Child leashes and harnesses

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  • I'm sure that there are people who would use a harness out of pure laziness. I put one on my daughter at the age of 2 because she too would get away from me and take off into the street. One close call was all it took, and that was one close call too many for this mom!

    Using the harness allowed her to have some freedom. She figured out before the age of 1 how to get out of any stroller and high chair we put her in! She wanted to walk around and be on her own. She enjoyed the freedom to walk on her own 2 feet and I enjoyed the safety net the harness provided. YES, I was careful with her but as I said, my other child could provide distraction at times--kids are good at that!

    I was less worried about a predator or kidnapper than I was about her just plain getting away and getting into an unsafe (traffic) situation. I only used the harness when I needed to--she wasn't in it all the time. Eventually she learned how to hold hands nicely--but even now (at 12) she is the one I have to call to when we are all walking somewhere: "Stay together, Joanna! Don't walk so far ahead!"
  • Barbszy harnesses are a Godsend. Eons ago when I was a young girl of 11-12 if it had not been for a harness a 2 yr old would have been lost out at sea. My family and I were coming back from Japan and Dad and I took on the "job" of taking care of little ones while parents were dancing etc on board ship. This one little one was nearly half out of a port hole when Dad realized the pull of the "leash" man were we scared. I also used them when mine were little especially on Gina she was my dare devil.
  • I used mine on dd#2 when she complained of her arm hurting. I realized her little arm was being pulled up as we walked. She loved the harness as she had more freedom. It freed me up to watch them both. s
  • Cau, that's a good point. Especially when the adult is tall, it's hard for a child to hold hands--it can hurt their elbows and shoulders.
  • I am all for the harnesses and leashes. If the child is safe, that is all I care about. I was on one when I was little. Only because I would walk away from my parents in stores and get lost.

    I am thinking of buying one for Andrew because when I hold his hand, he always tries to lead us into the street and that is a major "no-no" area. He doesn't figit in strollers unless he is looking around, but I would feel more at ease in the mind if I had a harness for him, cause he runs around like a wild child.
  • After reading a story about a toddler getting a spanking with a child safety walking leash, I never looked at those leashes the same way again, and vowed never to use one.
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