I reached out to Baby Alert International following yet another report of an unnecessary death of a child left in a hot sweltering vehicle. I had come across The Childminder SoftClip System while reading a review on anther website. My family lives in Miami and it is hot 365 (okay maybe we get 3 cold days) days out of the year. With two babies in the house and myself being the primary caretaker, my biggest fear would be if one of the children was to go out with someone in my family who is not used to having them travel with them. I even worry about myself sometimes because we all know how crazy your day can get with children. Yes, your child should always be your first priority but sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and can forget.
Baby Alert International was kind enough to send us out The ChildMinder® SoftClip System with Single-Unit Key Ring Alarm Unit. This system is typically for households with only one child (ages 0-6 years) in a car safety seat. Multi-Child units can be purchased for households with more than 1 child.
The Childminder Soft Clip System came with the Smart Clip, Key Ring Alarm Unit and all necessary batteries. The batteries were installed into each respective unit. Installing the clip was a breeze, I simply undid the straps from the back of the car seat, slipped off the safety chest clip and replaced it with the SoftClip, and then secured the straps again on the back of the car seat. View ChildMinder SoftClip Manual and see for yourself how easy it is.
The ChildMinder SoftClip System works using digital wireless technology, has an automatic self-off for battery conservation and a dual low battery indicator system. It is easy to install and is moisture resistant. Best of all it comes with a 1 year unconditional warranty!
I first tested the system out by placing Baby Em’s in her stroller with her car seat attached. I secured the clip into place,and instantly it started beeping. It continued beeping until I activated the system by pressing the center button on the key ring unit, which lets off a short beep to let you know it is ready to go. I stayed inside the house with the key ring alarm unit while my husband took her for a stroll down the hallway. Both the softclip and the key ring unit started to beep within seconds of my husband reaching 15 feet away! I was so excited!
Considering that in some countries the chest clip isn’t even required, and children like the one pictured below have nothing to stop their body from projected forward in the unfortunate case of an accident, I don’t mind swapping out our regular chest clip and replacing it with a Child Minder SoftClip that in essence is going to do the same job, maybe even better because of its unique features.
Upon unfastening the softclip both units beep alerting you that the clip has been unsecured. This is great for those little ones that are smart enough to manipulate and open clips. I do want to make a note here that I feel very secure in saying that I do not believe most children will be able to un-secure the clip as it is chunky and you must grasp it from a certain direction to do so, another added benefit. Most pre-installed safety chest clips are thin and very easy to manipulate for little hands, which poses a true danger when the car is in motion.
I also found the ChildMinder System to be extremely useful for shopping trips to the mall. Since we still use our stroller with the car seat attached, it reassured me that no one will ever be able to just walk off with my child!
Just as recently as last month another child, a 6 month old baby, died in a car after being accidentally forgotten by a parent that was not used to taking the baby to daycare. This case hit a little closer to home, not only because it occurred in my city, but because the child was the niece of my husband’s coworker. If only they had known about The ChildMinder Smart Clip System.
Just this year alone there has already been 29 hyperthermia deaths of children left or forgotten in cars. Here are some statistics from The Department of Geosciences:
- Total number of U.S. hyperthermia deaths of children left in cars, 2015: 24
- Total number of U.S. hyperthermia deaths of children left in cars, 2014: 31
- Total number of U.S. hyperthermia deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 661
- Average number of U.S. child hyperthermia fatalities per year since 1998: 37
An examination of media reports about the 637 child vehicular hyperthermia deaths for a seventeen year period (1998 through 2014) shows the following circumstances:
- 53% – child “forgotten” by caregiver (336 Children)
- 29% – child playing in unattended vehicle (186)
- 17% – child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (111)
- 1% – circumstances unknown (4)
The ChildMinder® SoftClip 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.
The ChildMinder SoftClip 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 automatically 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.
Baby Alert International also carries Multi-Child systems and Toddler/Booster Seat systems as well as additional child safety gear.
A message from the makers of The ChildMinder: Baby Alert International: ProActive Child Safety “…why trust your child’s safety to chance?’
Keep your children safe….research the ChildMinder SoftClip System today!
Disclaimer: Please verify with the manufacturer of your car seat prior to the installation of this product to ensure your warranty will remain valid. You should also verify the safety in the use of this item as a replacement for the original chest clip for your car seat.
Disclosure: Mama’s Mission received the product mentioned above for free for evaluation purposes. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 10 CFR, 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Photo credit: Mama’s Mission and ChildMinder SoftClip. I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Any and all claims made should be verified by doing your own research and/or checking with the manufacturer.