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A guide to the best toddler reins for your wandering little one

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A guide to the best toddler reins for your wandering little one

If you like the idea of your newly walking toddler roaming around and discovering life but are worried about their safety and protection, then you need to get yourself a pair of the best baby reins. Some people are on the fence about baby reins, feeling like they have their child on a lead as they would their dog, but other mums swear by them - and the pros far outweigh the cons. A child harness can prevent many accidents from occurring.

Baby or toddler reins are a safety harness your child wears, with a strap that you can hold to make sure that they don't wander too far away from you. At toddler age they have zero awareness of danger, so baby reins can give them the freedom to explore but within a safe distance from you.

These reins are usually worn around the child's chest or waist, but some types can also be worn as backpacks. Baby reins can be extremely helpful when you are travelling to an unfamiliar place or when you are in especially crowded areas such as shopping centres, fairs, or theme parks.

From practical and brightly coloured to stylish leopard print, there are plenty to choose from. These leopard-print reins caught our eye on Instagram (thanks to @thecullentwins):

Which are the best toddler reins?

Scroll down to see our choice of the best toddler reins you can buy in the UK:

A simple rein system, with brightly coloured straps that can be washed easily. You can use the anchor straps for pushchairs or just as a simple walking reins. 

Tested by Sophie Knight, mum to Eli, aged two: "I wanted a simple pair of reins for nipping out to the shops now my little boy is happy walking around but I don't want him to go too far. This set fits the bill and is very no-frills. Eli likes the bright colours and is happy to wear them. The clip can be a bit stiff and fiddly when you're wrestling to get him back into the car quickly and safely, but on the whole I'm happy with these, and it's great that you can wash them. He has a rucksack with reins too, but these are great for short walks out and about. I like choosing Clippasafe as a brand for safety gear as I know I can rely on them." 

Instead of just being reins, this is a rucksack for your little one with reins attached. Suitable for children aged from 12 to 36 months; it's adjustable at the shoulders and also the chest. The rein/strap is removable so it can be used later as a simple backpack. You can find it in 10 different designs.

Tested by Sophie Knight, mum to Eli, aged 2: "We have this bag in the rabbit design, which I love because when Eli's walking towards me, I can just see these little rabbit ears poking over his shoulders! I love this as it's a small enough rucksack for him to be happy to carry, and you can either stuff it full of wipes and nappies, or his packed lunch when we're off on adventures. The reins are an added bonus and gives me peace of mind (although it does look a bit like I'm walking the dog). It's not just useful but it gets lots of comments from people when we're out and about thanks to the fun design. Plus having a character makes Eli more eager to wear it."

This is a fuss-free harness that is super easy to use, as it comes with a cute range of animal designs that your child will want to wear. It can also grow with your kid, so you don't need to invest in a new one every few months. It fits from 6 to 48 months so this makes it a great investment.

If you want your little one to rock a bit of sass as they wobble down the street, check out these gorgeous leopard-print reins from Onk.

Contributing editor Sophie Knight said: "I personally am obsessed with leopard print in my own wardrobe, so these get a big tick from me!" 

This is a different kind of baby rein, with a comfortable wristband for both child and parent. If you don't really like the idea of using traditional baby and toddler reins, this is can be a safe alternative. The Zooawa wrist link comes in an array of colours to choose from and have a wide range of motion for maximum flexibility and comfort.

These cute teddy bear reins can be used by children up to 4 years old. There's a quick release button on the reins so you can free your child fast if you need to, and you can also use it as a safety harness for a highchair or a stroller.

The Adventure Belt fits children aged 18 months and above. It is a double belt, one fits the child and one fits the parent and can be used in crowded places to prevent a child from getting lost. The design is British and follows all UK standard safety regulations. It is a discreet, neutral and comfortable alternative to traditional children's reins as it is entirely hands free.

Did our top picks help you make your choice? Let us know via social media! We'd love to hear from you! 

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  • Author: Sophie Knight Sophie Knight
  • Job Title: Contributing Editor

Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited before moving on to write about family cars for - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, Yours, Garden News, and 

She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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