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|I wouldn't rely on a 20 month old (or any child under say 2 1/2 or 3) to keep themselves safe. That is, I don't believe any amount of advance preparation or verbal instruction can keep them close to you at all times. They just don't have the impulse control for that.|
Mama to three
For us, like PPs, the stroller or cart is non-negotiable. It's necessary for me to be able to do what I need to do without the stress of worrying that he's safe. He's always been in the cart/stroller, so I guess he's used to it as part of the deal now. I know how hard it is to have a LO who hates being confined, though. My BFF's DD is the same way. But at nearly 2, she is starting to realize that she can fight all she wants, she's still going to end up in the cart!
My 2.5 y/o twins still ride in the cart when we go shopping and have come to accept it as part of the routine.
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