Sunday, August 10, 2008

Harnessing the love - a giveaway!!!

I’m not one of those “I will never” moms. Bob and I are both pretty open to most things. My son has tasted (and LOVED) his share of sweets. He does watch TV – mainly Disney. I am a big fan of Handy Manny. Bob likes the Higgly Town Heroes and Little Elvis likes Ooh and Aah, the monkeys.

Little Elvis also wears a harness. Before I became pregnant, I worked in news. After covering some pretty heinous things, a harness was never out of the question, especially once our curious little guy began toddling everywhere and anywhere.

When he was about 6-months-old, we saw a woman walking behind a little boy wearing a monkey backpack. She was holding the tail of the backpack. We both thought it was cute and I set about looking for one.

We found it very easily – at Target and Wal-Mart. And at less than $10, we didn’t even have to spend days searching on craigslist for it. We picked out the puppy version of the Gold Bug Harness Buddy, and gave it to Little Elvis for his first birthday.

I fully expected to receive jeers and taunts when we first slipped the backpack on, but we didn’t.

Instead we received giggles, comments on the cuteness of both our son and the harness, and questions about where we purchased it. We use our harness at least once a week, and no one has been openly hostile. I think it's because the harness is just so cute.

It took us a while to get completely used to the harness. We’ve discovered that the side hook for the tail works much better than the hook in the bottom center of the backpack.

And we realized it was best to wait until he was fairly steady on his feet before trying to stop him with the harness. Those first few weeks, we just tried to keep up with our little toddler.

Now that he's more steady on his feet, we can stop him with the harness. Although, this usually causes him to sit on the floor and whine.

The harness is a great way to help us stay together. He can't venture too far from us, but feels like he has more freedom.

The Gold Bug Harness has been great for us, but as LeVar Burton says, “Don’t take my word for it…”

Gold Bug has agreed to give away one of its super-adorable harnesses to one of my lucky readers.

The options include lamb, frog, pig, horse, panda, koala, bunny, cow, unicorn, pink poodle, giraffe, lion, monkey and dog.

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which harness you would like, along with an email address.

If you want to comment, but don’t need a harness, feel free to. I will leave your name out of the drawing.

**The contest is now over.**

The drawing will take place on Wednesday morning.


Blogger Kristi said...

You know, while I am a "I would never" mom, and I never thought I'd use a harness, over the past few months, I have totally understood the benefit of using one. And, with twins on the way, a toddler on the loose, and only two arms, I'm going to need all the help I can get. So...please enter me! I think Isabella would love the monkey harness.


10:13 PM  
Blogger Kellan said...

I love this harness - so cute!!

I have your post of On The FLipside - thanks!

Have a good Tuesday - Kellan

10:45 PM  
Blogger MIP said...

No need to enter me,just wanted to say a 'me too'! We have a little monkey harness for the kiddo and love it.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Megryansmom said...

Oh what a cute idea. I think my monkey might like the monkey! Please enter me in the contest.

Thanks you!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

I totally love these.
Gage has the monkey one. It allows him some freedom, while still giving me some control.

...of course, he's a little young to have "the monkey on his back", but it gives us a chuckle every time...

10:09 AM  
Blogger Honey said...

The monkey one is so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Chad, Amy, Grace and Olivia said...

The money is my favorite!
maddox_amy at yahoo dot com

1:55 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I think the Lamb harness would work best for my little budding toddler.

She started walking a month ago, but really took off in the last week or so. I haven't seen her crawl in over 3 days!

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the monkey one is adorable...what a great idea!!!

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remove space. :-)

2:01 PM  
Blogger one frugal lady said...

I have been searching everywhere (except the internet obviously) for one of these. My daughter won't stay in her stroller for long, but when I take her out, I have to chase her down... nerve racking!! Great idea for a giveaway, if we win, we would love love love a monkey! My daughter is totally obsessed with monkeys!

2:06 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I have never used a harness, and I have said I never would. But after reading through your post and seeing how cute they are, I would love to give it a try!!! With a 4, 2 and 4 month old, shopping can be tricky!! We would love the puppy one. Thanks!


2:08 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I used to think those "kid leashes" were terrible... then I had kids and I understood the need, LOL. My little guy would love the monkey!
AmyMCGS AT woh DOT rr DOT com

2:38 PM  
Blogger Jon and Sarah said...

I have one for my older child when I travel by myself and the kids. It has saved me a lot of stress, yelling and panic. I now need one for my second. He would love the monkey. Thanks!

2:54 PM  
Blogger Z said...

This is a great concept!
I would love this for my younger daughter. She loves everything pink, so I guess she'd pick the unicorn, but IMO the monkey is the cutest :)

Thanks so much for this giveaway!

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Burp Cloth Babe said...

I bought the Mini Hunk a harness for his first birthday, too. I have not broke it out yet, but it will not be long. Thanks for the tips! I will make a note.
(Cute pics, too)

Oh, I am having a giveaway, too...stop by and check it out.

4:04 PM  
Blogger ShawnandSherri said...

I think it is a great idea for giving little ones just a teensie bit of freedom. We are expecting our first child in October, but I realize how busy even a little guy can be! I bet the giraffe is too cute and cute backpacks make it fun for kiddos too.

4:21 PM  
Blogger amber_gwynne said...

I love the monkey!!! How cute and what a great idea, i have never seen one of these before!! Please enter me into your contest.

7:23 PM  
Blogger quitecontrary1977 said...

i was telling my hubby today that we are going to have to get a harness for our daughter. she snatches her hand from me and runs off quickly when we are outside.i'd love the unicorn for the princess!

8:41 PM  
Blogger mamajil said...

Cute!!! I think the pig one would be sooo cute!!

9:03 PM  
Blogger Danielle Garcia said...

Oh it is so hard to choose one, but in honor of my mom's favorite animal, I think I would pick the panda.


10:07 PM  
Anonymous Briana said...

we totally need one of those! the panda is cute!

10:31 PM  
Blogger CLComstock said...

I already have one of these, a monkey and my daughter loves it!!! All you moms are wise in wanting one. I have thought about getting another but I won't enter this contest so someone else can enjoy one.
Great give a way though!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Ann(ie) said...

What a cool contest. I love the monkey for my monkey as well!

11:34 PM  
Blogger Ann(ie) said...

I also love handy know manny is fez from that 70's show???...hehe.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, the monkey for sure!!!

Great contest, thanks!


5:25 AM  
Blogger Frugal Mommy said...

I love the monkey harness!! So cute. Nice web site!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The puppy would be my daughters favorite. Thanks katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I know i'm late to post a comment on this...

but i agree with the harness idea... I had some Elmo one's for my son... I used them mostly to keep him in the shopping cart... he always wanted to stand up in it... scared me to death... and when you are grocery shopping you somtimes have to look away from he cart... or even take a step or two from the cart... these worked GREAT. Then I found the doggie one that your son has and we used to use that for when we were at the mall and bigger stores that he wanted to walk in... it was great and very cute and comfy!! I don't have them for the girls b/c I make them stay in the stroller... I know mean mommy, but I cannot have three children wondering around... harnessed or not... it just wouldn't work... maybe if I had once been a dog walker for my profession I could handle it but I have no professional training. lol


I'm gald you gave one away... very sweet of you!!


1:48 PM  
Blogger truth said...

I'm glad to see this. I am going to look around for one. Probably need it less and less, and am not sure of the size of them, but boy would that have saved some close calls.

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