After finding that traditional child reigns were not cutting it for their sports-loving family, an entrepreneurial mum of two and her husband have created the Hobbledehoo; an innovative harness specially designed for active children and families.
Gemma and Michael Davison, who also own Lincolnshire-based www.FirstAid4Sport.co.uk, developed the prototype Hobbledehoo for skiing after realising that a simple rope was the common alternative. As well as the constant bending and lifting in bulky ski wear, there was no way to support the weight of the child which is crucial in the early stages of learning.
With its padded harness, front and back grab handles, and detachable leash, the Hobbledehoo, which was officially launched to market at the recent Ski & Snowboard Show 2016, solves these problems while having a multitude of other uses wherever full control over energetic little ones is needed.
The Hobbledehoo features front and back grab handles that allow you to pick up a child and set them on their feet without over bending. Plus, the detachable leash is ideal for those children that need support but want independence. It also makes busy public spaces and transport safer, giving the child a sense of freedom while the parent has extra control.
The Hobblededoo has been a real passion project for us as we wanted a safe way to help our children ski and simultaneously support them through the learning process. Having started our own business, I knew that I could take on the challenge myself and come up with a tailor-made solution, rather than waiting for the market to catch-up.
Since launching, it’s become clear that families don’t need to be on the slopes to benefit from the Hobbledehoo. We’ve had fantastic comments from parents with active children; it generally makes daily life that little bit easier, especially when using public transport like the London Underground or even when popping to the shops or taking the dog for a walk. We’ve also been surprised at how the Hobbledehoo is making a real difference to carers and parents of children with additional needs. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly from those on the autism spectrum or with children like our great friends Ollie and Cameron; Scottish twins who happen to have ‘an extra chromosome’.
The harness was showcased to the trade at the London International Snowsports Trade Exchange (LISTEX). In addition to interest from the press, ski schools have responded positively to the concept of improved safety on chair lifts and picking up youngsters learning to ski. The team is also hoping to form partnerships with a number of holiday companies that offer childcare.
The Hobbledehoo is available to purchase via www.hobbledehoo.com and Amazon. RRP £30.