“Did you remember to drop M off?”
Those are the words I ask my husband roughly ten minutes after he leaves the house with my toddler in tow. My husband who is NOT the one suffering from mommy-brain. My husband who is meticulous and responsible. My husband who loves his children more than life itself.
Because it can happen to anyone.
Well, it’s a lot less likely to happen to you if you understand that it can happen to smart, loving, responsible parents.
Because you’ll take measures to prevent it.
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The other day, I saw a brilliant hack, to help prevent forgetting babies in the car, that costs a few dollars. Here is the original source for this hack, but I wanted to spread the word, as it can hopefully save a life. The original video is in Hebrew and I wanted to share it in a more universal language for the world to see.
How to prevent forgetting babies in the car using a carabiner:
- A carabiner or some sort of hook large enough to fit on a baby seat. Find a part of your toddler seat you can attach it to as well.
- A key chain with a coil that connects to a clasp. Make sure it’s long enough before you buy it (I got one that’s too short by mistake and had to replace it.)
- Attach the key ring to your car keys.
- Attach the carabiner to your car seat.
- Every time you get into the car, connect the clip on the other end of the coil to the carabiner.
- When you turn off the ignition, you are automatically directed to your car seat and reminded that you may have a baby inside.
The original poster recommends doing this every time you get into the car so that you get into the habit.
Habit forming with hacks like this is extra important, as it’s all about habit. Many (most?) instances of babies forgetten in cars happened with a change of routine, when habits weren’t in place. So forming a habit as natural as looking before you switch lanes or other driving habits can be a literal lifesaver.
Prevent forgetting babies in the car because it can happen to anyone:
I remember hearing a story of a man who forgot his baby in the car – and lost him. He had spoken to a friend a few years before about a mom who had the same situation, and couldn’t understand how it could happen. How could anyone be so irresponsible? And then it happened to him.
When I heard this, I told my husband that I’d even pay a good fee – why is there no solution built in for this? We have anti-crash safety measures, we have all sorts of preventative measures. This happens every year, babies die from being forgotten in hot cars. Maybe a sensor should be put into place? Or some sort of alarm?
This hack is so easy and simple and doesn’t cost much. The second my husband sent me the video, my reaction was “WE NEED TO DO THIS!” (all-caps 😉 )
So why not give it a try? Can it hurt? Because it really and truly can happen to anyone.
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Do you have any other hacks to prevent forgetting babies in the car? Comment below!
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