Yay or Nay: Child Harness?

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Yay or Nay: Child Harness?
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Thu, 05-26-2011 - 1:04pm

What do you think about using a child harness on a toddler?

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Registered: 01-29-2008
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 5:24pm
I think they are bad. Seriously.. I understand the speed of toddlers but I cringe when I see them. I really hate them and will not purchase one for any of my kids.

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Fri, 05-27-2011 - 12:03pm
I love them, they are wonderful ways for young children to explore the World and walk, while not being able to get to far away. Both Desmond and Eloise love to wear the doggie backpack, even now Desmond likes it, though I don't use it at all with him anymore, and I rarely use it with Eloise.

It is really nice in crowded places like Disney World and the Zoo. I feel really bad restricting my toddler to being strapped in and not allowed any freedom in a stroller or carrier, when they want to walk, so it is a great compromise that lets them explore and move, but safely, and without worries of them darting off, since with toddlers, even when you have your eyes on them every second, have a tendency to dart off to look at something interesting before you realize it and disappear.



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Fri, 05-27-2011 - 5:52pm

I agree with you Sarah. I actually have not used one because James freaks out everytime I try to put the little backpack on him, but I think they are totally fine. In a crowded place your child's safety is super important, and you have to keep them safe one way or another. A stroller might looks less mean, but it's much more restricting and not as fun for the kid. I have heard stories of people's kiddos being saved by a backpack harness when they were in a crowded place and someone tried to snatch their kid. Especially with two small kiddos to chase after, I think they're great, and I really wish people would be less judgmental about them... Of course I am referring to a cute little backpack with a tail or something, and not swine around the wrist or anything like that.

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Fri, 05-27-2011 - 7:22pm

I agree with Sarah and Grace, and actually just purchased a cute lion backpack one for Teddy. There are situations where being in the stroller can get very tiring and constraining for Teddy but allowing him to run free also isn't an option - like the airport, a busy crowded fair or shop, etc. I imagine especially when you have more then one child that they can be a big help but no matter what I think they are fine. I mean holding a parent's hand is more constraining (and tiring!) then having a backpack on.

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Fri, 05-27-2011 - 8:53pm
When I was PG I said I would never use one, thought they were beyond terrible.... then reality of having a toddler set it. I used one w/ Ray just like Sarah described. I still have it, and I imagine I will be using it next summer with Theodore.
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Sat, 05-28-2011 - 10:00am
Kate - my thoughts are the same as yours were. Before I had Evan, I just thought they were awful. Now, even though Evan isn't even mobile yet, I can definitely see how useful they would be!




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Sat, 05-28-2011 - 12:18pm
I'm absolutely on board with the idea, but of course, they don't sell it here...

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Sat, 05-28-2011 - 2:32pm
we should gift you one.
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Sat, 05-28-2011 - 11:57pm
We got one for Simon to help DH keep him close when he takes him out. He wore it really well around the house one day but the day we really tried to use it he wasn't into it. Going to have to work on it a bit more.

I can see where people are not into them. Like Sarah said though its a great combo of letting them explore and still have contact with them. Simon isn't much for holding my hand so this is easier to let him walk and let me still be in contact with him.

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Sun, 05-29-2011 - 11:36am
Great idea!! LOL!!

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