Every parent must protect their cell phone–particularly from situations involving water. Never underestimate the effect liquid can have on electronics. Each scenario could have been avoided had I used a cell phone holder–specifically one of the waterproof varieties. Unfortunately, it took awhile to learn this lesson, but my loss can be your gain. Have you ever been in similar situations?
The first incident was at a saltwater lake. The best place for the cell phone seemed to be in your pocket, especially when you didn’t plan on going in the water. Yet kids are spontaneous, always in the moment and any opportunity to soak mom must be taken. cup and phone holder for car Once wet, your phone has little hope of functioning properly again. Salt water corrodes internal connectors.
Sprinklers- Again, a pocket problem. The phone falls out while lying on the lawn, watching the stars. Camouflaged in darkness, the phone is imperceptible until the next morning. When you find it in the grass, it’s covered with post-sprinkler droplets. This one can be tricky because the phone will work until it fully dries. You believe the worst is over and thus, it’s functioning will continue to improve. However, the opposite is true.
Sippy cups are leak-proof with rubber stoppers. Most of the time. Except, of course, the time you’re in a hurry. When the diaper bag was missing so in good faith, you tossed the cup in your purse. Universal law assures the consequences when you try to sneak around precaution. Are you ever really surprised when you discover a juicy cell phone among the casualties?
Baby spit- Any mom will sacrifice anything she has for just a few minutes of quiet. A cell phone is perfect in a bind; desperation skews risk vs. reward. Most men can’t understand why a cell phone would be offered up to certain destruction. In response, all you can say is, ‘I guess you had to be there.’
The Bathroom- This stage of toddler curiosity will claim at least one of your phones, possibly more. Toilet, bathtub, sink. ‘nough said.
Pocket dialing- Any cell phone holder is worth buying to avoid this! If your keypad is exposed, don’t put it in your pocket. Negative possibilities are endless if you have a large phone book. Do expect at least one person, with whom you are trying to build a relationship, will hear you yell at your kid. As an extra bonus, it will be captured on a replay-able voice message.
I’ve extended my contract a couple times in order to get a new phone and avoid high cost upfront. I wish I hadn’t and so last time I bought a phone off eBay and to finish out my contract. All you have to show for it, in the end, are some real expensive and broken phones for your kids.