Phoenix, AZ –

Due to an uptick in young children being left in the back seats of cars, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that parents place their favorite adult beverage in the back seat next to their newborns or infants. 

New mom Lila Rhodes can relate, “I hate to admit it, but I have left my baby in the back seat of the car before. Not for a very long time, either time. I mean, she’s still alive, thank goodness. I feel like a terrible mother, but it wasn’t in the summer or anything, so, you know…” 

Rhodes continued, “Being a parent is exhausting, especially working a full-time job and being first-time parents like my husband and me. At the end of a long day, I just want to come home, pour myself a gin and tonic, and unwind. I want to forget about the bullshit at work and hopefully relieve the anxiety of having to do it all over again the next day.”

Describing the ordeal, Rhodes recalled, “I wondered why the house was so peaceful and quiet. I nearly nodded off when I remembered the baby. Holy shit, I can’t believe I did that… twice now!”

Rhodes also admitted that ever since hearing about the recommendation of placing your favorite liquor in the back seat next to your baby, she has yet to forget her baby in the car. “It’s a genius suggestion, really. I mean, who forgets their alcohol? Not me, that’s for damn sure! I need my gin to get me through the day. Sometimes it’s the only thing that will get me through the day.”

So what about those parents who don’t drink? The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents put their cigarettes, vapes, or marijuana next to their baby.

“It’s the best way to ensure that babies are no longer being left behind in vehicles. It’s a sad reality that parents even need this reminder, but it’s a realistic one,” Rhodes concluded.

By Catricia, Image Edit: Emily Sanchez

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