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Old 18.01.2010, 11:08
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

I tried reins once down by the lake in Zurich. I must say, it was worse than if he had been allowed to stroll along at his own pace. Of course, you have to keep an extra eye open - and wear running shoes and not high-heels.

The problem was that the toddler in question just pulled on them all the time and fell over so many times, it was really no fun for either of us. I imagine a quieter child would not pull so much, but then he/she would probably not need reins

Whatever, as has been mentioned: try it out for yourself and do what you think's best.
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Old 18.01.2010, 11:13
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My mother also had reins for me & my sisters so they are not a new thing.

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Old 18.01.2010, 11:22
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Reminds me that my mum used to use my pigtails (had very long hair when small) to keep me on the straight and narrow .

Maybe a backpack would be a solution for a trip to a very busy place? a great view of everything and freedom to swing little legs but contained and even with a sun/rain screen. They do them up to about 18kg which is I think 4yrs if you or your husband can cope!
This is the 1/3 of my weight!!!! I can't carry that for a whole day!
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

I get really annoyed when people object to these. I used exactly that backpack system with my kids and it was fabulous.

Did I use it all the time? no.

But I did use it initially when I was travelling by myself through busy airports and trying to juggle a very quick 12 - 20 month old along with a suitcase and carry on luggage. I found it much easier than continually stressing about where he was while I dealt with checkin etc.

Then I used it later for my twins when I had 3 walking children, the oldest of whom was 30 months old. I didn't put it on my oldest at that point, but the two younger ones wore them if I was going somewhere particularly crowded (again like an airport) where I knew I had to do other things and could not watch them all the time.

I find that people on forums like this often make snipy comments about them, but out in the real world I did not receive a single negative comment or even disparaging look. The airport staff often even made positive comments.

People often make snide remarks on these forums about treating your child like a dog. Well the objective is to keep your child safe, so if that is a bad thing then I have something round the wrong way.

My kids are now too old for them and they often play around the house with them, they make a great game and they have fun - so obviously no bad memories assosicated with them.

I say, if it will make your travels easier and safer then go for it.

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Old 18.01.2010, 11:32
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

I have no experience of these as I didn't use them for my first child (she was the kind to stay with me and didn't run off) but I fear my second won't be like that!! She's just 10 months old now but is showing signs of being the opposite of her sister and wanting to crawl/walk/run off and do her own thing!! Therefore I'm planning to get something like this for her. We're going on holiday this summer and I expect she'll be walking by then, so I'm planning ahead!

Let us know how you get on, and ignore those who comment negatively - we're all entitled to our own opinions, but I say do what is right for you and your child.

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Old 18.01.2010, 11:35
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

Thank you guys for all your opinions and comments. I will get one.

I was like my daughter when I was her age. I ran away from my mom's side once and I have been abducted. Thank God, It was for a few minutes, but I still remember it very very well.

So, yes. I am scared and stressed to see something like this happening again. I don't want to force her to stay in a stroller all day long but in the same time, I saw how fast she can be this saturday at OBI.
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Old 18.01.2010, 11:38
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

And by the way,

Who did put those tags? I think they are not representing the subject here but are VERY judgemental!
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Old 18.01.2010, 11:43
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and ignore those who comment negatively - we're all entitled to our own opinions, but I say do what is right for you and your child.
I suspect that those who are making disparaging comments or saying they would never use them have (a) a very young child who's not at that stage yet, (b) only have one child or at least only one young child at once, (c) only ever take the kid(s) out for pleasure walks where they can give 100% of their attention, not necessity daily outings like shopping, or (d) have just been lucky and not had a dasher.

If I'd only had my daughter, I too would be thinking 'I don't get why these people can't just train their child to stand still and wait, or walk quietly next to mummy, it's really not hard.' Having had my son, I know exactly why that's not possible. His 'random disappearing' stage only lasted for a few months, so I guess if you can run errands whilst the child's in daycare or only take them out for a family walk a couple of times a month, then it's easy to dismiss the tiresomeness of this phase or even not really notice it. If, however, you have one or more small children with a wandering urge and a need to take them out on an almost daily basis, then statistically you're going to find yourself sprinting into the road or being tannoy'd on a regular basis unless you somehow restrain them for short periods of time when your attention is briefly elsewhere.

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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

I say every parent should do what is right for him or her and the child, and not worry about what everyone else says.

Before I had children, I was a bit hesitant about them, and after my first child I did not see any need for one. Now with my second, I have wished for one more than once. She is a bundle of 3-year-old hell on wheels. I cannot tell you the number of times she has wormed her way out of my hand and raced off into a crowd at full speed. After a full day on holiday of sight-seeing, it is difficult to maintain the vigilence necessary to prevent this, and it takes only a second to lose sight of your child.

It is not as if you are using it every day--you are talking about using it on holiday, where you will be in unfamiliar places, among unfamiliar people. If I had your past experience, there would be no question in my mind!!
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I say every parent should do what is right for him or her and the child, and not worry about what everyone else says.

Before I had children, I was a bit hesitant about them, and after my first child I did not see any need for one. Now with my second, I have wished for one more than once. She is a bundle of 3-year-old hell on wheels. I cannot tell you the number of times she has wormed her way out of my hand and raced off into a crowd at full speed. After a full day on holiday of sight-seeing, it is difficult to maintain the vigilence necessary to prevent this, and it takes only a second to lose sight of your child.

It is not as if you are using it every day--you are talking about using it on holiday, where you will be in unfamiliar places, among unfamiliar people. If I had your past experience, there would be no question in my mind!!
I agree, you should do what works with your child. I did use one of the simple ones (going around the wrist/waist) but still ended up running after her as i was worried i'm pulling hard and may hurt her! so it didn't help me with my daughter running around BUT it does secure my luggages now-)
hopefully works with your daughter. good luck
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

Reviving an old thread...

Nil, how did you find using it?

We are embarking on some long haul travelling again - the last time the little one wasn't walking, so it was comparatively easy, but this time she if you let go of her for one second she is off!

So we need some way of enabling her to be able to walk/run around between long flights, but not to lose her in the process (no matter how much we might want to at the time!).

Was thinking of getting one of those little backpack ones so she can carry her treasures around too. Like these:



Anyone know where they can be bought here? / Got one to sell? / Got a better idea?

Really dislike the idea of these, but can't think of a better solution at the moment. We have a backpack to carry her in, and will be taking a stroller, but she needs to be able to get on her own to feet and burn off some energy for everyone's sake!
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

I find ours absolutely brilliant. The lead part is detachable so you can choose when to use it and when not. The one we have has got nice wide straps and a clip across the chest so he simply can't wiggle out of it. We only tend to use it in very busy places and often I have the lead around my wrist as we are holding hands anyway. I cannot see one negative effect of using these things occasionaly or even quite often.

And two more nuggets of information for you - we got ours after a trip in an airport when my son dashed off in the security queue and was small enough to duck under all the barriers and make a dash past the scanners. I was chasing after him and found myself being chased by numerous security guards including two with large guns. So yes, in comparison to that scenario, I would say the back pack is a great idea.

Second nugget, we have lost our child in a city we didn't know and had to call the police to help get him back. He was missing for 45 minutes - 45 of the worst minutes of my life. The irony was that he had his backpack on and I had been using it for most of the day but then we were along a lakefront and it seemed large, easily visible and safe. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

So, the moral of the story is, if your child is prone to wandering, particularly at high speeds, you will find this a very useful tool in your parenting weaponery.
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

Can you not just buy a furry animal backpack and a dog lead?
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Can you not just buy a furry animal backpack and a dog lead?
Sure....in theory, yes.
In reality I am yet to see any other types of backpack small enough for an 18 month old, and not able to be wriggled out of. But no doubt there is a plethora chihuahua-sized dog accessories which would do the trick.
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

Kiwi, I have the exact one on your photo, and use it when travelling. Was certainly useful when he decided to bolt in all directions in the middle of Frankfurt airport.


Got mine from Amazon. They're really tiny though, so not so much use for carrying anything, more of a decorative purpose.
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They're really tiny though, so not so much use for carrying anything, more of a decorative purpose.
Thanks for the info - her most treasured items at present are half a dozen different coloured plastic bottle caps, so hopefully this obsession will last for a little longer and doesn't change to anything larger!
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Reviving an old thread...

Nil, how did you find using it?

We are embarking on some long haul travelling again - the last time the little one wasn't walking, so it was comparatively easy, but this time she if you let go of her for one second she is off!

So we need some way of enabling her to be able to walk/run around between long flights, but not to lose her in the process (no matter how much we might want to at the time!).

Was thinking of getting one of those little backpack ones so she can carry her treasures around too. Like these:



Anyone know where they can be bought here? / Got one to sell? / Got a better idea?

Really dislike the idea of these, but can't think of a better solution at the moment. We have a backpack to carry her in, and will be taking a stroller, but she needs to be able to get on her own to feet and burn off some energy for everyone's sake!
I have the one in the first post. Lion not monkey. The pocket is not big, just about enough to put in emergancy details and kinderegg innerds. the lead is detachable. Used it a lot when M was 2-4, last used at ZuriFest because of the crowds! PM me if you want it.
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