“ Brand: Bruin / Safety Type: Harnesses „
My daughter is now two years old, and is wanting to walk when we are out, instead of using a pushchair. To keep the peace I am letting her for short distances, but this of course raises a safety concern. I did try the more traditional reins, but my daughter didn't like to walk on them. She either trotted like a pony, (very embarrassing and very slow!), or she would sudden lift both feet from the pavement. I would be left hold her in the air like superman, and if I wasn't quick enough to take the weight, she would bump her nose on the floor. So to overcome this I brought a Bruin Toddler Strap from Toys R Us. It's basically a long strip of material, some parts being elasticated. At each end is a loop, one larger than the other. You put one end around the child's wrist, and one round your own. There are also a series of buckles, which mean you can adjust the length of the strap. This is an excellent idea. When we out in the park, for example, I have it quite long. This means she can run, but never too far away. When we are walking in the town, I keep it as short as possible. It just means that I can have the confidence that if she slips her hand from mine, she can't actually go anywhere. She also feels as if she is really walking without me. Nothing is completely 100% safe, and I have seen people using these, and letting their children be on a long lead, (for want of a better term), but if you are sensible it a useful thing to have when taking a toddler out and about.