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Old 09-30-2012, 04:03 PM   #46
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:22 PM   #47
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I am amazed how civil this discussion been. Usually on the family board they get pretty heated. I've been called too fat and out of shape and that I needed to go to boot camp so I could keep up with my children and usually just a lazy parent more times than I care to remember because I harness my twins occassionaly.

OP, please do what is best for YOUR child. We have taken our boys 6 times since they were 18 months (they are now almost 3) and used a backpack harness to some extent. I also traveled with the boys long distances over the summer and used them at interstate rest areas. I have one son who is a runner and despite trying everything we can think of, he is still a runner although doing a bit better. He can also get his hand out of mine remarkably quickly. My other son is a better listener sometimes but when they act up, they always run opposite directions. Their safety comes first and foremost. I don't want my children lost at WDW, hit my a car on the interstate, or hit by a car in the parking lot. Until they understand that running away is not acceptable, I will use a harness when I or my DH deem it necessary. I haven't gotten any dirty looks that I know of and nobody has ever said anything but positive comments to me (except here on the Dis), not that I would care anyway.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:48 PM   #48
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I used to think the same way! "oh I would never do that to my children"....then my youngest was born and boy did my foot go in my mouth!

I actually think the harness with the backpack is a little better than the other types, it seems less offensive somehow.

I remember one time I was at the mall and I had my son in the backpack harness, I walk by another mom with a kid about the same age as my son. She gave us the dirtiest look (the how could they look) as she did this her own kid starting running half way across the mall. She gave us a sideways look and started running after him!

I thought that was kind of ironic lol
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:32 PM   #49
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With DD9 and DS8, I never used one. In fact, I thought they were ridiculous, for 'lazy' parents and swore I would never use them. They were both fairly calm, quiet kids and always stayed right with me so I never had the need for one.

My 18 month old is a completely different child! He is a very independent child who loves to climb on everything! He does not like the stroller OR being held and will bold in a split second because he is easily distractable and doesn't understand to stay right with us yet. I have not used a harness with him yet, but I did pick one up last week. We will be in the world Nov 1st and I will feel much safer knowing that I have the harness if I feel it is necessary.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:30 PM   #50
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LOL some of these responses are just too funny.

When I was a child my parents used it on me, and I LOVED it, I knew that it meant fun things were going to happen, and I always asked for it. It was difficult for me to give it up, my mom tells me that they kinda had to lied to me, they told me they gave it away to a dog because her puppy needed it (of course they didn't it give it away to the dog!) but because I love animals that was the only thing that worked for me lol.

My family uses the harness on my nieces, and they love it too, so don't feel bad for them they absolutely love the freedom, and hate not having it on especially at Disney where there are so many fun things to see.

I guess me and my nieces make good pets lmao.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:31 PM   #51
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I guess you need to do what's best for your family but ultimately if I had a "runner" I wouldn't take the "runner" until he was old enough to follow directions and not be a "runner" for their own safety. I think it's just so crowded and 14 months is still a very tiny person so even if they are on their leash they could get hurt by a bigger person who simply isn't looking down or paying attention. I don't think anyone would intentionally hurt a new walker but a runner could just easily trip someone up even on a leash.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:40 PM   #52
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I remember a family friend had two kids who were 'perfectly well behaved children' and then she had her third. Oh boy, was this one different. From a young age, he was a nut! He loved making trouble, and yes, loved to run off. She ended up having to buy the harness for him when they were in public places. And seeing the vast difference in behavior from her first two, it had NOTHING to do with her parenting. Some kids just have a 'running' issue, and parents do what they must to keep their runner safe. And I also know that if that was my kid, after watching her, I would have done the same. Give it a try before disney, and get an idea about how it may work for you in disney.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:42 PM   #53
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I guess you need to do what's best for your family but ultimately if I had a "runner" I wouldn't take the "runner" until he was old enough to follow directions and not be a "runner" for their own safety. I think it's just so crowded and 14 months is still a very tiny person so even if they are on their leash they could get hurt by a bigger person who simply isn't looking down or paying attention. I don't think anyone would intentionally hurt a new walker but a runner could just easily trip someone up even on a leash.
Fine and dandy if you only have one child. What happens to the multiple child family or the extended family that wants to plan a special celebration at WDW?? Should they all just stay home till the child is in school?? Completely impractical. And the sooner a child is exposed (safely) to the big bad world, the sooner he or she will start to learn how to safely exist in it.

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Old 09-30-2012, 06:52 PM   #54
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Absolutely HATE them. Never used them and never will and hate seeing kids in them.

And it doesn't mean that children need to be "strapped" in strollers or even stay in strollers all the time, And it doesn't mean kids have to walk around holding their arm up all day or even holding hands all the time. There are other ways.
Such as? You're saying no harness, no stroller, no hands...enlighten me.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:55 PM   #55
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Never used them, didn't need them but then again I would never come to a public forum and ask strangers how to raise my child either.

So do what you think works for you.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #56
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Bottom line.. If you love your child .. put them on a leash.
You love your dog enough to do it....

I don't see a problem leashing a child.. safety first !! Plus I think the Monkey back packs are cute as hell !
My dog doesn't have the same comprehension I expect from my children.

This argument doesn't hold up in my book.

Also an astronaut floats away because they can't stop it - not because they don't listen to someone trying to give them safety instructions.

You got a kid that can't listen and is a "runner"? Go when the crowds are low, stay home, practice teaching them to listen to you and your safety instructions. Hold their hand (and no their arm doesn't need to be straight up in the air for an entire day). Maybe leave that child at home with a sitter. Perhaps everyone stays home until all can be trusted to listen. Yeah I had a kid that wondered and liked to look at anything that caught her eye....I almost always let her walk and kept my focus on her. Never lost her even once. Older DD whom was more independent and actually listen and followed rules I lost twice....when she was older. Little kids Ned to watched.....

How does one become a "runner"? By this I assume people mean darting off? Why does that EVER become an acceptable behavior even at home? Even my wanderer would only do it if allowed. If I didn't want her wandering I'd hold her hand her instruct her to stay close.

What will happen when these runners start school?
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IMO----the child would learn to sit in a stroller and when you and DH decide to stop and rest then let child out for awhile as well of course on rides and to eat. he will learn what he is taught. and be safer
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:02 PM   #58
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Used one with an 18 month old years ago, LOVED IT and so did he, as others have said, would you want to walk around all day with your arm held over your head? It let him explore safely and though him I saw things I had never seen before simply because they were on his level. It was an awesome trip for the 2 of us.
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My dog doesn't have the same comprehension I expect from my children.

This argument doesn't hold up in my book.

Also an astronaut floats away because they can't stop it - not because they don't listen to someone trying to give them safety instructions.

You got a kid that can't listen and is a "runner"? Go when the crowds are low, stay home, practice teaching them to listen to you and your safety instructions. Hold their hand (and no their arm doesn't need to be straight up in the air for an entire day). Maybe leave that child at home with a sitter. Perhaps everyone stays home until all can be trusted to listen. Yeah I had a kid that wondered and liked to look at anything that caught her eye....I almost always let her walk and kept my focus on her. Never lost her even once. Older DD whom was more independent and actually listen and followed rules I lost twice....when she was older. Little kids Ned to watched.....

How does one become a "runner"? By this I assume people mean darting off? Why does that EVER become an acceptable behavior even at home? Even my wanderer would only do it if allowed. If I didn't want her wandering I'd hold her hand her instruct her to stay close.

What will happen when these runners start school?
I don't think it is a better idea to leave a child home when they could easily come along and be attached by a tether. Is it really that big a deal? I mean, it isn't like the tether is attached to a collar around the child's neck. You would honestly keep the entire family home from vacation instead of attach a cord between the parent's wrist and the child's backpack?
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