She drove a 15 month 20 minutes with no car seat *ETA*
I am LIVID right now. We pay my MIL to babysit my dd (15 months) for TWO HOURS on Monday's while I go to class. Every Monday I leave the car seat and the base in case she needs to go somewhere. We've shown her how to properly put the base and car seat in the car but she's never had to use it before.
Today I go to pick dd up after class and no one is there. Okay, fine, they went somewhere. They come home about 15 minutes later and dd wasn't in her car seat. They had her sitting in the middle of the truck with just a seat belt. I asked where they drove (not that it mattered because I was already pissed anyway) and she says "we went to take a load of wood to someone. The lady called and said she wanted some now."
So my next question was why wasn't my dd in her car seat. MIL says "I couldn't remember how to put the base in the car so I just figured she could sit in the middle and be okay."
Um, no. First of all, it was an emergency. Second of all, they were driving on the most dangerous road in our county. There have been 6 deaths on that road in the past few months because it's so curvy and there are so many blind spots. I am so pissed that I can't even see straight so I just took dd and left before I said anything that I would regret later. I'm going to talk to SO about it when he gets home to see what he has to say about it.
MIL thinks I was overreacting by telling her that if she couldn't figure out how to put the base in then she should have waited until I got home, especially in a non-emergency situation. Do you think I'm overreacting??
Since everyone is asking, we had my dd in a toddler carseat until we went to the doctor for her 14 month checkup and the doctor told us that she is the size of a 10 month old and isn't ready for a toddler car seat so we just put her back in an infant one. She is the appropriate size and height for her carrier.
Also, we went to speak with MIL and she admitted that she remembered how to put the carseat in but she just didn't think it was that big of a deal. We explained to her that it is incredibly dangerous and we are still debating on whether or not we want her to continue babysitting.