Since Isabella learnt to move, beginning with rolling then going on to crawling, walking and sometimes even running, the challenge of keeping her safe has had to constantly adapt. Long gone have the times when we could put her down and she wouldn't move, I took those days for granted because they quickly became a distant memory. Then came along the need to baby proofing everything, follow Isabella everywhere and forget sitting down for a hot cup of tea! When she mastered the skill of walking it was very slow at first, each step took a lot of building up to. However, in a few weeks she was zooming around with a surprising amount of speed.
This quicker rate of walking has created many challenges for us as parents. Keeping Isabella safe is obviously our priority and the world is a pretty dangerous place for a little toddler. Ensuring she can't walk away from us or wander too far from us has been so important, especially as we live on a relatively busy road and Isabella has no concept of danger yet. She also doesn't look back twice if she walks off when we are out and about, there's no understanding that she needs to stay near us. I know it will come with time, but at the moment she's that little bit too young.
This is where the LittleLife Bee Backpack with Rein* (£19.99) has become an essential item in our everyday life with a toddler! Their daysack range comes in the cutest range of designs, including a ladybird, butterfly, clownfish, crocodile, rabbit, shark, Micky Mouse, The Gruffalo, Minnie Mouse to name a few. The Bee backpack has a detachable rein that clips onto the top of the bag, which makes it so easy to take on and off during a day out. Sometimes it's safe for Isabella for run around on her own, so we've been taking the rein off at these points. This also means that we'll be able to use the daysack for much longer than the time frame we'll need to use a rein, which is a bonus!
There is a surprising amount of room inside the backpack (2 litres to be precise), which Isabella loves filling with books, toys and snacks. It's really convenient that she can now carry around some of the entertainment we take out with us, though obviously we don't fill the bag with heavy things as she's still only little. She usually fills it with a couple of board books, a ball and a pack of raisins...all the toddler essentials.
The straps are easy to get onto a wriggling toddler, in fact often Isabella will take ownership of trying to put it on herself. She's not quite mastered it yet, but that doesn't stop her trying! There is also a strap across the front of her that joins the two arms straps together. I really like this feature is it means the daysack can't slip off and if you do ever need to stop your child from running away the sturdy strap design mean it doesn't suddenly jolt the shoulder area.
Our family adventures can now be enjoyed by all as we don't have to strap Isabella into the pram (which she seriously dislikes at the moment), instead she can explore the world around her. We take the LittleLife Bee Backpack everywhere with us now!
What are your tips for keeping toddlers safe?
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