Originally Posted by kangaroomum25
Not saying babies should start riding in the front seat, but wouldnt it be nicer if it were safer for them to do that. I've seen parents reaching into the back seat while driving trying to comfort the baby or find a lost pacifier, I just dont think that's safe, of course it can happen in the front seat too, just seems more likely if the kids in the back. With all the money spent on cars and improving cars, why can't we make the front seat safer? Or even have more options for built in mirrors where you can see the baby easier from the back, but dont have to worry about them flying off during a crash.
Thats the interesting thing...its often posted here in the safety forum how awful those mirrors are (that allow you to see the baby in the back), so dangerous, and extended rear facing is highly encouraged...but for those saying "how could she not SEE her child??"...if you dont have a mirror and the baby is rf behind the driver seat...how DO you see your child? You dont. I put a lightweight cloth and plastic mirror back there, because i couldnt stand the idea of not being able to see my child (esp for long trips). My minivan has not only tinted windows in the back but pretty good soundproofing too...i could be standing a foot away from the back door and not be able to see nor hear my child.
There was a case awhile back where a father (who rarely dropped his baby off at daycare) had to do the daycare run that day....but he went on autopilot, ended up driving to work (like he did 99 percent of previous mornings) and it wasnt until hours later someone yelled at him "your baby!" that he remembered he never dropped him off at daycare (baby died
The reason the mom (and the dad in my example) forgot their kids, was that there was a change in routine, and their brain didnt catch up. The mom had already BEEN to the babysitter, so her mind was thinking she dropped off the child (who, from reading the article, was probably asleep at this point)...she got busy with what she was doing, and knew she'd already driven to daycare, so her mind probably checked that off the list. Its really sad, and yes neglectful, but its one of those things that i dont think you can really prepare for, other than maybe forcing yourself to do a seat check everytime you leave the car or something.