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Child Safety Leashes?? Opinion?

Talking about child leashes is like talking about political parties. Parents are either strongly for or strongly against them. I know this is a touchy subject and I will try to cover it the best that I can in a lighthearted manner. Any offense caused is entirely unintentional. I am simply trying to provide a guide to allow parents who choose to leash find one that suits their needs.

And they are right….Because babies are just like dogs…

  • Unpredictable… You don’t know what they are going to do next.
  • To you they are the most precious thing in the world
  • Poo and wee everywhere unless you train them
  • You can’t understand a word they say
  • They get excited by their own reflection.

Now I’m not going to debate whether child leashes  are right or wrong… Why? I do not fight for either side of in the mommy wars, I am neutral (like Switzerland).

Instead of judging parents who choose to leash (or choose anything for that matter), it’s important to remember that “we are all unique individuals, with unique children, in unique situations trying to do the best we can, and make the best decisions we can for our unique families.”

Like with every baby product, a child leash can be used correctly or incorrectly. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How it is presented to the child - Is it used as a safety aid or is it portrayed as way of saying “I don’t trust you, I control this relationship”?
  • When it is used - Is it used near busy roads or is it used around the home?
  • Why it is used - Is it in relation to a realistic danger or is the parent being overly anxious about threats that simply don’t exist?

Be honest when you ask yourself these questions. You don’t want to use a child leash for the wrong reasons. With all that out of the way it’s time to take a look at who would benefit from a child leash.

Many parents swear by child leashes and with good reason. They can be amazingly useful. A child leash is ideal for you if any of the following scenarios sound familiar:

Your toddler dashes away from you the second you put him down on the ground.

Your child is incredibly impulsive and always seems to make the wrong decision. child suffers from autism or ADHD.

You are walking multiple young children and cannot keep your eye on all of them.

Yes; a child leash is not for every child but if you require one to assist your situation then there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, even if you do deicide that a child leash is perfect for you, your child may decide he hates it and refuse to wear it.

Before we look at the different types of leashes I will leave you with one last piece of advice:

A toddler has not yet mastered balance. When they run and hit the end of the leash they can easily tumble to the ground. You will need to teach your child how to behave while inside the harness for their safety and yours.


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