I have to be honest and say that I had never actually thought about the eventuality of my pushchair brakes failing so I’d never thought of looking for a safety wrist strap to buy. When I was sent the Buggy Tug wrist strap I did at first think that it wasn’t really something I needed. However, after reading through the Buggy Tug site and seeing the two videos she links to that show 2 separate occasions where prams with children in have fell in front of trains in Australia…………..needless to say I’ve changed my mind and decided that everyone needs a Buggy Tug wrist strap! Luckily those children survived but it is now compulsory in Australia for pram straps to be used on pushchairs after the two incidents mentioned and two incidents of children dying after their pushchairs rolled into lakes. Just watching the videos made me feel ill, so to even imagine how I would feel if that happened to my child doesn’t bear thinking about.
I was lucky enough to be the first reviewer of the newly launched Buggy Tug. (I must admit…being the first reviewer did make me feel very special! :- Thanks Di ) It is the first pram wrist strap to be launched in the UK. You wear one end of the neoprene strap around your wrist and you thread the other end of the strap around the handle of your pram or pushchair. It is designed for safety reasons so that the pushchair remains in your control in the case of brake failure or you momentarily letting go of the handle and the pushchair starting to roll away. I must say I do love the strapline (excuse the pun!)…Don’t let your pram go without you.
The strap is designed to be used on all prams and pushchairs with a single bar handle. I however used it on a 2 handled stroller and found it still did the trick. I’m sure the only reason it isn’t recommended on 2 handled strollers is in case it comes loose and rides up over the handle…but personally I didn’t feel there was much risk of this happening on my pushchair.