As soon as Weasel could walk, it was pretty clear that we were going to be spending a lot of time chasing after her. After seeing a few other parents with harnesses (convenient having the youngest in your NCT group means you see others needing & using these sorts of things first!), we thought we’d give a backpack harness a go. Like most parents, we were wondering if was going to be a total waste of money. Choosing one, I must admit, was more about which animal Weasel would like best instead of design or safety features. She quite likes turtles, so thought we might be able to convince her ‘dressing up like a turtle’ would be exciting and went for the LittleLife one.
First go: We tried it at Milestones Museum in Basingstoke back in March, which lasted about, hmmm, 10 minutes, before the novelty of being a turtle wore off and the realisation of what this actually was set in. This led to months of it sitting in the boot of the car/under the pushchair followed by it being relegated to a cupboard.
If at first you don’t succeed: We thought we should probably take our own constantly dished out advice of ‘keep trying, they’ll eventually get used to it’ and give it another chance. An especially apt opportunity was heading off to watch the boats coming in from the Round the Island race in Cowes where toddler safety was probably not a factor when designing the seafront. And hooray, it worked! Yes, it didn’t work for us indefinitely and we’ve still yet to test out its usefulness as a backpack (some reviews say the pouch is too small, but her water would fit in there for example), but she is definitely ok with using it for short periods now.
Verdict: Good, but don’t give up after the first try. They are toddlers in the end, they will be moody and fickle because that seems to be their whole purpose in life. I’m sure it will come in handy for carrying random stuffed animals and any other crap she can shove in there eventually. Although I’m sure it’s not strong enough to hold them dangling over a cliff, if give you reassurance and them some sense of boundaries.