Saturday, November 17, 2007

an amazing trip trick: the carabiner

I'm taking a quick break from my regularly-scheduled parental self-pitying complaint session, to tell you about a little gadget I never leave the house without.

Whenever we step foot out the door, I always make sure that I have several carabiner clips in my pocket. I use them to tether lovey's to children (if they are insistent on bringing it with them), Henry's pacifier to his outfit (or my shirt or Bjorn for easy access), a blanket to a carriage, toys to a carseat, keys to my diaper bag, a water bottle to my purse, safety harnesses to my belt. If an object doesn't have a hole in it (i.e. bunny), I'll punch a little hole in the tag (or object) so it can be secured.

The list of uses for the carabiner are endless.

I love these things. They are light-weight. They are durable. They don't pinch little fingers. They are inexpensive. They are the reason we don't lose two bunnies every time we go outside and the reason that I can quickly grab my car keys without searching through my entire backpack.

Without carabiners, I would be hard pressed to successfully push a baby stroller, walk a dog, and have three children stay with me. They can be used interchangeably for rapeling down the side of a mountain - or taking a stroll around the neighborhood.

Here's a link where you can buy one. Or fifty.

They are a great stocking stuffer, if I don't say so myself.


  1. We triplet Moms think alike. I think they're fabulous, and had MILLIONS of them left over from my ski days. I thought they looked sooooo useful and useful enough that I held onto buckets of them. The kids now use them for EVEYRTHING. They are the adult version of link-a-doos in my opinion!! Thanks for opening everyone elses eyes to this amazing invention!!

  2. Ooh, I love carabiners! These are great tips that I'll try to remember when I have kids myself. I'm going to hang on to any I have laying around. Such a simple looking tool and it has so many great uses!

  3. I didn't even know what those were called. I missed that chapter completely in our manuel!!! My microchip must be malfunctioning. Call a paramedic! I better go clean some floors.

    You sound extremely organized to me. That would have saved me a frantic turnaround in the van and a mad dash back to the playground the other day to get Amanda's "cooney" who was "scared" and "crying" because someone was going to STEAL HIM the kids told me.

  4. Kieran loves carabiners. They are reallly cheap at Wal-Mart!

  5. I am so excited! Do you know I loose a binky practically everytime we leave the house?? I cannot wait to buy a few of those things. Thanks for the tip! Keep them coming.

  6. I love carabiners too! Thanks for the link - I have had trouble finidng them lately, and I am in desperate need of a few more!