COTTAGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A Cottageville couple says they've come up with a life-saving product that can help parents remember when their kids are in the car.
"My first thought was 'how do you forget your child, that's your child!'," said Heather Bowen.
Bowen has been watching the news, and as a mother of three, says she's been disturbed at the countless stories of parents forgetting their babies in car seats.
However, the Cottageville mother admits she knows what it's like to have her hands full and acknowledges that mistakes can happen.
"I could see where you are not the primary care parent that drops them of and has them in their vehicle and you have a million things on your mind, you could possibly forget that your child is there," said Bowen.
Bowen and her husband, Roger, wanted to create a product to help parents remember. As a hobby, the pair enjoys braiding bright, high strength craft bands for their two oldest sons 3-year old Luke and 2-year-old Odin. Bowen says her sons wanted the bands braided longer and that's when the "Forget-Me-Not Baby Reminder Band" clicked.
"My husband put some thought into it and figured out a way to develop some hooks that go onto the end of it because it stretches," said Bowen.
Bowen says the concept is simple: attach one end of the band to the child's car seat in the back, attach he other end of the stretchy, durable band to the driver in the front.
"I personally would probably either attach it to my strap, or my shirt, or my belt loop," said Bowen.
Bowen says when the driver gets out of the car, they're reminded that they're attached to the car seat.
"If you were to get out of the car, you would obviously see something there," said Bowen.
Their product isn't the only one out there, there are similar inventions. Most notably, the one from an 11-year-old Nashville boy. But, Bowen says their invention is different.
"From my understanding, he used regular rubber bands and duct tape to do his," said Bowen. "This would be more durable."
The Bowens say they believe in their product and think it could save lives.
"Hopefully we wont ever have to hear of another child being left in a car, ever, because there's no excuse for it and with this there really is no excuse," said Bowen.
Bowen says the reminder bands will retail somewhere between ten and 20 dollars.
They've created a Kickstarter campaign to help fund production of their product.