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Hobbledehoo Active Childs Harness

5 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(18 customer reviews)


The Hobbledehoo Active Kids Harness is a brand new product to provide a suitable harness for holding, grabbing, restraining, controlling or picking up your child. It is designed for youngsters aged 1-6 years and comes with a detachable safety leash.
Adheres to BS EN 13210 standard for the safety requirements of “Child use and care articles — Children’s harnesses, reins and similar type articles”

The Hobbledehoo Active Harness has a multitude of applications in everyday life for full control over your active little ones.


SKU: H5102

Product Description

The Hobbledehoo Active Kids Harness is a brand new product to provide a suitable harness for holding, grabbing or picking up your child.

Designed by parents initially as a skiing harness for children the Hobbledehoo Active Harness has a multitude of other application in everyday life for full control over your active little ones.

Tried and tested on toddlers wearing wetsuits while around water for a safe and secure grab handle (have you ever tried to catch a slippery, wriggly child in a wetsuit?!). Gives peace of mind when they are jumping in the small waves near your feet as you can easily grab hold and take control if they slip over, which they will, again and again!

Used daily while out walking especially when on rural footpaths as toddlers trip and stumble over every small thing but have to be independent and walk on their own! If you have ever tried to grab a stumbling child in a winter coat you will be very aware you are often left with the removable hood in your hands and child on the floor!!

Use while travelling on public transport – especially on the London Underground system as it allows the child to walk independently but you have full control to keep them upright at the speed of the flowing traffic even up and down the stairs and knowing they cannot fall, trip or stumble to the floor or near a train.

Designed in the first place for skiing as you can ski with the child in between your legs while taking their weight and allowing them to learn easily – progressing up to being restrained on the leash for independent skiing but parental control of speed! Ski Lift controllers and ESF Skiing instructors in France loved the idea of the Skiing Harness as on ski lifts you had full, secure control of a child without having a handful of clothing.

The best thing about the design of the harness is the height of the double handles – most adults can have their fingers around the rear handle with little stooping or bending, continue walking with the child but the slightest stumble or trip can be caught before they hit the floor. If they do reach the floor, picking them up is so much easier as you don’t have to stoop down all the way to put hands under the arms and pick them up, you just lift the rear handle and with its height the child’s legs naturally fall back to the floor and they are just dropped onto their feet. Much quicker, simpler and a lot less demanding on an adults back!

The Hobbledehoo Active Childs Harness received its very important stamp of approval by attaining the BS EN 13210 standard for the safety requirements of “Child use and care articles — Children’s harnesses, reins and similar type articles”. The harness has undergone rigorous testing and although not a toy it has undergone compliance with the European Standard on the Safety of Toys, BS EN 71-3 and had all of the components tested for migrating chemical elements. The Harness itself has then undergone a battery of tests regarding the strength of the stitchings and leash attachment including dynamic strength testing.

Additional Information

Weight 0.312 kg

The leash is 1.2m fully extended from the child to the tip as this is the maximum allowed to obtain the British standard BS EN 13210 standard for the safety requirements of Children’s harnesses and reins.

The chest straps can extend to make the harness 13″ flat width comfortably so could say that it will fit up to a 26″ chest easily, possibly 28″. There should be no issue with the shoulder straps as it extends enough to fit over a helmet.

Our returns policy is very good, if you try it on carefully and it doesn’t fit then happily return it to us and we will refund you as long as it is in the same condition as you would expect to receive it yourself.

18 reviews for Hobbledehoo Active Childs Harness

  1. :

    The handles on this are really robust for picking them up with and the straps are padded enough so as not to cut into them – a great versatile piece of safety kit but most importantly for any 3 year old – it looks cool!

  2. :

    My son had to have an eeg the other day he never sits still I managed with this on to keep him on my lap. He also has additional needs and has no sense of danger most of these harnesses are way too small. P’s I don’t think we actually ever leave the house without it!

  3. :

    Thank you for giving us a Hobble de Hoo after meeting you on the slopes. It has been great for our daughter who is Autistic. This really gave her the freedom to enjoy skiing. It was especially good for us on the lifts were it gave us additional security being able to keep hold of her. Thank you so much.

  4. :

    Thank you again for the trial harness you gave us today in La Plagne. What a great idea, it made our day skiing with our 3 year old so much easier. She loved it too and the fit is discreet and comfortable. It made her more confident and helped her master her first solo run by the end of the day. I will certainly recommend to friends. All the best.

  5. :

    Fantastic product!! Much loved by me and my 2 year old.
    He is very happy to wear this and I have such great control. If he stumbles I can simply correct him on his feet, and if he completely falls over the harness design enables me to pick him up with ease.
    Also I found this to be excellent with scooters. Enabling my child to freely scoot due to the lengthy rein but still have control of him.
    I would highly recommend the hobble de hoo to any mums and dads with toddlers!

  6. :

    We used two hobbledehoos whilst skiing over half term. It was great for helping our 4 year old ski – we used the handles to haul him up slopes and pick him up when he fell and the reins were great for keeping his speed under control as he practised.
    On our nearly two year old it was essential for picking him up off the snow as he struggled not to fall over in all his warm clothes.
    Fantastic for when you’re wearing gloves and they’re wearing slippy clothes as the handles are so easy to get hold of. The handles are very strong, we even used them to carry our youngest! Great product and had people asking me about it too. And the kids enjoyed towing each other about.

  7. :

    What a fab product!! We’ve been using ours for so many things Not just skiing. It’s perfect for my 3.5yr old son and 18 month old daughter riding their pony as it gives us the support without restricting their movement or letting them know we are there. Also been fab for ‘restraining’ my very stubborn daughter as she insists on walking everywhere and won’t tolerate normal restraints as too short! Perfect definitely recommend X

  8. :

    Our daughter S is 20 months now and very much an independent woman, she knows what she wants and is very clear in letting us know about it! Recently she has wanted to walk more and more which would be fine, but unfortunately she refuses to hold our hand a lot of the time and out right refuses to wear her old animal backpack with reigns – so most of the time to keep her safe near roads or in busy areas, we have to confine her back to the pushchair or carry her for peace of mind.

    I saw an advert on Facebook for Hobbledehoo which looked like a much more structured harness and I was kindly offered one to try out for review here.

    This could go one of two ways – either she would let us put it on, or she would scream blue murder and I would post it back with my apologies.

    Much to my surprise, not only did S put her arms up to have it put on voluntarily, she allowed us to buckle it, tighten it and attach the straps for our walk. Gobsmacked. I wondered what kind of crazy sorcery this harness included – it actually made her happy!

    This is a toddler that for at least the last 6 months has refused anything vaguely restrictive or ‘baby’ like, such as high chairs, trolley traps and the other kind of back pack harnesses so this was a good sign!

    Hobbledehoo goes onto the child like a vest which can then be tightened to fit snuggly around the body. This is seriously well made and robust and lightly padded for comfort. The straps tightened and loosened very easily and quickly which is pretty essential with impatient toddlers craving their adventures and all clips are really solid too.
    These harnesses have a nice solid handle on the back and front, perfect for helping your little one up whilst allowing them to do half the work. We haven’t really used these a great deal, but found it good to have that extra ‘grabbing’ point when we needed her to stop at the roadside, or super stay close by.
    The strap has one handle that splits to two clips to support the harness on your walks. The strap material is very thick, well made and soft but I would have liked to have seen a more robust grabby handle like the ones attached to the front and back as I found this harder to grip. The good thing about it being a plain loop is that it makes it easier to loop round and round your hand to shorten the strap, so there are definitely pros and cons to the strap design. For me though, this didn’t let it down at all in use, I just always try and find something that I would maybe change in a review if I can.
    I am completely blown away at how much S has enjoyed using this harness and getting a little freedom. We have only had one tantrum which was when we tried to carry her through a busy crowd in town, so nothing to do with the harness! Otherwise, this has really been a bit of a godsend for us and I know if she could tell us, S would say she loves this – hopefully the pictures show that instead!
    This is so much better than the backpack style one we used with our son (and attempted with S) as we found those always rose up and if they fell over it came right up to the neck and cut in the armpits. This fits so nicely on the body – it’s kind of the human equivalent of a dog harness VS a collar and lead – it’s safer, much more comfortable for the child and the reigns can simply be detached when they sit down or pop off to play.
    From the second we tried this, we have had no battles with S to put this on – I think she knows it’s her best alternative that offers the most freedom! We battle to get her to wear anything that isn’t pink, to wear shoes that don’t have a bow on and to let us brush her teeth and hair, but luckily with the Hobbledehoo we have one less battle on our hands and it’s great! Big thumbs up from us. There is so much fun to be had!

  9. 5 out of 5


    They have been very useful and I can see us using them a lot for other activities (sailing etc). He think it is quite cool and wasn’t bothered about wearing a harness (for surfing). It seems really strong. We can easily lift him off the ground with it and he is in aged 9-10 clothes. Would definitely recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5


    I have four boys aged 5, 4 and almost two year old twins. My twins are fantastic walkers but had so often been put in the pushchair so I’d have a hand free, which I had always felt unfair on them as with one child in that situation I would have had them walking. Walks where I needed them to hold my hand had become stressful as when one decided to bolt I would have to grab the other before chasing (and they are fast!)

    Having the hobbledehoo for them has been brilliant, I can’t put into words what a change it has made when I want to go somewhere and they want to walk, I now can let them and know I will have a free hand to deal with my other children.

    The grab handle at the back is fantastic as when one child decides to lie on the floor I can just pick them up with the handle and will still be holding the other baby’s hand. The detachable strap is brilliant as I can take it off when the boys can be free to run around then just clip it back on when I need to. I am even managing dog walks with my five year old safely holding one baby’s hand next to the road whilst I have the other baby and dog.

    I have had a lot of comments off other parents about how nice they look and well designed. They have also been easy to adjust to a four year olds size when he decided to misbehave one day!

  11. 5 out of 5


    We have recently started using Hobbledehoos with our three year old twins and absolutely love them. We had no success with other types of reins (refusal to walk, too short a rein, too small for them etc) however these are clearly more comfortable for them. It’s also great to know that the product will grow with them as both boys have mobility issues and have no danger awareness so they will give us peace of mind. I also love that the product is still really useful when not using the rein part. The ‘grab handles’ are such a great idea. Really recommend and I’m sure our kids would too!

  12. 5 out of 5


    Brought for a 7 yr old special needs child who has no awarness of danger. These are strong well made and works great with handle on the front and back to lift and hold on to the child when meltdowns ensue. The length of the “lead” is perfect for him to feel some independence but still safe, cant say how great this is.

  13. 5 out of 5


    Excellent product! Arrived quickly through the post and was well packaged. Brilliant communication with Hobbledehoo about my order. Can’t wait to try it out in the snow this winter with the children when skiing! Thanks!

  14. 5 out of 5


    …….What I also love about this harness is the ‘grab handles’ at the front and back, for those times you may need to quickly grab them, quite a unique feature. It’s also high vis which is awesome at this time of year. Reference to a dog again, but my toddler is like a dog in the sense he needs fresh air twice a day and to run outside and have that freedom. So with it being dark by 4pm now, this is great for the walk to the shops or a visit to the park before dinner time…… Read more at http://www.theunlikelydad.com/blog/2016/11/13/review-the-hobbledehoo

  15. 5 out of 5


    Five Stars – 10/10

  16. 5 out of 5


    Five Stars – Excellent

  17. 5 out of 5


    i have found this product by hobbledehoo very useful for my very active 2 year old no more running away all the time the grab handles are a good idea and come in handy, it is more expensive than others but the quality speaks for itself well worth the money

  18. 5 out of 5


    This is the best thing i have ever bought to get my youngest to work with have a few difficulties she finds it harder to walk long distances, since i have purchased and received this she now walks most of the time we use the buggy once maybe twice a week

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