Random bits and bobs on a Thursday

If any of you have been blessed with strong, determined children the likes of my daughter, then you'll probably be familiar with the fact that shopping trolleys don't tend to hold them in very well. The harnesses are flimsy, the velcros worn down, and the children stay seated in the shopping trolley for about as long as it takes me to say, "Sit. Down!"

But we've found a solution :)


First (and the main part of the solution) was The Man's idea. Rather than strapping the harness around the child the way it was designed to be used, he feeds it through the back of her clothing. So, if The Girlie is wearing her dungarees, it'll go through the back strap; if she's wearing a vest it'll go in through one armhole and out through the other; if jeans it'll go through the belt loop.

A shopping trolley 'harness' fed through the belt loop in the back of The Girlie's pants

It means that the leftover "tail" of the harness is long enough that it can be knotted into its beginning, meaning - it's strapped in strong enough that the child cannot undo it, and climb out.

And it also means that because the harness goes through the child's clothing, the child cannot climb out of it. It keeps them down in the trolley.

However, as is the case with The Girlie, we've found that even that isn't quite enough to keep her down. Although she cannot stand up or climb out of her seat, she gathers her feet underneath her, sitting as if she were a frog, and manages to swivel around and extend herself just far enough that she can pick items off shelves if I've left the trolley close enough.

And that's why she now gets her leggings tied into a knot when she's sitting in a shopping trolley :D


By the way, she almost always wears leggings when the weather is cold enough - socks just don't stay on, she picks them off within about a minute of me having put them on, usually.

So yeah, that's how we go shopping when I need to put The Girlie in a shopping trolley. She's getting a bit too heavy for being carried around in a backpack, and having tried "walking" her through the shop... let's just say it'll be a while until I try using that trick on her again, thank you very much.

I thought it might be useful to some of you, in case you have children as free-spirited - or even worse? Sorry, I mean better! - than The Girlie.

:)


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As treats my children get ice lollies in the form of frozen fruit juice and the other day I looked at the bottle and noticed that the label says that it's made "with real orange pulp".

Okay, so... in other juices that seemingly have fruit pulp that isn't "real" fruit pulp - whats' that made with, then?

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Spent the afternoon at Cass Bay today, about a 20-minute drive away from home. Or like my neighbour put it: isn't that the playground with the best possible view in Christchurch?

Quite possibly :)


Four kids hunting for crabs: two of mine, two of my neighbour's


14 comments:

  1. Very funny trolly prison :) :)
    But I'm sure you meant tights when you wrote leggings?! Or do they call tights leggings in NZ?

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    1. Hmm... now that you're asking: I don't know. I call them leggings, my husband calls them leggings - I don't remember anyone ever correcting me when I've referred to them as leggings. But does that mean they're called leggings in general? I don't actually know :)

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    2. Leggings don't cover your feet :) Have a look in google images.
      Not that it is so important but just thought to mention :)

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  2. Lahe mänguväljak!!! Aga eelnev, see oled ju SINA!

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  3. Ha-ha-haaaaa.... Best parents ever :-)

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    1. By the way, I tried tying her leggings into a knot the other day WITHOUT strapping her in with a harness. I figured, maybe that's enough? But no. She just climbed out of her pants which remained in the trolley whilst she was about to climb out of the trolley. So basically, she needs to be tied in both by her clothes and her leggings, otherwise it doesn't work, at least as far as keeping her in a trolley is concerned.

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  4. Hahaa! Mida poiss ütleb kui ta näeb, kuidas ta õde vankrisse kinni seotakse?

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    1. Midagi ei ütle, lihtsalt vaatab nentivalt. Ta on vist harjunud, et mil iganes ta õde kuhugi pannakse - auto turvatooli, ratta järelkärusse, ratta pakiraamile lastetooli - pea alati käib see paraja võitlusega, et rakmed kinni saaks "klõpsata", nii et tema jaoks see on vist "a day like any other". Nii et ei kommenteeri midagi :P

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  5. Suva sukapüksid! Minu plika lemmikud on need rohelised :)

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    1. On jah Suva, mu ema postiga Eestist saatis!

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  6. Issand kui hea:-) :-) on ka inimesed poes kommenteerinud? Ja mahuvad 2 last nii istuma?

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    1. Mahuvad istuma küll, sest see on "spetskäru" - poel on paar rida spetsiaalselt lastele mõeldud ostukärusid, et näiteks see kahele istuvale lapsele (laiem kui tavaline ja kahe istekohaga), lapsele ja beebile (üks istekoht, üks turvahälli "alus"), lapsele ja pisilapsele (üks istuv laps, üks lamav laps), kahele pisilapsele (kaks lamavat lastekohta) jne. Ja kas kommenteeritud on? Ei ole. Ma ei usu, et see eriti silma tegelt hakkab, et lapsel sukapüksid sõlme on seotud :P

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  7. Hahaha!! Laughed out loud when I read about the "safety system" for the Girlie :D Thank you for sharing!

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