How to Adjust your Child Harness or Child-to-Adult Safety Harness
Your harness is adjustable and will last your child for years. See the pictures below or watch my YouTube video How to adjust the harness.
Whether you have purchased our Child Harness for your little 18 month old or our Child-to-Adult Safety Harness for a larger toddler or a child with special needs such as autism or Down syndrome, you will be able to lengthen the straps and expand the harness to fit over their growing body.
Every place on the harness that has 2 layers of webbing -> the top layer is EXTRA WEBBING that you will use to make the harness bigger.
All you have to do is move the slider to free up some webbing, then feed that webbing back through the slider to the buckle. This lengthens the chest strap.
The same process is used to lengthen the shoulder straps. Move the front slider to free up some webbing, then feed that webbing back through both sliders. The webbing will "move around" the O-ring and the shoulder strap will be longer.
The Child Harness or the Child-to-Adult Harness should be snug, but not tight, when fitted properly on your child.
It's true that your harness is fiddly to adjust. This is because it MUST maintain it's integrity when under tension. If it didn't, it would easily slide out of shape and slip off your child.
To avoid adjusting your Child-to-Adult Safety Harness to fit over 1 layer of clothing, have a look at our Sweatshirts. Our sweatshirts can be worn over the harness and still allow you to attach to lead to the back of the harness.
How to adjust the Child-to-Adult Safety Harness
You can see how to adjust your harness in the video of me talking about the main features of the Child-to-Adult Harness.
Adjusting the fit of your new harness is a simple matter of moving the black sliders back and forth to shorten or lengthen the straps.
Just like shortening the shoulder straps on a new backpack, or lengthening the strap on a camera case to wear across your shoulder, the webbing moves back and forth through the sliders and through the buckle pieces.
The same method is used to change the length of the shoulder straps and the chest straps.
These pictures are old (we don't use the locking carabiners anymore) but they give you an idea of how to adjust the harness.
You will receive your harness adjusted to the chest measurement that you gave on your order form. And since you measured your child when wearing a light t-shirt, their new harness will be ready to be worn over similar clothing.
This works great in the summer time!
But it's not always summer...especially here.
The webbing between the two sliders on that strap is the extra webbing that you use to make the harness bigger (e.g. to fit over a sweater or a jacket).
By moving the second slider toward the back of the harness, you "free up" a length of webbing that you then feed through both sliders to make that strap longer.
If you put the harness on your child and there is a 2 inch gap between the buckles at their back, lengthen each chest strap by 1 inch.
You must lengthen the chest straps evenly so the front panel, made up of the two shoulder straps and two chest straps, stays centred on their chest.
Lengthen (or shorten) the shoulder straps so the O-ring sits just below their shoulder blades.
The O-ring is in the correct position if you can buckle the top chest strap through its support loops and the chest strap passes just under their armpits.
The Child-to-Adult Harness should be fitted snuggly on your child - snug, not tight!
When fitted properly, the harness will be extremely comfortable to wear and will not be restricting to your child.