Toddler Reins: The Safe Way For Your Child To Explore

Like I said in my February round-up post, the Trunki Toddlepak has been a staple for us these last couple of months.

Living in a thriving City with the threat of traffic being very real, the need to make sure my Son is safe is tantamount to my sanity.

The Trunki Toddlepak; otherwise known as toddler reins, has allowed my Son to continue developing his new-found skills independently.  And that’s the thing, my son will hold my hand when he’s walking but only for so long.  He has a strong need to be independent and is extremely stubborn.  This has led to me grabbing his hand tightly as he still isn’t able to understand the dangers around him.

Wanting to be free and able to walk alone has seen him have a fair few public meltdowns.  Not deterred I managed to come up with a solution that suits us both.


By using the Trunki Toddlepak, my Son believes he is free to go where he wants.  He is walking unaided as far as he is concerned, but the reins keep him from going anywhere I don’t want him to.  Such as breakable museum pieces…


or water features.


The Toddlepak is so easy to use, it slips on forwards facing and just has an easy clasp at the back.


The easy adjust system (pushing the grey bits either side of the clasp loosen the straps, just pull the end of the straps to tighten) means I don’t have to faff with putting the pack on, I just slip it on him and tighten it easily once it’s in place and we’re ready to go.  Children hate the waiting game, and having to wait for Mum or Dad to adjust straps always leads to tempers rising.  No such issues with the Trunki Toddlepak.  It also means that the pack will fit over whatever I put him in.  Whether that’s a big bulky coat or a thin t-shirt in the summer, it won’t make a difference.  Being able to tighten the straps with ease on the child in literally seconds means I never have to have that panic moment where I’m having to grip my son tightly while I make sure I’m securing him into something (let’s be honest how many of us are accustomed to this now).

The big bright design means it’s appealable to the childs eye, and the light reflective strips on the harness makes it even more safety conscious.

The reins come with a training rein to help stabilise your child as they learn how to walk, but there’s also a longer rein that attaches to the training rein allowing the child that freedom once they’re confident.

The reins themselves detach from the harness with ease, meaning you aren’t having to slip the toddlepak on and off constantly.  Being able to walk him to the park, remove the reins but leave the harness on means he’s free to play without any reins to trip over.  Plus the bright design means he’s always in eyesight.  When it comes to home time just clipping the reins back on just makes life easy doesn’t it?


I haven’t tried any other reins, but if I’m honest I don’t really think I need to.  The simple and effective design of the Trunki Toddlepak is all I’d ever want when it comes to toddler reins.  Until my son learns how to walk nicely holding my hand at all times and is aware of the real dangers, he will be wearing this harness.

(Disclosure: PR sample but all opinions are my own)

10 thoughts on “Toddler Reins: The Safe Way For Your Child To Explore

  1. I really need to get some reins before next week and I’m tempted by these! I never got on with them with Amelia when she first started walking but like you said she doesn’t always want to hold my hand but doesn’t yet understand why I need her too sometimes. You may have just swayed my decision!
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    • I wish I could train my Son to understand commands like a horse though, imagine how much easier the whole walking stage would be if we could nudge them left or right. He still has a mind of his own, but at least he can’t run away, just throw a tantrum by my feet ;) x

  2. Thank you for another brilliant & factual post LondonMum … another addition to our encyclopaedia of preparedness courtesy of LondonMum ha! … (for when our time hopefully arrives.) Your little champion really is coming along so well, what on earth are you feeding him on?? - he really is a picture of ‘mumsie’ inherited pure photogenic glowing health … all credit to you … long may it continue … & long may he continue to ‘reign’. Another hectic week ahead before off to a Stuttgart gig. Onwards LondonMum (& stay out of the ‘reign’ eh?? - ha !!)

    • The little Sh*t won’t eat at the moment! arrrgghh hahah. Don’t worry though I have it down, I’m blending his food and serving it out of mugs so he thinks it’s tea… the efforts I’ll go to! lol x

    • Thanks lovely, he’s not keen on reins but he’s not keen on anything which means he has to stay in a certain proximity But he prefers to have them on than hold my hand and I have better control and grip over him with the reins on. I want him to get used to using them as it’ll be a long time befor eI can trust him near london roads! xx

  3. I used reigns with my children and they were a great hand. A lot of family and friends frowned upon them looking as if my child was on a leash but it helped my children to be out of a pram early on whilst being safe.
    I love the colour of the one your son has!
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    • When doing a bit of research online I saw how much negativity there was on reins which surprised me. I think they’re a great way to help a child learn and understand boundaries and danger. Yes when he’s somewhere safe he can run free all he likes, but anywhere near traffic or roads etc I find the reins give me greater control. x

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