I just read an article about parents who have forgotten their children in the backseat of the car and tragedy strikes. It reinforced the idea that it can happen to anyone, anyone. I hated reading the article. It made me sick to my stomach. It made me go into Elliott who is sleeping (yes, sleeping!) and just peek at her and ooze some love in her direction. It brought me to look up ideas on how to prevent such an incident from occurring.
*Always put something you'll need for work -- cellphone, handbag, employee badge, etc. -- on the floor of the back seat, near the child.
*Keep a large teddy bear in the child's car seat when it's not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the teddy bear up front in the passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that anytime the teddy bear is in the passenger seat, the child is in the back.
*Make arrangements with your child's day-care provider or babysitter that you will always call them if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled. Ask them to always phone you if your child does not show up when expected.
*Purchase a Baby Safety Line http://www.babysafetyline.com/2.html