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    My son had one 20 years ago & it was awesome. Went thru 4 grandkids & now we use it to corral puppies. Easier to carry than a playpen. My new granddaughter has one & they are made so much better than the 1st ones.
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    I have one in my living room for my 13 month old granddaughter. It's funny that she will go into it for me...but if either of her parents put her in there....screaming. I guess she doesn't want to lose the battle with her grandma.

    The playpen that my son and his wife have is just a huge toybox. They put her stuff in there for storage. I'd prefer that they just take it down and use the toybox that I bought them to put her stuff away in....but, I'm just the grandma and it is just my family room that they are stuffing with all of their stuff. ( they had to move in with us)
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    I used a harness for my granddaughter, she is 16 now, so it was unheard of then in this town to use a leash for a child. My DD insisted I use it as granddaughter was a runner if given the chance up to age 3. The nasty comments I got from others I replied her safety means more to me then any ignorant opinions and gave a big smile and walked away. Don't ever let anyone get away with making you feel less.
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    What is the name this product?
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    I used a harness for my youngest until she was 3.5 years old. She loved the freedom it gave her, I loved that I didn't have to have my eyes glued on her every second she was outside. It was especially useful when we went to local carnivals, into the city, etc. where there are crowds of people to get lost in or heavy traffic. I highly recommend the harnesses!

    Yeah, I heard comments about treating her like a dog. My response was "Most people treat their dogs better than they do their kids." I knew my darling daughter was safe, that she was happy with the arrangement. That's all that mattered to me and my DH.

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    We did, too!

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    All of my children were raised in a playpen, the cat loved to join them when they were in it. He even got in it when they started walking to get away from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryKatherine View Post
    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.
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    Our fraternal twins were born in 1980 when the older boy was four years old. I had two harnesses and they helped me bring my children places safely. One Sunday afternoon, the local Mother of Twins Club was having a family picnic at the County Zoo just a few miles from Green Bay, WI. We were out walking on a paved path when a woman (not a lady) came up to me and said using the harnesses was like treating my children as if they were dogs. I was alone with my three children at the time. The woman was with a younger mother and they were guiding two children. Sometimes, you just do want you need to to keep children safe! By the way, we L-O-V-E our dogs.....

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    i'm of the group that used harness/leash, "safety lines" wrist-to wrist, and playpens with the kids. the leash/harness gives the toddlers the illusion of freedom, while we still know exactly where they are. we used the safety line with our youngest when we were at disney world--we called it her "lifeline"--and she was free to wander as far as it went; she had the confidence that we were nearby. the playpen did the same thing--the little ones had the freedom to play as long as they wanted to and could just crash and sleep when they needed to. it was all designed to keep them safe, and us sane. it was so much easier to fix dinner or clean when they were in sight, but safe from any harm around them. it never meant we turned our backs on them--it just gave us back our hands. neither we nor the kidlets had to freak out about danger. different world, back then, i guess. but, i do the same "lifeline" thing with the 6 year old granddaughter--she is extremely motivated to learn and explore, but loves the safety of knowing where we are. too many dangers to the little ones out there, for us to relax at any time. being an interested, participating parent should not be dictated by how "free" the kids are. it should be an integral part of who we are as parents in the first place. and safety should be our first concern.
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    I used a playpen for my children born in the late 50s and early 60s. My second baby was born when my son was 11 months old. Baby girl was a cryer. cried all the time. First baby loved the playpen. He would play, drink his bottle and sleep there. Wake up and play some more. Sounds awful but it helped me through those first few months. Remember the old saying, "Better to be safe than sorry!" So true for us grand and great grandparents. My step daughter once told me that most children's accidents happen at their grandparents house. Nice! It didn't stop her from leaving her son with us for 5 or 6 weeks at the cabin. LOL. We need all the help we can get. Children and grandchildren and great grandchildren are such a blessing and having a safe place is such a comfort. My new great granddaughter is 5 months old and she already wants to jump out of my arms. Gonna be fun!!!

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    Can't be too careful with those little ones...They are speedy....

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    I know what you are talking about. You can take them outside also. So handy when you can't watch them all the time. Back in the 60"s we had what was called a play pen. Sounds funny but it came in real handy when you had to run down to the basement to take clothes from washer and put in the dryer. We had a pot belly stove in the basement that kept the house warn all winter. I never would have been able to put him down for fear of him burning himself. I also had a gate that I would put in the kitchen door way. He could walk around and play with pots and pans while I did dishes and cooked. Better to be safe then sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug View Post
    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.
    my youngest is now 50 and we live along the coast. One day at the beach, i mentioned to a close friend (also our family doctor) that i would like to get a harness as this one was a wanderer and he promptly informed me that he would have to report me...
    It was even a "no-no" back then around these parts.

    I agree with you, it would have made life a lot easier and i do believe, a lot safer....but one can't fight city hall !!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Our two year old grandchildren, fraternal twins, stay at our home and RV frequently. For long periods of time. They are much too agile to contain in the enclosure anymore. Woe is me!!! We do use the leash system with the stuffed animal backpacks for our sanity and their safety when walking near the river or at Disney. I am 66 years older then them. They have the advantage when it comes to running! Sometimes we have to infringe on their freedom a little bit to protect them. Some people out in the world always have to criticize. We love these little persons way to much to not prevent them from harm. Two year olds are walking accidents anyway!!! Thank goodness they bring their mom or both parents most of the time!

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    The twins are only 7 but they used their harnesses till they out grew them. Just recently when going to the fair they asked if they could wear them. they don't fit them any more but I think it brought back good memories.They loved their freedom in it. Many people use these harnesses on their children. Now they look like little back packs, we had a doggie and a monkey back pack from Target. They snap over the front and the tail is the leash. I see them all over especially at the fair etc. Most people comment on how cute the back packs are and do not really notice the leash. If they do the comments were positive overall. I'll be washing them up for my soon to be 1 year old grand daughter. My SIL and DD asked if I still had the monkey harness.
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    my aunt-in-law gave me a harness for my fourth child.....never used it with 'leash'.....these were the days before seatbelts when car seats were like booster chairs...so....I straped the harness to the actual seat of the car and he played astronaut and buckled in....his neck was protected by the entire height of the back seat.

    when my third was born there were three under 3 yr old....so the older two played/built blocks in the playpen while the youngest was getting walking practice all around the room.(he would always preferr to knock the blocks down then build)

    there always needs to be a safe place for the baby!! had a neighbor who would bring her baby to my house so she could take a shower and wash her hair ...... her husband (now ex) did not 'allow' playpen.
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    I think it is a great idea, it is not a cage at all, no top or door just a large play area to keep the little ones safe. If there is any one who doesn't like the idea have them watch a toddler alone for a couple hours, try to get something done in the house or yard, go to the bathroom etc. with a little one on your lap or hanging on to there leg and we will see how well they agree to something like this. It is not like they are being locked up all day.
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    speaking of harnesses. I'm 69 years old, a war baby, and when we live in San Diego, Ca, Mother had a harness for me. So that is an old method of keeping your child near you and safe from traffic and kidnappers. I think all these "cages" and harnesses are just as necessary as car seats. And let the strangers stare, they are not the ones who will be caring for a hurt child.
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    Can't imagine anybody seeing safety measures as a negative. These are probably the same people that would say an accident was due to child neglect. I think multi-tasking is a myth. If you are trying to do two or more things at once you are not giving your full attention to anything. My son was on a self destruct mission from day one. He could climb before he could walk. We had to take him to emergency for stitches twice before he was three. You bet I used any and all methods to confine him when my back was turned.

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    I had one of those for my baby a 8 week bishon frise pup. She came home with me and that night slept like a log in her basket downstairs. Next night a little white ball slowly crept into my bedroom and tried to jump on the bed. Put her back no openings and went back up stairs . You've guessed it she was up stairs first. Baby gates anything sh could climb over gave up eventually
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I keep my 13 month old grandson during the day and he is climbing and running everywhere. There is no way I can watch him like 'I'm suppose to' every minute. The cage has saved him from falling off chairs, tables, and the sofa. DH made a comment that it was like a dog pen and he didn't like it. I said I don't care if you like it or not and I don't need your comments about something you know nothing about. He apologized after he had to watch the baby for a few hours by himself!
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    I Agree with BellaBoo.... Let those who complain chase after a young toddler or Crawler and try to get into the Bathroom for a moment of relief and let them see what that child can get into in seconds... my neighbor's little boy pulled the electric Mixer out of the bottom cupboard by the cord and dragged it across the kitchen and my own son got into a box of Nestles Quik right in the kitchen and we were sitting at the table... he was behind the cupboard door and was covered in Chocolate powder + he was eating it... so it only takes a couple seconds for a child to find something to get into... so the Play Yard is a Great idea... Safety for the Child comes First...
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    I have one I used for my first grandson (now 7) when I babysat him as a baby. Now I'm babysitting a 4 month grandson for 11 hours a day. Very long day of getting nothing done !! He will also go in it when he's a little older. With first grandson I would set it up outside my sewing room door or wherever I was so I could see him. He didn't mind it, it certainly is big enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjsylvstr View Post
    In addition to the playpen keeping the children safe, after they got a bit older,we used the playpen to protect our Christmas tree from the little tykes during the holidays!!!!!!
    Yes! This too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I agree, better for him to be safe. Young parents don't realize or care that it is hard for their parents to watch young kids. My Grands are too old now. Great Grands, don't live close.
    DD does most of the watching, and she likes the pen as well. I call it the baby run instead of the dog run as we are keeping it in the rectangle format. Isaac is not always happy to be in it, but it gives everyone a break and he is safe.

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