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Summer Is Here: Is Your Baby in the Car?

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on June 21, 2018 12:00

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Summer is here and hot car deaths are already a hot topic. Establishing a few simple habits can help parents avoid a mistake that no one wants to live with.

Just this morning I put my pot of coffee on and wondered why I heard strange sounds coming from the coffee pot. It’s hard to brew a cup of java when you have the water remaining in the pot instead of the coffeemaker. But my morning coffee isn’t life or death, as much as my son would have you believe by my crazed-look when I don’t have it.

But forgetting your baby in a car is a life-or-death situation. And while there are a million people judging parents who have done this, I don’t think you are giving them fair credit for the circumstances. New parents are sleep-deprived, harried individuals. Any deviation from routine or additional stress introduced into life can lead even the most loving parents to make an unthinkable mistake.

We are just starting summer, yet reports of hot car deaths for babies are already at 9. As a certified car seat technician, part of my duty is to remind parents about safety practices for our children in cars. Even one hot car death is too many. So what can parents do?

1. Don’t judge news reports. Let’s just stop and try to walk in another’s shoes for a moment. You don’t know when you might do something you never thought possible.

2. Develop routines, and try not to deviate. We tend to go into a semi-hypnotic state when driving our daily commutes. Get a plastic bin that closes and wedges behind your seat on the floor so there are no projectile dangers. Put your purse in it when you buckle baby in and close it. This way you have to go into the back seat to get your purse.

3. If you have to deviate from the routine, set an alarm based on your expected time of arrival. Even if you are a few minutes early or late, this will remind you that you were on little one watch. This is helpful if Mom and Dad have to switch who drops baby off at daycare.

Some automobile and car seat manufacturers are doing what they can to help parents be safer. General Motors introduced the Rear Seat Reminder System that activates sensors when rear doors are opened. A chime reminds you when you arrive at your location. Evenflo has some seats that have what is called Sensorsafe that uses a “smart chest clip” and links to the cars computer, chiming when the car is turned off and a child is buckled in.

More technology is becoming available to help parents avoid this horrific event. Even so, take the time to develop routines, and get enough rest to avoid drifting into other thoughts leading to forgetfulness. We can all help to bring the number of hot car deaths to zero.

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on June 21, 2018 12:00

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With four deaths this weekend, the total of child hot-car deaths reached 23 in 2016.

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