12 Tips to Keep Your Baby or Small Child Safe From Kidnapping
In my previous article I listed several tips to help adult women and teen girls prevent someone from kidnapping them. In this article I will focus on those who cannot fight back: babies and small children. It is horrible to think about, but these children who cannot fight back are prime targets for pedophiles and/or people who practice human trafficking. So how can you protect them?
1. Keep them in sight.
Never let your baby or small child out of your peripheral vision. Always have them within reach when you are in a public place. It only takes seconds, not minutes, to kidnap a child — especially when a parent is distracted. If you are shopping with your baby, either keep the baby strapped in a baby carrier INSIDE the shopping cart (not resting on top where some keep their purse), or keep the baby strapped in a harness close to your body. Here is an example of such a baby carrier: the "Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier" that snugly keeps your child comfortably next to you.
Also, do not leave your baby unattended in a stroller. NEVER leave a baby unattended in a vehicle! NEVER let a stranger hold your baby. (I know this sounds ridiculous, but amazingly some people do this stuff without thinking.) Remember, all it takes is a second for someone to snatch the baby. Just don't leave your baby unattended.
2. Be aware.
Situational awareness is key to prevent abductions. But be especially aware in places where children like to congregate and play. If lots of kids go to the park to play on the jungle gym, you can be sure that pedophiles and kidnappers scope out those places too. Stay alert.
3. Keep pictures.
Always keep updated photos of your baby or small child handy. If your child is missing (God forbid), you can quickly get these photos into the hands of the police.