Rein ‘Em In! – Are Toddler Reins Your Friend Or Foe?

by Sarah on May 17, 2013

As some of you might know from reading previous posts, my Mum and MIL each look after our son one day per week when both my husband and I are at work (though Dylan now also has a Nanny one day per week – she’s amazing, like Maria Von Trapp without the habit!) which works so well for us all. I’m not sure what I’d do without them really, especially as I’m self-employed and sometimes need to change my plans at a moments notice…they are both so great at helping out…and after only a few teething problems, completely follow our way of doing things.

We listen to their suggestions too…well, given they brought us up it’s only right to take advice eh? We’ve recently bought a ‘granny pram’ – something very simple and lightweight for them to use as they felt ours was too complicated, introduced the odd cuddly toy to his cot (even though I was insanely nervous about it) as they felt it might help him self-sooth (the toys haven’t helped but it’s cute to see him cwtched up against them!) and the latest suggestion? REINS!

toddler reins

Before having Dylan I’d have thought we’d never go down the toddler rein route, but it looks like our little boy might be a bolter! He’s strong, determined but also very unsteady at times and what’s more unnerving, both of our Mums can be a little unsteady too – one has arthritis and the other a leg ulcer – and they are quite frightened by the prospect of taking Dyl’s out and about now he’s up and running…

And despite my initial reservations about toddler reins, my husband and I completely respect our mother’s request - they are being put in a position of trust and need to feel completely confident when in charge. So reins have been ordered…and who know’s we might end up using them too! For now I think we might be able to explain to our little sprinter that his new accessory is for Grandma and Nana time and he’s so in love with them we’re sure he’ll comply.

So, how do you feel about toddler reins? Yay or nay? And do you take on board family requests where your kids are concerned? I’d love to know!

Love Sarah xxx

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Gillybird May 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Love our reins. In the early days when they are a new walker they’re fab for catching them as they fall. And when they’re willfull (which they are) they are just a great tool for safety. Since I am an avid “baby-wearer” I often went out without a buggy and reins (and the sling of course) kept me sane!


Sarah May 21, 2013 at 9:29 am

Oh thanks for the feedback Gill…that willfull stage we were chatting about the other day…Dylan’s definately hit it! I think the reins might keep us sane too xx


Kerry Saunders January 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm

If it keeps your baby safe whilst he’s learning what’s what then reins it is. I’m a new mum to a toddler and he’s certainly wanting to strike out on his own! I’m about to invest in some reins for his safety and my sanity!


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