We’ve all seen the tragic stories of parents who have been distracted, or out of routine, or sleep-deprived, and have somehow or another forgotten their baby in the car. In the summer, with extreme temperatures around much of the country, forgetting even for a matter of minutes can be dangerous.
The ChildMinder Smart Clip system was created to help prevent this problem from happening. It replaces the chest clip that comes with your car seat and turns it into a monitoring system of sorts to make sure you do not inadvertently leave your baby in the car.
According to their site, the ChildMinder:
- performs a self-test upon each use to insure its proper functioning.
- reminds the parent/caregiver with an alarm six seconds after the parent/caregiver has moved more than 15 feet from the child in the child safety seat.
- serves to remind the parent/caregiver of the child’s presence even when the parent/caregiver has inadvertently forgotten the key ring until the smart clip is deactivated.
- installation takes less than three minutes. Simply replace your child’s safety seat chest clip with the ChildMinder system’s smart clip and place the key ring alarm unit on your automotive key ring.
- will not compromise the integrity of your existing child safety seat.
We don’t have an infant car seat for the baby yet, but I tested the clip by having the two pieces together (simulating the baby strapped in a car seat) and moving the key fob a reasonable distance away. The alarm sounded, and was very noticeable.
I think parents need to be responsible and aware when their child is with them, but often you hear that parents who do forget their babies are typically responsible, upstanding people who made a tragic misstep. The ChildMinder Smart Clip is a way to add another layer of protection. At $69.95, it’s slightly pricey but is a small price to pay for peace of mind. My only question with the device would be how the clip holds up in crash tests. It seems just as sturdy and secure as the regular clips, but the paranoid mom in me would like to see statistics. Overall, though, I think this is a great safety item for parents to add to their arsenal.
Note: I received a ChildMinder Smart Clip system to facilitate my review. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. Some information shared was provided from the ChildMinder site. All opinions are honest and my own.
I also wonder about how it would hold up in crash tests…. and also if it would void the warranty on the car seat? I do think it is a wonderful idea, but it still to this day amazes me when I hear about parents leaving their kids in the car…. it just doesn’t make sense to me how it happens, but I know it does. :(