My little boy learnt to walk when he was very young, it was before his first birthady and once he had started their was no stopping him and at that age they can be quite unpredictable. My little boy could walk alright but he had no sense of where he was going or how to slow down once he got there so we thought the only option for him was to get some reins. Ok, so it looks a bit like you are walking a dog when your child has these on but they are definitely a great safety tool when you have a very young walker.
According to the Clippasafe website, "We've made our name designing harnesses and reins. They not only allow toddlers the freedom and stability when starting to walk, but also offer parents peace of mind both in and out of the home.
They're designed entirely with children in mind, featuring fun and appealing motifs, colours and patterns so that they can enjoy wearing a harness even more!
All of our harnesses conform to the latest British and European Standards, and are supplied with adjustable anchor straps and walking reins. They are very versatile as they can also be fitted to highchairs, strollers, carrycots, prams etc."
The only pair of reins we found at the time were the multi coloured ones which are quite nice primary colours in red, yellow, blue and green so they were very bright and definitely commanded attention. I didn't mind though, as long as they did the job, which they did, then I was happy.
I found the reins really easy to put on my little boy and it almost got to the point where he was putting his arms in the straps himself as he knew what was coming when we were out and about for a walk. The clips worked really well too and clipped in together easily but then I found they were extremely strong and could hold a very eager little boy when they needed to. However, at times I found that because all the rein is is just one strap of material that you are holding, clipped onto the harness, my little boy would sometimes go to topple forward because of the position of the strap and I often had to catch him myself rather than pull on the strap as this would push him over but if he didn't run too fast and just walked then these worked really well.
The walking rein portion was very easy to fit too once you knew how and what I like about this reins is that they do come with instructions so if you are at all confused, and it is a bit, you can consult the paperwork. I never used these to strap onto his highchair or in the pushchair so I can't comment on this function but its nice that its also available to other parents.
My son didn't use these reins for long as he soon got the hang of walking and being confident at walking but in the weeks that he did use them I found them to be a really good safety feature. It stopped him running away from me when we were in public or dangerous places which I think is the ultimate good use for these. They were fairly cheap, around the £5 mark if I remember rightly and I would recommend them to other parents.
The dimensions are as follows:
Adjustable waist strap 45cm - 70cm, Shoulder strap 25cm - 41cm Anchor straps 10. 5cm - 25cm Machine washable Suitable Birth - 4 years
Before we went on our first holidays abroad I decided to invest in this Clippasafe Standard Harness and Rein. My daughter was just one and she was beginning to walk everywhere. She became reluctant to go in the stroller as much so I thought this would be a good alternative to keeping her within my sights.
I purchaed this on ebay for just £5 so it was a welcome bargain! I also got it in pink for my daughter. At first it appeared to be a maze of straps and buckles and there wasnt any clear instructions on the box. Eventually we untangled everything and slipped it over my daughters shoulders. She didnt mind it at all and we began to test it around the house.
The one weakness I found was that the strap that the parent holds onto was very short. My daughter loves to walk briskly from place to place and there was absolutely no give in this. I might as well have been holding onto her t-shirt!
So as a result of this I never really used it and it remained sitting in the stroller throughout the trip. I did find use for it when we were out at dinner and it strapped her well into high chairs. There were high chairs that we were given that were appalling and my daughter could get out if she tried hard enough! So they definitely saved us from a few stressful dinners.
Unless you have a child who is barely walking I wouldn't recommend you get this harness because the lead is just too short to possibly hold a toddler. The package says that it would fit a child up to 4 years but I cannot see a child of three or four on one of these.
My daughter is two now and I have tried to put it on her in the last few weeks and she gallops around the kitchen as if she's a pony. I think I would be too embarrassed at this stage to bring them out!
Teach your child to hold the stroller or your hand because it'll be better than wasting your money on this.
We bought a Clippasafe Standard Harness and Rein set once our child was toddling about really well and wanted to walk alongside the pram/ push chair. This stage for a toddler is always a time when they want to explore their surroundings and see everything there is to see.
Mums and dads can do with a helping hand during this phase and thats where this Clippasafe set comes in very useful, by adding a little bit more piece of mind for everyone, with careful and thoughtful usage.
These Clippasafe Safety Reins have been around for many years and come in a variety of colours and slightly varied styles, but are all very similar to this basic design. This standard set seemed to be really well made and the materials used were strong and reliable. The webbing type material used didn't stretch or shrink and was more then strong enough to cop with the job it was made for. The clips and rings used were also long lasting and more than up to the job.
The Clippasafe Harness and Reins set comes in a selection of mostly monotone colourways, which include, the deep navy blue that we chose, a plain black, mid grey, white and a navy/ white mix. Its nice to know that there is a range of colours available. I would have liked a red set if there had been one for this range but they don't make one as far as I am aware.
The other ranges by the same brand do have other colourways and different chest panels on the front of the harnesses. This standard set has a very simple centre front section, that is more functional than attractive, but it holds everything together as it should. Prices for the set are around £5 to £5.50 per set and include both the harness and the reins which can be attached easily when required.
The harness set comes in a very simple mainly white box, with red highlights and clearly shows the actual harness so that you are certain you are getting the colour and style you want. You should also get a small instruction leaflet which shows how the harness works and its something that you should keep for reference just in case its needed.
We found the harness set easy to put on and take off although there were times when our child didn't enjoy wearing it especially when it was first introduced. Over time we found that it was more easily accepted and once the freedom of being able to walk along side us was a reality, the harness was mostly something that didn't seem to cause any irritation or upset at all.
Sometimes it was difficult to ensure that our child walked along without pulling on the harness and once or twice we had a near miss and had to prevent a tumble. This is in part due to the fact that children do tend to want their freedom when out walking and if mum or dad wants to go one way and they want to go another, a little pulling and leaning their weight away tends to result in a stumble sometimes.
One thing we thought the harness was useful for was clipping it to the sides of the push chair. This meant that our child was kept safe and secure by the harness whilst sitting in the push chair when out and about. This is something that is can be helpful. The harness is easy to clip on and off and seemed to have a safe enough closing and opening click in/ out system.
You can also use the harness to clip into a high chair if the fixings are provided on the chair you have. Again this can be very handy for mums and dads at meal times, as it can prevent any nasty tumbles from the high chair when mum or dads back is turned or their attention is briefly with other family members.
Whilst we found that mostly the harness set did a perfectly good job at steadying our child and offering them the feeling of freedom they wanted, I do need to add that the set must be used safely and thoughtfully.
A friend of ours when out and about with her child and using the same type of harness, once spent the afternoon at casualty having her childs bump to the head looked at. It wasn't so much due to a fault with the harness itself, but something that any similar harness may contribute towards.
Her child pulled ahead too keenly, tripped and bumped before mum managed to catch him. In the end everything turned out to be fine, but this did give us cause for concern after the incident. We never fully relied on the harness when out walking after that, as we wanted to avoid similar incidents and paid very careful attention when it was in use.
In summary I feel that the harness and reins set was helpful to have at times, but could not be relied on 100% when out and about with a young toddler. One thing it does stop is the chance of you and your child becoming separated as you are always in contact via the harness and reins when your child is walking.
Rate wise I feel that a 3 star rating is about right here. we found it very helpful at times as it could be used in a variety of situations. These can be a useful item to have during the toddling stages, but only with careful supervision.
I used these clippasafe reins on my son when he was a toddler and found them to be very useful
The reins fit on the child easily, they slip over the arms like you are putting on a painting apron and the 2 sides lock together with a push in clip. The reins sit around the childs tummy and over both shoulders so there is no chance of it pulling and hurting the child as the restraint is spread out.
The reins also have an anchor strap at the back which is for the adult to hold. This is attached to 2 parts on the back with the same press button clasp. This can be adjusted and made shorter or longer depending on how much freedom you want to give to your child. The anchor straps can be adjusted from 10-25cm.
The shoulder straps can be adjusted from 25-43 cm and the waist straps can be adjusted from 28-68cm so they are suitable for most children.
I found these reins a lifesaver when out and about. My son was a very inquisitive child and as soon as something took his attention he would be off. By using the reins he was more likely to walk alongside me and hold my hand. I usually kept the anchor strap on a short length when by the road and then took it off completely when we were in the park but he was aware that if he ran off the reins would go back on. I used the reins for about 6 months and by that time he was more than happy to walk with me rather than ahead.
If I was working and had a pram with me then my sons reins would attach easily to the pram so both my hands were free. It just clipped around the handle and gave him enough space to walk alongside the pram without getting caught on the wheels.
The reins are completely washable and come in different colours-pink, blue and green. They are currently selling between £5.50 and £6.50.
I was going to put off buying a harness and rein set till I was in town and could have a real look around as to what was on offer. However as it happened my mother-in-law picked us up a high chair, you know the type the one with the chair and table. As it was it was missing any sort of harness to help keep a child safe whist feeding or shall I say feeding the floor. As it only cost £5 for the high chair I wasn't too unhappy but I would have preferred to find one myself that had all its parts. So it was off to our local chemist to see if they had any baby harnesses and reins in stock. The only one the did was your basic standard harness and rein for the price of £5.99 (I remember when these were much cheaper and better made). I thought the price was a little on the steep side but has it was for safety reason for my purchase, I had not choice but to grudgingly depart with my cash. When I got home I removed the harness from the packaging to have a closer look at them. The contents consisted of the harness, the rein and two small straps so that you could attach the harness to an highchair linked to the D rings. The harness is designed for babies from 4 months and up to the age of a 4 year old child, that is a guide as each child's build is different. As for colour, they were navy blue with green stripes, I would have liked to see a wider range of colours as I could have imagined that on a girl these would have looked very boyish. Luckily we purchased ours for a boy so that wasn't too much of an issue. Attaching them to the high chair was easy as you slip the small straps through the D rings and pop the end of it through the loop at the end of the small strap. You the clip the harness to the ends of the straps, it is then held in place by the plastic catches. As the harness is fully adjustable around the waist and shoulders you should be able to have peace of mind that your child
is secure and comfortable. I did say should, didn't I. Well as for comfort they couldn't have been too bad as John never winged or moaned. It is a whole different story when it came to his safety. As I was feeding John he tugged his self towards me when the catch that was keeping the harness attached to his body snapped making him hit his mouth against the table giving himself a fat lip. It wasn't like he had put much pressure or strain on these either. The plastic catches must have been made by such a week material as this was only the 3rd time that these had been used in his highchair. It is just lucky that the chair was low to the ground and not placed on the table as it could have been far more damage caused. I can not dispute that Clippasafe have produced a quantity of quality safety goods for young children and babies. But when it comes to these I would strongly avoid them and go for something made with stronger materials, such as leather with metal catches. I can not comment on how these perform when it comes to using these for walking a toddler. All I can say is that a child will tug and pull you into every direction but the one you want to go, so there for more strain would be inflicted on the harness than that of an highchair. If I can find my receipt I shall be sending these back to Clippasafe with a letter of disgust.
The Clippasafe harness seemed ideal for my daughter. At 6 months old she is more mobile and enjoys sitting up in her coachbuilt pram when we are on our daily jaunts around the villages. However, most harnesses seemed too big; this was the exception. In principal, these adequately serve the purpose for which they are designed. Sure enough, they fit Leah nicely, not too loose, and they adjust well to fit her in any situation. I have just the one complaint about these, albeit a major one :- Who on earth came up with the design for the rein and anchor strap fixings?!!! These consist of a semi-circular button which slots into the corresponding fastening on the harness. I can understand that the older harnesses, with the simple clips, may be easier for the children to unfasten, but these are nigh impossible to fasten and unfasten with a wriggling baby attached! My mother-in-law babysits while I work 2 days a week, and she cannot work these fixings for the life of her! The style also means that you need anchor straps of the same make for all other uses, such as the highchair or pushchair. With the old style clips you could use the D-rings which are usually fixed to such items. Now, if I want to move Leah from the pram to the highchair, I need to remove the anchor straps from one place to another, fix them around the D-rings, and then try to fix the harness to the anchor straps, all with a bag of jiffle in tow! Unfortunately, other manufacturers seem to be using this same method of fixing. Only leather harnesses seem to have escaped - and they are all too big for my baby!
I bought these for my son when I was preganant with my daughter as I wanted him to learn to walk not sit in a buggy all day been pushed around.When I first put these on him he decided it was a game and span around causing the rains to twist around my hand. He did not have enough room to breathe with his coat on even though they can be used up until they are four. When we were out and about he was always a couple of steps in front of me which was good ,but when he wanted to go in one direction and I wanted to go in the other I had to pull him back and always thought the rains were gonna break.I also found the rains twisted around peoples legs(not good when you are in the middle of town) which then ensured people giving me dirty looks and saying keep your child under control. It was even worse when I had my daughter as the rains went in every direction but the one I was going in.I decided to stop using the rains and taught my son to hold my hand and I now feel a lot happier without the rains.
With fully adjustable waist, shoulder and anchor straps. Complete with Walking Rein. Fits from 4 months up to 4 years.