I guess it's interesting the number of threads that get started about reigns and when people say they don't like them they get jumped on. And it often goes the other way. Another parent using reigns on their child has no affect on me at all so I don't know why anyone would care why another parent uses them.
It's a really stressful period of your life when they run away so do whatever you need to to get through it.
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25-11-2012 23:25 #21
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25-11-2012 23:34 #22
We've got one for DD. It's a lifesaver when traveling (airports, train stations, shipping centers etc). I make her hold my hand while we walk. She still manages to try and run, but it helps me not lose her!
26-11-2012 05:57 #23
We used a backpack one with DD for a short period of time when she was around 18mths.
We mainly used it for safety in crowded unfamiliar situations like airports etc. There was also a short time that I used it at shopping centres because she would always bolt toward escalators.
I had no qualms using one when I felt it was needed. They are much less restrictive than strapping your child into a pram, which DD went through stages of protesting. DD also loved having her own little bag with snacks, toys inside it so she often wore it without the strap as well.
I will likely use one from time to time with DS as well if/when the need arises.
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26-11-2012 06:54 #24
Re: Backpack reigns
Life saver from 12-24 monthsish. I can't remember exactly went I started to feel confident on my own with jasper without the pram and without his backpack but around 2.5 years it was packed away into a box because it wasn't used any more. But it was great. Particularly around big busy roads!!!!
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26-11-2012 07:03 #25
Re: Backpack reigns
I used one with DS1 and he was a shocker, he hated it so would drop to his bottom and refuse to move with it on lol. So I used it maybe 3 times.
I approached things very differently with DS2, he has a very different personality though. I was strict from about 12 months with "you told my hand or you get picked up" it took a good few months of being consistent but now at 28 months when he goes to let go of my hand in a shopping centre all I have to do is threaten to pick him up or put him in a pram or trolley and he grabs mybhand straight away.
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26-11-2012 07:46 #26
Absolute life/sanity saver with DS as he was a runner and extremely heavy. With the back pack on he would walk next to us, without it he would run off. I defy anyone to delve into their handbag, find their purse, open it and get cards/cash out to pay for something whilst holding onto the tugging hand of a child that you know if you let go they will be off.
If anyone questions you abuot them ask them what's the difference between strapping a child into a pram/car seat? It's for safety.
When DS was a toddler on the reigns he would often get down and crawl around whilst on the reigns whilst I was stopped somewhere thereby looking like a puppy on a leash. Meh, I really don't care is someone thought less of me for doing that. They would have been more that welcome to carry a wriggly 20+ kg toddler around the shops with me so he doesn't have to suffer the alleged indignity of a child leash.
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26-11-2012 07:57 #27Senior Member
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I think they are fine, kids safety is more important than what other people think when they see it.
Why do we put dogs on a lead ? Because they might run off.
Same reason some people need to put the harness backpack on their toddlers because they run and don't stop and could be hurt or worse running through a carpark or near a road.
There are worse things in the world for people to judge and scoff about.
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26-11-2012 08:03 #28
I was a judger and a scoffer, right up until DS2 bolted out behind a reversing car. He didn't listen to my screams but the driver did, and stopped about an inch short of my son.
I bought our harness later that week. I don't care if it gives them something in common with a dog, as long as that dog isn't roadkill.
26-11-2012 08:20 #29
For me personally I wouldn't use one. There are times that I do think it would be easier on me as i have 4 children 5 and under but I want to teach my girls the importance of walking beside me and not running. It seems to of worked as I can only count probably 3 times that any of my girls have run.
I don't have a problem with ppl using them if they are teaching there children to not run BUT have a huge problem when I see parents using it like a dog lead and drag the child back with force when they are walking in front. That's not teaching a child that's just cruel and lazy IMO.
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26-11-2012 08:22 #30
We had one for DD whenever we went on a cruise just some added safety on open decks. She would hold our hand and the strap was around our wrist as a backup. She was never much if a runner though, just a short phase of it which only lasted a couple of weeks thankfully.
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