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Old 11-04-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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Your thoughts on tossing toddler in air?

I'm just curious on what other people think of this? I'm talking about a dad (or other strong person) tossing a young toddler up in the air. Do you think it's safe? How high is too high? Just wanting other people's opinions. Thanks!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:52 AM   #2
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nope I don't think it's safe.
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Re: Your thoughts on tossing toddler in air?

we used to throw my ds back and forth and catch him, lol... i obviously dont have problem with it
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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Meh may not be that safe but its fun my 23 month old loves it when daddy tosses her.
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Meh may not be that safe but its fun my 23 month old loves it when daddy tosses her.

This! My kiddos love it, even if it probably isn't the best. They do lots of unsafe things, so I'm not overly concerned about it.
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I haven't read responses yet but I'd love to share our story. Not a bad ending, but a very, very, very close call that could have seriously injured or even killed our son.

Like most dads, my husband LOVED tossing our kids up in the air and of course the kids LOVED it right back. Most of our kids are tiny and our ceiling is more than 20' high, so he could really toss them up! Our first child was a little scared to go too high and our second child is our one that is not tiny so she was too heavy to toss too high but our third child is a daredevil boy kid so he loved going as high as daddy could throw him.

When he was 20 months old, he ran across the living room and jump into dad's arms who then threw him up so high. It was so fun to watch! They were doing it over and over and one time, my husband threw our son so high that he actually flipped himself in the air. He was coming down head first, completely upside down, and it was happening so fast I couldn't do anything about it. Thankfully, my husband has excellent reflexes and he shot his arms out and grabbed my son around the ankles, just inches before his head hit the ground. Scared both of us so bad, the kid just laughed and laughed. We were able to laugh later, too, but we knew how lucky we were.

Honestly, it was a freak thing and we typically aren't overprotective parents that don't ever let our kids take chances, but neither of us are comfortable with the tossing game anymore.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:33 PM   #7
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I haven't read responses yet but I'd love to share our story. Not a bad ending, but a very, very, very close call that could have seriously injured or even killed our son.

Like most dads, my husband LOVED tossing our kids up in the air and of course the kids LOVED it right back. Most of our kids are tiny and our ceiling is more than 20' high, so he could really toss them up! Our first child was a little scared to go too high and our second child is our one that is not tiny so she was too heavy to toss too high but our third child is a daredevil boy kid so he loved going as high as daddy could throw him.

When he was 20 months old, he ran across the living room and jump into dad's arms who then threw him up so high. It was so fun to watch! They were doing it over and over and one time, my husband threw our son so high that he actually flipped himself in the air. He was coming down head first, completely upside down, and it was happening so fast I couldn't do anything about it. Thankfully, my husband has excellent reflexes and he shot his arms out and grabbed my son around the ankles, just inches before his head hit the ground. Scared both of us so bad, the kid just laughed and laughed. We were able to laugh later, too, but we knew how lucky we were.

Honestly, it was a freak thing and we typically aren't overprotective parents that don't ever let our kids take chances, but neither of us are comfortable with the tossing game anymore.
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Scary! I could definitely see my husband getting ours up that high. My husband is a body builder and very strong. Plus, my kids are all small. As I said above, I'm fine with him tossing them up, but there have been several times when I've asked him not to do it so high and to be careful because he's so strong and they are easy to toss. Like, when he tosses them on the bed, he has to be careful not to toss them so hard they bounce off the other side. We haven't lived in a house with a two story family room since my oldest was around 9 months. We did have a cathedral ceiling in our bedroom till we moved 2 years ago. He could toss them pretty high in there. I don't know how tall it was...probably 15-20' at the peak, but the whole thing wasn't that tall. So, now, he can't toss as high, I could see it happening here if we had higher ceilings. I'm sure it was pretty scary to you and your husband even if your son thought it was awesome.
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Re: Your thoughts on tossing toddler in air?

It makes me nervous, but I don't say anything. DH doesn't do it often and sometimes I do tell him not so high. DH is 6'1" so he is limited on high he can toss anyway- he can stretch and touch a child to the ceiling. They like that too.
ETA: I actually worry more about brain trauma/shaken baby/whip lash more then being dropped or the height. But then dd has low muscle tone and didn't have really good neck control until she was over 2. DS is more average with size and muscle so I don't worry as much for him.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:31 AM   #10
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Re: Your thoughts on tossing toddler in air?

Our 11 month old loves it when DH tosses him in the air, never more than an inch or so out of his hands. Might not be safe but he sure does love it.
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