Child Minder system to prevent tragedy

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child-minder.jpgWhile no parent wants to deliberately harm their child, dozens of children in the US die each yet in a thoroughly preventable error, where the absent-minded parent will leave the child in a vehicle as they head off to perform their chores. The insides of a vehicle heats up extremely fast, and is fatal if a child is left all alone strapped in the seat behind. What are some of the steps one can take to prevent this tragedy from happening? Other than being more careful, why not enlist the help of a little technology with the Child Minder system? It won’t hit your pocket for massive damage, and yet gives you peace of mind the next time you bring your little one out for a ride.

This child safety product is meant to assist the overworked caregiver by giving a gentle reminder should the caregiver actually walk away from a locked vehicle while leaving his/her kids inside with the car parked underneath the scorching sun. It doesn’t require much smarts to use, and definitely will not add more to your “To Do” list, since all you need to do is perform a self-test to make sure it is functioning, and you’re good to go. Installation is dead easy – just replace your child’s safety seat harness clip with the Child Minder system’s smart clip while placing the key ring alarm unit on your key ring. The smart clip will activate the moment it is fastened, and the key ring alarm will sound should you walk 10 feet away from your vehicle while your child remains strapped to his/her child safety seat.

Additional safeguards include a continuous playback of nursery rhymes on the smart clip until the device is unfastened should the parent forget all about the key ring alarm unit, acting as a deterrent. Audible low battery indicators also work great so you can be sure that these get replaced as soon as possible to avoid any unforeseen circumstances. The Child Minder system retails for just $64.95.

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5 reviews or comments

Rob Says: August 2, 2007 at 6:02 am

I so hate to say this, but if you’re forgetting you have a kid in the car….. its not too likely you’re gonna remember to put this on.

/rant :-)

Serendipity, mom of two Says: September 4, 2007 at 12:13 pm

This isn’t an extra step to do, that could easily be forgotten, though. Since it replaces the usual front buckle on the car seat, it’s a necessary part of getting the baby into the car seat. It’s only the few that have tragic results that we hear about on the news, but how many other people forget their babies on days when the weather isn’t hot enough to kill? Or remember them before any damage is done (even if it’s just as far as getting inside the house and remembering the baby’s still in the car)? I think a lot more people forget their kids in the car than people may realize. This is something that should be a standard part of every car seat, for peace of mind if nothing else.

Klyve Says: November 6, 2007 at 9:37 am

I think this is a great ides (having done it myself with a 6 month old baby!)

The only thing is that in the UK it’s recommended that there shouldn’t be anything to struggle with when trying to release a child after an accident – that’s why the clips aren’t found on UK car seats anymore.

dee Says: December 27, 2007 at 3:09 pm

I find it odd that there have been ads all over the net for a couple years about this product but no one is saying they actually have one. And none seem to be selling on ebay. Why?

I don’t think it’s a good idea to replace any parts of your carseat. It might not hold the child in during a crash. And most people will not admit that they could possibly forget their child in the car.

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