Product Type: Clippasafe safety products
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Clippasafe Wrist Link
Member Name: kama0529
Clippasafe Wrist Link
Advantages: Inexpensive. Sturdy. Peace of mind. Adjustable.
Disadvantages: Could be overused.
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.
Summary: Recommended for occasional use.
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