Saturday, 17 September 2011

My favourite Baby Item this week: Houdini Stop Carseat Chest Clip

Recently Ben has been a nightmare in the car getting his arms free of the car seat straps in seconds which scares me to death when I'm driving. No amount of pleading with (or bribery) would get him to stop. All he wanted to do was get his hands free so he could play with the door handle which led to some frightening moments. Therefore I was only too delighted to try out the Houdini Stop Carseat Chest Clip.

The Houdini Stop Carseat Chest Clip is such a clever, effective yet simple design. It consists of a strap with two clips either end which you attach at nipple level to the straps of your child's car seat and bingo they can no longer get their arms free. Here is a video on how it works:

We have a Britax Safefix car seat and at first when I went to fit the Houdini Stop I wasn't sure it was going to fit as there is extra padding on the straps but all I needed to do was move these up a little (I think they may have been too low to start with) and hey presto I could fit the Houdini Stop Carseat Chest Clip in the right position after which there was no way Ben could escape during our car journey and believe me he tried! He eventually admitted defeat and exclaimed "Ben no like" while his Dad and I grinned smugly.

This little Houdini's escaping is definitely stopped now!
The Houdini Stop Carseat Chest Clip is a must have for any parents who need to stop their child's dangerous escaping antics. Put simply, it works which is a huge relief to me as I am sure it is to many others. It can also be used for similar problems with the straps on a child's highchair or stroller. I really do want to say a huge thank you to the clever people who came up with this product, I am sure it has prevented many accidents already.

You can purchase the Houdini Stop Carseat Chest Clip online for £11.99 and you are guaranteed a speedy delivery with it usually arriving next day if ordered before 4.45 pm.

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received this product for free in exchange for a review but this has in no way biased my opinion - it is a fantastic product which is effective and one I highly recommend.


Mum said...

I though these weren't recommended as they can prevent fire brigade etc being able to get your child out quickly in the event of an emergency? I know for a long time you couldn't buy them in the UK for this reason. I'd be interested to hear what the manufacturer says about this.

Mummy's Space said...

Good question. Interestingly this is one of the questions in the FAQ section on the manufacturers site so I will quote their answer as I think it sums it up best:

"I have heard a chest clip / strap will take the emergency services longer to get my child out in an accident?

This is a common misconception with the Houdini Stop chest clip. Whilst the introduction of a secondary locking mechanism will mean longer to get your child out of the car, the emergency services have confirmed that in the event of a car accident they would waste no time with any fastening and they simply cut straight through any of the straps to get your child out quickly as possible. While it may take that second or 2 longer to get your child out, there is a far greater risk involved when your child is involved in a crash whilst their arms are not within their car seat straps."

I hope this answers your question. I really do think the safety one of these Houdini Stops can offer your child is invaluable and I would not hesitate to recommend or use it.

Karen Mccully said...

Coming over from the US, I was very surprised to find that car seats don't have a chest clip.  We brought two Britax Boulevards with us which have the chest clip and can't imagine a car seat without it.  On the same note we were also horrified at how hard it was to find a new car seat with a 5 point harness.  I don't think you can buy a 3 point harness car seat in the US.  Also, stil can't believe you have to pay for the base seperately!!

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