No More Digging for Straps- My Baby Carseat SideKick Review

We’ve all been there… you place your sweet bundle of joy peacefully into their car seat only to realize that they’re laying on the straps and you now have to dig around to not only locate them, but you have to physically pull them out from under your baby and try your hardest not to upset the volatile little one … multiply the anxiety by 1,000,000 if your baby is asleep and your plan is to keep them that way. temporary 5

My Baby Carseat SideKick is here to solve that problem. Using something as simple (and extremely innovate) as a magnet, you can now easily pull the straps out of the way and get rid of the hassle of digging around.

The system is simple- two magnetic strap covers, two magnetic bells and (two sets of) two plastic clips. That’s it! It’s really that simple.

I’m not going to lie, I was super skeptical and so was Danny. We seriously thought that there was absolutely no way a magnet could effectively hold car seat straps out of the way. I’m pretty ashamed to admit how wrong we were, because truthfully, I have no idea what we would do without our Carseat SideKick now.

Installation was easy, like took literally 5 seconds. The hardest part was figuring out what shape clip would work the best with our car seat.

 

temporary 6We have a BabyTrend 1st Debut  and tried both clips (one is rectangular and one is more oval shaped) and found with our car seat, the more oval one works the best. You simply clip it on to the handle on the sides, velcro the strap covers below the chest clip and you’re done.
Price wise, you’re looking at $22.95, with free shipping over $50. For the quality of the product, this price is spot-on and well worth its weight in gold.

I haven’t had any troubles with the magnets detaching or coming undone and I’ve been able to get G in his car seat and buckle him in with no digging around numerous times. He even stayed asleep a few times.

Seriously, this is a must have product for everyone who has children in car seats, and I can tell you that I have found my go-to baby shower gift for all my friends and family. They offer the product in 3 colors: blue arrows, pink leaves, and yellow chevron. So there is a color for everyone and very neutral patterns. We received the blue arrows and I love the pattern and color.

5 out of 5 from me, but if I could assign a 6th star I would.

Kirstyn

**Burritobuzz received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are that of my own and no compensation was provided or offered in exchange for a positive review**

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Why I Never Leave My House

I gave birth to my second daughter 12 weeks ago today and I thought having two kids kids, a toddler and an infant, would be a piece of cake. For some reason, the first few weeks were great. My toddler seemed to be adjusting well and baby was the epitome of perfect; she slept great, was a good eater and rarely cried. Soon after those first two weeks, shit hit the fan. My toddler was a supreme sass-hole in every way, shape and form. If you were holding the baby, she had to be up in you face, making sure she was getting all of your attention. She threw tantrums over anything and everything. She was talking back and acting out at school. She also pretty much stopped sleeping. She wakes up every two or three hours at night screaming for my husband or poking him in the face while he sleeps on the couch. Yes, my poor husband has been sleeping on the couch since baby came home from the hospital so there goes our sex life (as if we had one since becoming parents). This is all normal behavior when a new baby comes home so I expected it. Now that school is over, I no longer have those four precious toddler-free hours during the week to just sit with baby and take in her fleeting baby-ness. But that baby isn’t as ‘perfect’ as I once thought. I wasn’t expecting her to hate something so much so early in life.

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Not my baby, but you get the idea.

My baby hates her car seat and car rides.

She is a feisty little thing that will in fact pierce your eardrums if you so much as put her down for a millisecond. The moment she is put in her car seat, she screams. Most babies like car rides and even have to be driven around by a sleep deprived mommy or daddy to lull them to sleep. Nope. This one is defective and hates it. That is why I never want to leave my house.

Leaving the house with said a baby + a toddler is a nightmare and fills me with so much anxiety, I chose to stay home as much as I can or wait until their daddy is home to go anywhere. Before baby, I was constantly on the go with my oldest. We went everywhere from the moment she was born. She actually loved the car so this car-hating baby is very different for me. We’ve been missing out on parties and other events since she’s been born because it’s just easier to stay home than to deal with a screaming baby which then makes the toddler cry (she has sensitive ears). If we’ve missed out on something in the past two months, family and friends, this is probably the reason and we’re very sorry. 

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I’m sorry.

So if you invite us to any sort of birthday party or barbecue or play date this summer and I decline or we don’t show, please don’t be offended. We’re adjusting to having two kids and it’s definitely not easy. Add a screaming baby who hates her car seat and car rides, it’s just not worth it for us to go somewhere where she’d have to be in the car for 20-30+ minutes. We still love you all and will see you as soon as she outgrows her hatred of the car. 

– Casey