Product Type: Clippasafe safety products
Newest Review: ... 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 b... more
Clippasafe Wrist Link
Member Name: historywitch
Clippasafe Wrist Link
Date: 30/03/12, updated on 30/03/12 (104 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, keeps your child secure, mostly well designed, available in several styles, practical
Disadvantages: Rough webbing, uncooperative child
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.
Summary: Great in theory but it didn't work for us
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