3. Trick out your keys – Place a bell or rattle on your key chain. The noise can help remind you to check the backseat
4. Have a loud reminder – If you think there is even a hint of a chance you might forget, whether it is because you are tired, distracted or setting new routine, set a reminder on your phone or computer. Or have your partner text you at a certain time.
5. Stick to it – Get a sticker to place on your drivers side window, front window or rearview window. Where ever you will see it best. This visual clue will have you double checking even when you know for certain your bundle is not in the car.
6. Adjust that mirror baby – You can purchase a mirror set so you can see your child whenever you check your rearview.
7.Buy an alarm for baby seat – You are able to purchase a pad that goes under the baby in their carseat. It beeps when the piece on your keys gets more than 15 feet from the baby. It might be a pricey option but totally worth it if it saves your child’s life.
8.Become Chatty – This is not always an option, especially if the baby is sleeping but talk to your child. Get in the habit of asking them questions even when they cannot answer you. Forming the habit will have the added bonus of a safe space to chat when they get older.
9. Never fully close your doors – If you are getting gas, getting out to check something in the garage or speak to someone, getting out to get the groceries, whatever the case might be; NEVER fully close your doors. This will not only cause you to check the car again but will also cause a stranger who happens to be walking by to hear if they baby is crying. You never know when your door could automatically lock, if that happens break the window farthest away from your baby.
10. Last but not least ALWAYS Double Check – you might think you know for sure baby is not with you but always double check. Our children are our the most important thing in our world, why even risk a mistake. Once you get use to double checking you will do it without even thinking. This small but silly task could save your babies life.
What are some of your tips or tricks to never forget? Or you can come up with a way you think we could improve upon this problem. (Alarms on car seats, lights on the dashboard connected to the car seat, etc)?
REMEMBER Kids and hot cars do not mix!!!
Your MOMentous Moms
This post was originally posted June 14, 2014 but is sadly still very relevant.
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