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Over the years, we have done on buses and underground trains with our children.

These days, they are older, and perfectly capable of surviving the trip without trouble, but when they were smaller, things were more difficult: with no space for a pushchair, and frequently no space to sit, we had to carry them. This created more problems, because we then had no hands free to strap-hang ourselves. 

This is a simple Make that frees up your hands, and gives your children a bit of safe independence. 
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Step 1: Materials

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In the very simplest form, all you need is some cord, but, following extensive market research*, I used about a metre of 10mm "general purpose" rope, and a short piece of 15mm PVC conduit. I also added a slight curve to the conduit by softening it slightly in boiling water.

(*I asked Conker-X)

Step 2: Making

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This is incredibly simple - you just thread the rope through the pipe, and tie a knot. I used a reef knot.

Step 3: Using.

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To use the strap, thread the knot up behind your belt to make a loop, thread the handle through that loop and pull tight. You will then have a handy strap that your small child can use safely and comfortably.
ptownes1 year ago
This is a great idea! Although my small person really likes piggybacks, so I might make two and use them as stirrups :)
Kiteman (author)  ptownes1 year ago

Haha, that's cool.

I'm 15, so I don't have kids. But I'm curious, does the child hang onto the pipe? Or do you set the child on it? Thanks in advance!
Kiteman (author)  OmegaCyanide1 year ago
Good question!

The young one stands beside you, and holds the pipe section, just like the grown-ups.
zurichko1 year ago
So simple yet so effective!
Kiteman (author)  zurichko1 year ago
Thank you!
artfulann2 years ago
My first thought when I saw the title posted in my email was: "what is Kiteman up to now?" As images of hanging toddlers by their straps to things such as doorways and clotheslines...Imagine my relief to read your ingenious carrying device!
Kiteman (author)  artfulann2 years ago
LOL, no, it's totally child-friendly!
Kiteman (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
(Isn't commuting by train or bus called "strap hanging" in other countries?)
Your instructable made perfect sense once I read it-- here are my thoughts: "oh yes, strap hanging = commuting on a mass transit! I understand!"

Silly me for thinking about those other things!!
karlpinturr2 years ago
Nice idea! - just hope your belt holds up... ;)
Kiteman (author)  karlpinturr2 years ago
The belt is leather, toddlers are light...
Belts (well-loved ones, at least) break, and not all toddlers are that light... ;-D
Kiteman (author)  karlpinturr2 years ago
... feed them less?
zap19982 years ago
Brilliant. My kids are older now, wish I had thought of this.
Kiteman (author)  zap19982 years ago
If you have friends with small children, you can still tell them...
Blechmen2 years ago
Lol I love this so creative
Kiteman (author)  Blechmen2 years ago
Thank you.
This is very useful, in public transit and crowded places like fairs. May be someone should add some electronics to it and embed a sensor such that if the kid looses the grip, it rings an alarm :[)
Thank you so much for sharing, you are awesome.
Kiteman (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Oh, I like the electronics idea!

Thank you for your kind words.
artlife2 years ago
Got to say, I am with artfulann on this one. Glad to see that it is actually a good idea for public transit.