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Old 03-24-2010, 06:24 PM   #151
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:32 PM   #152
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hi welcome let me just say that this topic may get you some answers you dont want to hear many people post their opinions and they can be very STRONG
as for me i would not use a lease .
Especially when there are so many kids for sale these days...

sorry - I just couldn't resist it...
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:56 PM   #153
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We are headed back to the World later this year, and it will be our DD's first trip. She will be three then, and we'll be taking a backpack style harness. Here's why:

We adopted our daughter about 5 months ago. Up until the adoption, her life experience was mostly confined to a hospital and an orphanage. She still does still not understand the safety issues of crowds and wandering off. To risk her getting lost is too great a risk for us to take. She'll likely hold our hands or sit in her stroller a lot of the time, but for when she wants to be out and able to run, she'll probably wear her harness... especially if just one of us has to watch her in a large crowd.
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:43 PM   #154
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Don't like them. I am a firm believer in just scare the crap out of the kids as to what may happen if they wander off and end up living with another family. Though our reasoning is a little faulty while at WDW as DH always says "Do you think another family will take you to Disney 4 times a year?"

What's the deal with the light up shoes? DD has a pair now that I bought not knowing they lit up until older DD pointed them out.

Also what is up with the squeeky shoes for the infants learning to walk? That would drive me INSANE!!
Oh boy, I sure hope you are joking about the scaring kids by telling them they will have to live with another family. I would NEVER say that to my youngest 4 kids because we are their second family. Well, third if you count their foster families. We adopted them 10 years ago after they were neglected and abused by their birth parents then spent almost 2 years in separate foster homes before being reunited in our family. Once when my dd was in kindergarten, the very sweet para teased her by saying she wanted to take my dd home with her. My dd just about had a panic attack! Fortunately I teach at the same school so she was brought to me and I was able to find out what she was so upset about. The poor lady was so upset that she had scared my dd. I wasn't upset but wanted her to personally tell my dd that she was only teasing, which she did.

That said, I'm betting that strategy wouldn't work very well for the average 2 - 3 year old runner anyway. They don't exactly have the best reasoning skills or memory for such things even if they do think you are serious.

I don't get the squeaky shoes thing either. Well, maybe if they are only worn by a baby not yet walking they would be okay.

We were probably one of the families seen by the op with a child in a harness. My 3 yo dgs is a very active, independent boy who really wants to walk. Mostly he will hold hands when moving from place to place but there are times when he could just stand with us without holding hands and the monkey tail on his monkey backpack was just an added measure of security. Besides, the straps on the harness are perfect for his trading pins.
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I especially don't get the squeeky shoes because our pedi told us they should remain barefoot (or in socks) as much as possible until they learn to walk on all different surfaces and can easily manage changing surfaces (i.e. grass to driveway or carpet to tile) so I can't imagine having some kind of object in the shoe would be good for them.

Anyway yes joking about scaring the crap outta the girls.
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Personally, I think some "parents" should be on leashes.
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:03 PM   #157
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I especially don't get the squeeky shoes because our pedi told us they should remain barefoot (or in socks) as much as possible until they learn to walk on all different surfaces and can easily manage changing surfaces (i.e. grass to driveway or carpet to tile) so I can't imagine having some kind of object in the shoe would be good for them.

Anyway yes joking about scaring the crap outta the girls.


I only got to watch my 2 oldest learn to walk because they are my bio children. When my oldest (who is now 30 years old) was learning, the high top leather walking shoes were still considered best. When my now 28 year old began to walk, the pediatricians were recommending letting babies learn to walk barefooted like you describe.

I have a friend who had those squeaky shoes for her baby but she promised me that he would stop wearing them as soon as he took his first steps. He did and she kept her word. Thank goodness!
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I suppose this is only practical if your kids are learning to walk outside where it is safe and the weather is okay. I was lucky enough that my DD's were both born in Summer and didn't really wear shoes until the winter time after they turned 1. I can see how it isn't always practical.
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My DD 13 months is incredibly independent and strong willed. She actually seems to prefer her backpack tether. It gives her some freedom but still some security knowing she wont" be far from me
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I think I read somewhere that the squeaky shoes were originally developed to encourage children with developmental delays to walk.
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:58 PM   #161
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If that's what you need to do to control your child, then I'd rather see a child on a leash than running all over the place, getting lost, etc.

BUT I don't think it's necessary for every child. But WDW is so big, and there are so many people, so I don't judge when I see a kid on a leash there. However, if I see a kid on a leash somewhere else, like at a store, where things aren't breakable and it isn't crowded, I just don't see the point.
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No need for leashes, just get some of those shock collars that work on proximity. Actually, you could even take the batteries out and I bet they will stay close by
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I have two grands: four and two. Now the four-year-old never needed to be tethered since he stayed close all the time and was more timid. The two-year-old however is absolutely fearless. If we didn't keep her on a tether in crowded situations, she would be lost all the time. She loves to just take off at any time in any direction. We don't tether her all the time, just in very crowded situations where it would be easy to lose sight of her. I think tethers are a great tool and necessary sometimes with some kids, but not all the time or with all kids.
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My opinion is that it depends on the age of the kids. Anything over 7 is way too old.
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I have an "ooh, shiny!" DS who will be 18 months old as of our trip. We're bringing a Pooh backpack with tether for all the general reasons mentioned---safety, he's a runner, etc.

The other issue is the body mechanics of holding hands all day. For me, walking bent to the side about 10 degrees to hold the hand of someone under 3 feet tall gets tiring after about 30 minutes. My poor DH is in pain and doing yoga stretches to fix his back in about 10 minutes of toddler hand holding. Sure, we could manage, but why be in pain if there is a tool to prevent that?

We'll use the stroller, go without the tether a lot of the time, hold the kid, but being able to set him down while I root around in the backpack for goldfish crackers will be infinitely easier and safer if I have that strip of fabric running from me to him.

I'm not sure I understand the "why" part of the opposition to harnesses/leashes/tethers. What (aside from claims of inattentive parenting) is wrong with them? Is it just a visceral reaction to the idea of it?
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