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My daughter started walking at 10 months and then began to run everywhere. My parents found it hard to chase after her all the time so we decided to buy the pink version of this harness and reins for her so they could keep hold of her when she set off.
The Red Kite Harness and Reins is designed to be suitable for babies from birth to 4 years old. It has a fully adjustable harness that goes round the child's chest and over their arms and secures at the back. It then comes with a set of reins that attaches to the harness or a set of attachments to secure the child to a high chair.
Our first problem with the harness was that it was very hard to adjust it to fit my daughter. For some reason the parts to adjust just seemed to be in the wrong place. We had to adjust all of the straps just to make it smaller so it would fit her. Eventually we managed it, but I have a friend who had the same problem with hers as well.
The second problem was that the reins were too short for my husband to walk our daughter (he's about 6ft). He has to bend slightly to do it, which makes it uncomfortable for him; or our daughter falls over and he ends up dragging her back up.
That said though, i find them very useful when taking her out without the buggy. She is becoming more independant all the time and these are a brilliant way of letting her have that without her escaping. The harness supports her well and if I pull slightly on them it does not hurt her at all. They are strong enough to support her weight easily and I have no worries about them breaking at all.
They cost me about £6 and I think that once you get them fitted properly, they are well worth it.