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Great info…；still don’；t know if im for it or against it haha but i loved the read ：)
Thanks for weighing in. I’；ll count you as neutral on the leash issue for now until you make up your mind Haha.
Keep being awesome!
Any child leashes your research recommends for educational uses for adolescents？ (ex. 11-12 years old？). Has your research recommended that any (or average) 11-12 year old has developed the core stability to forgo leashes that distribute “；jerks”； or “；yanks”； of force (from a leash) through the torso (to the neck？)
Does ANYONE manufacture leashes for adolescents？
Excellent question. When researching this guide I did focus on leashes for children under four. Would you be using this for someone with special needs？ If so， This place seems to manufacture leashes for children through to teens and adults.
Unfortunately， I did not come across any information regarding core stability and the impact of yanking back someone of this age. Maybe the manufacturer of that leash could help？
Keep being awesome!
yes they do make leashes for adolesents.
ANY PARENT DOING THIS SHOULD BE JAILED.
I wonder if you child was kidnapped and sent to another country to become slave you would think differently..
Every family and situation is unique. I never needed a leash before with my older 3. My 4th however is that impulsive disobedient toddler! I need one of these! Btw those handles are wonderful. When I had my 4th child I attached two to my stroller for my twins and they loved them. Made outings less stressful! Thanks for the info!
I use to be against them until I had my second son who is almost deaf and is so full of energy he doesn’；t stop. So I now am for them and have learned never to judge because you never know why they need to use it. I am looking for a 3 year old boy. Thanks for the input for the switching the leashes I want him to have freedom like his cousins while on vacation but still be safe.
I’；m a grandparent about to babysit for a week my 20 month old grandson. I CANNOT take the risk of this child running away from me in the park， public facility， or grocery store. Even though I have 5 adult children I have to be more vigilant with my daughter’；s son. The parents might not like it， but I can’；t take the chance as a grandparent of a impulsive toddler. I am for sure shopping tomorrow. thanks for the info!
I really enjoyed this article. My friends use the backpack leash for their kids and love them! No more carrying the diapers in their purses!My son will be there soon and I have not used his “；monkey”； leash in quite some time. We are going to a parade tomorrow， however， and I will have it on him. He gets so over stimulated with a large group of people and he WILL run! With the leash， he has more freedom than a stroller， but he will be safe.A cool thing with the leash too is if I don’；t want to use the leash， I can tuck the handle in the pocket； then he will just have the monkey on his back which he loves so much!From a mom who uses the leash to keep her boy safe–；don’；t let others put you down for what you decide to use. You know your child best! ？？
Great post! Useful tip about replacing the strap with a dog leash because I find the Skip Hop backpack one we use to be too short.
For anyone wanting to leash their child but worried about being negatively judged， I say if your kid is a runner (as mine is)， would you rather be scowled at or have your kid in an accident？ I choose scowl. No brainer.
Do you know if they make backpacks that buckle in the back？ I have yet to be able to find one， but my “；too smart for his own good”； toddler knows how to unbuckle EVERYTHING!
Thank you for all this information on child walking restraints.
I used to be on the fence for this topic but now I have a beautiful， spirited and overly energetic 14 month old who wildly refuses the pram or my arms and will enter all stores we walk near while waving ‘；bye bye’； at me.
He refuses to hold my hand or a stap on the pram and chases after every child he sees to show off his awesome backward crawling and dancing (he even claps for himself).
This is the type of child who NEEDS one to stay safe and not get lost/lose me.
When I was a young mother I would see other moms with a leach and think it looked awful that I would never do it but now as a great grandmother I learned a lesson. My greatgrandson was a runner I mean a real runner and the leash was the only way we could keep up with him only safe way. Young mothers it is better to have them secure than lost.
Thank you so much for the information! I am thinking about getting a child harnesses for my 1 year old daughter. That way we can start teaching her safety in a controlled environment and we can remove the tether once she has walking down and she knows not to run.
Hi! First time mom here. I have been anxious about an upcoming family Disney vacay with a TWO year old. I found your article to be very insightful and helpful. I had always been one to criticize parents “；walking”； their toddlers on leashes. Now being a parent myself， I will do whatever it takes to keep my child safe (especially in crowds). Thank you so much for doing the leg work!!
Hi! I agree that teaching your children to listen is key， but as so many others have stated my thoughts have changed. I have 2 under 2， soon to be 3 under 3 and my oldest is a runner. I cant get one kid in the car without the oldest going for a run. Plus I just saw something online， even the most well behaved toddler can be grabbed when you are in a crowd. I am getting a backpack leash for my kid for when Im alone with the herd or when we are in crowded public places…；. thanks for the post
My 1 year old has refused a pram for months already， and now the shopping trolley has lost all appeal because she can run. After she took off last weekend straight for a window with her arms out in front of her， I’；ve been thinking about getting a harness. Number 2 is on his/her way so running after my daughter is going to become more difficult. Thank to the advice in the article and all those who commented， I’；ll be buying one tomorrow.
I know I got “；judged”； when I used it on my boys. My daughter never needed one. When my oldest has ADHD with high impulses and a sensory disorder. So it was a blessing with him， so he didn’；t just wonder off(or run off) in his own world. With my youngest， at the time， was almost 3 we had him in a stroller. As we purchasing ticket to see an auto show， LOTS of people， we walked in. My 3y/o got up and took off into a crowed of people. For 5 mins I was having a major panic attack. Yelling， screaming his name ， running around and looking into cars. Finally someone asked what he was wearing and then told us that he was in a car and showed us what car he saw him in. At that point we pulled out the leash since he was able to escape from the stroller and used that as a secondary security measure for him if he was able to slip out of the stroller again.
We will be going to Europe this year and I now have another very impulsive 3 y/o and yes I will be using one. I will not be losing a child on the crowded streets of Europe.
Lots of good advice. My daughters were 5 and 7 when we visited Washington DC. My husband was TDY at the Pentagon. My mom went with us.and we got to play tourist with the girls. Before leaving on the trip， we talked about being in a strange city and the large crowds we would encounter. It was then that we decided to purchase walking type harnesses and leashes for the girls. It was the best thing I ever did. The girls were not too excited about wearing them at first. But when traveling on subways and buses and visiting museums，monuments and historic sites， they came in very handy. The girls soon realized that they had their freedom to explore within limits. The crowds were large， the lines were sometimes long， and often they got quite impatient.The leashes kept them close and safe and gave us both piece of mind. We got to see a lot in a short time and our trip was very enjoyable and stress free.
For those passing judgment you might want to take a step back. As stated， you don’；t know the particular situation of the parent using the harness. I took my children to Disney World several times when they were younger and never needed anything like that. With my grandchildren –； a TOTALLY different story. The youngest grandchild (he’；s 3) will practically run out into the street when we walk out the door to get in the car. Even if I hold his hand he breaks it loose and takes off. We’；ve scolded， etc. but he still does it. He is getting better as he gets a little older but I just shudder at the thought of taking him to the state fair or DW or something like that. I’；ve had him wander off (and I’；m not talking about someone not paying attention –； I’；m talking about I stop to read a label and look down and he’；s gone –； a few seconds) at the grocery store. So I say if a parent feels the need to use the harness to “；help”； them teach the child to be responsible and stay with them in a crowd –； then go for it! Their SAFETY is of the utmost priority!
And …； those backpack ones are just COOL! ；-)
Blessings to all …；
Just read an article today on AOL about a woman who was furniture shopping with her mother and 3 small children. They noticed a man who seemed to be following them. He went everywhere they went in this large store. They sat down for about 30 minutes in a small area of the store and when they came out the man was still there and another younger man was also present. They finally evaded the men and reported it to the management. They were told that child traffickers often shadow people with small children waiting for one to stray for a minute. Then they grab them. I would much rather harness a child and ensure that they couldn’；t wander than to lose one forever. Let people think what they want. It’；s your child.
I read the same article Eliza， and am now more careful and aware of my surroundings when I take my daughter out. She has been using a backpack leash since she was 1 and a half because she is a runner. We have one in my car and my husband’；s car. I don’；t care if people stare. I have been terrified hearing of kidnappings and trafficking. I don’；t take her to the playground anymore because I don’；t trust anyone there. It only takes a few seconds when your child can get taken. That’；s a glance at a cell phone. Be smart and buy one! I wear a fanny pack， and connect it to my fanny pack， then hold my daughter’；s hand. I don’；t care how ridiculous it looks， I am trying to protect her!
Thank you for this information. I am a single mom to a 5 year old and 3 year old twins. This is not something I would use constantly， but just a couple of days ago at an amusement park I lost one of my twins while her sister was having a meltdown. Thankfully it was only a few seconds and a security guard walked her over and I spotted her， but I will have 2 of these before we go again. People can judge away， but as long as I bring my girls home safe that’；s all that matters.
I have 4 young adult daughters and a 2.5 yr old boy； I could take all the girls on outings without issue， but while this boy barely gives me 3 inches of space at home， public places are a different story. I think the harness that appears to have strong velcro will be what I try because he would absolutely escape from the other’；s since he occasionally un-clips his Brittax convertible car seat and jumps out while driving down the road. If I’；m going to be judged let it be for me having my son on a leash and not how wild he is in the store because at least with the leash， I have some peace.
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