When parents forget baby in a hot car
Confession time: I could have been one of those women who forgets and leaves a baby in a hot car. It invariably happens on a day when the parent changes his or her routine or has to make an out-of-the- ordinary stop, like this tragic case. Here's a tip on how I make sure my distracted Mommy brain never fails me.
On the very first day that my youngest was starting at a home day care, I dropped his older brother off at school and started heading up the road like usual toward work, my mind already ticking off all the things I wanted to get finished that day and people I needed to call before lunch, blah, blah, blah. About five minutes into the trip, my 6-month-old baby made a gurgle sound and I quite literally jumped. He had been so silent I forgot he was back there. What if he had fallen asleep? Would I have gone into work, completely forgetting I had a baby boiling in a car? The image haunts me.
Which is why, to this day, I put my phone in my cupholder so it's handy, but my purse goes on the floor below the car seat. I never leave the car without my purse (or my baby!)
Here are some more safety tips on kids and cars from Harrison's Hope, an organization that tracks injuries and deaths due to kids being left alone in or around cars. So far in 2008, we've had 237 incidents and 45 deaths.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne