Originally Posted by skueppers
I think it's funny that most people don't think twice about confining their kids to a stroller, preventing them from having any control over their own movements, but think it's horrible for a child to have the freedom of walking around on their own with a harness.
That said, I don't own one myself, despite having a "dasher." I've certainly thought about it.
I totally agree with this-- except that I did have and use a harness and found it very usefull for a certain period of my child's toddlerhood.
My response to anyone who gave me crap was "My kid is up and walking. Yours is strapped with a 5-point harness to an inanimate object with wheels. Which of these things is more demeaning?"
Or it would have been. No one ever gave me crap. I got a few "second looks" but mostly I got "Oh, wow, I really like that, where did you get it?"
(A followup, to bring home the point, woudl be "Why don't you just get a hockey mask for him and do the full Hannibal Lecter?")
Seriously. We strap kids with 5-point harnesses into strollers until they're 5 years old in the name of "control" and "safety" and that is somehow better than letting them up and walk around and explore their world with a safety line on? Get real!!!