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moomin35 Wed 13-Aug-14 21:49:10

...leave your baby in the car if you are going to be 5 minutes max. ie. paying at a petrol station, parking directly outside & popping into a shop etc?

Lucked Wed 13-Aug-14 21:50:24

Yes. Not everyone would do it but it is acceptable.

nilbyname Wed 13-Aug-14 21:52:27

Yes. Do it all the time

Now a million MNs will come
Along and tell you how their at blew up, slipped down the road, was car jacked, or both have you and it's NOT WORTH THE RISK

TheNumberfaker Wed 13-Aug-14 21:52:41

Petrol station yes but you'll get loads of noes too!

SweetsForMySweet Wed 13-Aug-14 21:53:58

There is no right answer to this question! grin

morethanpotatoprints Wed 13-Aug-14 21:54:40

I never found it acceptable but plenty people do.
its personal choice init.

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Aug-14 21:59:32

No your baby will get stolen or your car will definitely roll off down the street or set on fire. FACT.

Nevercan Wed 13-Aug-14 22:00:02

Yes I would. Again personal choice.

plinth Wed 13-Aug-14 22:03:54

Yes, to me it's acceptable but every parent must do what they feel comfortable with.

plinth Wed 13-Aug-14 22:05:36

My mum used to leave my severely disabled brother in the car as a car-thief deterrent. She reasoned that even if they didn't spot him in the back and nicked the car anyway, they'd soon return both brother and car once they realised smile

PenguinsHatchedAnEgg Wed 13-Aug-14 22:09:56

I would at a petrol station. I wouldn't at a shop unless I could see the car at all times the way you can at a petrol station.

MrsCakesPrecognition Wed 13-Aug-14 22:20:26

Yes I would and did.

WiggleGinger Wed 13-Aug-14 22:23:01

Petrol station yes! Doors locked obvs!

Shop? No

plinth Wed 13-Aug-14 22:37:38

Hmm see I wouldn't lock the doors at a petrol station in case there was a fire or something and someone had to drag DS out....

fairylightsintheloft Wed 13-Aug-14 23:38:47

Petrol station and local village shop with big plate window yes. Supermarket, even for a single item, no - it always takes longer than you think. I also used to leave DD asleep in her car seat when I picked DS up from pre-school. Car was parked on a quiet lane with only other parents around. I always legged it in and out but if I'd woken her (and it would have done), the rest of the day would have been a write off.

WarmTunaRolls Thu 14-Aug-14 00:18:02

Oh yes I think it's fine, I do that with my DS all the time! He is a right little grizzled so sometimes I have to leave him in the car while I do the food shop.
But yeah I completely understand why some mothers wouldn't leave their child alone, too many nasty men about these days.

slightlyinsane Thu 14-Aug-14 00:41:26

Absolutely have done it with all of mine. Supermarkets no unless I have all 5 kids with me then yes, a 2 min runinto a shop turns into at least 40 to get them out then back in. However our supermarket has p&c parking at the door.

slithytove Thu 14-Aug-14 00:47:53

Petrol yes shop no unless it's the equivalent of a petrol station shop. Supermarket never.

ophiotaurus Thu 14-Aug-14 00:52:47

Petrol yes

Supermarket no

workingtitle Thu 14-Aug-14 03:53:49

Petrol, yes (leaving car unlocked and in sight). Anywhere else, probably not.

EmmanuelWoganberry Thu 14-Aug-14 04:39:22

I wouldn’t dream of leaving my baby on a petrol station forecourt. But I don’t have a car.

DeadSirius Thu 14-Aug-14 05:37:03

From my perspective in the US, no, never. It takes minutes for a car to heat to fatal temperatures on a hot day. Accidents happen every year. The risk can be so great that it's just not acceptable anytime.

freedom2post Thu 14-Aug-14 05:54:24

I wouldn't leave my baby on a petrol forecourt either - I would leave them strapped into their car seat inside a car on a petrol forecourt.

Much more dangerous to cross the forecourt with them IMHO.

I notice the poster who said doesn't have a car, wonder how keen they would be to wake a a leering baby and carry them across a busy petrol station in reality

freedom2post Thu 14-Aug-14 05:55:25

Sleeping not leering shock

17leftfeet Thu 14-Aug-14 06:09:12

I used to do it when they were small and I could see the car

I remember one particularly lovely lady screaming at me for leaving my sleeping 2 year old and 6 month old in the car outside the door of the bakers for all of 2 minutes -that was a highlight I must say

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