Just over two weeks ago, something amazing and rather horrifying happened. On the verge of walking for so long our little boy just took off - he was actually walking! A lot of people told me this would happen, one day he would just be off and he would never look back - but I didn't believe them. My first thought was 'Oh my Gawwwd!' My second thought was, 'Time to get the reins out.' Luckily, we bought some Trunki reins back in November during the black Friday sale, so whipped them out and gave them a go. Here is my review.
We tried the Trunki ToddlePak Purple reins about a week after he first started to properly walk, this may have been a little premature. Although he is very confident on his feet and seems to be doing very well, there are still times when he wants to hold on to your hand, especially when we are outside which is when we will be using the reins. However, I think we still got a good idea of if the reins will work for us. In terms of getting them reins on it seemed a little complicated at first with a lot of steps in the instructions, but it seems to be one of those things that seems complicated to begin with, but once you have done it, you can keep fitting it without any trouble. Having said this, we did find the buckle to be quite stiff when trying to undo it, but hopefully this will loosen up with use.
There are two settings for the reins themselves, a looser one for confident walkers and one in which the rein is held taught (as in the image above) for those new to walking. We liked this idea and found that it gave us the reassurance that he was supported when he toddled off on his own. The body of the reins (a purple owl named Ollie, I believe) doesn't seem to come down as low as some reins that I have seen, but this didn't seem to make any difference to the fit or whether they worked properly - Bobby seemed very comfortable in them and had full freedom of movement. They also fitted nicely under his Batman cape, which was a bonus. The grey straps are easy to loosen or tighten and the velcro cover is handy to stop little hands from getting to the straps. Having said this, Bobby is into everything at the moment and is particularly fascinated by velcro fastenings so it might only be a matter of time before he starts to mess with it, but we'll see.
The overall design of the reins is very cute and there are a number of animals to choose from (my personal favourites from the website are Leeroy the Lion and Felix the Fox.) They're nice and funky and don't feel too traditional, which is something that I like in baby items. Overall, we are happy with these reins and I am sure that they will get a lot of use once he is holding on a bit less. You can find the Trunki ToddlePak range (including Ollie) here.