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We bought a Harness Buddy as soon as our little boy was walking confidently. I wanted him to be independent when he was walking, but still safe. Other baby reins I looked at had a very short strap for the parent to hold, meaning the child could not go very far ahead. On researching these, I found that the Goldbug ones had a 3 foot harness, making it perfect for letting your child go further, and for taller parents!
We chose the monkey design, and our little boy was very impressed with it when it arrived. He wanted to put it on straight away. The harness has a clip which easily detatches, meaning your child can safely keep it on when they are playing, without the worry of the harness causing an accident.
There is a little pocket on the monkey which is ideal for putting your phone and keys if you are off on a shorter walk with your little one. It wouldn't fit much more than that, which is a shame as it would be nice to be able to store your child's drink bottle, or a little toy.
A downside I have found is that the reins do not seem very big. My little boy is 20 months and slightly big for his age, but when wearing a thick coat, I can't get both clips to do up on the front. They are adjusted to maximum and still will not do up. I have to just do one clip up, which is still safe but not ideal.
The reins look very attractive, and come in lots of different animal designs. The RRP is £19.99, which I think is quite expensive for what it is, but it is very well made and appealing to young children.
I purchased the Goldbug 2 in 1 Harness Buddy shortly after my son began taking his first steps. He was putting a lot of his efforts into mastering his new talent each day and so I knew that it wouldn't be too long before he outgrew his love of the pushchair and wanted to be walking independently outdoors.
The Goldbug 2 in 1 Harness Buddy is currently available from Amazon in a number of different animal designs and is priced at £14.99. I personally chose the chimp design as it rather sums up his cheeky personality!
The Harness Buddy is a fun alternative to traditional walking reins. It consists of a backpack in the form of an animal, with arms and legs that clip around the shoulders and waist, and a detachable tail with handle. When fitted onto your child it gives the impression that the animal is hugging the child and keeping him/her safe.
The soft animal design of the backpack means that children will easily warm to their new little companion and will look forward to stepping out with it time and time again. The handy zip pocket at the back is ideal to store a snack, a dummy if your child has one, a toy or a drink.
The tail of the animal acts as the safety reins, enabling you to keep your child close by at all times. The very end of the tail has a loop to wrap around your hand, although you may prefer to wrap the tail around your hand a couple of times too in order to limit the distance between you and your child. The tail can be detached by a simple yet very sturdy clip.
The arms and legs act as a harness which sits over your child's shoulders and around the waist. Again this is secured by a sturdy clip. This harness can very easily be adjusted as your child grows.
The Goldbug 2 in 1 Harness Buddy is a must have for me. We currently live opposite a canal and often enjoy a leisurely walk, feeding the ducks and swans and watching the barges go by. Without the Harness Buddy my little boy would be restricted to my arms or his pushchair for fear of him wandering into the water.
The Harness Buddy allows me to relax a little when he is walking freely without his pushchair. I have the comfort of knowing that he will not wander far and that he will always be at the end of the harness. The Harness Buddy does not necessarily restrict his freedom but it does ensure that he is kept away from unsafe objects and heaven forbid, unsafe people. Having mastered his walking at 12 months I could not rely on him to stay close to me at all times and away from any harm.
I fully recommend the Goldbug 2 in 1 Harness Buddy to all mothers of little walkers. It is a great product which is highly useful as well as being fun and attractive!
Bear, Monkey, or Puppy Harness Buddy Harness/backpack provides a fun, friendly and cute way to keep kids close in crowds Parents hold on by the bear's tail, which latches on to the backpack securely Backpack buckles in front for easy on and off; zippered back pocket holds toys and other treasures For ages 18 mos. and up; straps adjust as child grows. Machine wash.