“Unbuckle your kids –
Without the pain & hassle”
Arthritis runs in my family. I’ve grown up with the knowledge that it’s not if – but when – wrist pain gets so bad that I start feeling 20 years older than my age. It would be 15 years, but kids already add 5. I’ve started to feel that pain already in my 30’s. It happens every time I go to unbuckle a car seat.
That thumb squeezing motion hurts like hell and it feels like I need a decent angle to even unbuckle my kids. It’s a just pain in the wrist, literally. And then once the first kid is unbuckled, I’ve got number 2 to help. To the moms out there with 4 kids in car seats, you have my pity.
So when I saw the ‘UnbuckleMe’ tool, it seemed like the perfect solution.
How It Works:
- Move the Unbuckle Me lever so it sits around the buckle of your kid’s car seat.
- Center it and pinch the ends together (doesn’t take a lot of strength)
- Pull down and watch the buckle come out super easy
Why it works:
According to the geniuses behind UnbuckleMe (You’re my heroes, by the way), UnbuckleMe uses a type II lever to “reduce the force required to unbuckle by more than 50%”. If you’re questioning that claim, you should know that experts created this nifty device. UnbuckleMe was invented by an occupational therapist.
For those of us with a family history of arthritis, this is a blessing. Now, you may be thinking – how many moms in their 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s are really struggling that much to unbuckle a car seat (or 2, or 3 or 4 car seats). But moms don’t do it alone. Grandma watches my baby girl once a week, and I’m not the only mom getting help from Grandma.
For a grandmother in her 50’s or 60’s, unbuckling a car seat is painful. Grandma is already helping out so much – putting up with the spit ups, poopy diapers that leak through and damage clothes and furniture, and temper tantrums of a tired munchkin – one little device that can make babysitting a little easier is great. Especially for the grandparents out there who actually can’t manage to unbuckle the car seat themselves because of how difficult it is – this device is mandatory.
When my mom watched her grandson, they only took trips walking to the park, which is fine until the cold weather shows up. She lives about 10 miles from a really amazing kids’ play area that my son loves. He’s 4 now and it’s one of his favorite places to go, but my mom struggles to unbuckle his car seat – so they’ve always stayed home. Active 4-year-old stuck inside all day = kid bouncing off walls and breaking things.
“Great tool for parents who hate the pain of unbuckling a car seat, and for grandparents who are loading your kids up on sugar before sending them home. For this mama, it’s become the perfect addition to my diaper bag – I’m never leaving home without it.”Lana Medina
Now that my wonderful (and I mean wonderful) mother is watching my baby girl while her brother goes to preschool, she’s in a similar boat. It would be lovely to take her granddaughter on short trips. That’s where Unbuckle Me comes in handy.
As an extra – I also love that it was created by a mom and daughter team. Grandmother, who is an occupational therapist, realized there was a better way and created UnbuckleMe.
This is the only slight downside I found: where to put it so you have it handy when you need it. I wish you could attach it to the car seat, but that’s not really safe (especially when your little one gets more dexterous)
Here’s the places I found to put it:
- In the side pocket of my mother’s car. She uses it the most when my baby comes to visit. And I decided to get a separate one for my own car. (The only problem with this is if you’re dealing with a baby who passed out in the car and want to carry them inside asleep – you don’t want to unbuckle them in the car for fear of waking up a tired & screaming terror. Take it inside, it’s safer that way.)
Key ring. Thanks to the hook design, it fits on my key ring, but I’ll admit that makes my keys a tad bulky
- Diaper bag. Not a bad solution – I don’t leave my house without the diaper bag as even a 10 minute trip can result in a poop-tastrophe. But when your baby gets older and you stop needing the diaper bag, I’d switch and go with Option #1.
Great tool for parents who hate the pain of unbuckling a car seat, and for grandparents who are loading your kids up on sugar before sending them home. For this mama, it’s become the perfect addition to my diaper bag – I’m never leaving home without it.