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Walking with a 2 year old in the street

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microserf Sat 18-Jun-11 21:46:50

DD is adamant she wants to walk in the street and gets very upset when put into pushchair (in fact, sometimes you basically have to force her, so I end up not going out rather than doing that).

Anyway, it was going OK with my pushing the pushchair with DS in it, and DD holding my hand or "pushing" the pushchair. BUT twice now, she has refused to hold my hand, and has run towards the road - once getting into the road itself with a large 4x4 travelling at speed towards her). Both times I have resorted to desperate measures to grab her in time, and we've ended up in a heap on the pavement, her in tears and me very shaken.

Should I be insisting she's back in the double buggy? Is she too young at 26 months to be walking on the pavement? DH wants her to develop her independence and I am a bit over protective, so I've been trying - but as she gets more confidence, the worse the problem gets.

ginmakesitallok Sat 18-Jun-11 21:48:09

wrist strap?? We have similar issues with DD2 (20 months) - but at least she can't run that fast yet

RhinestoneCowgirl Sat 18-Jun-11 21:52:56

No, she's not too young to be walking on the pavement, but she is too young to have any sense at all about traffic/danger. I would use reins in this situation (if you don't like the harness ones, there are back-pack versions around which might appeal) and explain that she has to have the reins on until she learns not to dash off into the road.

RitaMorgan Sat 18-Jun-11 21:55:14


Tee2072 Sat 18-Jun-11 21:55:54

I agree, reins. My son knows, at 2 years, if he won't hold hands he will wear his reins or go into his pushchair. And, yes, sometimes I have to force him into the pushchair when hands and reins fail. His safety is more important than anything so it's not negotiable.

microserf Sat 18-Jun-11 21:56:18

DH has strong Views about reins... sad although i have a pair hidden away that i bought a while ago. I may just have to bite the bullet and discuss it with him again. He was very anti before, but with a pushchair as well, I am terrified I won't get to her in time if she does it again.

Tee2072 Sat 18-Jun-11 21:56:50

What is his objection, exactly?

Ivortheengine8 Sat 18-Jun-11 21:59:54

I have an 18 month old and another on the way. My DD likes to walk now most of the time and I bought her a little ruck sack with reins on it.
My mum said my older sister won't use reins but she said her DD's are always running into the road etc. I could not get used to that!

If you get the rucksack type like here they can put a little snack or something in the back and I think it kakes them feel more grown up!

I have it in pink from John Lewis

PaperView Sat 18-Jun-11 22:00:31

Well it's not him that is walking with a buggy and a 2 year old is it?

microserf Sat 18-Jun-11 22:01:48

I think he thought it was too controlling and infantilised the child (ie not developing independence). He was very anti when I raised it before.

But - real time development - just raised it with him now as suggested by you, and he's willing to reconsider given the incidents in the last week.

We were both pretty upset by the 4x4 incident as it happened right outside our front door. Thank god a stranger came by and helped us, as DD had ended up grubby, soaked and hysterical. I wasn't much better!

bushymcbush Sat 18-Jun-11 22:02:50

I think if your dh had been the one in a heap on the pavement after a near tragedy, he wouldn't be being so holier-than-thou about it. Use the harness. Not worth the risk IMO.

PaisleyLeaf Sat 18-Jun-11 22:03:17

Tell him you've got strong views about your 2 year old not getting hit by traffic.

Tee2072 Sat 18-Jun-11 22:04:26

It actually gives them more independence as they have a bit of freedom, the length of the lead. Can you imagine how restrictive it is to hold your arm up in the air, over your head, as you hold mummy/daddy's hand? And how exhausting?

bushymcbush Sat 18-Jun-11 22:05:34

Infantalising? She's an infant! Hardly more than a baby in fact!

Ivortheengine8 Sat 18-Jun-11 22:06:07

Agree, It makes me shudder when I see little toddlers running about in the street. You never know what a child is thinking. One day she might see something and run after it or be startled by something that makes her run into the road. Parents SHOULD be in control of their children, who else is?

microserf Sat 18-Jun-11 22:07:10

thanks, to be honest I had forgotten about the reins and thinking of just strapping her into the pushchair as I couldn't deal with it. DH is still not at all keen on reins, but with the pushchair to manage as well, it's just too risky.

started feeling a bit upset again by how close it was the other day actually. i know i'm being silly reliving it, but it's really coming home to me now how close it was.

Malvapoeding Sat 18-Jun-11 22:07:18

can you get one of those daysacks with a strap which connects to the top so not looking like reins but still acting like them.

Jojay Sat 18-Jun-11 22:07:34

I agree that some sort of reins are essential until she can be truated not to run off. The backpack sort seem to be longer which is a good thing. IK've got the harness type and they are very short and a bit awkward.

My Ds used to hate holding hands but would happily hold onto a strap attached to the buggy - perhaps you could try that, in conjunction to the reins to begin with?

NormanTebbit Sat 18-Jun-11 22:09:01

I just use judgement - so DD3 walks along quiet streets with me but I pick her up on main roads unlessthe pavement is pretty wide. I watch her constantly and also walk between her and the traffic, using the buggy as a barrier.

I think it's important to road train from the beginning so she walks alot.

microserf Sat 18-Jun-11 22:09:06

Out of curiosity, how old is old enough to walk by themselves? Our neighbour has a 3 year old who manages it very well, but I suppose it very much depends on the child him or herself?

exoticfruits Sat 18-Jun-11 22:09:45

Reins are the answer. If your DH has strong feelings he needn't use them if he is taking her.

microserf Sat 18-Jun-11 22:11:34

Hi JoJay, that is a really good idea for the strap. Unfortunately, that was the suggestion that prompted the first incident, as we were on a busy road and i started to get nervous about her veering close to the road. I asked her to hold the strap and she ran straight for the road. She does love pretending to "push" her brother though. I'd like her to get used to holding the strap as I think that could work really well long term, so I might ask her on very quiet roads to do that.

NormanTebbit Sat 18-Jun-11 22:11:38

Also a biscuit helps to get an unwilling toddler into a buggy - sometimesthey just have to go into it and it doesn't do them any harmto realise that.

PaisleyLeaf Sat 18-Jun-11 22:12:22

It depends on the child and how many children you're trying to control etc.

microserf Sat 18-Jun-11 22:12:22

I should clarify - it's the buggy strap, not a rein I asked her to hold.

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