Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review and giveaway: ChildMinder Smart Clip System

I think we've all seen the tragic stories in the news- a routine changes or something happens and a parent accidentally leaves a child in a hot car.  I can never read those without being simultaneously heartbroken for the family and terrified of doing it myself.  So when I received an email asking if I'd like to try out the ChildMinder Smart Clip System, I immediately agreed. Here's a bit about this product, from its website:

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.

  1. The ChildMinder system performs a self-test upon each use to insure its proper functioning.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The ChildMinder system will not compromise the integrity your existing child safety seat.

After reading through the instruction manual, I tested the alarm out by having my kids run to the other end of our condo's main hallway, carrying the carseat clip. And sure enough, when they got to the end of the hall, the alarms started beeping! They thought it was a really fun game and still ask to play it again :)

The ChildMinder Smart Clip replaces the existing safety clip on your child's carseat.  This does require accessing the straps at the back of the seat, but that's fairly simple on most carseats.

Of course, parents always need to be mindful of where their kids are and whether or not they're in the car- that's just common sense. But it's still nice to have products like this- just in case.

Since my kids are older (and talk constantly, so there's little chance I could ever forget they are there!) and we don't ride in the car often, I decided to pass this handy little device onto one of you. Open to US mailing addresses, enter at the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Disclosure: I received this product to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 


moushka said...

This will be perfect for my new granddaughter who is due to arrive around 6/23.

Anja M. said...

I would like to win this for a friend.

anjathisandthat at yahoo dot com

MommyMandi said...

I would like to win this for my family because we have a toddler.

katychick said...

i'd like to win this for my friend who is preggo now
tcogbill at live dot com

latanya said...

For our family.

eclairre said...

for my cousin who is pregnant eclairre at ymail dot com

pmj said...

my family

Katy said...

This would be for my young children

polly said...

this would be for a friend who just recently had a baby

Farrah Shumway said...

I would like this for my family. I have a 2yr old son. The other 4 kids are teenagers.

amanda hoffman said...

for my son :)

Oh the joys of boys said...

for my son, on the days daddy has him.

New Mom said...

would love to win one of these for my two daughters.

{mallory} said...

I would love to win this for my family. We live in Lafayette, Louisana where 2 babies died yesterday from being left in car.. I have nightmares this could happen to my child.