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Go for it. When mine were toddlers I even bought a harness. One in my arms and one on a leash. I was surprised even 30 years ago what nasty looks I received from total strangers.
I would have killed for a harness when my son was little. I took my eyes off him for a few minutes while I stopped to talk to a girlfriend and the next thing I knew he was out in the middle of the street with a truck coming towards him. That was 52 years ago and I still remember that day. It's one of the two times he got his butt smacked. The other was a few years later when he was sitting out in the yard playing with a book of matches and a pile of paper.
I have pack and play and when I first put my granddaugher in it with her toys my husband said take her out of that cage...but as soon as he saw how much fun so was having and she was right next to us and when we have her for the day not just a few hour...its so much safer then just letting her have the run of the place. He now likes it...
I loved using the harness....so much safer that trying to hold their hands. Some kids like holding hands but others don't I also always used a harness at the beach...and yes I was with him the whole time...but he could play next to me...and not having to fear the tides pulling him out or slippery hands, and with back issues...did not have to bend the whole time.
I, too, needed a harness for my oldest son. The comments at the mall went from admiring to snarky. What business is it of anyone else? What's important is that the child is safe!
"A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt
That Sounds like a great idea! Gives him more room than the old playpens.
I agree they are no different than a crib or the pack n play/play pens. just bigger. as long as they are not used all day long they can be a big help to the mom who needs to keep them safe while she runs to change over a load of wash or run to the bathroom.
You never stand taller than when you stoop to help a child.