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My youngest son decided just before he turned two that pushchairs were for losers, and he refused to sit in one. Upon trying to get him to sit in it, he would make his body go completely rigid and straighten his legs so it was completely impossible. If by some fluke we didn't manage to get him in it, he would shout "out" and "stuck" and generally make a nuisance of himself until we relented and let him out. Luckily for us though, he does hold our hand (my elder son was a runner!) and so we never really thought we would need reins until we planned a trip to London with my parents and my sister. We decided there was no point taking the pushchair as it would be more hassle than it was worth considering we'd be hopping on and off the tube but I was talked into buying some reins by a colleague. We I mentioned our pushchair-free trip she looked horrified and said what if he runs off in the middle of London, you'll never find him. What if he darts in front of a tube train or in front of a big red bus. Rather than use my common sense and think he had never run off before, why would he start now?, I relented and nipped into mothercare the day before our trip and bought these.
The Mothercare Adjustable Walking Reins cost me just under £7 and although I bought it in store you can also buy online from the Mothercare website. They are quite underwhelming to look at, just basic blue with straps to go over the shoulders and a fastening for the back. The walking rein clips on the back with ease and you're good to go.
Considering my son's dislike of being fastened in to anything I was dubious he was going to want to put it on but I managed to get it on him without any fuss. As I said earlier he is two and it fit him nicely using the adjustable straps for a comfortable fit. Mothercare claim that due to the adjustable straps they're suitable for up to 4 years but I'm not convinced the straps would be long enough, especially if the child were wearing a thick coat. The straps were easy to adjust using the same kind of method you would adjust a bag strap. I managed to adjust it while my little on was wearing it despite his wriggling to see what I was doing.
Once I got him all set up I picked up the walking rein and waited for my son to wander off. He turned around and looked at me curiously, presumably wondering why I was trying to walk him like a dog. He turned around and held out his hand for me to hold. Bless him. I left the reins on him and held his hand as usual with the reins still around him in case he felt the need to dart off. On the rare occasion he did let go off my hand, I could use the strap to stop him from going too far. The straps were secure enough to stop him running away but not too restricting that they would hurt him.
I haven't used the reins since coming home from our trip but that isn't due to the quality of the product. They are sturdy and secure when on and don't require to much effort to get on and off. I do however think they perhaps would be better suited for younger toddlers learning to walk (I know my sister used a set to prevent her little one from falling over) or toddlers who do enjoy darting off.
At a Glance The Walking Rein from Mothercare is perfect for keeping your child safe whilst you're out and about. It helps your child stay secure and within sight when walking with your family, and attaches easily to pushchairs. Features and benefits for Mothercare Walking Rein Suitable from birth – 4 years Easily adjustable straps to fit your child perfectly as they grow Clip-on walking rein for added security and peace of mind when out with your family Mothercare Loves...?? This harness as it gives you extra peace of mind when you are out and about with your toddler.Want To Know More?We know kids love to run before they can walk, and the Mothercare Walking Rein will keep your child safe and secure on the move, with you by their side.A back clasp and clip-on walking rein ensure your little one doesn't go off exploring too far, and the straps are easily adjustable to fit snugly up to the age of 4years.The Mothercare Walking Rein can be used with pushchairs and highchairs, so it's perfect for an afternoon stroll.Don't Forget...You can attach our hop-on stroller platform (available separately) to your stroller for your toddler to ride on when they get tired. What's in the box: 1 x Walking Rein