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How to keep your kids cool in the car

I don’t remember if I saw it or read about it but when I saw the noggle I instantly wanted one. My daughter was read facing at the time and in the 110 heat my small SUV took forever to cool her down. My heart ached every time I took her out and she was red faced and drenched in sweat.
The noggle is an insulated, flexible hose that form fit attached to your air vent and can be clipped to the headrest, car seat etc to direct air to your child. The end is very much like a vent and safe for your child to hold and has several fashionable patterns to choose from. However it also comes with a nice price tag that is out of my budget and seems way too expensive.
I googled and searched for a diy but came up empty handed. However a trip to ace hardware with T, and some creativity later……

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Problem solved!! We used the smallest diameter dryer hose they had which is insulated and flexible and can be cut to any length you want. I got 8 feet but later cut it down to 5. We attached it using some small spring loaded tension hooks that we clipped to the inside of the air vent and thru the dryer tube.

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My vents near the doors are found and it’s a perfect fit however I’m sure it would work on a rectangle vent as well, you may need to just bend the flexible wire in the hose to fit your vent better. The shorter the hose the stronger the air flow is and while it’s not as strong as it is coming out of the vent it works. When she was rear facing I tucked it need the headrest of the rear seat aimed at her. She is now forward facing and I have it under the headrest of the front seat.

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While I’m sure you could find some type of screen to go into the end I didn’t see the point and left it completely open so as not to restrict any air flow. You could easily sew a decorative sleeve to cover it or probably even paint it. This cost about $11 to make.

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Forgot my child in the car

Summer is here. I absolutely love summer as it means longer days filled with Popsicles, watermelon, playing in the sprinklers, and swimming past sundown. The scent of sunblock, coconut and chlorine are an every day part of my life.

However it also means heat and brings the devastating stories of children left in hot cars. Back before I was a parent I remember a mom telling me I didn’t understand,and not that she ever would ,but she could understand how someone could forget their child in the car.

My daughter is about to turn two, and I’m a single parent. Even when I was with her dad he was no help, at all. My daughter had reflux, and milk/soy protein intolerance and colic. So trust me, I understand what it it’s like to be running on empty, to have no break, and no sleep. I averaged 4 hours of sleep, on a good night for the first three months. And not all in a row either!!

I still don’t understand how you forget your child, the love of your life in a vehicle and not realize it immediately. I don’t understand why it seems understandable to anyone and why the need for reminders that your child is in the car Is acceptable! I have seen several things in the past week in Facebook and Pinterest about putting your shoe in the backseat and whatnot so you don’t forget your child.

Does your little person not make any noise in the car and you so rarely have them in your car that it’s normal for you to not be carrying them as you leave your vehicle? Are you routinely home alone so you don’t notice the lack of sound, demands to be fed, changed or interacted with? How do you go about your day being apart without giving thought to what/how they are doing which would prompt you to remember them left in your vehicle?

I try not to judge others and I’m about second chances but if you are so distracted, busy or whatever your excuse is then I don’t think you should have children.