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#1 of 19 Old 12-12-2013, 05:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Oh my god! I am back inside now and my baby slept through the whole thing, bless her heart, but what a fright!!!

Our new mother's helper locked the door handle behind her, and I didn't know and stepped outside to get a package right after putting baby to sleep and got locked out!!! I didn't even know our door handle would do that greensad.gifgreensad.gif

Thank goodness for fire and police services. They had 3 plans to get in in the next 10 minutes, and luckily Plan A worked, and I had my baby in my sights again very soon.

But wow! This was my first real "emergency" as a mom (although she was safe), and I am so shaken! My husband heard me crying on the phone and is on his way home early from work...


Ugh!

Anyone else been here?

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Ha, yep.  My husband locked our baby in the car with the keys a few weeks ago.  I was terrified, mostly because she hates the car seat and I didn't want to see her melting down while being totally unable to do anything about it.  It was also cold, but not so cold that it would be an immediate danger.  The worst/funniest part of the situation was that my husband ran home in my parents' car (we were at their house) to find the spare car keys (which he couldn't find) while I called the fire department.  They pull up with two fire trucks and an SUV (?!?!?!) and so *I* look like the person who locked my kid in the car in front of the whole neighborhood, while my husband is blissfully out of the spotlight. 

 

They got her out in under 5 minutes with no damage to the car, so that was awesome. 


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I locked my then 2 year old in the car.  I was putting his backpack and nap gear in the front seat after daycare and he pushed the lock button on the door.  I said "no thank you, don't press the buttons please", but nothing happened so I kept moving with our routine.  I buckled him in the car seat, gave him a baggie of Kix and shut his door.  Ding, ding ding--LOCK.  WHAAAAT?!?!  Apparently if you hit the lock button while the door is open it waits until all the doors are closed to lock.  My keys and phone were inside.  I ran into the youth center next to the daycare and called my insurance company and my wife.  Insurance company said they could get someone there immediatly.  So I waited. And sang songs through the window. And waited.  Finally it was dark and i ran back into the youth center, borrowed a kids cell phone and called the police.  Two fire truck, 2 police care, and an ambluence showed up full lights and sirens blaring.  They had him out in less than a minute.  He finished his Kix, unrolled an entire roll of scotch tape and was facinated by the police officers flashlight.  Still today (he'll be five next month) he points to that button and says "if you push that the police will shine a light on you!"

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Just did this a few weeks ago!  Didn't realize the door handle was in lock mode.  Fortunately, Baby was asleep and after half an hour I found the spare key.


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I am glad to hear we have all had happy endings to our frights! Thank goodness for first responders and spare keys. This really just reminded me that we need to give spare keys to local friends, since our nearest family (including my husband when he is at work) is at least an hour away. 


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I went to get my eldest son off the bus and my youngest son locked the door while I was out. The bus drops off my son right out in front of our house. Our youngest was 2yo at the time. The cops were called and they went in through a kitchen window above the sink.

 

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I've done it before...when your kids get older they may lock you out on purpose. I never set foot outside for any reason anymore unless I have my keys.
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Noted for the older kids! It's funny because with a baby, it seems worse because they don't understand and I was so afraid she'd wake up crying and would have to wait for a long time alone and scared. But at least she was safe 100%. With an older kid, I'd think they at least get it, but are definitely more likely to get into trouble!

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Can't say it's happened yet. Which is very weird for me because my god I am such a scatter brain. At this point it's been pure luck that it hasn't happened. Though going off what sageowl said I remember one time my daughter who was about 3 thought it would be funny to lock me in the basement with no cell phone and a super jammed door to go outside. Basements absolutely terrify me so I lost it and probably scarred her because of all of my screaming/crying/freaking out.....


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When ds was about 3 he locked the door between the garage and the house, I went out to walk the dog with no clue it was locked.  I had NEVER locked it before, I wasn't even sure if the house key worked on it!  So I'm ringing the doorbell and banging on the window and ds wouldn't come to the door.  Finally after freezing for what felt like forever he came down and opened the door.  When I asked why he didn't answer hte doorbell he said "You told me to never open the door!"  Oh.  Ok then.  

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When my dd was 2.5 she locked the house doors and I didn't know it and I had food on the stove and stepped out to do something. We had just built the house (yurt) so the door was new and I didn't even know if we had keys.
Luckily the gas tank is easily accessible and I could turn the stove off from outside and we had blankets in another building to wrap up in until our neighbor came and took the door frame apart (!!!) to get us inside since we don't have framed windows. It took a very. long. time. luckily there were no littler kids inside.

Now we have keys that live outside just in case, I think he did a pretty solid job of putting that door frame back together....

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I've done it before...when your kids get older they may lock you out on purpose. I never set foot outside for any reason anymore unless I have my keys.


RIGHT?! My 4yo..that kid I swear. Walked to pick dd up from the bus stop, and 4yo got inside first, locked the door behind him. they always run ahead of me so I'm a minute or so behind. Dd was saying he locked the door but sometimes its just a sibling rivalry thing and he'll open for me nicely even if he won't for his sister. Except, he wouldn't open for me either! Our house is kinda weird, and our functional front door is upstairs in the part of the house that's just bedrooms, so not very conducive to communicating with a kid who is hanging out downstairs. The only practical way to get to the "original" front door is through a construction site. But, ya know, emergency called for it. He's, of course, not responding to my knocking and yelling through that door either, and I know all the other doors are locked. "Hey, if you don't open the door, I will have to call the police to come and break the door"  He screamed and ran to open the door.


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OMG - i pulled up in front of my therapists office - no less- my son was about 18  months old and my car doors i think just locked automatically....of course i knew this - but yet still set my bag down - containing keys and cell phone....next to him on the seat and went around to get him out on the sidewalk (or safer)  side of the car!  When i realized what i had done i was circling the car trying to open every door - even the trunk....i went up to some man and was like 'i locked my baby and my phone in my car i need to call 911canuhelpme??????' - so this nice man thrust some sort of new , high tech phone into my hands ...i gave it right back to him  saying 'i cant work that thing.....please dial 911 for me...."  lol

cops were there (very low key - just one patrol car )   in about 5 minutes - baby was just watching me like  'what r u doing??"  i was SO PANICKED  the cop was so low key and he had this wedge that he put into the corner of the window - pried it back so he could get his coat hanger into teh car and hit the button.....so some guy on the street was watching him and then wanted to know where he could buy the same gadget!!  

i walked into my therapists office with 5 minutes left in the session.....grrrrr....

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So sorry that happened! It has happened to me twice. :o The first time I had a new car with automatic locks that I was not used to. A bystander called 911 and a full firetruck crew and an ambulance pulled up within minutes at CostCo and got her out. The second time was when my 3yo was being naughty and thought it would be funny to lock her sister in the car as we were about to leave a doctor office. I had to run inside and call 911 (no cell phone yet) and in addition to the firetruck and ambulance I had a sherrif's office car come. My 3yo was so guilty and crying and thought she was going to be in big trouble. 


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Yep! BTDT. I was in my SIL's car at mommy and me yoga of all places. I was putting my DC in the car and left the keys on the seat -- totally unaccustomed to those new fangled auto locks. It was stressful but the worst part were the other yoga moms totally freaking out. I joke that it was like baby Jessica in the well. They were crying and urging me to break the window. Meanwhile this is northern CA in October and my baby was not even crying. Still one of my most amusing early mom memories. I'll tell you what too -- you bet I learned to put the keys on top the car. I still do it to this day. 

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Yep! BTDT. I was in my SIL's car at mommy and me yoga of all places. I was putting my DC in the car and left the keys on the seat -- totally unaccustomed to those new fangled auto locks. It was stressful but the worst part were the other yoga moms totally freaking out. I joke that it was like baby Jessica in the well. They were crying and urging me to break the window. Meanwhile this is northern CA in October and my baby was not even crying. Still one of my most amusing early mom memories. I'll tell you what too -- you bet I learned to put the keys on top the car. I still do it to this day. 

They were crying? Omg. That pressure would have driven me mad. The only person to witness my snafu was my single and could-care-less male neighbor, who left for work right after I used his phone to call 911, lol.

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lol - oh yes, i  wear my keys on a chain around my neck now!!


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I'm glad to hear all these stories of things working out quickly!  I haven't had this particular experience, but when my son was 3 months old, my partner was out, brother was visiting and playing with baby on the living room floor, and I was taking a shower--when my brother knocked to tell me the police were at the door!!  Turned out my departing neighbors had smashed their moving truck into my parked car and then driven away, but another neighbor had witnessed it and called police.  I went racing outside hastily dressed with wet hair, and it was several minutes before I realized my brother was also out there...wait a minute...who's watching the baby?  We had left him alone in the house!  Luckily, we had left the door wide open, and this had NOT magnetically attracted kidnappers, and baby was not upset or getting into trouble but simply playing on his blanket--although he did look pleased to see me.  I took him outside with me for the rest of the process.

 

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My 2 year old locked the door behind me when I went to take the garbage out after dark this past summer.  My keys and cell phone were inside, I live in a bad neighborhood, and my kid's locked inside.  (My 18 year old was in his room with the door closed and the music blasting, so completely unaware that there was an unsupervised toddler inside and a frantic Mom-Mom outside!)  I knocked on my door, rang my doorbell, told my little one to go get his brother, tried, the windows, etc, to no avail.  Threw rocks at my older son's window, he didn't hear me.  I was trying to judge where I can find a place to call someone to open the door, when my little one must've seen I was getting pretty nervous, 'cause he just says, "Here, Mom-Mom, I'll open it." and flicked the lock and opened the door!  I didn't even know he could do that or knew how!  I laugh now... but OMG, I hope I don't have to ever experience that again!


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