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Our 5 year old has a hard time buckling his seatbelt, navigating around the booster seat arm rests, and dealing with the floppy seatbelt, especially when the backseat cup holders are down (which uses the middle seat space). We decided to give MyBuckleMate a try.
Just say no to floppy, hard-to-buckle seat belts. Mom-invented MyBuckleMate makes it easy for anyone to buckle up in the backseat with one hand (just like you do in the driver’s seat). MyBuckleMate was designed for kids in booster seats and perfect for little hands. It fits in tight spaces and between booster seats and also fits securely so seats can be folded down without removing it and does not alter the buckle in any way. MyBuckleMate is perfect for carpooling and accommodating three kids in the backseat. Flopped over, recessed seatbelts will be a thing of the past.
MyBuckleMate not only offers ease of buckling but also provides an important safety measure allowing kids to buckle and unbuckle themselves (kids need to be able to unbuckle themselves in the event of an accident). The easier it is, the more apt they are to use it. Getting your kids into the habit of buckling and unbuckling early means they develop this skill early on which will last a lifetime, including when they get in someone else’s car and when they are able to drive themselves.
Unfortunately, the backseat seatbelt buckles in our Dodge Charger have a short length of belt on them that extends just beyond the height of MyBuckleMate, so it does not allow MyBuckleMate to hold the buckle securely or necessarily keep MyBuckleMate in an upright position.
Because of this, MyBuckleMate did not work for us. I was disappointed, but believe if our backseat seatbelts were designed differently, without that extra length of belt on the buckle, MyBuckleMate would have been a great help to my five year old.