New Zealand Mom Locks Sleeping Baby in Car While She Shops
A New Zealand mother left her newborn infant alone in the car while she ran into the Pak'nSave Porirua over the weekend. A man pulled in to park beside the car with his family and immediately noticed the unattended newborn sleeping inside the locked car.
Soon, passersby gathered around the car to stand watch over the newborn who was fast asleep and snuggled in her car seat with a hand written note on the baby that read, “My Mum’s doing the shopping, call her if I need anything” and it listed Mommy’s cell number. One shocked passerby snapped the now viral photo of the sleeping newborn. But rather than calling the authorities, the bystanders felt sorry for the mother and called her instead; waiting patiently until she arrived.
The bystanders in the Pak'NSave parking lot may have been sympathetic and forgiving but the commenters on various articles about the story have not been quite so understanding towards the mother who made the questionable choice.
There is never any excuse to leave a baby alone. Period. Children are not a burden. If you're tired, suck it up, strap on a helmet and keep on truckin'. Sleep will be found soon enough. That child relies on you and only you.
I don't feel sorry for her. There are allot (sic) of tired mom's out there but you don't see them leaving their babies in the car alone. What if the baby needed something and no one happened to walk by at that time? Idiot parenting. Call the police.
Take the kid away from the mother and lock her up!
I would never leave my girls unattended in a vehicle or anywhere for that matter. It is completely insane to leave your newborn locked in a car alone. Anything could have easily gone wrong but luckily it did not.
Remember those first few weeks after giving birth? It’s a blur. I can barely remember anything from those days. I was extremely exhausted, hormonal and overwhelmed.
Being a parent is hard work. It’s never easy and you seriously have to learn to exist on little to no sleep in the beginning. You are obsessed with your baby and their welfare. My second daughter was colicky. Anyone who’s ever had a colicky child knows that there are times when you will do just about anything, even insane, nonsensical, possibly risky things to get your child to sleep. You are miserable, they are miserable and you both are not in your right minds. Sleep deprivation will do that to a human.
I never left my children unattended but I also had a husband who had flexibility in his job and when he saw that I was getting too exhausted and overwhelmed he stepped in and took over the reigns. He was my locked car.
My guess is that this new mom just needed her baby to sleep and she may have also really needed some formula and nappies for her little one so she made a bad decision. Luckily, no harm came to the baby and hopefully, mommy learned a lesson and now her support system realizes just how much she needs help.
Do you think the commenters are being too harsh and that the bystanders in this case did the right thing by calling the mother instead of authorities? Have there been circumstances where you have left your child in a car unattended?