It's funny how we change so much when we raise kids, isn't it?
For instance, before I had children, I totally looked down on people who used toddler leashes. I thought it was cruel and demeaning to the kids, and wondered why they wouldn't find a better solution. I'm pretty sure I thought at one point that maybe they just shouldn't go out at all.
Then I had kids, and I realized that those people weren't bad at all. It's not cruel or demeaning to keep your child safe, it's your job. If you need to use a toddler leash to prevent your kid from bolting, then do it!
But, I also kind of thought.. well, maybe that's alright for them, but I've taught my children to stay by myself. I'd never need one of those, because I know the trick to getting kids to behave.
Then my fourth child came along and turned everything on its head, including my thoughts on todder leashes. Despite all my best efforts to teach him, he is a total runner. Normally it's not a big deal because I watch him like a hawk, but when we go to places like, say, the New England Aquarium.. well. I've never actually lost him, but places like that are stressful.
We have two trips to Disney coming up, as well as a season of Aquarium trips and other fun things like that. I know they sell those stuffed animal harnesses, but they look way too hot for September in Orlando.
So I made him one.
It took forever because I didn't have a pattern and just winged it. As I usually do. But it came out really nice, and the chest piece (bodice? smock? what would you call that?) can be interchangeable - in other words, I don't always have to use a Mickey one, and in fact, I got some great airplane fabric so I can make another.
As a side note, it's totally adjustable - Niall's wearing it on the smallest setting, and when I put it on Fiona (she asked, I swear), I didn't have to adjust it at all. She weighs the same as Niall but is about 4-6 inches taller.
My bigger kids wanted to get in on the fun, too. I did have to adjust it for Lachlann (who's 7), but only the shoulder straps - it still fit him fine around the waist - though I could have added several inches to those straps if I'd needed to.
My husband thinks I should sell them on Etsy, and I'm toying with the thought. We'll see if I get any feedback about them.