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I saw someone at the park with them yesterday - they're an around-the-chest harness thing with two straps that the parent holds on to at a comfortable height for beginner walkers. I didn't know what to make of it. Is it a good idea? Terrible? I guess it saves hunching over and holding onto hands. I couldn't decide it if looked comfortable or not or how, if at all, it would 'improve' walking. Thoughts?<br><br>
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Well, since the parent would be more willing to help the child walk around as much as the child wants, that'd give the child more practice and thus help walking. If Lina had been as short as her cousins during the phase of wanting to hold my hands and walk around all.the.time, I would've bought that product.<br><br>
When her cousins went through that phase, after 15 minutes of hunched over walking I was thinking "gosh it'd be great to have arm extenders".
 

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We have something similar. Friends of ours used them with their son and recommended them to us. I thought dd would hate them but they picked them up for us anyway. It turned out that dd hated them, so we never used them. TBH I kind of have negative feelings about them because dd went through a very long cruising stage (6 mos.) and people would just not give it a rest about why she wasn't walking on her own yet, and many of them kept telling me that I needed to get the 'bretelle' (what they're called here) so that I could 'teach' her how to walk...so I kind of associate them with everyone not just letting dd be, ykwim?<br><br>
But I do agree with pp that there are positive uses for them. My BIL and his wife also used them for one of their children. I think they're actually fairly common here in Italy.
 

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I think of cruising as more advanced than walking holding hands. Probably because Lina refused to cruise, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think of cruising as more advanced than walking holding hands. Probably because Lina refused to cruise, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I thought the opposite, probably because my dd refused to walk holding hands! And there were so many people who told me I should force her to do it (walk holding hands,) then they wanted me to put her in the bretelle. But she was just a happy little cruiser. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I saw a few kids/parenting using these yesterday. I thought it was for the parent to prevent the child from running away. I personally wouldn't have used it for my DD. She walked when she was ready.
 

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DD wanted to walk ALL DAY LONG when she was about 10mo, until she could walk at about 13mo. We had a gift card to BRU and totally got this. It never worked well b/c DD was too skinny for it to be super secure. I think they've since changed the design. But it was STILL worth it b/c yeah after 15 minutes of walking her around, I was done. And it was all she wanted to do, all day long. She cried if you stopped, over and over... she was a funny one, never crawled or cruised, just butt-scooted and then walked. So kinda weird but it depends on the case IMO.
 

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I think they are more common here in Europe. A friend uses them for a couple of reasons.<br><br>
First, she has mostly tiles in her home and doesn't want her ds falling down. Wall-to-wall carpeting is rare here and frankly, frowned upon so pretty much everywhere has hard surfaces. She had a scary fall with her other son once so I can understand her jittery-ness.<br><br>
Second, it's her fourth baby and she finds herself doing stuff with the older kids and the baby wants to walk but the surface isn't ideal since he's not steady on his feet. She'll have it on cement or somewhere like that.<br><br>
I never used them with the idea that they do things when they are meant to do them, without any prompting. I'm not into judging their use, if there isn't any proven danger and it's certainly better than keeping older kids from going to the park because of fears that the little learning walker will hurt himself!
 

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hmm, I guess I can see advantages to them. Travis went through the cruising/walk holding hands phase for about 8 months (10 months old till 18 months old) and between 24" and 26" tall (he's a very short child, at 2 1/2 he is only 28") so it killed our backs. River is in that phase now at 1 year old and 26"...<br><br>
But, I think I'll just stick with the hand holding, even 10 months with a lateish walker isn't THAT long to have to crouch and hold hands in the grand scheme of things, not worth another baby gadget imo...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">hmm, I guess I can see advantages to them. Travis went through the cruising/walk holding hands phase for about 8 months (10 months old till 18 months old) and between 24" and 26" tall (he's a very short child, at 2 1/2 he is only 28") so it killed our backs. River is in that phase now at 1 year old and 26"...<br><br>
But, I think I'll just stick with the hand holding, even 10 months with a lateish walker isn't THAT long to have to crouch and hold hands in the grand scheme of things, not worth another baby gadget imo...</div>
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If someone was getting a sore back from carrying a baby in arms all the time, everyone would recommend getting a good sling so the baby's needs could be met. How is this any different?<br><br>
A wrap sling can be used for the same purpose, but would require a bit more set up to avoid trailing and being a tripping risk.
 
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