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When is it OK to Leave Your Sleeping Baby in the Car?

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when-is-it-ok-to-leave-your-baby-in-the-carIs it OK to Leave Your Sleeping Baby in the Car?

Recently in New Zealand, a baby was left in a car, in a store parking lot, unattended. There was a note on the baby, including a phone number, which read, "My mum is doing the shopping. Call her if I need anything."

A couple waited and then called the mom to tell her to come back and care for her baby. This photo was posted on Facebook and there were 1,000's of comments in less than 24 hours.

Yes, it is sometimes fine to leave a baby in a car.

On one hand, there are those who say that what she did was just fine. After all, how much trouble can a baby get into? They can’t drive away in the car, they can’t get up and leave the car, and they are basically stuck right where you leave them. Let sleeping babies lie, right? I can identify with that! Who wants to wake up their baby to take them shopping when you can leave them safely in the car and shop in peace.

No, it is not ok to leave a baby in a car!

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Now, I don’t know about you, but I am with the throngs of people who are saying this is not ok. I don’t know what the mom’s circumstances are, but I am relatively certain she had no idea that her actions would cause such uproar, or that she could have been endangering her baby.

While it may be tempting to let sleeping babies lie, it is never a good idea to leave them alone in a car in a parking lot (or anywhere for that matter). The note tells me that she wasn’t planning on only being gone a couple of minutes, but for an extended time. What was she thinking? The baby was bundled up in her little carseat, leading me to believe the weather was chilly. How cold was it? Could the baby have gotten chilled? Or, if it was sunny, even if cold, the car could still heat up to unsafe temperatures. Why even take any kind of risk with your baby? How do you even know a well-meaning passerby would see if your baby needed anything and call you?

I only hope that this can serve as a reminder to people – do not leave your baby unattended anywhere. What do you think? Visit us on our Facebook page and tell us!

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