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Handy daysack fo any little toddler on the go!
LittleLife Runabout Daysack
Author Name: shoz09
LittleLife Runabout Daysack
Date: 09/09/09, updated on 12/09/09 (52 review reads)
Advantages: Allows your little on freedom without being out of reach
Disadvantages: Patience is needed-my son always finds new things to investigate while out and about
As I my little sweetheart of a son is now walking, and is starting to moan at the near mention of his pram, we decided to get one of these bags. It comes in the form of a little rucksack that has a rein that can easily be hooked onto the bag. It is aimed at being used by little monsters between the ages of six months and four years. I got our little bag in John Lewis for £13.95. They are available in other places too, but the prices don't really vary that much (only by one or two pounds). They come in blue, pink and red. On the side of the bags there is also a little animal, on my sons bag there is a little tortoise, but I have seen butterflies the pink ones.
The bag has padded shoulder straps for comfort. There is a zipped main compartment and a mesh bottle sized pocket on the side. There is a bit of reflective piping on the bag, but I can't say how useful this is, as it hasn't been used in the dark yet. There is also a top grab handle, which probably has a couple of a uses. There is also the rein, which is clipped on underneath the grab handle. The bag also complies with safety standard EN13210:2004. The dimensions are 27 by 19 by 11 centimetres. It weighs 220g and has a storage capacity of four litres.
Using the little rucksack is just like using a normal rucksack. Put it on both shoulders, making sure that it is central on your child's back. Tighten the straps, but don't over tighten them and always make sure that your child is comfortable. You also need to make sure you fasten the chest strap.
The rein is connected to the bag by the metal d-ring on the top of the pack. Always check the this is secure before use and don't attach to any other part of the bag. Always keep a firm grip on the loop at the end-if I didn't, my son would always be going off into the road!
To clean the bag is really easy. Just brush lightly with a soft brush or damp cloth and mild liquid soap. Do not bleach or machine wash, and don't store away when damp.
With the bag comes some safety advice, which is common sense to the majority of people. Some of the main ones are as follows:
* Be careful when using round escalators and automatic doors
* Keep out of reach when not in use
* Don't use harness when child is in any sort of motorised vehicle
* My son often goes in circles when out and about, so I often have to make sure my son is not trying to strangulate himself!
I have to say that I am really glad that bought this for my son. He loves going out with this on his back-you can tell he feels all grown up! When using this, my son is really happy as he can see so much more and do some exploring, which he wouldn't be able to in his pram or just holding my hand.
In some ways I find that going out is easier without the pram, and knowing that my son is having fun is always nice. Sometimes, it can be a bit hard work. My son loves looking at things at his level-this morning, he insisted on sitting down to look at some flowers (on the way back from the local Tesco Express, when I had a heavy bag of shopping!) and last week when doing our weekly shop, he enjoyed looking at jars of crab paste (strange what goes through the minds of young children!). It does take him an age to get anywhere as he is not that fast and everything is interesting to him-if in a rush the pram is the best option. Even though it takes us a while to do anything, I like taking him out for a walk, as we are never in that much of a rush to get where we are going.
I would recommend one of these to anyone who wants to try to encourage their little one to walk more, as long as they have plenty of time and patience!
Summary: A good buy if you have the time and patience