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My Toddler Locked Me Out of Our Car!

My Toddler Locked Me Out of Our Car!

#MomFail!  That was my Saturday morning.  Tyler likes to climb in our Tahoe and get himself in to his seat. But this morning, he had no intentions of doing it.  We were leaving a store (just the 2 of us) and I had started my car.  Tyler would not get in his seat, so I closed my door to go around and get him to put him in it.  That’s when it happened.  I heard the click and I thought, no biggie, he used the button from the passenger side, I’ll go to the driver’s door. That was locked too.  All 4 doors and the trunk…Locked!  Phone sitting in the tray in the car.  So….a little panic sets in.

But I’m not too concerned.  Air is on and it’s only 80 degrees outside…thank God.  I also figure, he’s a smart kid, so I can talk him through just opening the door or unlocking it again.  My kid literally LAUGHED at me.  I’m banging on the window and he is sitting on the floorboard of the Tahoe between the back seats playing with toys he normally could care less about and eating his snacks.  And he’s just smiling away like he’s in it for the long haul!!!!  Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out what to do.  So I try showing him how to pull a door handle (thank you middle school theater pantomime), how to go back and push the unlock buttons, how to push the window button.  Nothing.  So, I go inside and ask to use the phone.  I’m literally seconds away from calling the police and remember I have OnStar. We’re drawing a small crowd at this point and Tyler’s just looking out the window giggling and waving to everyone! So I call my husband.  He calls OnStar and within 2.5 minutes, the car is unlocked via computer.  So, this brings me to why I wrote this post (other than it’s kinda funny…now).

If your car is fortunate to have OnStar, I recommend activating it if you haven’t already.  Had it been 100 degrees outside and the car not running, those few minutes would have been crucial.  If you don’t have this capability, then here’s a few tips from people who know more than I do, if your toddler decides to play in your locked car.

  1. Try all the doors and the trunk: Sometimes, the locking mechanisms in the car don’t always lock the trunk the first time, so it’s worth a try.
  2. Bribery: I tried doing everything I could to convince my little man to open the door.  Including yelling that we’d get donuts or ice cream if he’d unlock the car or trying to make it a game, etc.  Didn’t work for my kid, but might for yours.
  3. Stay Calm: I think if I had been outwardly panicking, Tyler might have started to realize what was going on and in turn, panicked too.  Me looking calm, I think, helped the situation (think duck in water).
  4. If you have access to blankets or towels: place them over window in extreme heat.  It will keep the car cooler.
  5. Call for help: Maybe it’s your local law enforcement or firemen or maybe it’s your husband with an extra key or a towing company/locksmith/AAA.  But ask for help!!!  Most of the time it’s free or seriously, how do you even put a price on the safety of your child.
  6. Don’t break a window: Mind you, if you have no other option-break that thang!  But, windows are expensive and breaking them can cause shards of glass to go places you may not want. So process all other options first. But if it comes to this, choose the window farthest from your child.

Now I’m off to show my kid how to open a door from inside the car. Hopefully your Saturday is going smoother than mine.  If not, well…hugs to you.  You got this!!!!



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