This is one of my greatest fears with having a baby, being too busy, too stressed, too something and I forget my baby in the car and it over heatsâ€¦ According to Department of Geosciences 33 babies died from hyperthermia from being left in cars in 2009, and already in 2010 19 babies have died. According to their report, 51% of the children that have pasted away is due to â€œchildren "forgotten" by caregiverâ€, 30% is due to â€œchild playing in unattended vehicleâ€, 18% is due to â€œchild intentionally left in vehicle by adult.â€œ
So to ease my mind I wanted to share some tips to hopefully help others prevent this issueâ€¦
- First off, always lock your car if you are not utilizing it, so your little one canâ€™t sneak into it.
- Do not, I repeat, DO NOT leave a child in the car intentionally. They are unable to get themselves out of the cars if they need too, and many states even have laws against.
- If you see that someone has left their child in the car unattended call 911.
- Leave something in the backseat of your car, (like your cell phone or purse) so you are forced to go into the back of your car and will notice if your little one is there.
- Set up reminders on your phone and computer to drop off your baby.
- Ask your baby sitter to call you if you are late for your normal drop off time.
Hopefully with these little changes and helpful reminders you can make sure your baby will be just a bit safer!