So this post might seem a bit bizarre coming from a new mom, especially a new mom that is completely head over heels in love with the little bundle I get to call my daughter, but I think it’s an important post and a different perspective on a popular and widely utilized sticker.
Recently, my little family and I stopped into Babies-R-Us for a shopping spree courteous of a gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket. While we were there we strolled down the car seat accessories aisle. You know the aisle, the one with things like mirrors that make the kiddos think mommy has eyes in the back of her head and strap cushions so when baby falls asleep they’re not drooling directly on the car seat buckle. This aisle is also home to the above pictured window decal and I’ll admit, I picked up this friendly little decal and thought about purchasing it. Than a thought occurred to me, “when did we start valuing a baby’s life as more important than a toddler, teenager, or any other person’s life?”
The sticker made its debut back in the 1980's and was sold under the pretense that seeing this decal in someones car would encourage motorists to be more mindful when driving, especially in the presence of a vehicle with such precious cargo. However, I’m pretty sure my mother would be just as upset if I was killed in a car accident at the ripe age of 28 as if I were killed in a wreck as a baby. I get that babies are innocents, they’re pure and completely helpless, but it just seems...silly to think someone may drive more cautiously after seeing this sign; as a responsible driver shouldn't we practice cautious driving at all times?
Some would argue the purpose of these stickers is to notify first-responders, in the event of an accident, that a child is involved, but the sticker would only be effective if parents removed the sticker when driving the car without their child(ren) and we all know that doesn't happen.
Needless to say, I didn't purchase the sticker. What do you think?