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Leaving Infant in the car.....

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by minniebride, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. wishing4PA

    wishing4PA Wants to be in Pennsylvania or WDW or PA or WDW or

    Sure, but does it have a drive-through bathroom? jk

    I remember having to leave DD in her carseat one time because of a pump problem. I always did pay-at-the-pump, so it freaked me out to have to walk up to the counter for whatever the reason was. I guess I could have taken her out, but it was literally no more than a minute or two and I could see the car out the window the entire time! Still made me nervous, and what I do remember is thinking they will think I am a robber or something because I look so nervous and am in such a rush! Some of us may be overly cautious these days.

    It's a tough call sometimes.
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  3. pigletgirl

    pigletgirl <font color=green>You do have a life. It is just i

    Growing up I can remember my own mother leaving us in the car when she was running quick errands. That being said, I wouldn't leave my baby in the car alone. Too many crazies out there these days.
  4. zokaluse

    zokaluse New Member

    I leave mine in the car when I go to pay for petrol if the pump pay is ooo, I lock the car though & she's strapped in her 5 harness seat..she is 4 in January! I keep my eye the whole time on the car. I'll also run into a local shop if I know I'm only getting two or 3 things and the queues are not long, again I lock the car & keep me eye on it! Prolly 2 mins max each time for both scenarios & that involves walk to & from car.
    If DS 11 is in the car I do the same but don't rush as much..he sometimes prefer to sit in the car & read when I do a big shop & he's had to come with me, I usually let him but take DD with me.
    BUT do you know what??? I don't like my OH doing the same!!!! But I know he is not as observant as me so that's my reasoning! :)
  5. Imzadi

    Imzadi <font color=purple>I can shoot a gun, but I'm scar

    Was the guy charged with kidnapping then? Since he admitted that he knew the kid was in the car and deliberately took the kid, I hope the DA charges him with kidnapping and not just car jacking. Two wrongs do not make a right.

    I also hope the father, (while wrong for leaving the kid,) files a case in civil court for mega-zillion bucks of personal distress for the hours his kid was taken, so that the guy can never pay for even legal, over the counter drugs again. :sad2:

    I'm not saying the dad deserves money, just that if the kidnapper is stupid enough to say he was teaching the dad a lesson, he should know his "deed" is not without consequences.
  6. MrsJackSparrow4Life

    MrsJackSparrow4Life New Member

    I did it a couple of times when my daughter was younger but only in situations where I could see her in the car the entire time. I wouldn't leave the keys in the car, so I did it when there wasn't any extreme weather (hot or cold).

    However, it isn't something I made a habit out of and I wouldn't recommend a parent to it all the time. If nothing else, you might end up with someone who calls the cops on you.
  7. ilovefh

    ilovefh Is it Disney time yet?

    I've left my son in the car when I had to return or rent a movie from Redbox. I park right in front of it and keep the doors locked. I also have an automatic starter so I take the keys with me and leave the car running so the air stays on. I'm about 6 feet from the car but even if someone were to break into it it would shut off when they put their foot on the brake.
  8. ronandannette

    ronandannette New Member

    Parked right outside the window, mere steps away, baby strapped in safely and asleep in a locked car with the engine turned off? Absolutely...somebody please give one GOOD reason why I shouldn't. (Or why a 16 y.o. can't stay alone in a car with younger sibs while parked in his own driveway? :confused3 Rough neighbourhood?)
  9. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto <font color=brown>Proud foot flusher<br><font colo

    I didn't read the replies but i have to say, i have not once left my son in the car alone. Im way too paranoid of the what ifs. I couldn't live with myself if something happened.

    Reminds me of a story. Kinda related but a bit different. This one guy forgot his infant son was in the back seat of the car. He parked his car at the train station and went to work like he usually does. Hours later i think his wife called and thats when he realized the baby is still in the car... In the scorching summer heat. Needless to say, the end result was not a good one. :( Poor baby.

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  10. minniebride

    minniebride New Member

    Ummm.....I know you said you didn't read the replies, but how about reading my actual original post before you get your panties in a wad :idea:

    Where the heck did I say I was appalled??? I was just wondering if it is a typical thing to do and I really haven't formed an opinion either way on the matter-hence the reason for my thread.
  11. aprilgail2

    aprilgail2 Guest

    I never understood that either- you want to shower, cook, pee- you put the baby in the crib and go do it- they can survive 10-15 minutes in the crib without you watching them the entire time!

    Since my daughter was 10-11 she has been staying in the car because she would rather hang out there and read than be dragged around the stores with me. She locks the door and is much happier in there than coming with me. Now if I was going to just go out shopping and wasn't stopping after being out somewhere with her she would have just stayed home alone but if we stop while we are out she stays in the car.

    When she was little if she was sleeping in the car I would just leave her in the driveway in the locked car sleeping until she woke up- I would be glued to the living room window though LOL.
  12. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto <font color=brown>Proud foot flusher<br><font colo

    Lol. Im sorry, i read it too fast and apparently not properly either! I tried to edit my post before looking like a fool. But too late! Lol! So sorry. I swear im not drunk! LMAO

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  13. MichelleVW

    MichelleVW <font color=green>I call them "the people that liv

    I don't think I ever did it, but it's been a long time so I may have Lol. I think the taking the baby monitor to the bathroom while you pee is a little weird. What the heck is going to happen in 2 minutes? :confused3 My second one cried nonstop so I would put her in her crib, shut the door and walk away and turn up the tv so I couldn't hear her!
  14. minniebride

    minniebride New Member

    Thank you for your apology and no worries :flower3:
  15. minniebride

    minniebride New Member

    Not sure it's OK to call it "weird" unless you look back at your very first experience being a first time mom and you can truly say you never did anything overly paranoid or over the top or silly. My baby is only 2 months old & maybe I will relax over time, but when she was first born she had issues breathing (as in stopped breathing at one point)-very scary and I guess it's still on my mind.

    But really, I am reading other posters saying they left the car to pump gas for a few minutes and kept their eye on their child the whole time, ran into the store for a few minutes and watched through the window the whole time, left their kid in the car in the driveway while they slept and their eyes were glued to the window.....how is that any different than me going up a flight of stairs to the restroom for a few minutes and bringing the monitor with me? Are you saying these other posters are weird as well???
  16. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto <font color=brown>Proud foot flusher<br><font colo

    I was very much like you when i first had my son. I dont even think video baby monitors existed back then, but i took the reg monitor with me everywhere. Thats normal first time mom behavior i think.

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  17. minniebride

    minniebride New Member

    I'm guessing that as well. My daughter is currently still in a pack n play in our bedroom (soon to be transitioning to her nursery) and during the first week at home, anytime she was napping, I found myself checking to see if her belly was moving up and down to breath if I woke up between feedings. Some friends told me they did the same thing with their first. She is a little less "fragile looking" now, so I do feel I am relaxing a bit, but I do find that video monitor gives me great peace of mind.
  18. jiminyC_fan

    jiminyC_fan <font color=FF00CC>Missing Captain Mickey!<br><fon

    I had twins and never, ever left my girls alone in the car, ever. That was even in the days when you had to pay for gas inside.
  19. MichelleVW

    MichelleVW <font color=green>I call them "the people that liv

    I had tons of experience with infants before I had my own and I knew that it was ok to leave them alone for a few minutes, so no, I really wasn't over the top on things like that. Sorry if I hurt your feelings, but the "never ever ever leaving the baby alone for a second without a baby monitor" is just such a foreign concept to me.

    Leaving the baby in a car is totally different....your car is more likely to get broken into than someone coming into your home and stealing your baby.
  20. minniebride

    minniebride New Member

    You certainly did not hurt my feelings, I just think it's kind of rude to judge others with different levels of experience than yourself. I would rather be safe than sorry & I fail to see the harm in that.
  21. Colleen27

    Colleen27 New Member

    I wouldn't with an infant, but I do leave my school-aged kids if I'm running a quick errand like the ATM or paying for gas if pay-at-the-pump isn't working. In our community, given the circumstances/abilities/personalities I am working with, I feel there's little-to-no risk involved. In a different place or with different kids, I'd likely do differently.

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