Couple of years ago I vowed never to use toddler reins again.
Then Max came along. My beautiful, extremely strong willed baby, who turned into a toddler with a very independent spirit. He has been keen to run after his siblings ever since the moment he developed a recognition of who they actually were.
Coinciding with Max’s acts of independence I’ve been seeing these extremely cute animal daysacks on other toddlers. The toddlers were so happy to be on reins which attached their little rucksacks to their parents; safely, protected. I needed one of those!
After some research I found the these daysacks were made by LittleLife, a favourite brand of ours. (Our LittleLife Arc travel cot has served us well for years.)
The hardest thing was choosing the design. If you haven’t spotted them in kids, just check out their website, they are all so incredibly cute!
We ended up going with the shark, because it had an attached hood too.
We’ve had the daysack for over 2 months now. It’s traveled with us to Northumberland and France, to the beach, through the forest, to a farm and even roaming around Oxford.
My little 2 year old grabs his little daysack off its peg whenever he wants to go on an adventure. We help put it on him, but then he insists on clipping the front harness together. I’ve loved watching him master this skill over the past months- from fumbling with it for ages to confidently going “click”.
For our little and big outings the daysack perfect for putting in his waterbottle, a snack and maybe a toy. ( Once or twice he has even carried his own nappy and a travel pack of wet wipes in there, when we’ve just nipped to the playground at the end of the street. )
The rucksack is sized well for a 18 month to 3 year olds*. The shoulder straps adjust easily.
However, I have failed with the reins again! Max just won’t tolerate them, even if they are loosely connecting me to him. (If I’m honest, I think we started using it too late. Max had the experienced freedom to run when he is not asked to hold my hand.) Luckily the reins unclip and can be tucked away in the compartment with the hood.
The other feature that has not worked for us is the hood: Max just won’t tolerate it beyond a couple of seconds. To be fair to him the elastic on the hood does seem a bit tight. … and that is probably the only flaw I can find with this product.
This week is Child Safety week. Reading different articles on the topic prompted me to write the review about LittleLife’s toddler daysack.
I love Sharkie!
Even though we’ve ended up not using the reins, it comforts me that I can always grab the daysack’s sturdy handle if I need to stop Max in his tracks; there is little chance of him slipping from my grip, because of the harness built into the rucksack.
(As I found out LittleLife also do a version of the daysack which doesn’t have the reins, but has a grip handle for those toddle like Max.)
A friend joked about it being an expensive little rucksack (The cost starts from £16.99, Sharkie is £19.99) if I’m not able to use the reins. However, I don’t agree. The quality of materials and the strength of the harness incorporated in the rucksack brings a real sense security for me.
From us a big thumbs up for LittleLife’s shark daysack! No doubt you will see it in photos again and again on our travels.
*Yes, it has been briefly tested by a 3 year old too: One day my friend’s 3 year old decided it was her time to take the shark for an adventure. Max approved for all of 5 minutes, when he demanded it back, escalating to full blown tantrum. I’m guessing he likes his rucksack