I really don’t like slagging other parents off and I’m the first to say there’s always a bigger picture. However, I’m failing to see the bigger picture for a snapshot scenario I keep seeing. I know I always say you shouldn’t judge a snapshot of somebody’s parenting either so please can somebody enlighten me and tell me when it is ever acceptable to put a child in a pushchair and just not bother to put the straps on?
It takes 30 seconds. 30 seconds to keep them safe really isn’t a waste of time is it?
Just because you’re only popping round the corner it doesn’t mean they’re safe! It’s like saying, “Well I’m only driving five minutes down the road so I’ll just chuck them on the back seat and not bother with strapping them in!” Or do people do that as well?
I’ve seen a toddler with his legs trapped under the pushchair because the mother is unaware that he has toddler bummed out and slid down so she’s carried on pushing. One where a little girl was leaning so far forward she was seconds away from smashing her face on the floor. Even if it’s a little baby that can’t move, if you bump down a big kerb they could easily bounce out!
If there is a time this is ever acceptable please tell me because I don’t like being nasty. But please back up your reasoning by also telling me when it’s acceptable to not strap them into a car because in terms of safety, they’re the same thing in my eyes!