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.
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?
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|