Tuesday, 06 March 2012
So as you all know, I'm traveling with three infants. The background story is that Al had to go to Lebanon with Sachiko because of a sad mutual friend emergency. I was already scheduled to go to Dubai and Abby is on vacation which means literally no one can help with the boys. That's no big deal, I can manage with them since they're pretty well behaved.
Now what was my plan for traveling with two six month olds and one 15 month old? Well it was pretty simple. I would pack my double baby sling/baby Bjorn for the twins for Dubai while having them in their twins stroller for the airport and since Alnair likes running now, I would make him wear his harness or what some people like to call a "leash." I packed snacks, had bottles ready with powdered milk, and had all baby essentials packed in Alnair's Trunki suitcase. Since he's still small for the suitcase, I added a collapsible seat and extra set belts for when he got tired and wanted to ride on it. The suitcase originally was made for toddlers but I customized it for our own use.
After many successful and supervised test runs, I gave it the okay for Alnair to ride on. If I, at any point thought it was unsafe, he could share a ride on his brothers' stroller. Anyhow, that was the plan. Once I got to Dubai, Kaser would be there to help me so my main concern was getting from Tokyo to Dubai.
Now, many people become judgmental when it comes to harnesses including my wife. She originally was anti-harnesses because she wasn't raised in a harness society. I, however, was a wild kid who didn't mind wandering towards the sparkly taxi speeding down a busy NYC street. My nanny had me in a harness so fast, I didn't even know what happened lol. Anyhow, it wasn't until Alnair disappeared for three seconds from Al's grasp on a busy sidewalk in Tokyo that Al agreed to using a harness. We ordered a Penguin baby harness and the rest is history.
Back to people being judgmental. I didn't have a problem boarding from Tokyo or flying to Dubai. It was when I arrived in Dubai where the judgmental people began spewing their nonsense. Not from local Arabs, mind you, but people passing through the airport. There was this group of girls from some country out west who distinctly looked our way and muttered loudly enough for us to hear, "Oh my God. He can barely walk and he's already got him on a leash. He's a boy, not a dog. People like that don't deserve to be parents." I was like, "Really? REALLY?!" I'm a bad dad because I don't want my son to be kidnapped or be trampled by your ignorant behind at the airport? I'm a bad dad because I want my son to be within my grasp at all times WHILE taking care of his baby brothers? REALLY?!
I can't wait until some of these brats have kids of their own and end up making the same decisions that I did. Then I'll happily walk by with my boys, who should be walking on their own by then, and sign, "Omg, I can't believe people like that. It's a child! NOT a dog!"
I've made my decision and with three boys near the same age, ALL of them will eventually wear harnesses. Its a necessity for their safety especially with parents who travel a lot.
What are your views on baby harnesses? Yay or nay?