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post #21 of 76
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Originally Posted by Xerxella View Post
I'm surprised people are so worried about this. You can get hurt doing anything, walking down the sidewalk. Mowing the lawn does not seem extremely dangerous. I can't see how he could get hurt by the blades in this circumstances.

But, then I'm not a worrier.
So, if you've already made up your mind, why ask?

My husband works in another state 4-5 days a week, every week. I mow when he's home on the weekend and can watch the kids. Yes, it sucks to give up part of our precious family time, but I'm not willing to risk my kids' hearing and safety. They stay inside while I mow. We have a 1.5 acre yard and I'm on a riding mower so its really unsafe. When we lived in the suburbs and had a push mower and a small yard, they still stayed inside. I wear the big muffling ear covers to protect my hearing, I certainly wouldn't expose my children to it.

This article reports that 16,000 children a year are harmed by lawn mower accidents. I'm sure that every single parent felt the same way you do, that there was no way their child could possibly get hurt. A child lost their foot in our community riding on a lawn mower with her grandfather a couple years ago. I know that grandfather must have felt confident the child was safe - he'd been mowing for over 50 years, probably.
post #22 of 76
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Originally Posted by Mama Mko View Post
Yeah, I make my kids stay inside when mowing is happening. It really isn't a kid-friendly chore.
I agree. Sometimes you can kick up a small stone or twig with the blades and they come at you with surprising speed. Do not allow your small kids anywhere near the mower. I feel they are a hazard even off. My dad once had the mower flipped over for a repair.. my sis got too close and tripped, cut herself on the blade.
post #23 of 76
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Originally Posted by seagull View Post
No children near lawn mowers, ever! Why do you put grass in a landfill?
We bag into special bags that the city composts.

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Originally Posted by Queen of Cups View Post
So, if you've already made up your mind, why ask? .

Well, I certainly came in with an opinion obviously, but mostly I'm just surprised by the strong reaction. It certainly makes me think about my previous opinion.

My daughter on my back doesn't worry me too much. In order for her to get hurt an item would have to impale me, go through to hit her. I'll just keep my son playing in the backyard or riding his bike like he usually does anyways. If he gets upset about wanting to help, I can always stop, get him distracted by something else and come back later.
post #24 of 76
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Originally Posted by Xerxella View Post
But, garbage pick up is Friday, so if DH does it on the weekend the grass sits and stinks for a week before it get picked up.
have dh cut the grass on saturday and then put a curb alert on craigslist and people who compost will come pick it up.

problem solved
post #25 of 76
we compost our own grass. My dh does the grass, and kids are not allowed around him while he is cutting. He wears ear protection and eye protection. We are not super worriers either, but this is basic safety precautions, just like wearing eye protection while using power tools.
post #26 of 76
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Originally Posted by Xerxella View Post
My daughter on my back doesn't worry me too much. In order for her to get hurt an item would have to impale me, go through to hit her. I'll just keep my son playing in the backyard or riding his bike like he usually does anyways. If he gets upset about wanting to help, I can always stop, get him distracted by something else and come back later.
See, this would worry me. What if you got hit with something hard enough to knock you down. You could end up landing on top of the child on your back (if you fall backwards). And if you're really quite injured, you may be unable to get off of her (and your 3yo is definitely too young to help move you around so you don't smother the younger one).
post #27 of 76
Aren't you at all concerned about the noise level and fumes for the baby on your back?

My dd is 7 and I still ask her to stay inside when I mow. Having once shot a small rock through a window while mowing -- and imagining the horror if DD's eyes had been between the mower and the window! -- makes it a non-choice for me. Label me a worrier if you want, but young kids and power tools are a bad mix.
post #28 of 76
I think it's great to involve the kids in all kinds of activities but I would be a bit careful. I used to be all over the place with my Baby Björn and the kids during my years on paternity leave but not even I mowed the lawn with them:-)

My kids, 4 and 6.5 do help out with mowing the lawn but wear ear protectors , glasses,and we also have a mower which basically makes it impossible for anything to be thrown.

IMHO, asking older children to stay inside when moving is paranoid unless of course they are very irresponsible and can't keep their hands away. THat would b more of a parenting issue though. If it's a crappy mower which can spread things all over the place things are different.
post #29 of 76
I don't think it is paranoid to ask older children to stay inside- honestly, it is not far fetched that a rock could be thrown- a pp said she had a rock thrown thru a window- this is NOT uncommon. It only takes once. It's not about keeping their hands out. It's about teaching safety and staying out of harms reach.
post #30 of 76
My kids are always outside with me when I mow, at least if I'm mowing while home without DH. If DH isn't home, I mow when the baby is down for a nap, but I would NEVER leave my kids in the house unattended without me. Too many things could happen.

We have a mower that doesn't throw a single thing - no rocks, no sticks, no nothing. Nothing EVER shoots out of it, so I'm okay with using it around the kids.

That said, the kids are never near me while I mow anyway. They play in the side yard and know they aren't to come past the front of the house while I am mowing the front.

As for wearing the baby in a sling, if I had ear protection for the kiddo I would do it, but the only thing stopping me is the judgments of other people, so I don't.

As for getting heatstroke or something random while walking with a baby on your back, that can be said for walking anywhere outside with a baby on your back. What if you get heatstroke at the walking track and fall on your kid? But that tiny chance of that ever happening doesn't stop most moms I know.

As for lawn mower injuries and amputations, I'd love to see some stats - I am suspicious that most happen with riding mowers, and I would NEVER use one of those around kids. Ever.
post #31 of 76
Your child on your back could get hurt. I know someone who tripped and fell while mowing and got hurt, and certainly if a child had been on his back the child could have been hurt as well. It seems like it would be easier to trip and fall with a toddler on your back.
post #32 of 76
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
Your child on your back could get hurt. I know someone who tripped and fell while mowing and got hurt, and certainly if a child had been on his back the child could have been hurt as well. It seems like it would be easier to trip and fall with a toddler on your back.
See, I don't get that. I went walking down a flight of stairs once and tripped and fell (gracefully, thank God) with my baby on my back, but I still babywear. A trip and fall accident could happen anywhere.
post #33 of 76
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
Your child on your back could get hurt. I know someone who tripped and fell while mowing and got hurt, and certainly if a child had been on his back the child could have been hurt as well. It seems like it would be easier to trip and fall with a toddler on your back.
Well in that case wearing a child on your back and walking is never safe you could trip at anytime.

I know a woman who fell parking her cart in the cart return and her baby got hurt in the sling. I still wear my baby to the grocery store.

I do think there maybe some safety concerns wtr to mowing with small children. What if your dh took the bag off the mower aand just let the clipped grass hit the yard as he mowed. It's good for your grass, saves yard bags, and solves the problem of your hysband not being able to mow.
post #34 of 76
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Originally Posted by Anastasiya View Post
See, I don't get that. I went walking down a flight of stairs once and tripped and fell (gracefully, thank God) with my baby on my back, but I still babywear. A trip and fall accident could happen anywhere.
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Originally Posted by nannymom View Post
Well in that case wearing a child on your back and walking is never safe you could trip at anytime.

I know a woman who fell parking her cart in the cart return and her baby got hurt in the sling. I still wear my baby to the grocery store.

I do think there maybe some safety concerns wtr to mowing with small children. What if your dh took the bag off the mower aand just let the clipped grass hit the yard as he mowed. It's good for your grass, saves yard bags, and solves the problem of your hysband not being able to mow.
The addition of a mower blade creates a much worse potential injury.
post #35 of 76
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
The addition of a mower blade creates a much worse potential injury.
If you fall in my case, the mower shuts off immediately. I don't know how you could fall into or on top of the mower anyway - you'd hit the handle first.
post #36 of 76
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Originally Posted by Anastasiya View Post
If you fall in my case, the mower shuts off immediately. I don't know how you could fall into or on top of the mower anyway - you'd hit the handle first.
I have no idea of the specifics, but i saw my neighbor's hand after it got chewed up, or after surgery anyway, so I know it's possible to get hurt.
post #37 of 76
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
I have no idea of the specifics, but i saw my neighbor's hand after it got chewed up, or after surgery anyway, so I know it's possible to get hurt.
Oh, I'm not doubting that's it's possible to get hurt. I'm just saying there's a risk with everything we do....mowing the lawn alone can get us injured. Babywearing (aside from mowing) can get our babies injured. Heck, you could even be mowing with your kids *safe* inside and shoot a rock into the window at them. There's a whole host of possibilities of injury. But sometimes you've still got to do what you've got to do, and be as careful as possible while doing it.
post #38 of 76
How big is your lawn? Would a non-powered push mower be (a) doable and (b) safer?
post #39 of 76
The risk of wearing a baby and mowing a lawn are not even remotely in the same category. There is a very good reason that lawn mowers have warnings on them. Obviously, if you chose to accept that risk, that is your acceptance, but to try to equate it to the relatively low risk of babywearing is just an apples to oranges comparison.

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Also, as far as the motor shutting off if you let go of the handle- there is a period of time that the blade is still turning- it isn't set with a brake. Not to mention that the motor stays HOT for quite a long period of time AFTER you are done with it.
post #40 of 76
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Originally Posted by mommy2maya View Post
The risk of wearing a baby and mowing a lawn are not even remotely in the same category. ....to try to equate it to the relatively low risk of babywearing is just an apples to oranges comparison.
No one was equating the risk of babywearing to the risk of lawn mowing.

We were, however, equating the risks of babywearing to the risks of babywearing. (In ANY situation babywearing can be dangerous). You could just as easily trip going for a walk, or get heatstroke in the park, or stumble walking across your yard to get the mail. Mowing doesn't change those risks.

It does, however, add the additional risk of a blade, flying objects if your mower shoots things out, and loud noise.
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