This past Monday was not the best one for Miss P. Or me, for that matter.
A couple of months ago she went from being my quietly-sits-in-the-cart baby to my stands-up-in-the-seat-of-the-cart baby. Even with the safety belt on she would still stand up and sometimes even wiggle out of the belt.
I decided that it would be safer to let her stand in the back of cart. This worked out well for us, because she could stand up and maul all of our purchases and look around. It worked out well until this past Monday.
You see, on Monday morning she fell out of the cart.
All the way out.
Flipped over the edge of the back and landed on the ground on her back in the checkout lane at Target.
I watched the whole thing. I was helpless to stop it, it happened so fast.
She was reaching for something in the grab and go area of the lane. I was digging through my purse for coupons. The cart lurched and I looked up just as she went over the side.
Luckily, she tucked her head in and landed on her back. Her head never touched the ground. It knocked the wind out of her and once she could breathe again she was PISSED. I prodded her head for bruises or soft/sore spots. Nothing. By the time we got from store to car she had stopped crying. When we got home I stripped her down and checked her over for bruises. Nothing.
It took me several hours to stop shaking. Later that evening while playing with her dad, her hand slipped (she was crawling underneath him like he was a bridge) and she hit her head on the hardwood floor. She had a nice little goose egg for a bit.
We planned to go to a local event this weekend so I wanted to get her a harness for that event so she could walk around. We went out the next day to get one and I found this:
This is the Buddy Guard 2-in-1 harness. It goes over baby’s head and attaches via aplix on her back. You can use the attached leash to harness baby in a public place, or you can connect the aplix on a shopping cart to keep baby in place (around the back of the cart seat). I was sold!
It works great as a leash. I don’t know how you feel about putting a kid on a leash but my kid is very strong-willed and I will use anything and everything necessary to keep her from getting in harm’s way.
I used it in the shopping cart at Target this morning. I strapped her in with the Buddy Guard and then used the cart strap. She went nowhere. She tried to stand up in the seat a couple of times and let out some pretty impressive bellows when she was unable to do so.
I felt so much better about her safety when she was strapped in with this product. I highly recommend it.
I know I haven’t been here in a while but I have a great excuse: I’ve been chasing my toddler around!
Miss P turned one in August. She has been taking a few steps here and then since around 10ish months, but no actual walking. On her birthday weekend she decided to do some walking across the room, and that was fine for a while.
She’s been doing about 50/50 walking and crawling for a few weeks. On Saturday last I dressed her all the way to socks and shoes and took her to Walgreens. We got out of the car and instead of putting her in a cart I put her on the sidewalk and she took my hand and walked into the store. She was so proud! So was I, for that matter.
Ever since then she’s either 95% or 100% walking. It leaves her hands free to grab anything and everything, but it is still really cool.
Story time at the local libraries started this week and I intended to take her to the toddler class at the library closest to our house. I thought it was on Thursday. On Monday afternoon I went to the website to doublecheck the time and found out it was actually on Monday morning.
We had exercise class on Tuesday morning and after we went to the mall play place so we didn’t make it to toddler story time at the library we used to go to either. I made a commitment that we would go to the closest one today.
The closest one in town is about 5 miles away and it’s a library I’ve been to before. We showed up about 10 minutes before it started and there were about 50 toddlers there already. Some had one parent, some had two. It was a lot of people.
A total zoo, this was. Utter chaos. Miss P stayed closed to me, usually standing between my knees when I was sitting. There were a lot of older toddlers and they were being very rowdy.
The one time my little sweetie got excited was when someone dragged out the library’s large stuffed dog. No one else had noticed it. She squealed with delight and toddled over to talk to the doggie. While she was stroking his ears another toddler, a boy of maybe 3 or so, came over and dragged the dog away from her. Made me so mad.
I don’t know how she felt about the crowd but I wasn’t prepared for that kind of insanity. God bless those librarians.
The Monday toddler story time at the library near us is at a neighborhood branch, so it is much smaller. I’ve heard from another mom on Twitter that the group is MUCH smaller. I hope so, because momma can’t take that crowd!