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When my little girl was born I was an extremely nervous parent and as soon as she started walking I bought a set of reins. 'Hooray' I thought 'Now my daughter will never be lost, squished or stolen by scary men with bushy eyebrows'. However my daughter had very different ideas and displayed a stubborn streak that she could only have inherited from me...sigh. On putting on the reins I found that she would drop to the floor on her knees, then would walk nicely for two or three steps before letting her legs go floppy. Luckily she was a biddable child who rarely ran off in shops so we ditched the reins.
My second child is much like his sister and usually happily holds my hand and stays close. However there have been occasions when he wants to do something and I have had my attention distracted by his sister - occasions on which I have caught sight of a small pair of feet disappearing at speed around a corner. If I owned a monkey I would definitely be nowhere near as stressed! The reins produced the same result as his sister so I invested in a Clippasafe wrist link at £3.99 from Amazon. As well as the blue colour depicted on the image above it comes in a multi-coloured pattern of blue, green, red and yellow.
What you get is a long thin piece of webbing and elastic about one metre long. The length of the strap can be adjusted by a sliding buckle (like on a bra strap) half way along the wrist link. At one end is a fixed loop for the parent to hold or put their hand through; as it is a fixed loop there is no leeway to expand it for bigger hands or wrists, fine for me and my husband but if you have larger than average hands you might struggle to get in on comfortably. The adult handle and the child's handle are joined onto the main strap with a small loop of plastic, which means the material is less likely to twist or fold in on itself when it is being used by an active toddler - so no trapping, pinching or tightening of the strap when it is in use.
The child's handle is attached to a length of strong elastic so when the child inevitably falls over then the jerking to yourself or the child is slightly minimised. The handle itself is made of webbing and has another sliding buckle to adjust. This means that the child can't get it off very easily, but also that it can take some time to adjust it compared to Velcro - which when you are dealing with a small Tasmanian devil can be inconvenient. The loop is big enough to fit my small adult hand in so I expect you could use it for older children as well (oh how tempted I have been to leash my 6 year old to a post when she is being grumpy). However the webbing is quite rough against the skin and even though I secured it to my son's wrist lightly he still complained. When I removed it after a short trip there was a red mark on his wrist which made me feel awful, even though it wasn't tight against his skin. I really struggled to get it over the sleeve of his coat, it added extra precious seconds to the whole 'toddler taming' process.
On the first couple of expeditions my son was prepared to wear it for about ten minutes before he tried to take it off. Then he began pulling and pulling against it until I was frightened he was going to hurt his wrist or shoulder. Then he sat down on the floor and screamed until I took it off, pulling at it and rubbing his skin. Perhaps at 2 and a half years old I have missed the opportunity to get him used to using one of these wrist links but he hasn't tolerated it again yet. It does work as an effective threat so I keep it in my handbag anyway. Also sometimes he wants me to wear the child loop whilst he holds the adult handle and he pretends that I am a dog. At least then he is close to me.
If you have a 'runner' then its worth considering some sort of simple restraint for their safety and for your sanity. At £3.99 this is the next logical step from reins and its easier to put on than reins. However if this doesn't work for your child I have only heard good things about the backpacks with the attached parent strap, which are however proportionately more expensive than the wrist link. I like the idea of the wrist link in theory but in practice my son resented the limiting of his freedom so it remains as a threat only. I would have preferred it if they had made the child and adult loops from a different material or lined it with something softer as its hard on the parent's hands and the child's wrist, especially when skin is slightly sweaty or damp.
We were out on day with my daughter in the pram when she decided she wanted to walk. That was fine except I had forgotten her baby reins. Normally I wouldn't worry but it was horrendously busy out and she was going through a pulling away phase so I wanted some extra security. Finding the nearest Mothercare I popped in to buy some replacement reins for the day. Unfortunately for me all they had was the Clippasafe Wrist Link but with a child turning purple with an oncoming tantrum about not walking I decided the wrist link would have to do. It cost £3.99.
The wrist link was only available in the one colour in the Mothercare store I went into which was navy blue. Once out of the packet, I found a piece of long fabric which was about 15 inches in length and made of nylon material which is very strong and I think it would take a lot of wear and tear to enable this to snap or break easily. It also had two loops - one at the bottom and one at the top of the length of nylon.
The bottom one was to put around my daughter's wrist and it was fully adjustable to her wrist size, easily loosened or tightened and the loop at the top was to go around my wrist but the loop for my wrist was a stretchy material rather than adjustable. I did find the stretchiness of the loop around my wrist not to feel very secure. I like things around my wrist to be tight and this just felt very loose so I hunted out a safety pin from my handbag and pinned the loop around my wrist so that it was tighter.
The wrist link is suitable for children from a year of age and can be used for as long as you deem necessary.
Personally I hated the wrist strap and so did my daughter. I used to really like baby reins and had no issues using them with my daughter but the wrist link felt like I was holding on to a dog's lead. It just gave me a really uncomfortable feeling whilst using it. I was also always very conscious of the rein being just connected to one wrist as if I pulled one way and my daughter went to go another, I am sure that it could cause a sprain or break the wrist of a small child. I hated the looseness of the link around my wrist and felt that having to tighten it with a safety pin just was not good enough. There was no other way of securing the strap around your wrist.
After the day, I threw the wrist strap into the back of the cupboard and never used it again. I hated every minute of it and my daughter was relieved to be rid of it too - it has made her wrist itchy.
Not recommended by me.
We bought two sets of the clippasafe wrist straps from ebay for Hannah and Jess as we went to blackpool for a few days , i thought with it being so busy during the summer i would need these as they dont like to sit in there pushchairs for long periods of time.
The clippasafe wrist links cost £3.99 each one per packet. These are very basic and i got two navy blue staps not sure if they come in any other colours. It is a strap and measures 14 inches long. At the bottom of the strap there is a loop that goes over their little hands on to the wrist this is adjustable to fit each childs wrist and at the top a loop for my wrist but it is stretchy. The material feels like nylon but soft same strength i doubt the straps could snap or be broken so very durable. These can be used from age 1 year until needed although i doubt any child would be happy going to school with the strap attached to them :-) The main part of the strap can be adjusted for length.
No doubt about it these are the best way to keep a child safe and attached to you but i personally did not like the clippasafe wrist links and neither did the girls.
On my first use i felt like i was walking a dog, the girls felt trapped , distrusted and clearly they felt i was punishing them. The girls have never wondered of or got lost they are pretty good at staying with me but i could not risk it in such a busy place full of strangers, it only takes a minutes of taking your eyes of them and they could be gone.
I used them two days in a row but it caused to much frustration for the girls making them miserable so they were happy to spend time in there pushchairs and getting out at each stop to stretch there legs and run around.
I really would NOT recommend the clippasafe wrist link, there has to be better out there.
As soon as my daughter started to walk, she turned into Little Miss Independant!! She really didn't want to go in her pram at all as soon as she could walk but at the same time she didn't want to hold my hand when out walking either. It was scary as she would just run off and on a couple of occasions she would just run into the road so I knew I had to do something.
I tried reins on her but she just turned into a puppet and would just dangle all the time so that was a no no for us. I had seen another mum at playgroup with a wrist strap so I thought maybe I would give that a go but that was a scary thing for me to try and my daughter has a condition where her arms dislocate so a wrist strap really is quite risky, but yet it is definately safer than having her run into the road!
The wrist strap is 25" long, at one end is a small adjustable loop for your childs hand and at the other end is an elasticated loop for your hand. The elastic doubles up as a shock absorber and stretches when pulled so when your child decides to make a run for it it won't be as much of a shock for you!
To be honest, for us the wrist strap was no good, my daughter hated having it on and I think part of that was the fear that her arm may dislocate, as even at two years old she knows how it happens. I do think the strap is an excellent idea and will work for most people and I also think it will encourage children to hold hands even though there is that element of freedom there.
I personally prefer reins, even though we didn't do great with them either but it was definately a safer option for me and my daughter. Thankfully a few months down the line my little girl will now hold my hand whenever we are out walking so it was just a matter of time, but I wouldn't hesitate in trying the strap again with another child.
I bought the wrist strap for just 99p off Ebay but they are available from many shops too.
I give the wrist strap three out of five stars as although I think it is a great idea it didn't work for us!
Thank you for reading my review :)
My nephew, who is one, has just started to toddle around and although I could probably easily catch him if he wandered off anywhere, I prefer to know that he has one of these on for his own safety!
Though I must say it is not my favourite piece of equipment as I don't really like the idea of having a child 'chained up' so to speak, though it has come in very handy!
I bought this Clippasafe item from their website and purchased the multi-coloured one as it is bright and colourful. It cost me just £3.99 and arrived in a few short days.
It is very easy to put on, you simply attach it to one of the childs wrists and the other to yours, you can also determine the length of this, which is a nice idea, I suppose the older they get, maybe 2 or 3 the further away you allow them?
I keep it about mid-length as I feel this is a nice, decent amount of space between us, but I also feel that it is a safe distant so that he won't be running in front of any cars, etc.
Although it did take my nephew a bit of getting used to, as for the first few days of wearing at it he would just frown at it and be tossing it around, trying to remove it from his wrist. However after a bit of persuasion and telling him that it is a 'magic rope' it is his new best friend!
I think it is a good idea and works well, it does stop your toddler from running off and does keep them out of harms way, however I do find no matter how much they like it after a while it does begin to frustrate them so it is nice to reward them with a bit of 'park time' where they are able to be a bit more 'free.'
Like I said, my nephew has just began to walk, so does fall every so often, however I found that with this on, because it is either attached to you or you are holding it, this gives the child enough support to keep them upright and allow to find their feet again!
It is easy to undo for an adult, though a younger child would have difficulty doing so, so this means there is no chance of them slipping out or undoing it!
This is a great item to keep your little one safe and to help them outgrow the phase of running away, or even just to help them walk!
Now, I'm not a paranoid mother....(I'm really not!).....but when you're the mother of a toddler who thinks he should act like he's part of the A-Team, then the time comes when you're willing to try anything to keep him safe from himself! Honestly, he will be right by my side and the next minute he's disappeared to God knows where.....and I spend the next few minutes bathed in sweat thinking the worst. I swear that sometimes he does it on purpose!!
Anyway.....my paranoia aside, I have been willing to try anything to ensure that my little darling (or my little horror depending on his mood!) keeps safe when we are out in busy public areas.
Having read a few of the reviews here, I decided to give the Clippasafe Wrist Link product a go. In theory at least, it sounded like a good idea and something that I would be willing to encorporate into our outings if it provided extra peace of mind.
I bought the Clippasafe Wrist Link for £3.99 direct from the Clippasafe website. I ordered the multicolour Wrist Link from them, but unfortunately they sent me the pink one by mistake, but as my son is really too young to particularly care, I didn't exchange it. The Wrist Link comes in pink, navy / white and another one which is multi-coloured. Having ordered from this website, the product was with me within 48 hours.
The Wrist Link is made of a durable but relatively soft and non-abrasive material which feels strong and like it would not easily break. I couldn't help but compare it to a dog lead(!), but in reality the material was softer than that.
The Wrist Link came with instructions on how to fit the link to the child's wrist and the adults wrist, as well as a list of safety instructions on how to use the Wrist Link appropriately. The instructions were easy to follow. Basically, both the wrist straps, and the link distance between the wrist straps, are adjustable. I found it easy to fit the wrist strap to the correct size for my son and myself - and having a link distance which was adjustable, means that I can adjust it depending on the busyness of the situation we're going in to.
Now....I have to say that, on the whole, my son HATES to wear the Wrist Link. I think, more than anything, that the reason for his hatred is that he feels that it spoils his fun! Lets face it.....a two year old does not like his sense of freedom to be restricted, and undoubtedly this strap does impinge upon this for him. For this reason, I do limit the frequency and the duration for which I will use the Wrist Link because my intention is not to make my child feel like he's being kept prisoner! However, in the right time and place, the Wrist Strap can be a Godsend.
I tend to use it the most when I go shopping and its busy in the store. I do tend to try to keep it on the longest reign because then at least he feels he can explore to some extent, but it still means that I don't have to have eyes in the back of my head making sure that he's not disappeared into some black hole!
What I've found however, is that having the Wrist Link attached has its own potential dangers. For example, there are occasions when I've felt that I've pulled too hard on the cord and, although I always tried to be really careful and didn't cause him any harm, I couldn't help but think that actually it wouldn't take much for someone to pull too hard and inflict pain (which is the last thing any of us would want!). The other thing is that I became aware that the strap could potentially get trapped in any moving objects, like escalators etc.
On the whole, I would recommend using this for short-term use. I tend to have it clipped on only when in a very busy situation where I want that extra bit of security for my son.
Once your child is out of their push chair and walking well, its time to consider how to make sure that your child isn't tempted to wander off when out and about. The Clippasafe Wrist Link is something that having bought for use during that 'I'm still only little but I want to walk everywhere phase' we have rather mixed views on.
The Clippasafe range of products are well respected and offer all kinds of solutions to the kinds of things parents need to consider with a growing child in the household. We have used several of the Clippasafe range and have found products to be well priced and of a decent quality.
The Clippasafe Wrist Link is now priced at £3.99 and comes in a range of colours. You can buy it in a mainly navy with white trim option, a pale girly pink shade and a nice multi coloured red,green, yellow mix. Each coloured wrist link is made from a long lasting webbing type material that is both strong and secure when in use. We thought the link was well made and easy to fit on securely.
Although the wrist link is made from durable and strong materials and is in principle a great way of being able to keep track of your child, we have had reservations about the product. At times when we have seen children almost dragged along by these things, the whole system of strapping something like that to a childs wrist seems to be a rather dubious way of ensuring you can keep an eye on your child.
After all holding your childs hand has worked for many a parent, ourselves included before the invention of the wrist link. I feel that unless the Clippasafe Wrist Link is used very, very carefully and thoughtfully it can be something that may do more harm than good. We used the product with great care at all times and as such it proved to be useful to us, but wasn't something we totally relied upon.
I would 100% recommend that your child gets used to the feeling of wearing the link before setting off. Our child didn't like the sensation or the idea at first and so we had a little practice with it at home first, so that both we and our child could get used to the way in which the product would work when out and about.
In the right hands the product can and does work well. We were very careful with the wrist link and used it more as a way of allowing our child a little freedom to walk seemingly on their own, in less busy situations. Of course they were at all times attached to the wrist link, but once they learnt to get along with it, they were able to walk as if freely which our child did enjoy.
Once we hit busier and more crowded areas we reverted to relying more on holding our childs hand at all times where possible. We still kept the wrist link attached as a double fail safe, as we found that sometimes our child would still pull away to look at things, but with the wrist link attached, we didn't ever lose contact with our child.
Having seen some children pulled back sharply when attached to these wrist links for no apparent reason, other than that the parent themselves was not paying attention to what was going on, I do think that there are many arguments for and against the wrist link.
On the one side these can be a great way of teaching your child to walk along side you with the feeling of having just a little freedom from mum or dad, which children do enjoy. The wrist link does ensure that your child is never too far away and you are always in contact with each other. But when these things are used to keep in check a child that has wandered a little too far because mum and dads minds are otherwise engaged, I do cringe at the way people use these to bring their child back in check so to speak.
I have included here some of the highlights and pointers from the instructions we had with our wrist link, as I do feel its very important to follow the makers guidelines when using the Clippasafe Wrist Link with your child.
Instructions for fitting and use :
Step 1: Pass your child's hand through the wristband and adjust the band to fit their wrist comfortably.
Step 2: Make sure that your child's hand cannot slip through loop at all.
Step 3: Attach the wristband to your own (the adult's) wrist by passing the end of the strap through the 'D' ring.
Step 4: Secure the wrist band using the 'hook and loop' closing strips, making sure that the full length of the soft/ looped strip is engaged well to the rough/ hook strip .
Step 5: Adjust the length of the rein to suit the conditions. In crowded areas you are recommended to shorten the link as much as possible.
As with any similar product that is used in this way, the product is only as good as the adult who has control of it. Even though the Clippasafe Wrist Link is very well made, it can be abused when not used following the correct guidelines and a lot of common sense.
I can recommend the idea of the wrist link with caution. My rating for it is a midway level of 3 stars and this reflects more than just the quality of the Clippasafe product which is very good. Due to the nature of the product I have to also consider the way in which the product can be used and abused and as such once again I feel that when you weigh up the good and the bad, a 3 star rate seems about right.
NB: Clippasafe do say that the wrist link is only suitable for children from age 2 upwards.
You should never clip the link to a push chair or similar item. You should never try to extend the length of the reins that come with the link beyond what it can already extend to. Its not safe to leave a child unattended and still attached on one side to the product.
The product is washable in warm lightly soapy water and can then be drip dried outside. It should never be tumble dried or washed in a machine.
If any of you know me from the outside world, you can not argue with me when it comes to children. I am currently training to be a child psychologist, and when making arguments people always say "you can't say anything, you're not a parent!". I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at a ridiculously young age. As a result, I can never have children. For this reason, I am very sensitive towards any mistreatment of children and it gets me into a lot of bother. Most of my rants are mostly to do with the one thing in the world I hate to see, it makes me sick to the stomach, makes me so angry that I could strange someone to death. That is smacking children as a form of punishment. I won't get into much detail because that's not what this review is about, but I hate seeing children being treated like animals. That is why when my sister-in-law suggested that I used a rein to "walk her child", I was furious.
I never liked the look of them, I can understand parents reasons for using them, they want their children to be safe. But I hate the look of them. At first I thought children wouldn't be bothered with them but I remember being in the shopping centre, and seeing two boys with ropes around their wrists. (Or wrist links, however you want to sugarcoat it), and the young boy was in tears pleading with his father not to put it on. They were sweet little boys, huge dimples, messy blonde hair and adorable smiles. I then heard the most disgusting rhetorical question a parent could ask a child, "Do you want me to pull down your pants right here and smack you?". When the father said the word sack, I could feel the loud hurting sound in my head. I was shaking walking out of the shopping centre, the child looked so frightened after his father had said that, I could feel it in his eyes, he allowed his father to tighten the rope around his tiny wrist, and they walking out of the shopping centre, the boy with his head hanging and tear rolling down his cheek, his arm tugged up high with the height of his father, being towed out like a prisoner, like a cattle, looking around him feeling humiliated. I swear, I could have punched that horrid man if it wasn't for the fact I would be charged, can you believe it, a man treats his child in this manner, and I would have been the one getting charged? People have the cheek the to say parents can't discipline their children anymore... bull! Parents can not only discipline, they can bully, and trust me some parents do!
So, anyway, my sister-in-law handed me the reins. I told her that I had respect for my niece, and I refused to treat her like a dog. Me and my sister-in-law had huge arguments over this, she claimed that she did not want me taking my niece out without them. I had every concern for her safety. However, I would rather carry her and break every bone in my body rather than degrade her. She thought that I was put her down at some point and let her run off! It was then I heard of wrist links. It's not a case of one parent wraps a bit rope around their child's arm and them tows them off as if there being sent to join, it's when both the parent and the child and parent are humiliated into having it wrapped around them, and they are connected to each other. I bought them for £5 from kiddicare.
They links were pretty secure. The one I bought was multi-coloured and the child's wrist band adjusted nicely. The parents one was horribly tight, but ahhh well, if a parent is concerned enough to put one of these things on their kid, they will be concerned enough to deal with the pain of a sore wrist!
however I decorated the wrist parts with felt flowers and glitter, the part of the wrist link that connects me and the child, I decorated with glitter and diamantes. I also had the smart idea of making two bracelets for her, the other one identical to the wrist link. I also had to cut and glue the wristlink because I didn't want the child having a big long rope attaching her to me like, a, erm, yes I AM going to say it, like a dog's lead! The idea was that both my and my niece would hold hands and it would look as if we are just both wearing bracelets and holding hands. I looked like a total freak with that flower thing around my wrist. However, if parents are true as "concerned about their child's safety" as they claim when they tie their child up for a walk to the supermarket, they won't mind looking like a fool for their child's safety. In my opinion, if they don't mind making their child look like a fool, they wont mind making themselves look like a fool.
How did it all go for me?
I used it for half an hour and took it off. I picked up my gorgeous baby and truly, as a concerned aunty would, hugged her and apologised for putting the horrid thing on her, and carried her around the shops. I sacrificed trying on the clothes I wanted to try on because I had a heavy 3 year old on my hip, all in order to respect my baby. Why? Because I was concerned for her safety.
When my kids were little I used reins but had never used a wrist link. Recently I took on a new child in work and his mother warned me that he likes to run off ahead when they are out so she uses a wrist link with him so she brought hers along on the days that I have him.
I was a bit dubious at first, I didn't fancy the idea of having my arm yanked everytime something caught his attention!
The wrist link I used was navy with a white stripe on it. It has a band to fit onto the childs wrist and another to put onto the adults hand. These can be tightened or loosened until comfortable.
Attaching the 2 ends together is a long length of twine like material. It is about a metre long and can also be adjusted depending on how much freedom you want to give the child.
There is also a shock absorber by the wrists. This is a small piece of elastic which stretches when the link is pulled too quickly. This proved very useful for the first few minutes! I think the novelty that it wasn't his mother on the end made him think he could try it on! The sudden pull wasn't as strong as I had thought it would be.
I kept the length short when we were by roads and to be honest I didn't see the point of having it any longer as several times he would forget that he was on the link and would try to pull away so I kept it short.
The wrist link is a good idea, it did encourage the child to hold my hand although I don't think it helped that I had other children with me who had more freedom than he did.
In all honesty I prefer the reins as opposed to the wrist link but I suppose for a child who is more likely to run off, or for an older adult like a grandparent these are probably ideal.
They come in pink, navy or multicoloured and retail from £3.19.
We've got the Clippasafe Wrist Link in pink, I brought it one day when I took my little sister to Town shopping one day. I got scared out of my head when she wandered off in one of the shops and I lost sight of her for a second..... and yeah, I'd been holding her hand but had let go of it for 2 secs while I switched my bag onto my other arm and she was gone!
I only brought this brand because it was the first one I saw in the shop and I thought I'd have a heart attack if I lost her again, but it's turned out brill and even now that she's 3 we will sometimes put it on her if we're going somewhere where there are going to be loads of people about. It cost about £5.00 at the time but it looks like it's a bit cheaper now, you can get the pink one from Amazon for £3.99 and I bet the plain navy blue or black ones are even cheaper.
It's just like a dog lead really, sorry I shouldn't say that but it's true! You put the child's wrist through one loop and yours through the one at the other end. The loops adjust so will fit most peoples wrists, the biggest loop is massive and I can't see that anyone would have hands too big to fit through it! It will also adjust to very small, my sister was about 18 months when I first got the Wrist Link and it fitted her fine without any rubbing of her skin or anything like that. I always think it's a bit uncomfortable to wear but that's probably because I don't wear anything on my wrists usually so it just feels WEIRD having a tightish loop round my arm.
The strap is made from a strong material that doesn't stretch so you've got no worries that your child is going to go further than you want her to. I can't see that the strap is ever going to rip or break either because even by touch it's very hard wearing, our pink one looks a bit grubby now but we don't actually use it all that much now my sister is bigger so that doesn't matter.
The only bad thing is that kids pick things up soooooo quick that it wasn't long before my sister sussed out how to escape from the Wrist Link and run away. It was a good job my dad was on the ball that day because we was right by a main road so I deffo wouldn't say to put your trust in a strap like this and you still need to use loads of common sense when you are out and about with toddlers.
My son is the kind of child who feels compelled to touch everything whether in houses shops so I tended to keep him in the buggy for as long as he would. I moved onto a backpack with reigns attached but I felt when he was two and a half he needed to be moved on to the next stage so looked into wrist straps.
What is a wrist strap?
The wrist strap is a strap that fits around the child's wrist and connects the parent to the child physically. It comes it is with an adjustable clip at the child's wrist end and at the end for the parent. It is also has an adjustable length which means you can control the length of the wrist link and how it works best for you and your child.
I have found these available in navy, pink and multi coloured.
I was actually very worried that my son would attempt to run off and hurt his arms but I explained to him that these straps were for big boys and girls and that if he couldn't manage we would use his reigns again.
I found these very easy to attach and adjusted the link to the shorted length but actually the results were surprising for me. When my son had been on his reigns he had refused to hold my hand and once on the wrist strap as we called it he was walking next to me as opposed to in front and started holding my hands. I actually found that I had far more control than I did on the reigns and while he was stood next to me he was more likely to listen than pulling ahead aiming at what had caught his eye.
My only concern with this product is that I do know a child who is now over three and can simply remove the Wrist link when she wants to move away from her mother so is of little benefit but this illustrates that this is a transitional item and not something that works long term.
I did end up buying an alternative wrist link which were 2 for £1 and in a baby pink colour or baby blue and the major difference was the parent end did have a Velcro end for the parent and no adjustable strap but I found that for what I needed they worked well however it was not as long and when I wanted a shortened strap I simply around my hand. It also did not have the shock absorber feature which I felt was the feature the cheap version really lacked.
The Clippa safe wrist link is available for £4.95 from Preciouslittleones.com with free postage and packaging. I would definitely recommend that Clippa safe when you first start out using wrist links simply for the shock absorbent effect. I also recommend that you purchase more than one as I constantly seemed to be constantly searching for mine which is what resulted in me purchasing the cheaper pound land version.
My son is now three and three months old and hasn't used a wrist link since he was about two years and eleven months. I do believe this has been a very useful tool in helping my son to learn to stay close to Mummy but also think if it had been done too early it would have been counterproductive. During the time I used this item I found that it showed no signs of damage or wear and tear but the pale blue ones I had did start to look a little grubby
I do know some people have issues with these items and feel that it is the equivalent of keeping a child on a lead like a dog however I am more concerned with my son's safety and think these are a great tool while teaching your child the skills they need to keep safe out and about.
I first got the Clippasafe Wrist Link, when I had my second child, just before my eldest turned 2. He is now 7 and we have still got the Clippasafe. I found that it was invaluable when taking my eldest to Playschool as he wanted to walk, but the pram I had for my second was not the one I wanted and was very heavy to push, so I couldn't hold my son's hand to walk him. I got the Wrist Link and at first my son didn't want to wear it, but we made it fun for him, pretending that he was like a puppy, and you wouldn't let a puppy walk along the road without a lead. He loved the idea and soon found that with the Wrist Strap he had much more freedom to walk "alone". We then went on to use it with the second when the third was born, and the third when he started wanting to walk short distances. We still have it and will keep it for now as it is a good warning if the children don't walk nicely. The only problem is that after a while, the observant child will watch how you put the strap on and soon learn how to undo it if they really don't want it on. So you must still keep a close eye on them. All in all it is an invaluable tool for teaching road awareness with a degree of safety, especially if the child is larger than "average" and the normal reins are too small to fit comfortably around the chest.
With fully adjustable child and adult wrist bands and adjustable length rein. Keeps toddlers and older children only a step away.