Child car seats are one of those unspoken daily pains for a lot of parents. Kids don’t like them, so subsequently, we, the parents, don’t like them. Our twins have fought us getting buckled into them. They’ve taken their shoulders out of the straps, unbuckled the top clips, and protested that the straps were much too tight, when in reality they were at the recommended car seat safety standards.
But, we as parents know that child car seats are important. They keep our kids safer in the unfortunate event of a car accident. It’s part of why we hate it so much when our kids aren’t using them properly – it won’t keep them safe if they are strapped in correctly. My husband and I attended Safety First’s Largest Car Seat Check at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last summer and learned all about child car seat safety.
But, despite a child being buckled in correctly, or a car seat being properly installed, it can all come undone with the click of the buckle lock itself! Once or twice we have had the frightening realization upon stopping that our child’s car seat was no longer buckled into the car because our daughter had undone the seat belt (this was before we started using the LATCH anchor hooks, and a big part as to why we did!). What are you supposed to do if this happens? How can you stop your child from unbuckling the seat belt holding her child’s safety seat in place?
BeltLock is a new Irish product that can stop the accidental (or not so accidental) release of the seat belt used to secure your child’s car seat in any vehicle. Designed by parents, this product will provide you with the confidence that little fingers have not undone your best intentions, unbeknownst to you. The BeltLock is strong, durable, highly visible, easy to fit and easy to remove by an adult using a key.
When I received the device, I was a tad surprised by how small and simple it was. It’s a lightweight, bright orange piece of plastic. No keys or knobs on it, just three slots.
I installed my daughter’s car seat into our Honda to test it out. It was super easy to install. When using a seat belt to secure your child’s car seat to the car, loop the seat belt through per the child seat’s manufacturer’s instructions, but slip the little orange BeltLock over the belt receiver prior to fastening the belt. Then slip the buckle through the BeltLock and into the receiver until it clicks, and you are done (well, after you tighten up the belt and everything). Once it is installed you really can’t undo it. No accidental or intentional incident is going to make your child’s car seat unbuckle! In fact, to uninstall it, you need to take your keys and slip it through one of the other slots and down into the seat belt receiver. At first, I thought it was weird to use your keys to undo it, but if you driving a car, you’ll always have keys handy to undo it if need be.
I can see this device being super helpful if you have multiple car seats installed and don’t want an older child accidentally unbuckling her brother’s infant car seat as she was reaching to unbuckle her own. It’s also useful for those times when you are switching car seats to another vehicle for the day, and don’t have time to install the LATCH anchors, but want to make sure the seat is secure. So, if you aren’t using (or don’t have) LATCH anchors on your child’s car seat, I would totally recommend the BeltLock! It’s simple and easy and gives you peace of mind!
Where you can get BeltLock:
If you live in the UK, you can order one from Amazon for £10.50. Or you can order from BeltLock from Amazon and get one for $18.
Has your child ever unbuckled their car seat?
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