Forgetting your infant in the car on a scorching-hot day-- it seems unthinkable, right? In fact, the topic alone seems almost too unbearable and disgusting to think about. Who in their right mind could ever forget about their child?
You're probably thinking, "No way would I ever forget my child in the back seat of a car. No way!" Actually, as it turns out, it can happen to anyone.
Each year, on average, 37 babies and toddlers die from being forgotten in the car, helplessly buckled in their car seat while their parents go off to work, run errands, etc.
And although some children die due the the neglectful behavior of adults, the scary statistics point to horrible lapses in memory from otherwise loving and doting parents as the main culprit.
As it turns out, just one small variation of your every day schedule can turn into disaster.
If you take a different route to work.
If you put your purse in the front seat instead of in the back.
If your child falls asleep so you don't hear him babbling.
Even the most responsible and loving parents have forgotten their babies in the car, and sadly, usually with devastating effects.
I'm not highlighting this issue to put a damper on your day. I just want all you wonderful, loving parents out there to be aware of this, and to take the small steps it takes to keep this from ever happening to you. Something as simple as getting in the habit of always putting your purse in the back seat of the car, or keeping a baby toy in your front seat- these little reminders are often all it takes to jog your memory that your little one is sitting strapped in the back seat, waiting for you to safely deliver him to day care.
How do you keep a tragedy like this from happening? Do you always keep your purse in the back seat? A baby toy in the front? Or another little reminder?