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When baby becomes a dangerous driving distraction

When a new addition graces your household, it can be difficult to feel that anything else in the world bears paying attention to. New babies inspire a primal parental instinct to shower them with constant attention. Infants absolutely need this kind of attention, which is precisely why it can be dangerously distracting to have them with you while you are driving.

Of course, babies need to go where their parents go. However, it is important for new parents to remain aware that babies can serve as a distraction even more dangerous than cell phones under certain circumstances. In order to prevent distraction-related car accidents, please keep the following tips in mind.

First, baby crying can be incredibly distracting. Though you certainly cannot always keep your little one from crying on a car ride, you can help to ensure that your baby does not cry out of urgent and distracting need. Before you venture out of the house, make sure that your baby is fed, dry and warm whenever possible.

Second, it is valuable to have instant entertainment available for your child when he or she becomes bored or fussy. Some babies enjoy music, while others like to have distracting objects in their sight. In addition, many babies respond instantly to the calm voices of their parents. Unfortunately, as you become stressed, your baby will likely be able to sense it. Try not to get stressed and distracted by baby's presence, as that stress can lead to a cycle of stress between you both for the remainder of the ride.

Finally, make sure that baby is properly shielded from the sun. Sun in young eyes is a frequent crying trigger, which can then trigger distraction in a busy parent-motorist. By preparing for car trips with baby beforehand, you can keep your attention on the road, even if your heart remains in the backseat.

Source: Car Junky, "Car-safety Tips To Keep Your New Bundle Of Joy Safe And Happy," Jan. 13, 2013

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