Remote Control Parenting

There are too many stories about infants or toddlers accidentally left to die inside sweltering cars. Now there is a device that alerts you if a child is left unattended in a car. A ChildMinder sensor pad placed under the cushion of a car seat is wirelessly linked to an alarm on the parent’s keychain. If the adult walks more than a few feet away from the car with the child still in the seat, the alarm will sound.

What do you think? The article says one mother returned the ChildMinder because the father for whom she bought it was offended she thought he would ever forget their child in the car.

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  1. I think it is absolutely ridiculous to even have to invent this type of device. How can you legitimately forget your child in the car?! I guess, though, it is a good thing since there are people who do this!

  2. beth ewing says:

    i can’t imagine ever forgetting my child in the car…but i know a really good guy and father that did (the baby was ok though). so i think it’s a good idea for people that might need it.

  3. If this prevents one person from leaving their child in the car isn’t it worth it?

  4. So I always thought this was rediculous, too, until we had Sophie. When you are always accustomed to taking one kid out of the car (especially for nearly 4 years) and the baby falls asleep and doesn’t make a peep, it is easy to forget about baby #2. Thankfully, I’ve never done it, but I can see how it could happen.

  5. momnibus says:

    I think it’s a good idea. I remember how sleep deprived I was in those first few months and it’s a nice little piece of insurance even if it might never happen.

  6. Courtney says:

    I think it is absurd that a parent would need this to remember thier child is in the car but like pp said if it saves 1 life maybe it is worth it *shrug*

  7. You know, it always seems like when you hear of this happening it’s b/c of a change in the routine. Dad brings baby to daycare instead of mom or vice versa. Or some lack of sleep thing. I can see where this could be a great safety tool. Like Cherie said, since having two, I constantly worry about accidentally leaving one behind. I know it’s crazy, and it hasn’t happened. I usually leave something at the foot of each side of the backseat that I need. So the diaper bag at my son’s feet and say a coat in the winter or something like the snacks or drinks at the foot of my daughter’s. So I have to go on each side of the car.