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06/08/2014 at 09:19
I had to nip to the shops yesterday and saw a couple with their little boy, I'm not the best at guessing toddlers ages but I would say he was under 18months. They had the pram seat on parent facing mode and the little guy was standing in the seat, facing the same way as the parents were walking, holding onto the hood of the seat. When I first saw them the dad was pushing and the mum was walking at the side of him which was bad enough, he could easily have fallen and she would have been lucky to catch him but I then saw them when I was heading back to the car and it was just the dad pushing and the mum wasn't there and the LO was still standing the same way.
This was in an indoor shopping centre, the ones with those rock hard tiled floors. With the weight of him leaning on the hood, I could see how the pram could have pushed into a recline position (the seat was upright) and he would have tumbled right over the top and the dad would probably have then basically run him over. I couldn't stop staring but they seemed so oblivious to that being a problem.
I thought about it all day yesterday, I didn't say anything (tbh they didn't look like the sort of couple you could approach with that advice!) but I kept thinking about him falling and feeling guilty that I didn't mention it.
06/08/2014 at 09:29
06/08/2014 at 10:21
My friend lets her son do this. He's just turned two and is a little demon child. He refuses to sit in his pram so it's the only way she can get him to go in it. I'm constantly on edge when I'm with her thinking he's going to fall out. He also recently refused to go in the pram altogether so she's had to buy him a buggy board and she walks along pushing an empty pram with him stood on it.
He refuses to hold hands or wear reins when walking and so she just lets him run ahead of her and I'm constantly sh***ing myself that he's going to run in the road.
I worry I'm too strict but my two year old doesn't get a choice. If she wants to walk she HAS to wear her reins, if she sits in the pram she has to be strapped in etc.
Sorry that turned into a rant about my friend, but it sounds like what you saw. Some parents let their kids do whatever they feel like as they can't be bothered with the tears and tantrums, but it just creates more hassle in the long run.
06/08/2014 at 10:47
Made my stomach churn :(
06/08/2014 at 10:50
It's horrible and some people make very bad parenting choices, but I don't think it's our place to tell other people what to do.
06/08/2014 at 10:52
That's really scary! I can't imagine not having W strapped into his buggy. I won't even let him out his buggy without his reins on! I'd sooner take the screaming tantrum from him not getting his own way than let him do something that is potentially dangerous. I think it's a sad state of affairs that parents can't be bothered when children start acting up and they look for the easiest option for them, and not what's best for the child.
06/08/2014 at 17:31
My pet peeve is seeing children unstrapped in moving cars! H and I drove down to visit family in Southampton on the weekend and saw three cars with children either just bouncing on the back seat or just pressed up against the windows. I was so shocked!
I'm with you RKB, A can scream her head off until we're somewhere safe for me to take her out of the pushchair or car seat!
06/08/2014 at 18:21
So many people drive around with unrestrained children. It's awful :(
It's when you see kids standing up through the sunroof that it really freaks me out. Or when they let small children sit on their lap and steer the car. They do it on the holiday park where I work all the time - or they let them stand in the pack of nissan navara type vehicles.
06/08/2014 at 19:59
I let J do that.
He is rarely strapped in, as we are phasing the pushchair out, so he gets in and out as he wants.
06/08/2014 at 20:06
Oh I could have easily written this. In boots at lunch today and a baby totally unrestrained pulls herself up against the till balancing stood in the seat of the pram! She can't have been much more than 12 months. Mother then pushes her pram which noticing baby thankfully fell into the pram hood and not out of the pram, started crying the mother practically threw her in the pram and still didn't strap her. Last saw her stood again balancing on the bar across the pram screaming. Seriously do not get why people aren't more conscious of their child's safety. I had stop walking the dogs on a certain park as watching toddlers on the edge of the lake!
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