the park ready to take professional photos. I decided to give her formula instead of nursing her because it was faster. She wasn't used to formula, and spit up the whole bottle all over me. Thankfully my husband packed an extra shirt for me." – Kassi C.

"Dropping my phone on my baby's head while feeding and shopping online. He was fine, but I was ridden with guilt!" – Lauren C.

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