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About

The Problem  

On average, 38 children die every year in the US when parents accidentally forget them in hot cars. This statistic sounds impossible, but it's is true and means that it happens every 10 days. Although it is easy to blame bad-parenting and dismiss the stories, high-stress levels and changes in daily routine are often a big part of the problem the problem is real. Even a few minutes in a hot car can cause heatstroke, and the problem can obviously be prevented.

Our Solution  

The Safety B.I.B. is a two-sided reminder system that engages both the driver and the public to prevent children from being unintentionally left in hot cars. This patent-pending design was created by two young NJ parents, Eric and Kate Solan, after being exposed to horrific headlines across the nation since having a child of their own. 

We then searched through the sea of expensive and complicated electronic solutions and sensors looking for an ideal preventative measure. The problem is that because most are expensive and complicated, they will never catch on in a widespread fashion. 

Finally, we considered these shortcomings and invented the Safety B.I.B. 

Our Product  

Our solution is a brightly colored tag that hangs on your rear-view mirror ONLY when your child is present in the backseat. The visual warning is simple, and should not be used when a child is not present.

We are very excited about how conventional this product is: there are no batteries or setup required. As long as parents make the system part of their routine, it will provide certain comfort that whenever the product is visible, a child is present.    

Prototypes

After several months of prototyping, we have created the first official prototypes out of 30mil plastic. The prototypes are durable and waterproof and have a custom die-cutout in the center for hanging on a rear-view mirror ONLY when a child is in the back seat.

Printing is on both sides of the prototypes as a cue for the driver and also for people passing-by to serve as a 2-pronged approach to child-safety.

We order our prototypes in bulk and our goal is to have them on display, free-to-take at the front desk of every childcare and pediatric facility possible.  

Original Prototypes
Original Prototypes

How It Works

It is best to store the Safety BIB in your empty carseat while not in use so you are forced to handle it when loading your child.
It is best to store the Safety BIB in your empty carseat while not in use so you are forced to handle it when loading your child.
Once a child is placed in the carseat, the Safety BIB is hung on the rearview mirror
Once a child is placed in the carseat, the Safety BIB is hung on the rearview mirror
A small “BABY IN BACKSEAT” alert hangs below the mirror in traffic-sign-colors. This serves as a constant visual reminder to any parent while they are driving or parking.
A small “BABY IN BACKSEAT” alert hangs below the mirror in traffic-sign-colors. This serves as a constant visual reminder to any parent while they are driving or parking.

Parents can alternately place the product on their lap or hang it from the key in the ignition if state laws prohibit any obstruction of view.

Once the driver arrives at the destination, the Safety BIB is taken down and placed back in the carseat as a reminder to use it on the next ride.  

The Backup-Plan

In the unlikely situation the parent was so distracted they miss the visual cue and unintentionally leave the child in the car, there is a backup plan.
In the unlikely situation the parent was so distracted they miss the visual cue and unintentionally leave the child in the car, there is a backup plan.
The public-facing side is also printed in traffic-sign bold coloring and requests that any passerby look into the car for an unattended child and call 9-11 if one is found.
The public-facing side is also printed in traffic-sign bold coloring and requests that any passerby look into the car for an unattended child and call 9-11 if one is found.

Our Goal

The ultimate goal is for Safety B.I.B. to become a standard product handed out to new parents by daycares and hospitals, and most importantly for car-seat manufacturers to include one in every box. 

We began and continue our journey by donating them free-of-charge to local daycares, clinics and hospitals. What started as a business idea has now changed into an effort to get Safety B.I.B. into the most cars possible.

How You Can Help 

 We believe strongly enough that we have already invested thousands of dollars of our own money in the design and creation of the prototype and for the “patent-pending” status. Our prototypes were donated to local schools. 

Now we are attempting to raise enough money to maintain the patent-pending status and to fund the initial manufacturing. 

Kickstarter campaigns are “all-or-nothing” which means if the Safety B.I.B. project doesn’t reach it’s goal at the end of 30 days then this product might take years to reach the public. We ask that anyone concerned about the fact that an average of 38 children die each year after being left in hot cars please considering as little as $5 to help our vision become a reality, and eventually save a life.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for Safety BIB is that although 38 children per year die in the US after being accidentally left in hot cars, this product is new and the public are unaware of its existence.

Our main goal is to raise enough awareness that the Safety BIB is handed out automatically with paperwork for parents in places like Hospitals and Daycares. The ultimate goal is for carseat manufacturers to understand the potential for Safety BIB to save lives and include a pair in the box of every carseat purchased.

One potential drawback to hanging the Safety BIB from your rear-view mirror is that although the hanging area is minimal, some state laws prohibit any obstructions to view. We recommend that all users check with state laws before hanging from their rear-view mirror. The good news is there's alternative ways to use the Safety BIB if such laws exist in your state. You can also use the hanger cut-out to hang the tag from the key in your ignition that way you are forced to handle it upon turning your car off, or simply place the Safety BIB in your lap while driving with a child.

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    EARLY BIRD - We will ship you a Safety B.I.B. to be proudly used in your car to protect your child. That's almost half the price of our suggested retail value

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    PART OF THE SOLUTION - We will ship you 2 Safety BIBs, one for you and one for your spouse or family member to be proudly used to protect your children. That's almost half the price of our suggested retail value

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    GETTING THE WORD OUT - We will send you 2 Safety B.I.B.'s for you and your spouse or family member, and a sticker to show your support and help raise awareness to this cause.

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    BECAUSE YOU CARE - Already received a prototype? Or not interested in receiving anything in return? Pledge $25 to help us get this product to market!

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    SHIRT OFF OUR BACK - We will send you 4 Safety B.I.B.'s for your family and for your close friends or extended family to protect their child. We will also include a sticker and t-shirt in your size to show your support and help raise awareness to this cause.

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    SWAG - We will send you 4 Safety B.I.B.'s for your family and for your close friends or extended family to protect their child. We will also include 4 stickers, tote bag, 2 mugs and t-shirt in your size to show your support and help raise awareness to this cause.

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    NEVER AGAIN - We will send you 4 Safety B.I.B.'s for your family and for your close friends or extended family to protect their child, and acknowledge your donation on our website along with your personal message below our testimonials. Your pledge will go directly to production and marketing of the product to try to prevent these terrible tragedies from happening again.

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Funding period

- (30 days)