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Old 17.01.2010, 23:44
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

Not a fan. It takes effort to teach a toddler/child to hold hands and walk safely. These sorts of appliances give a) false sense of security and b) delay the educational process so the child doesn't learn to be responsible and will run off at the first opportunity anyway...

Exception would be in very high crowded areas, festivals, for short periods of time and more to keep the adult under control
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

It could be worse. He could be 4+ and still in a stroller with a dummy in his mouth.
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

I like it and will use something similar when the time comes. Im really tall and do not reach that far down.......and I think it is handy to leave the kid strolling around and in case of emergency they are only a quick pull away
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

I have to agree with Swisspea. People have raised toddlers for millenia without having to resort to leashes. (maybe... get a dog instead?) Sure, it's that much more effort to remain extra-vigilant. It's also that much more effort to tell them to turn off the TV. It's called good parenting.
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

I was thinking to use one while we will be in vacation. It's will be a vry crowded place and my little Speedy Gonsalez hate to be stuck in the stroller and wants to walk everywhere. But my biggest problem is I am running behind her like a headless chicken...

At the end of the day, I am dead with running, fighting, screaming, arguing.... And she is just 1.5 year old...

I wanted to know what people things about it. I am affraid of the ''It looks like a pooooor kid on a leash'' comments from people in the streets...

I will not want to use it here but in very crowded place...
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Not a fan. It takes effort to teach a toddler/child to hold hands and walk safely. These sorts of appliances give a) false sense of security and b) delay the educational process so the child doesn't learn to be responsible and will run off at the first opportunity anyway...
Exception would be in very high crowded areas, festivals, for short periods of time and more to keep the adult under control
I'm not sure that having to 'hold hands' teaches a child to 'be responsible' any more than being on reins does.

I liked using reins as it allowed the children a bit more room for movement and the child didn't have to hold its hand constantly upwards. If the youngster was in a stubborn mood it could have torn its hand out of mine anyway.

Maybe it gave me a false sense of security but I only have two hands and it sometimes wasn't enough.

Mine quite liked the idea of being a dog or a horse - and honestly, if you're going to worry what people think and say when the child is 18 months old, you have a very worrying twenty years ahead of you. PM me further details!
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Old 18.01.2010, 00:23
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I have to agree with Swisspea. People have raised toddlers for millenia without having to resort to leashes. (maybe... get a dog instead?) Sure, it's that much more effort to remain extra-vigilant. It's also that much more effort to tell them to turn off the TV. It's called good parenting.
Reins aren't a new invention you know. I'm sure my mother used them on us - and when we were older and certainly didn't need them any more we made our own and gallopped down the road in twos, one the horse and one the rider.

Extra-vigilant sounds easy enough, but no-one suggests having strollers without straps - one could be vigilant there too.

I think it depends on the child and the situation. Some roads have footpaths, some don't. Some children are predictable others are not. Some children stick by their parents in a crowd, others are off in an instant.

I don't like 'extra balance wheels' on bikes or 'Flügeli/wings (or whatever they are called) when teaching a child to swim, but I liked my reins!
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

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!
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

Been there, done that. And while I'm busy collecting groceries from the lower shelves, Madam in the Backpack is collecting groceries from the top shelves.

And carrying kids of this sort of age/weight is only for the toughies. They are REALLY heavy and you can't easily put them down.
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

When ours were small, I used something that attached to their wrist and mine, particularly in a shopping mall or a crowded place. It looked something like this "wrist buddy".
http://www.safety4baby.co.nz/toddler...m#Wrist%20Link

Sure, there were people who felt they had to comment but I just ignored these comments and looks and did what I thought was best. I should add that I still insisted on holding our children's hands. The wrist buddy just gave me a feeling of security. It is not a justification for your child to see just how far away from you they can run.

Nil, just go ahead and use a safety harness if this will give you some peace of mind and don't worry about what others think.
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Been there, done that. And while I'm busy collecting groceries from the lower shelves, Madam in the Backpack is collecting groceries from the top shelves.

And carrying kids of this sort of age/weight is only for the toughies. They are REALLY heavy and you can't easily put them down.
But that's really good, my sister always got home home with much more than she paid for, when shopping with the littley

Don't worry, she always went back and squared things up.
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

I can't feel right about putting my son on a leash. The next logical step is one of those electric dog collars to zap him when he wanders...well...on second thought this could be a business opportunity.
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I can't feel right about putting my son on a leash. The next logical step is one of those electric dog collars to zap him when he wanders...well...on second thought this could be a business opportunity.
Already been done -- you've got to be quick with these new business ideas!
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

Nil,

I feel for you as my own 15 months old is driving me round the bend with this very issue

I cannot go shoppong or in the street with her as she will not hold my hand long, nor the strap I put on the stroller and actually she tends to walk in the opposite direction all together

Net, she ends up either being carried under my arm or in the stroller...

I must be a bad parent but I do not have the energy anymore for this as it becomes so unpleasant for all so agter last failed attempt this weekend, I think I will try the reins.

I had thwm, hubby too and we both now walk normally down the street

I do not want to use them forever but maybe they can help for a couple of months until my child is better able to understand choices and consequences?

I will let you know how my trial goes

And by the way, you can find some very simple and cheap ones on Baby Walz

I think I will use them and at the same time walk the bulldog that will for sure get some comments from the crowd

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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

Normal reins will be far easier to use than the backpack/leash combo featured here, as they have a loop rather than a single string to hold, so you can put your arm through it and have your hands free for transactions at tills and so on.

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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

I used a backpack with reins for my youngest when he was toddling about. He had a bad habit of just taking off & running in which ever direction he felt like back when he was just learning the rules. I have a problem with running so could not chase after him so in situation where his safety was important I would use it. He liked it as it is a proper backpack just like his big brothers & he could easily carry his cars or teddy with him. He soon learned the rules and then I only resorted to using it when at really crowded events. My mother also had reins for me & my sisters so they are not a new thing.
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Re: Safety Toddler's Backpack

We used to use one of those but the kid would constantly be pulling away from us and it caused a lot of stress on our arms. We switched to one of the following and we have much more control (after the first few sharp tugs, the kid will walk alongside of you like a good boy).

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... we will be in vacation. It's will be a vry crowded place and my little Speedy Gonsalez hate to be stuck in the stroller and wants to walk everywhere. But my biggest problem is I am running behind her like a headless chicken...

At the end of the day, I am dead with running, fighting, screaming, arguing...
Ah, the word 'holiday' gets a new meaning once you have kids...
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