Product Type: LittleLife safety products
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LittleLife Runabout Daysack
Member Name: sassypat456
LittleLife Runabout Daysack
Advantages: Well-priced, clever design, versatile
Disadvantages: May lead to less parental control
I had bought a traditional set of reins in anticipation of my daughter learning to walk, but when the time finally approached I found them fiddly and confusing as there were so many tangled straps and clips I got frustrated and gave up.
Disappointed that I would not be able to take my daughter out walking straight away, I went internet shopping instead and picked up a LittleLife Daysack.
These had been recommended to me by friends with older children and I had no hesitation snapping one up due to its simplicity and good looks.
The Daysack is essentially a backpack for toddlers, with the addition of a strap which clips on to the bag and is used as a rein. And thats all there is to it really!
Our version is pink, but apart from that is the same as the picture above. It has a little mesh pocket on the front, a zip opening at the top and a grab handle for parents. The backpack slips over the shoulders and clips across the childs chest with a single clip. Then the rein part simply clips to the metal ring on the top of the bag. The rein itself is simply a long strap with a semi flexible round handle.
The beauty of this is that the strap is long, so you don't have to walk stooped down like with so many traditional reins. The backpack is idiot proof and clips together effortlessly.
So the moment of truth arrived, when I decided to walk my 15-month old daughter around our village and duckpond for the first time. She had no problem at all with the reins being slipped on and we popped a drink, nappy and wipes in the bag and off we went in style!
The Daysack is brilliant for those little walks around the block as I just chuck my keys in it and away we go with no need to drag a cumbersome bag along.
My daughter now loves this backpack and enjoys putting things in it, and of course taking them all back out again! She is very good at holding hands so we don't use it often but I wouldn't be without it.
I have seen children of around four walking around with these bags on and they seem very useful for crowded places such as family fun days and airports.
Added to that the rein can be removed when necessary converting this into a decent backpack for going to nursery or school with.
The dimensions are 170 (w) x 120 (d) x 230(h) cm and the Daysack holds 10 litres, and had reflective piping on it for greater visability.
I bought ours new from an Ebay shop for £13 but they range in price from £10 - £20, depending on where they are sold.
The only minor disadvantage I can think of with this style of rein is that because the handle is longer and is just a singular rein, it may mean that the child is harder to control. This has not been a problem for me as my daughter is very cautious, but it may be an issue with more boisterous children.
Summary: A brilliant tool
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