Product Type: Clippasafe safety products
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Clippasafe wrist link
Clippasafe Wrist Link
Member Name: tashmart
Clippasafe Wrist Link
Advantages: Good for encouraging children to hold your hand
Disadvantages: The longer length allowed too much freedom
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.
Summary: I prefer the reins.
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