Post # 31
One of the first times we went out to our regular restaurant after dd was born, I got out of the car and just starting walking to the door. Thankfully Darling Husband was right there and was like uhhh are you forgetting something?
Dd is almost 3 and I totally almost drove past daycare and went to work just the other day. It can happen to anyone, especially when it’s one of those routine auto-pilot things.
Whenever we have a weird change of routine for some reason we always text or email each other to double check.
Post # 32
I have never done this but I can see this happening. It is terrifying. I read a real story of a mom who was returning to work. She had two kids, one in daycare and one in school. She dropped her son off at school, which was part of her usual routine. Her daughter fell asleep and she went straight to work, focused on her first day back. She didn’t realized her daughter was still in the car till the end of the day and the daughter unfortunately passed away. This story terrifies me and always reminds me to be extra cautious.
Post # 33
This is terrifying because it’s so so hot where we live it wouldn’t take long at all for something awful to happen to a forgotten child.
I’m hoping to develop a reminder system for myself just to be on the safe side.
Post # 34
I haven’t but a couple weeks ago, I accidentally locked him in the car. With my keys and phone.
LOL my friend had to call the police and they came with a fire engine. I was so embarassed!
This stuff happens! I’m thankful that our nanny comes to our house and I don’t have to drive my son to day care or anything, because I am the worst at being on autopilot. A lot of times when I take him out, I check the back seat to make sure I put him in the car with me! Being a parent is scary.
Post # 35
I’ve accidentally locked her in the car with my keys and proceeded to have a full on melt down. She was about 9 months old and it was summer. I called 911 from a strangers phone. The police came and brought a CAA tow-truck so he could open my door for me.
When she was 6 weeks old and I was beyond sleep deprived and a walking zombie I left her in her car seat in the doctors office waiting room, for an appointment for her. The older lady who had been sat across from me brought me her in her car seat and said I think you forgot something, gave me a hug and told me it gets better. I spent the next 10 minutes sobbing feeling like a horrible mom as the nurse and my doctor calmed me down.
Post # 36
slomotion : It’s hot here too. No kids yet but I go on autopilot so scary.
Post # 37
i just read an article about this happening to a family in Nashville last month.. so sad. 🙁
What’s confusing about this particular case is he did drop off the 5 year old, who presumably was in the back seat…
Post # 38
No, but I can see how it happens. If I can be in the same room and not know when a toddler managed to get into the box of Kleenex and scatter tissues around, it’s clear that my mind is sometimes “off” when I don’t think it is.
Post # 39
Neve have but it’s my biggest fear!! I have drove to daycare to pick up my kids on autopilot, getting there to realize someone else had picked them up earliy in the day (that I had scheduled!) Embarrasing and innocent enough but what if I were to forget them in the car?!! Now they are older and louder so there would be no way they would be left behind plus they could get out, but if we have another baby it’s alway a thought on my mind. SO scary!!!!!
Post # 40
I hope this never happen, did anyone else know Waze has an alert for this? I was heading home the other day and it gave me the option of setting an alert to check for kids. I thought that was pretty cool.
Post # 41
anabolina : Yet one more reason to love Waze.
Post # 42
I don’t have kids but I can see how this might happen. Kinda like when you’re driving and you’re deep in thought or zone out and you’re like…I don’t remember anything about the last 5 minutes of my commute.
Post # 43
saratiara2 : I read that article ages ago but it was so powerful I remember it to this day. My heart absolutely breaks for those parents. Just horrifying. I can completely see how it could happen to a good and loving parent.
Post # 44
I was a Stay-At-Home Mom after our first was born, so I didn’t have a work “routine”. I never forgot the baby or child in the car, but on the rare occasion that I was in the car without the child/ren and looked in the rearview mirror and didn’t see a child, my heart skipped a beat.
It is so easy to condemn parents who do, but now that I am working again, I can absolutely understand how a change in routine can throw a person. Some days, my coworkers and I all cannot figure out if another coworker is in that day because we ALL have the same routine every morning and we all could swear we saw them. Nevermind that we did NOT see them that particular morning, but our brains fill in with the other hundred days we DO see them.
These accidents must be some of the most heartbreaking. Even understanding HOW it could happen and acknowledging that anyone could make a similar mistake in certain situations, I’m not sure I could ever forgive a spouse if it happened. People say that making it a routine to put your briefcase or purse in the backseat forces you to look into the back seat before exiting the car.
Post # 45
A nurse here in New Zealand did this a few years ago during summer. Finished her work day and came out to find her baby dead in the car!!! 🙁 they tried to blame her but they case for her argued that it was very common.