Originally Posted by flyingspaghettimama
I guess I don't have one of those kids (that I know of) who would play with cigarette lighters or the power windows, seeing as she can't even undo her carseat latches, so it never really occurred to me as a hidden danger.
The thing about that is that suddenly, one day, they can
undo their latches. Ds was very proud of himself when that happened.
I've never left ds in the car in my driveway because I can't see the driveway from my house. And I've always been concerned that I'd do something silly like trip over my feet while running in, bash my head on the sidewalk, and be out cold for the next hour. Yeah, yeah, I know. I can be a bit of a klutz, though, so it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility
When he was a toddler and I had to carry groceries or other packages in, I'd have the wrap or mei tai handy and tie him on my back. It was a lot of weight to deal with, but it's only a few minutes... and good exercise.
I do leave him now, occasionally, to drop a movie in the slot (though most times he wants to do it) or to drop books in the outdoor library box. But that means being maybe 5 feet from the door and I lock the car with the remote locks when I get out.
It just seems like too big of a risk to me. Even though there's risk in getting him out and walking with him through a parking lot, it feels lesser because I'm holding his hand and could potentially help him if he needed it whereas, if he's in the car and someone goes after him, there's really little to no chance of me helping him from a distance.