Tuesday, May 20, 2008

To harness or not to harness, that is the question...

So we are going to Disneyland next month. And as some of you may know...(especially if you were at the Elders Quorum activity on Saturday) Sam likes to run off. He doesn't hold hands, and we WILL NOT take a stroller to Disneyland. he doesn't mind riding on Dave's shoulders but one can only stand and extra 30+ lbs on their shoulders. I want to get one of those child harnesses. I always thought that they were a cruel thing to do to a child, but that was before I had one that liked to run off. Dave is totally against it. I just don't want to take any chances in such a large place. Call me paranoid but i would rather know my child is safely attached to my arm than someone else's. i figure this way he can have a little bit of "freedom" by being able to walk around without having to hold anyone's hand.

So, what do you think? To harness or not to harness?

11 comments:

Summersfam said...

I would totally do it! If we had gone to Disneyland when my second child was 2, you better believe she would have been strapped down somehow. That girl was a runner.

Tanya Dow said...

I felt the same way that you did - until I lost Gavin in Winco - I would do anything to avoid that terrible, sheer panic feeling. I bought a harness that day. The backpack ones like your picture are really cute. I think the backpacks make them feel more grownup since they can carry something in them. My husband was all for it. The Batmans lost their 8 year old for a few minutes (I believe, see her blog). If an 8 year old can get lost in a crowd, so can a 2 year old! If it makes hubs feel better tell him you only plan on using it on vacation and then not again - better safe than sorry.

My little pods said...

I would definitely do it. Disneyland is so busy (especially in the summer) and you don't want to take any chances. Lily likes to run off sometimes, so we have one of those harnesses. She's fine with it most of the time:)We're actually going next month too. Happy happy times.

jllowoolsey said...

Harness all the way baby! Just tell Dave too bad, you don't want to have a lost child. Just do it and say that you will hold on to him. It's not cruel, it's just safe. I mean this is Disneyland we are talking about here!

Batman Forever said...

As someone who just got back from Disneyland, I say do it. There were kids in harnesses all over the place. You'd see them everywhere. You will be less stressed and enjoy your time so much more. Do it!

P.S. Yes I did lose Jackson. But I don't think they make a harness in his size. I'll look into it.

Leah said...

Harness him down. Dylan was a leash-baby and look how he turned out!

Karin said...

I used to be put in a harness by my mom, because I always used to run off (plus she had three kids in three years and couldn't have her hands everywhere). As far as I know it didn't harm me.
Mentioning cruelty: I think for Sam it would be more cruel to find himself lost in the crowd without knowing where his parents are. Not to think about what people are able to do to a lost two year old.

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ejmowrer said...

I think this may be the first serious comment that I've ever made on this blog, but I think you should use the harness. The risk is too great not to. Consider what is at stake. Even if he innocently wanders off, it could take hours to find him, ruining your day, not to mention all of the many not-so-innocent scenarios that you read about in the news.

I've gone to places like that without a leash or harness and I've regretted it. I was not able to enjoy myself with the stress of checking the kid every 10 seconds to make sure he was still there.

The Woolner Family said...

Chad's brother was the same way and got separated from the family in Disneyland when he was a kid. Fortunately, the security people found him, but I do not doubt there are super creeps out there just waiting for the opportunity. You'll be stressed out the whole time and not have any fun worrying over Sam. It would be much better to swallow some pride over having Sam in a harness than worry that something much worse may happen to him.

Eric & Penny Kunz Family said...

I think I would harness too. My SIL wrote her phone number in permanent marker on her boys arm and he also got lost. How come no stroller, not even a umbrella stroller that you buy once you are there?