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5 Easy Ways to Not Forget Your Child In the Car - #CheckForBaby


We share 5 easy ways to not forget your child in the car in order to prevent heatstroke with help of Auto Alliance.


I'm not going to say that I am the perfect parent, and even after 4 kids, I have made lots and lots of mistakes. However, one of them has never been leaving any of my kids in the car alone by themselves, however, I have gotten quite close to doing it. I never judge anyone when it happens, because I know first-hand how easy it is to be so caught up with what you're doing, that you just 'forget'. I'm going to share a story with you. Madison was probably about 4 months old when I decided that I was going to Walmart to get a few things for dinner. Our trip to Walmart usually takes about 5 -10 minutes depending on the traffic. I was busy on the phone chatting with my husband who was supposed to be sending me the list of items that I needed while there. I had just found out a few months before that my dad was dying and had recently visited him. I was depressed and I just "wasn't there". I remember pulling in the parking lot, getting out of the car and activating the alarm. It wasn't until I pressed the button on my car alarm, and about to walk away, that I noticed that Madison was still in her car seat buckled up and sleeping.


When we hear stories about parents leaving their children in the car, especially during the summer months, we shudder and ask ourselves "how could they have done that?", but as you can see from my story, it can happen, especially when you're distracted, combine that with a sleeping baby who's making no noise and it can happen. Since then however, I have utilized a few ways that I want to share with you, in order to never forget that my baby was in the car before I walked away.

1. Constantly talk to your baby until you reach your destination. How can you forget that your baby is in the car if you're talking to them? Placing their car seat in the middle of the car, or on the passenger side makes them easier to see as well if you're looking back in your mirror, instead of them being behind the drivers' seat.

2. Get rid of the distractions. Turn off the music, put down the cell phone and be alert. Being distracted is when your risk increases of leaving your baby unattended in the car.

3. Place your handbag in the backseat near your child's seat. That way you'll have to open the back door or reach into the back of your car and get your bag and your baby.

4. Place something of your baby in the front seat such as his/her favorite toy or blanket. Something that will trigger your memory that they're there with you.

5. Always look into your car before you lock it. Once you get into the habit of checking your car before you leave, you will never forget.


Why don't you want to forget your little one in the car, especially with the warmer temperatures? The inside of a parked car can get up to 120° very quickly, even if the windows are cracked open a little, and unlike adults, young children's bodies can heat up to 3-5 times faster than adults, putting them at greater risk for heatstroke.

Data has shown that an average of 37 young lives are lost each year due to them being left unattended in cars, and more than half of these young children were under a year old, while 75% of them were under the age of two.

If you see a child alone in a car, call 911 immediately! That one call could save that child's life. Emergency personnel are always on call and are trained to respond to these situations. So don't hesitate.

For more information about heatstroke prevention, and to help spread awareness, visit www.autoalliance.org/heatstroke.

Annmarie John
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  1. I was super stressed and running late for work one morning. When I got there I realized (before I even closed the car door) that I had totally forgot to drop my infant child off at daycare. She's 20 now but I still feel guilty and can't believe I almost done that. Thank God I looked!

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  2. I could never understand for the life of me how anyone could do this, but it happens all too often. These are great ways to remember there is another human in the car with you :)

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  3. I totally agree that we should get rid of distractions when we're in the car and the tip on placing your handbag in the back seat is an awesome one! I see so many people talking and texting while driving. It's stupid and dangerous. This is definitely a must-read for parents!

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  4. This is such a huge safety concern, so I'm glad that you pointed out the dangers and gave tips on how to prevent leaving your child in the car. Very helpful!

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  5. I am not going to lie, I have made so many mistakes as a mom over the years and still making them daily here. But I actually never left either of my girls in the car or forgot them. Kind of shocked I haven't sadly as I could lose my own head if it weren't attached many days. But still this is one thing that I haven't done. But still great advice on how not to and also agree that it can happen to the best of us still.

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  6. I think it's really good to talk to them and walk them through the trip so you won't forgot them when you leave. It's also good to leave your bag and other items you need at the back seat to get to see the child when you leave.

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  7. Oh my gosh, when my daughter was teeny I used to panic about this! I was always so worried that I'd forget her. Happily, I never did, but these tips are a good reminder.

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  8. I think being distracted is probably what does it when it happens. Our world is under constant bombardment by noise and distractions! We've got to learn to focus on our kids more than our stuff. Great tips!

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  9. I really hope I never leave my one year old in the car. I would go mental if I ever did :O

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  10. It's too easy for us to get distracted during our daily errands. I always used to put my purse or bag in the backseat with my kids so that I wouldn't get out of the car without either of them!

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  11. This is such a scary thing. Especially down here in the south! Temperatures can reach 112 mid-day, so imagine how hot the inside of our cars are!?!?

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  12. I think this is a worst nightmare of every parent. Great ideas to help keep your children safe!

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  13. I have heard too many stories on the news about this! Thanks for sharing your tips to keep our kids safe!

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  14. These are good reminders to keep parents aware that they have a child with them in the car. However, I cannot imagine how you can forget you have your child with you in the car! I mean some parents could be super busy and there are a million things going on inside their head, which could probably be the reason why they forget. However, personally, I think once you get your child in the car with you, their safety is your utmost priority. I can forget my key, my wallet, my purse, or my cellphone, but I can never forget I have a child in the car. Just my two cents.

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    1. OK you said you couldn't think of a reason, but you just mentioned one. They are distracted and if you have a sleeping child who isn't making a peep, it's easy to just get out and leave. I'm happy that you would never forget your child, but quite a few do.

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  15. This is so important. Great article and thank you for bringing up this topic. I hope all moms will listen and realize how important it is.

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  16. I cannot think of one reason why a parent can forget that they have a child in the backseat. I wish this wouldn't happen but the sad reality is, that it does. I hope people would be more responsible to look after their own kids. This post will be very helpful for those who "almost" forgot their that their child is in the car with them.

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    1. I'm going to agree to disagree with you because I can think of lots of reasons a parent can forget that they have a child in the backseat. You must not have heard of a thing called depression. It works like this. When you're "not there", you don't think of anything, as it was in my case. While I didn't forget her, I almost did. Don't judge, because you're not perfect yourself.

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    2. As someone who has depression myself I completely agree with you. You can become numb to the world around you and forget what you are doing at any time. I like the idea of getting rid of distractions that would surely help! x

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    3. Thank you Ana. I HATE when people say "oh I can never do this", or "how can they even do this, what were they thinking?". It's obvious they weren't thinking and these parents are already suffering, why judge them even more? No-one is perfect. NO-ONE!

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  17. This is actually very helpful and should be shared with everyone. I have seen people on the news where they have left their toddlers over an hour in the hot baking sun to go shopping. This needs to be a test for motorist!

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  18. Great tips. I'm amazed to hear that people actually forget their child is in the car. I'm not sure how that even happens. Glad you are sharing support and help.

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  19. Leaving your child in the car can be a very traumatic experience. Thanks for these tips. I should remember them.

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  20. This is important to remember. So many people say they can't see how this can happen, but it CAN. People get frazzled, tired, etc. No one is perfect. My kids were always super loud so I never forgot, but I could see it happening if they were super quiet.

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  21. I'm glad that more and more organizations and people are talking about this. I have never had it happen, but man, I can see how it does. No one is perfect.

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  22. I've never forgotten my kids in the car but I hear that many have. These sound like good suggestions to help folks that might.

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  23. Thank you for raising awareness about this issue. Too many heartbreaking and avoidable stories! Check out bambringo.com for another solution to help sleep-deprived and busy parents.

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  24. This post is very informative. I will definitely share these tips with my friends. Thanks for sharing and keep it up.
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

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  25. OMG, how can you leave and forget that your kid is inside the car! I' am so heart broken to hear this, that this is happening. Spreading this awareness to my Facebook account. Luckily we have our driver and my kid, is always beside me all the time.

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  26. This was one of my fears when my kids were babies. I love the idea of putting your purse in the backseat near the baby!

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  27. This is so helpful. I like that you are raising awareness as it isn't too rare and we all make mistakes. Love the article and great tips.

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  28. This is a great topic and something every parent should know. Parents do leave their children in the car when they are distracted and sometimes it turn into a tragedy. I love the idea of putting something in the back seat with the child. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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  29. I dunno, I might forget things in the car but never my child. But there are circumstances that some people might so this is a great post to create awareness.

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  30. Hearing stories of children being left in the car is so heart wrenching! I usually put my purse and diaper bag in the floor of the back seat to make sure I always have to go back there. I've also heard that there are people who will put one of their shoes near their kids carseat. Great post!

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  31. It's so important to bring awareness to this important safety issue. This is great advice for parents everywhere.

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  32. hehehe...I am laughing do people really do this? How one can forget kids in car they are not as small as key or a pin :P

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    1. I almost didn't publish your comment because I personally don't see it as a laughing matter, especially since it does happen. Maybe try being a little more sensitive next time.

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    2. Amen to that. Never ever funny!

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  33. When your on a routine it could happen. Good tips on this and yes this is not a laughing matter.

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  34. I dont have a kid yet, but i know some of my friends who does sometimes forgot their kid inside the car. One of my friend even brought in their dog to be the nanny of her kid inside the car.

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  35. Every time I read about kids left in cars by distracted parents, it breaks my heart. The worst was a recent case where the mom left the car running and disappeared into the supermarket for 15 minutes!!
    The creeps took the car and shot/killed her little boy. We all need to be more alert when our kids are with us.
    I was called an overprotective mom when my kids were younger but, you know what? I'll take that title any day over the horror we see and hear. Watch your kids. They are precious!

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  36. I have four children and I know how easy it is to be distracted, I didn't even realize that this was something that was happening a lot. My children are older now so I don't have this issue anymore but you share some helpful tips!! Thanks for sharing them!

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  37. Ughhh this is one of those sad topics. Like I would like to think how could someone possibly forget your kid in the car?!?! Then again I think about other things I have personally forgotten to do and it's like o yeah it probably is a lot easier to forget than it seems :-/

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