El Dorado Hills Mom seeks to keep kids safe with car seat invention
Out of a need to keep her son safe in his car seat, an El Dorado Hills mom invented Monkey Tyz.
Gayleen Pellicano is the mother of three boys, ages 6, 9 and 12. It was her youngest son Avery, then 18 months, who had the Houdini trait of unfastening the upper chest clip on his car seat.
Once his arms were free he would wiggle out of the top portion of the restraints.
Pellicano said she constantly had to pull over and refasten the seat for fear that her son could be seriously injured in the event of an accident.
“I went to baby stores and looked for something to prevent this from happening,” she said. “I found nothing.”
She shared her frustrations with another mom only to find out that her daughter had just started to do the same thing.
“I went to Baby’s R Us, looked in Baby Trend Magazines, the Internet you name it … I was desperate to find any kind of a solution. I came up empty handed everywhere I turned,” Pellicano said.
That night she had a dream.
“I dreamt the design, sketched it out and made it,” she said. “I believe that dream was truly a gift.”
The Monkey Tyz soft-sided device fits over the upper chest buckle and fastens ...