‘You sound like Mary Whitehouse,’ observes the hubby as I follow my brand new toddler around trying to restrain him from various no-go zones.
‘Jed, don’t touch the toilet!’
‘Jed, come away from the dustbin!’
‘Sit Jed. Good boy.’
It’s my firm belief that sometime between 9 and 18 months all children exhibit distinct signs of doggy behaviour. Just turned one, my baby is fully immersed in what I call the puppy stage. Ezra reached his puppy peak around 10 months. He even used to pant when he was excited.
Jed doesn’t pant but he does yap on occasion and spends much of his time eating paper and chewing on his dad’s slippers. When you try and take a piece of cardboard from his jaws, he goes Grrrr.
It’s basically a cuddly animal backpack with a very long (removable) tail that acts as the parent handle. You clip the Harness Buddy around your tot and then he’s free to wander without straying too far from your side.
It’s hardly a collar and chain situation, but I did catch a couple of strange looks when I took Jed and his Harness Buddy for a test run.
We went for a walk by the canal nearby. Normally I’d have kept Jed strapped in his pushchair to avoid him falling in. But with the Harness Buddy safely buckled around him, it was cool to let the kids play chase, while I essentially held the reins.
It was a magical feeling strolling by the water with both boys, as the ducks sailed past. And the look of freedom on Jed’s face as he toddled about simply couldn’t be bought.
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