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    I bought a cage to put my grandson in....

    Not really! It's a play yard super yard...it's really just a bunch of panels like baby gates that connect into a circle and it contains him in that space. Away from anything dangerous like the fireplace, tv, stairs, cords. He has been crawling for about 2 weeks, and is also pulling himself up to standing and trying to walk along the table ,couch etc. He is into EVERYTHING! so this will give us a respite and him a safe place to play close to us when we are too exhausted to chase after him.

    I really have to figure out how to upload pictures and show you folks my projects and GS and stuff.

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    My daughter bought one of those too. My husband hated it and kept telling to get him out of the cage and watch him like she's supposed too. I thought it was a good idea. What's the difference in that and a much smaller playpen that we put our kids in? I'm sure he'll have fun in there. All the Rugrat's did and my daughter loved that show!
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    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.
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    I think a safe place for baby to be is an excellent idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dd View Post
    My daughter bought one of those too. My husband hated it and kept telling to get him out of the cage and watch him like she's supposed too.
    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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    You are lucky your DGS will stay in it. I had a twin sized play pen for my daughter for times I needed her to not be hanging off my legs. (Cooking, running upstairs to get something I needed- why am I even explaining? It's the 'supposed to' thing- boy I would be annoyed at that comment!!)

    She cried every time I put her in it- even though it was full of her favourite toys. I ended up climbing in with her sometimes, which made me look and feel a fool!

    It became a much appreciated gift for someone else. You enjoy yours!
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    is this so different from the playpens of yesteryear? I say yesteryear as I haven't seen one around anywhere in quite some time. They were wonderful....and "dd", I wonder if your husband and most other husbands could get daily household chores finished and watch baby 24/7 as "we" are supposed to do. LOLOLOLOL
    Rather be safe than sorry...........

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    When my eldest GD was a little one we had a dachsund that slept in a cage. The door was always open in case the dog wanted ro go in to rest. Our GD used to crawl part way in. It was the funniest thing.

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    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!!!!!!

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    I had two sets of panels and made a play yard twice as big for my twins when they were babies. the play yard panels were brightly colored had a gate and toys build in.They took over the whole room but were happy for hours on end. It was so big we could go in there too. We also gated off the porch and put special netting in between the porch rails. This made the whole porch safe. All their big toys, ride on, activity table, would be in there also.
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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!!!!!!
    Hmmm I did that with my older ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    He apologized after he had to watch the baby for a few hours by himself!
    Hahahahaha Caretakers need to use the bathroom and do other things too like cook. Parameters are not a bad thing.
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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.
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    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.

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    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...

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    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.
    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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    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!
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    That Sounds like a great idea! Gives him more room than the old playpens.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stablemom View Post
    Not really! It's a play yard super yard...it's really just a bunch of panels like baby gates that connect into a circle and it contains him in that space. Away from anything dangerous like the fireplace, tv, stairs, cords. He has been crawling for about 2 weeks, and is also pulling himself up to standing and trying to walk along the table ,couch etc. He is into EVERYTHING! so this will give us a respite and him a safe place to play close to us when we are too exhausted to chase after him.



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    My neighbor has one that she lets her son play in out in the yard. With the play pen he has room to play and not feel totally caged. Wish I'd had one when my kids were little.
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    I had my boys in playpens and it was a Godsend. About 1 month was all they lasted though. They learned how to climb out. My oldest son was in a twin bed at 11months because he was climbing out of his crib. When the youngest was 13 months he was in the crib getting ready to climb out and it collapsed around him. The youngest was the 3rd to use that crib. My niece used it and she used to rock it across the floor and push the lock on the bedroom door. Took the lock off and put her into a twin. She was about 14 months.

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    My son was super active.Traveling with him was an adventure. Mom had a great big Ford station wagon. Kiddo would go from front - middle - back make a U-turn and start all over again. So my Dad made a fence that separated the back from the rest of the car. Kiddo was put in through the back window with toys and driving was less dangerous after that. You can imagine the looks we got. And a few Mom's actually wanted to know where we bought this wonderful gate. P.S. This was before the invention of seat belts and car seats.

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    Sounds like something I could have used when my were little. Safe kids are happy kids and so are their parents.

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    I used this play yard for my Gkids. I had it in the living room,it actually took up the entire room. One big giant playpen.
    I could do my work and not worry about then getting in trouble or hurt.

    My girlfriend ,at first thought it was too big until her DD had a baby. She bought mine and loved it.
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    I was born in the 50's. A playpen was part of the culture. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. Gives Mom and Dad a few minutes respite and the baby is contained and safe. Also baby learns to entertain herself/himself a bit within the safe confines.

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