Have you ever accidentally left your baby in the car?

posted 1 year ago in Parenting
Post # 46
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Absolutely not. I am rabidly aware of where my daughter is at all times, especially when it comes to public places with crowds and the car.

Post # 47
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Busy bee

There was a very sad case in Ireland about this time last year where a dad got distracted by a call & left his daughter in the car & came out at lunchtime & found her. She had passed away. The poor man has since tried to take his own life with the guilt. So tragic

Post # 48
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

im paranoid about this, especially when i read news stories.

sometimes i have both, sometimes he has both, sometimes we each have one. on days he has both, i still check my back seat before i walk into my office.

Post # 49
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

echomomm :  I also have that feeling when I look in my rearview mirror and there is no kid in the carseat lol.  I check on my kids via video at daycare so if they’re not there by 8:30-8:45 I will sort of panic and call my husband.  It’s always been that he had to take a call so they were all still at home and he just took them later than normal but I call everytime they’re not there by 8:45 ha.

Post # 50
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Busy bee

kittykax :  I don’t have children, but I was with a friend when she almost accidentally left her child in her car.

We were scheduled to go on a shopping trip, just the two of us. Her husband was supposed to watch their baby, like he does every time we do a shopping trip. That weekend, something urgent came up last minute, so we were taking the baby with us on the shopping trip. Well, baby falls asleep in the car. When we get to the mall and park, and my friend exits the car and starts walking toward the mall without the baby. Luckily I was there and we didn’t forget the baby. The thing is, my friend is such a loving mother who would do anything for her child and it was a fluke oversight that could have had devastating consequences. I know she has felt guilty over this, even though luckily nothing happened.

After this experience and reading the articles PP’s posted, I do believe that unfortunately this can happen to anyone, given the right circumstances. My friend is completely devoted to her child, and I know that she would never do anything to harm her baby. She was just a tired mom on autopilot that day–we were doing a similar shopping trip to many that we have done in the past without the baby. I know that since this happened, my friend has gotten into the habit of always putting her purse in the back seat, so she has to get it/look there now.

I’m not a mom, but I have experienced cases of autopilot (ex. I could have sworn I had my phone/keys with me, did I remember to drop that thing off before work? etc.).

Even though the devastating consequences seem pretty rare (about 30-40 cases per year?), even having this happen to one child is too much IMO. If the tech can help, I’m all for it.

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