We’ve all seen the horrible news story about a child who died after being left in a car. During National Safety Month in June, the ChildMinder® system is dedicated to ending this totally preventable tragedy.
The ChildMinder® SMART CLIP SYSTEM is a lifesaving gadget that is an absolute essential for any family that has babies and children up to age 6 who sit in a car safety seat while in the vehicle! This innovative system should greatly reduce cases of children inadvertently left alone in vehicles while fastened in their car seat. The ChildMinder® SMART CLIP SYSTEM reminds drivers with an alarm 8 seconds after the parent or caregiver has moved more than 15 feet from the child in his/her safety seat. It is those few seconds that can mean the difference between life and death this summer! www.babyalert.info
Every year thousands of children are left unattended in and around cars with most people underestimating the potential consequences. In particular, the Southern and Southwestern states see a rise each year during the summer months in the number of incidents where children die from being accidentally left behind in the car. It is every parent’s worst nightmare!
I received a sample product to review and was not compensated in any way, the opinions expressed are my own.
Let me start by saying I am completely aghast at stories of caregivers leaving children in cars whether it it summer, or not. I don’t think a child should ever be left unattended in a car even if they are “just sleeping in the backseat”. Besides being unsafe for a number of reasons, illegal in many areas too, it is scary to a child to be left alone, or to awake after being left in a car – so if this system even helps one child not be left in a car – kudos!
Do I think it works? Well, it took some figuring out to get the harness clip and fob to work and when I did I was not as impressed as I thought I would be. Let me start by saying you have to take your old harness clip off of your car safety seat, which may in fact void the warranty so be sure to check that out first. Any modifications made to products usually run this risk. I went ahead and tested the clip without my daughter in her seat (testing this with a child in a seat would be ridiculous), it makes a loud beeping noise when unfastened, twice – which is actually more important to me. I have never left any of my children in the car, but I have had them unfasten their seat belts while driving. Now that children are recommended in a rear facingcar safety seat until 3, I can’t always see what happens when driving.
Once fastened I hit the center button on the key fob and the systems beeped and were activated. I then had to walk from the back den of my house, all the way outside the front door of my house and into the street before the key fob started to make a sound and blink with a green dot. I tried a number of scenarios. 1. Walking with the fob in hand, it was noticeable enough but not really annoying or attention grabbing, it sounds like an old 80s cell phone ringing 2. Put it in my pocket 3. Put it in a packed diaper bag (what I normally do with my keys). Here with the last 2 scenarios is the problem. As we have established you are someone who may forget your child in the car, it is easy to assume you may forget that you have a system in place to remind you of your child in her seat, therefore; that key fob better be freaking annoying – I mean more annoying than a toddler having a tantrum in a movie theater. That fob needs to get your attention and hold it. If you are like me and I believe most people, your keys immediately go in your bag – to the way bottom, beneath a ton of other muffling things – ever seen a frustrated mom looking for her keys in a diaper bag at the mall. I was able to get far enough away from the harness clip before the beeping commenced that if I were at a fair, a mall, anywhere remotely busy and had quickly left the car, stuffing my keys deep in my bag (which is the only scenario that makes sense for forgetting your child) I would not hear the fob beeping until I got somewhere more quite, or reached into the bag.
A better option is a screaming alarm noise and vibration.
Some specs on the system
The ChildMinder® Smart Clip System with Single-Unit Key Ring Alarm Unit is typically for households with only one child (ages 0-6 years) in a car safety seat. (An additional Single-Unit Key Ring Alarm Unit for an alternate caregiver can be purchased separately.) Click to Add: Item 005; $28.95
The ChildMinder Smart Clip System should greatly reduce the opportunity for a child to be inadvertently left unattended in a motor vehicle while fastened in a child safety seat. The smart clip is deactivated upon unfastening.
- The ChildMinder system performs a self-test upon each use to insure its proper functioning.
- The ChildMinder system 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.
- The ChildMinder system even 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.
- The ChildMinder system 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.
- The ChildMinder system will not compromise the integrity your existing child safety seat.
• Digital wireless technology
• Easy installation
• Automatic self-off for battery conservation
• Dual low battery indicator system
• Moisture resistant
• 7 Day Money Back Guarantee!
• 1 Year Unconditional Warranty!
System Package  Includes:
• Smart Clip
• 2-AAA Batteries for Smart Clip
• 1-Sony CR2450 Lithium Battery for Key Ring
• Single-Unit Key Ring Alarm Unit
Would I purchase this system. Not as it currently is. As I stated earlier I have more of a safety use for something that lets me know when my dexterous ones have unlatched themselves or each other before they surprise me by climbing up a row in the minivan. To parents who prefer monitoring children closely, definitely check out the http://www.babyalert.info/index.php website for some high tech gadgets to keep you in the know.