The 'Life or Death' Move That Saved a Baby When Their Car Landed Upside Down in a Ditch

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There's a lot that parents and caretakers can get wrong when it comes to car seats: strap placement and tightness, what direction it's facing, and whether or not the baby is wearing a winter jacket, just to name a few. Unfortunately, loved ones usually only realize that they got it wrong when it's too late. After one mom's harrowing winter accident, she's sharing the decision she made that changed everything so that no parent will have to live with regrets.

  • The anonymous mom posted on Breastfeeding Mama Talk's Facebook page that she was driving home with her 2-year-old at night when it began snowing.

    Very quickly, she could tell that the roads were getting slick with visibility decreasing. "I was driving about 40 in a 60, wasn't on my phone, and radio off so I could focus more," she wrote.

    As Jackson slept in his car seat behind her and they were only five miles from home, her car fishtailed and they hit a ditch. "I don't remember exactly what happened, but I think we flipped end over end and landed upside down in a swamp," she wrote. "There was no traffic, I was upside down hanging by my seatbelt and my son was crying in the back."

    She managed to call 911, unstrap herself, and get to Jackson, who immediately stopped crying as soon as he was unstrapped from hanging upside down. Surprisingly, he wasn't injured at all. "We were stuck in the vehicle -- doors wouldn't open and water flowed in if the windows were opened," she wrote.

    A passerby stopped and was able to get them out of the van's trunk, but despite the destruction, what was left behind shocked this grateful mom. "Jackson's car seat was right where it was supposed to be and he was right where I had buckled him," she wrote. "No coat, five point, snug as a bug. He didn't even have marks from the steps after hanging upside down for 5 minutes!" 

    Looking back, she realizes that it was a combination of things that saved her boy's life, and she refuses to take each step of car seat safety that worked to her son's advantage that night for granted. "Without his car seat and its proper use, this day could have been much different for us. The car was totaled, but the car seat looked as good as new and was still buckled in tight when we went the next to gather my things," she wrote. "It happened so fast. We were almost home. And I never thought it would be me that it happened to." 

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  • Her post inspired others to share their own terrifying experiences with proper car seat safety.

  • A 6-month-old flipped several times in this destroyed car and only suffered a slight bruise from the strap.

  • After a car slammed into his side, a toddler only had a few cuts thanks to being properly restrained.

  • Others are using the post to remind their husbands why it matters so much how a baby is strapped in.

  • These moms don't care if they seem neurotic or uptight as long as no chance is taken with their baby.

  • Car seat safety is a life-and-death decision -- and some parents don't realize that winter coats play into it.

    If you see something, say something, and if someone points out a potential error, don't get defensive. Thank them for trying to help save your baby's life.

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