Rock climbers have long hailed the beloved carabiner, a tool unmatched in versatility. But did you know that it's also a baby registry staple? About 10 years ago, some marketing genius took the ubiquitous metal clip and rebranded it with a terrible name: The Mommy Hook. What it is: Uh, still just a large carabiner clip. What it can do for parents: So much, actually! If you have one of these things - whether you choose to call it by its mummy-fied name or not - here are some ways to use it to make your life a little bit easier.
- Stroller or shopping cart hangar: Open the clip, slide on your shopping bags and purses, and hook it to the handles. (Just make sure the weight won't make the stroller tip backward.) In crowded places, when hooked to a stroller, it can also serve as a handle for little kids to hold so they stay close by.
- High chair hook: When you want to get your bags off the floor at restaurants.
- Bathroom stall helper: If you have a nappy bag, jacket and other items, you can attach them all to the clip and hang it on the door hook so that none of your possessions touch the nasty floor.
- Grocery bag carrier: It allows you to hold several bags comfortably without the handles digging into your hands. Great for when you have a baby in one arm and you'd rather carry 11kg in the other than make multiple trips.
- Closet organiser: Hang bags of toys from your closet rod.
Parents of young kids, you might know it as The Decision. After shopping for milk, string cheese and squeezy pouches with your little ones in tow, you walk back to your car and realise. Crap. What am I supposed to do with this shopping trolley? Do I leave the kids in the car for 23 seconds (which is illegal, don't get me started on that), or do I bring them with me to the return receptacle, only to have to lift them out of it and dangerously Frogger our way through a busy parking lot back to the vehicle? Or should I be the arsehole who recklessly leaves the trolley next to the car?
Throw one (or a few) of these in your bag to have handy at all times - or, if you want to look hardcore, attach them to your belt loop. You may not be bouldering, but you are in the rocky mountains of parenthood, and that's still kind of badarse.