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A Guide to Fitting Your Pushchair Harness

June 25, 2024

Keeping Your Little One Safe: A Guide to Properly Fitting Your Pushchair Harness

Ensuring your child is securely fastened in their pushchair is paramount. A properly adjusted harness keeps them comfortable and, more importantly, safe in the event of a sudden stop or bump. Here’s a breakdown of the key points to check for a perfect fit:

1. The Two-Finger Test

This applies to both the shoulder straps and the waist strap. Tighten the harness until you can comfortably fit no more than two adult fingers between the straps and your child’s body. This ensures snugness without restricting their movement.

2. Buckle Up for Safety

The buckle should rest snugly at your child’s natural waistline, which is roughly between their belly button and the bottom of their rib cage. It should never be positioned higher up their mid-torso.

3. Waist Strap Harmony

Once fastened, the waist straps should sit horizontally across your child’s waistline, not angled dramatically upwards or downwards. Remember, the two-finger test applies here as well!

4. Shoulder Straps: Finding the Right Height

Most pushchairs have three or four slots on the back of the seat unit for adjusting the shoulder strap height. Choose the slot closest to your child’s top shoulder for the optimal fit. The straps should be snug enough to stay securely in place once fastened, not slipping down their shoulders.

Remember: Regularly check your child’s harness position, especially as they grow. A well-adjusted harness is essential for a safe and comfortable ride for your little adventurer!

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