The School Run Featuring The Trunki ToddlePak

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Being a mum of three under four it would be so easy to get stressed over the school run each morning. Gracie started Nursery in September just after Elsie arrived and it was a struggle to begin with as I was still recovering from my C-Section. Zach was not even two yet and all of a sudden was having to walk everywhere whilst Elsie took the pushchair. Now that things have settled it has certainly become more manageable. Some days I decide to babywear with Elsie and put Zach in the pushchair but I like to let Zach have a bit of freedom most days. It can be a struggle controlling him near roads though whilst pushing the pushchair and also keeping an eye on Gracie. So I've been trying to come up with ways to make the school run more fun for him but with a bit of added safety!

I spotted the Trunki Toddlepak back at The Baby Show Olympia and discussed with them how I thought they would be great for the school run. Depending on whether Zach would like being restrained that is! And so this is how we have been trying it out. 

Zach loves foxes, apart from Pandas, they are his favourite animals. He likes to wear his 'fox' to go out. So I let him. I attach the harness but hold it loosely whilst holding his hand, walking along nicely to avoid him feeling like he's on a lead. Then when he wants to walk ahead I let him and call him to wait if he goes to far to avoid me pulling at him or vice versa. Walking nicely gets boring though and Zach has a lot of energy. We have come to an agreement that when it rains he can jump in puddles on the way to school (encouraging him to find the next one to speed him up!) and back but when it's dry he walks nice until we have Gracie (otherwise we would never get there on time!) then once we've got her we take a slow walk home and he can explore as much as he wants. There is a small field on the way home that he likes to run around and a great little adventurous area we found next to a car park with steep little hills for him to run up and down. So just before he gets to these I unhook the harness and just leave the fox on and he has so much fun playing. 

By turning the school run into a kind of game for him we have made it so much easier and with smiles and laughter rather than temper tantrums. I also find a stress free school run really makes a difference to my day too and motivates me to get on with everything I need to do. 

So thanks Trunki for that extra bit of help from the Toddlepak!

The Toddlepak costs £17.99 and is available to buy here

We were sent the Trunki Toddlepak free of charge for the purpose of this post but all opinions are my own.

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