Using reins on my twins

(95 Posts)
JoeParks Sun 30-Dec-12 20:46:56

My twins have just started to run off when out shopping in the city centre yesterday they thought it was funny to run off in different directions. I tried holding hands but they kept pulling away. So I went into boots and purchased 2 sets of reins. For the first hour they kept swinging and trying to sit down but when they relised that I wasn't moving until they walked and that I wasn't taking them of they decided to give in and walk around the shops. Am I being unreasonable using reins as I hadn't used reins on them before?

Utterlylostandneedtogo Sun 30-Dec-12 20:48:54

Yanbu it keeps them safe. I found the little backpacks better though.

Sirzy Sun 30-Dec-12 20:49:02

Why would it be unreasonable to use something which keeps them safe?

BigShinyBaubles Sun 30-Dec-12 20:49:21

I used reins when my 3 were little not at the same time though!!
Some parents hate them some love them.
Good luck smile

Sirzy Sun 30-Dec-12 20:49:30

I agree that the backpacks are better!

DomesticCEO Sun 30-Dec-12 20:50:11

My boys were a nightmare on reins - found the little life backpack much better!

pointedlynoresolutions Sun 30-Dec-12 20:50:23

I used reins on my DDs when they were that age - taught them that if they wanted to walk independently they had to stay with me. It didn't take very long at all, they were a useful teaching tool.

peaceandlovebunny Sun 30-Dec-12 20:50:47

jolly good idea if it keeps them safe.

EcoLady Sun 30-Dec-12 20:52:41

Reins are fab! Cheap, small and easy to pack in your bag or pocket to keep handy, and they keep the DCs safe. Plus you can just hook your arm through when you need to use your hands.

My DCs reins have been quite literally around the world as they went between 3 families with relatives in very far off places.

SnookieSnickers Sun 30-Dec-12 20:54:21

YANBU, I think they're brilliant.

AlwaysHoldingOnToStarbug Sun 30-Dec-12 20:54:54

I used wrist straps on my twins when they were small till they learned not to run off. It's bad enough if you have one running off, but when there's two and they go in different directions!

It didn't take my two long to learn to walk nicely holding my hand.

JoeParks Sun 30-Dec-12 20:56:35

Glad I made the right decision how long did you use them for?

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Sun 30-Dec-12 20:56:49

My DD was a bolter as a toddler, my DS is not. If I'd had DS first I would probably have thought reins were pointless. They are very useful for little ones who run away and having two toddlers to keep safe I'd say they are ideal.

Bogeyface Sun 30-Dec-12 20:57:08

Why not just put them on a lead and have done? Or put them in a crate at night to sleep?! wink gringrin

Sorry grin I just got in there before someone else did!

All of my 6 have used reins and they were a godsend, and none of them have taken to pissing up lamposts, at least, not to my knowledge grin

BlueberryHill Sun 30-Dec-12 20:58:24

I do it with my twins, I think its madness not too. I have been in the situation, without reins, one legged it and I couldn't grab the other one quickly enough to get after that one.

ShowOfHands Sun 30-Dec-12 20:58:39

MN is v pro reins. And with good reason. I never needed them with dd as she was a biddable child. Has never even crossed her mind to run off in a public place.

DS is a bloody nightmare. He bolts, climbs, dashes and scarpers. I still can't quite bring myself to use reins though. I just don't like them. I don't judge other people using them though. In fact I envy them a bit. I just can't use them myself.

apostropheuse Sun 30-Dec-12 21:00:16

Reins are great. They help stop children running off and getting lost and getting hit by cars. This is a good thing.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sun 30-Dec-12 21:02:29

Showy you really should - they are liberating!

Not everywhere, but in some instances they are a godsend.

Arithmeticulous Sun 30-Dec-12 21:03:34

Reins are fine as long as you don't start wearing roller skates. However tempting, do not cross that line grin

Sirzy Sun 30-Dec-12 21:06:22

Ds was 3 in November and I can't remember the last time we needed them. I still have them available though incase he is messing and I can threaten to use them!

Fozzleyplum Sun 30-Dec-12 21:07:09

My DS2 was a bolter - very adventurous and impulsive and oblivious to danger if he saw something that interested him.

I put him on reins when he was a young toddler, then progressed to a wrist strap when an older toddler. I carried the wrist strap round with me for a long time after he stopped wearing it, as a threat that if he ever showed signs of bolting, it would go straight back on. There's a fair chance that if I hadn't used it, I wouldn't still have him.

I wish more parents would use them, but they seemed to go out of fashion for a while and I did get one or two odd looks, which I ignored.

LaCiccolina Sun 30-Dec-12 21:07:32

I use reins on dd whose 2. I cannot fathom why others don't. Particularly when near busy roads. It's just nuts. U cannot know where they are going or stop them falling over. I'm perplexed why people don't use them.

JoeParks Sun 30-Dec-12 21:10:19

My twins are 3 how long do you think I should use them for?

Arion Sun 30-Dec-12 21:11:37

I use reins but find the little life backpack even better. The hand loop is big enough to slide up my arm to about my elbow, so I can push it up, have my hand free to hold DS's hand and have the comfort of knowing if he manages to slip his hand free, he's not going to go very far.

rubbishonlineshopper Sun 30-Dec-12 21:12:55

gringringrin Arithmeticulous! I've got twins too & I like the idea of this - tee hee!

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