The very clever (or should that be Klever?) people at Kool Kangaroos have come up with a solution. The Boomerein - hands free reins that fit round your waist, and your child's. It's a clever thing, such a simple idea, the kind that makes you wonder why you didn't think of it yourself.
You can see the unclipped rein on Squeaky on this photo, we tried it out on a trip to the park, and I unclipped her from me so that she could run around (fall over) and enjoy herself and hopefully forget she was wearing the rein. It worked wonders, and she ran around as happy as can be without even realising she was wearing the belt.
|Mommy's Eye View|
When we came to leave the park, it was simply a case of clipping my end of the rein back up, and encouraging her to come with me. Easier said than done, there's swings and slides in the park, and not in our house.
I took the rein to our mums & toddlers group as well, in the hope she would model them for photos, but she wasn't in a co-operative mood that day. However, the reins did get quite a bit of interest from the mums, the general consensus being that Squeaky & I get all the coolest things to try out, and that the reins make so much sense.
They are slightly reminiscent of a retractable dog lead, the principle is very similar. But instead of the 5metres or so that a dog lead extends to, the Boomerein's extension is only 20 inches/51cm, meaning your child is within reasonable arm's reach, and there's no risk of tripping over the rein (or getting tangled up around a tree). While the belts are elasticated, it's very firm elastic and won't stretch to give your child further escaping distance. You can actually attach up to 3 Boomereins to one adult's belt, making them ideal for multiples, or even child minders, though I can imagine them trying their hardest to get tangled around your feet.
The Boomerein is available to order through Kool Kangaroos for £15.95, with a pink or blue name label.
Disclosure: I was provided with a Boomerein free of charge for the purpose of this review. I was not told what to write, and all opinions are my own. Links are provided for your convenience only, I am not a member of any affiliate scheme & will not receive reward for their use.