Jump to content
Baby/child harness and holidays
6 replies to this topic
Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:46 PM
Just wondering if anyone had bought a childness harness (like a lead) purely for the purpose to use whilst on holidays and if you used it/thought it was the best thing you did?
Going on a holiday, paths are not pram user friendly and I have an active 2yr old who likes to get into everything and run around. Thought about if one of these harness/leads might be worth getting or any other suggestions apart don't really want to be carrying everywhere especially when hot
Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:55 PM
I have used one, when travelling with a 20 month old, but didn't actually find it massively useful. It sounds silly but surprisingly having a lead doesn't actually make your child follow you and be compliant And it's not a good look yanking on a lead. So holding hands the old-fashioned way is still kind of neccessary.
It was semi-useful when going through airports etc as a back-up safety thing whilst trying to juggle multiple bags, documents etc.
Out and about we used a combination of baby-wearing (on the back- Ergo etc) and a very cheap $30 stroller (that didn't really matter if it got banged up a bit, and was light weight and easy to lift up gutters etc, or fold up and carry in one arm).
Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:54 PM
When DS was 2 1/2, we went to Ireland on holiday. I bought one of those monkey backpack harnesses, as I knew getting through Heathrow would be challenging. Most people thought DS was cute, we were able to control our hand luggage and him, and for him it was another toy to play with on the plane. Best thing we ever bought.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:07 PM
Yep, definitely found it useful and still find it useful. I bought one when DS was 15 months old and I took him to Europe for a few weeks. I also took the stroller along, but for short walks, the monkey backpack/lead was much more convenient.
At 2,5yo I ditched the stroller as he was too tall and heavy. I have been using the backpack every time w go to the shops. It's either that or have him run away. He did this once when I forgot the backpack and he nearly got run over by a bus
Now I make sure the backpack is always on the backseat next to his carseat. He really hates sitting in trolley seats, but he's over their weigh tlimit as well anyway.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:38 PM
We are currently OS (hello from Phuket!) and before we came I got a wrist strap for 3yo DD, as I knew that navigating the narrow and crowded footpaths would be tricky, plus she doesn't always like to hold hands and Thais are very fond of little blonde girls (we know of attempted snatchings).
She's been good with it and we will use it again next year. She also has a puppy backpack lead but we prefer the wrist strap for Thailand as it is too hot for her to have the backpack on and she's a little too big for it now.
I bought both from a baby shop, the puppy backpack was $20, I think the wrist strap was about $10? The lead part of the wrist strap is elastic so it gives a bit which is also good.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:51 PM
I bought one and it was SO useful at the airport when we had already checked our pram in but we still had to walk a long way and stop for a coffee, etc.
We haven't used it that much since, but I'd also use it if I was going to a fete kind of environment with a big crowd and lots of places for a child to hide. More convenient than a pram in that kind of environment.
I was also thinking I might use it more when my new baby needs the pram, so I'll be able to keep a grip on my toddler as she walks beside. I love that it gives me a physical hold so I don't have to be constantly looking at her - I could still get distracted by a shop window and know that I can feel her near me. I find it more relaxing than letting her run loose.
We had to practice the technique of walking together for a while before I stopped accidentally pulling her over and annoying her....all good now, though. It works best if I give her a lot of freedom, with just a very gentle tug if I said a verbal 'stop' and she didn't listen.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:26 AM
DS is 3yo and still loves his monkey. Gives it cuddles in the car and always asks if he can come with us when we go to the shops. Lots of people comment on the backpack saying "Oh look! You have a monkey on your back!"
DS still giggles when people say this to him lol
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.
Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.
It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.
A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.
Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.
Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?
As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.
It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.
Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.
Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.
As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.
The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.
A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.
Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.
The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.
Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.
Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.
Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.
One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!
I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.
It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.
Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.
A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.
Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.
Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.
There was one more thing Kymberlie Shepherd wanted to experience in life - motherhood. But a rare illness took her first.
Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.
Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.
What's in a name?
Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.