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post #41 of 82
Gotta love that human growth hormone; makes those lil ones so sturdy!
post #42 of 82
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But roller coaster rides generally aren't dangerous. They're pretty safe, if not as safe as staying on the ground. But they allow us to play with the idea of danger and fear in a really fun way.
Maybe not generally, but they can be...besides the potential for harm is a little greater. I think if I had to choose between my kid being tossed up into the air and caught by someone I knew and trusted, or putting my kid on a roller coaster, I'd choose the toss up.
post #43 of 82
I didn't read all the responses but the only time it makes me nervous is if it's too high or their is a ceiling fan. I have this fear of a child being thrown into a fan.
post #44 of 82
My husband does it and it makes me so mad. It scares the CRAP out of me. He used to take my stepdaughter (when she was an infant) by the ankles, swing her up in the air, let go, and catch her under the armpits circus-trapeze-style. It freaks me out!

Today he had my 7-week-old standing up on her own, only holding onto two of his fingers with her little hands. If she would have let go... She was on the bed, but still! It's scary!

He doesn't really get babies. He's always holding her in some freaky position. I can't stand other people holding my baby now.
post #45 of 82
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Originally Posted by nikag View Post
Why do people (of all ages, shapes, and sizes) go to theme parks and ride the roller coaster?

It's dangerous. It's scary. But it's FUN.
I guess.

But I guess I'm the odd man out here. My kids don't like it. Dd looks terrified when dh does it, so we don't.
post #46 of 82
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Originally Posted by amberskyfire View Post
My husband does it and it makes me so mad. It scares the CRAP out of me. He used to take my stepdaughter (when she was an infant) by the ankles, swing her up in the air, let go, and catch her under the armpits circus-trapeze-style. It freaks me out!

Today he had my 7-week-old standing up on her own, only holding onto two of his fingers with her little hands. If she would have let go... She was on the bed, but still! It's scary!

He doesn't really get babies. He's always holding her in some freaky position. I can't stand other people holding my baby now.
But did your step daughter ever get injured or maimed by the way her daddy played with her? you have to know that everyone holds and rocks and carries a baby different than you do. you're the momma, and I get that intense drive to protect, but I am sure your DH only wants the best for his daughter and would not intentionally hurt her.

Perhaps relax a bit and remind yourself that different is not neccessarily bad, just different.
post #47 of 82
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Originally Posted by Ironica View Post
If it scares the baby, sure, I'd be pissed (if someone knew it scared them and kept doing it), but in general, most babies love it, and it's GREAT for their vestibular sense development. Spinning them around, turning them upside down, going on the swings, all that kind of motion helps them learn to balance... which leads to sitting up and walking earlier.
I've also heard that spinning help make connections between the right and left side of the brain. IDK how true that is but it's an interesting theory, and certainly plays into the way kids like to spin in circles.
post #48 of 82
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But did your step daughter ever get injured or maimed by the way her daddy played with her? you have to know that everyone holds and rocks and carries a baby different than you do. you're the momma, and I get that intense drive to protect, but I am sure your DH only wants the best for his daughter and would not intentionally hurt her.

Perhaps relax a bit and remind yourself that different is not neccessarily bad, just different.

No, she never did get hurt, but I'm just terrified that there's going to be a "first time," you know? It looks terrifying to watch him do it 0.0
post #49 of 82
Well, yes & no. Yes in that DH does it and I always catch my breath...but bite my tongue. I don't consider it harmful if it is appropriate (not all crazy like tossin' ) and the child enjoys it.
post #50 of 82
Doesn't bother me as long as it's not too high and definitely no trapeze style swinging/tossing. That's just stupid IMHO.
post #51 of 82
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Well, I don't "throw" DD, but I do swing her up over my head and sort of bounce her at the top. She LOVES it. Makes her smile every time.
This is what we do w/ ours. I could never throw them. Did not have any desire to actually toss them. If they are scared I don't do it.

When my cousin was a baby I did it with her and she was NOT a happy camper! (We're 19 yrs apart, she was 3 mos old and I was her nanny.) The poor little thing was terrified! I instantly pulled her close to me and apologized and never did that again.
post #52 of 82
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Originally Posted by CanidFL View Post
I didn't read all the responses but the only time it makes me nervous is if it's too high or their is a ceiling fan. I have this fear of a child being thrown into a fan.
I'm a visual thinker. I just had visions of this. I'm sorry -- I laughed.
post #53 of 82
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I'm a visual thinker. I just had visions of this. I'm sorry -- I laughed.
You laughed at the image of a kid in a ceiling fan? That's messed up...


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post #54 of 82
No, as long as they're old enough & they're not thrown too high. Babies enjoy this type of "rough-housing." I don't think I'd trust just anyone doing it to my baby, though. Maybe just me, dh, or grampy, that's about it

Throwing babies off buildings for good luck does bother me, though:
http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=81490
Have you guys seen this? WTF?
Now that made my stomach churn
post #55 of 82
We used to have a huge oversized chaisse lounger. My hubby would stand about 5 feet away from it and throw the girls into the back of it (so they hit the back cushion with their sides or back) and they'd roll all the way down the chair laughing their heads off.

To this day my girls are still adrenaline junkies. You should see how high he can throw them!
post #56 of 82
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I'm a visual thinker. I just had visions of this. I'm sorry -- I laughed.
me too!!!
post #57 of 82
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Originally Posted by veganone View Post
Well, I don't "throw" DD, but I do swing her up over my head and sort of bounce her at the top. She LOVES it. Makes her smile every time.

I would never do it if it scared her, but I don't think anyone that does it does so with to scare a babe - it makes them laugh. I imagine DH will do that with DD when she's older if she likes it.
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My sdad used to throw us up, even as babies way, way, way up. We had 12 foot ceilings at least and he was tall and we'd almost touch. We thought it was the coolest thing ever and noone was ever hurt. I wouldn't swing my own up that far, though.
post #58 of 82
DS loves, loves, loves any sort of motion. He gets upset if we're still for too long. He and Daddy play pretty rough and tumble together and they have a grand time. Unfortunately, it makes it a challenge to help DS understand that not everyone wants to play that hard, but we're working on that. He loves to be tossed, spin with us, jump, bounce. . . all movement is great.
post #59 of 82
I guess the key is it's generally not scaring the babies -- more like delighting them -- but it IS scaring the adults watching.

My husband would make me really, really nervous with the ways he would hold, play with, toss about, etc, our son. I mean, my son would laugh like crazy but I didn't exactly trust a six month old to know when he was in risk of harm, you know? Once I became a single mama, though, it became really important to me to hear my son laugh at least a little bit like he did for his dad, and so I started to play with him more like his dad used to ... and you know what? I found out that much though I may have been nervous, it would be really, really hard to drop a baby that way. Anyone doing it can feel where the barrier of safety is.
post #60 of 82
It never bothered me. Until my husband did it to my firstborn, and he hit the baby's head on a moving ceiling fan. (Dh is 6'6". He forgets how high up he is.)

So after the ER and the trauma then ensued, he'll never do that again!
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