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Walking with your toddler can be a bit of a nightmare, especially on busy roads. We've used multiple reins with both our kids, and although both are now beyond the stage where we need reins, we were certainly glad of them at the time. This set will cost you less than £10 from Mothercare and is pretty much as you'd expect - it does the job.
We probably have about 6 or 7 different sets of reins, and these were certainly given their usage. Neither of our kids particularly liked wearing them, but this did not differ from brand to brand. What you need to question is whether you want to spend nearly £10 on something like this when you could get a set for a couple of quid from a few different places.
We find that Mothercare products carry a brand of quality with them, and this is not exception. The reins are easy to fit, although the cord material can chafe if not used properly. We've put short sleeved t-shirts with these and you just have to watch the sleeve doesn't ride up and the reins rub against bare skin. However, this is no different to most products.
The length of the cord going back to your hand allows for a certain amount of loose handling if your kids want to have a bit of freedom and constantly complain that they feel like they're being dragged. By walking closer to them and allowing the cord to slacken, they feel like they're walking independently and are less likely to nag, while you still have ultimate control should they wander too close to a road or are about to bump into something.
Decent quality product, this has proven to be durable, although things like this are likely to only be needed for a short space of time. Worth getting, although there are cheaper options that are also decent enough.
well to start off with I don't think that these walking reins are any different from the cheapo ones you can get from places such as ebay, poundshops etc. I have had the cheap ones before and not really noticed much difference, the only reason I bought these is because we were out and id forgot our walking reins so went into the closest shop which happened to be mothercare and purchased them.
they are very adjustable, in the sense that you can adjust the shoulder straps as well as the chest strap to a great degree. they fasten with 2 clips at the back, and have quite a long 'handle' for you to hold.
I have used them for my now 4 year old, and I am currently using them with my 19 month old.
my 4 year old it didn't really make a huge difference with to be honest and I didn't use them as much as I do now. when I put them on him and held the handle he used to just find it funny to 'swing' in front of him and kind of float in the air. he just wanted to be let free to run wild!
with my 19 month old however it is a bit different. he enjoys walking along on his own, and will sometimes hold hands but not for a long length of time. when I put the reins on and hold the handle, he turns around and tries telling me to let go of it, even though im not pulling on him he seems to sense that im still holding it, so I have to hold it VERY loosely. I think he may get over this after wearing it a few more times as he has only just started using them.
They are only cheap so I would recommend them just to give them a go and see how your kid reacts to them.
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