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    Senior Community Member tarynsmum's Avatar
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    oh, man!

    After dropping DS off at daycare, DD and I were getting back in the car so I could take her to school. I hear a baby crying, like FLIPPING crying. At first I just thought someone was changing a diaper in their car or something, but something inside me just dropped. I look at the minivan 2 cars behind me, and I can see a baby in an infant seat flailing and screaming his head off. No other person, car not running. I grabbed DD and ran back into the school and told the director. She came out with me and tried to calm down the baby through the window (he was maybe 7-8 months). DD and I went to leave (since I really didn't want a confrontation with the mom) and she came out as we were driving off. I really hope she knows now.

    DD's school has a circle drop off private drive. Parents park, get their children, and go into the building, scan in, and to their child(den)'s classroom. The process takes at a minimum 3-5 minutes, and this is a new parent and has 2 kids in the school (I saw them walking in).

    From a car seat perspective, expired (probably recalled) Evenflo baseless infant seat, with the belt just buckled across baby and a bunch of blankets (not through belt path for baseless install, not tightened).

    I still feel so sick over the whole thing. Really anxious.
    ~Heather
    DD: 8 years old, 48lbs, 50". DS: 5 years old, 36lbs, 40.5".

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    Re: oh, man!

    Eek! I hope someone called 911. There should be some kind of something for this mom. Also, I don't think an Evenflo infant seat can be used without the base.
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    Re: oh, man!

    I really hope the parent got the police called on them. I can't even understand how parents can even THINK about leaving there kids in the car for even a second. Do they not care?

    A couple of weeks ago there was a case becasue two parents left there children in the car so they could go to the BAR and have some drinks. These people need to use their brains!!!

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    Re: oh, man!

    I would've called the police. Absolutely no excuse. Not even for a minute. You got the director's attention, though, so good for you!!
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    Re: oh, man!

    Quote Originally Posted by cookie123 View Post
    Also, I don't think an Evenflo infant seat can be used without the base.
    the evenflo discovery 5 that my sister had could be
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    Re: oh, man!

    There was a short time that the embrace, I think it was, couldn't be used without the base, but other than that, they all can go baseless.

    OP, maybe find a flyer with clinics in your area, and put on the windshield next time you see the car.

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    Re: oh, man!

    hopefully the director being there when they came out and giving her a talk about the risks will be enough to prevent it happening again.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Judi
    There was a short time that the embrace, I think it was, couldn't be used without the base, but other than that, they all can go baseless.

    OP, maybe find a flyer with clinics in your area, and put on the windshield next time you see the car.
    Another tech and I actually had set up a clinic (sign up on a sheet and one of us would do a private check) for a week straight... And one person signed up (and not one who actually *needed* it iykwim). I also did fliers about the AAP guidelines, booster readiness, PA laws, etc. We also have a loaner car seat corner, so that kids are riding unrestrained... And they very rarely if ever get used.

    Short of having a police officer sit in the circle and stop every car...
    ~Heather
    DD: 8 years old, 48lbs, 50". DS: 5 years old, 36lbs, 40.5".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat_Momof3
    hopefully the director being there when they came out and giving her a talk about the risks will be enough to prevent it happening again.
    I'm pretty certain there was a discussion "in the nicest possible way" and there'll be a flier in cubbies about overall circle safety.
    ~Heather
    DD: 8 years old, 48lbs, 50". DS: 5 years old, 36lbs, 40.5".

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    Re: oh, man!

    Multiple people did that everyday at my DD's preschool. Well, I don't know about the crying part, but babies and children are left in cars while parents take the other child into the school.

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    Re: oh, man!

    wow! DS gets left in car but I get out and stand in front of vehicle and DD runs to me. If I have to go into school he just has to come with me, it doesn't take that long to unbuckle.
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