Put your baby on a leash?

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Put your baby on a leash?
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Sat, 02-13-2010 - 5:54am

Question to all my fellow mums...


Have you or would you put your baby in a harness with reins for outside walks?


I've been thinking about this lately - while Teddy absolutely enjoys going out for a walk, he doesn't like to be told where to go (i.e. when I take him by the hands he bats it out of the way and just bumbles off to wherever he wants to go). Of course I can always just pick him up but I thought it would be nicer if he can walk and I just guide him in some way.


Now some people think reins for babies are awful and degrading and you shouldn't be lazy and rather teach your child to stay with you... well, that's the stuff I've heard so far! Are there any other reasons why those harnesses aren't good?


Or, on the other side, is there anyone who has used them and thinks they're great?


Look forward to hearing some opinions! :-)

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Sat, 02-13-2010 - 7:28am
I have never used one, but I saw one in use for an 18 month old at the airport. They were doing an international flight as well. The airport wasn't so big but some that they were flying into were. They also had a back carryier for the toddler.
We used an umbrella stroller but I understood why they had one. My dd was 1 at the time and wanted to go everywhere. She still does, but outside walking I let her walk most of the time or steer her in the right direction that I want to go. Or pick her up. She also wants to be carried some times. When the weather is better I take her out in her stroller but right now it is not really possible with so much snow on the ground. I think my big pram could manage it, but no point in trying.


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Sat, 02-13-2010 - 8:07am
The people who think harnesses are degrading and shouldn't be used tend to not have children.

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Sat, 02-13-2010 - 2:07pm

Yes! I would absolutely put my toddler on a leash :) I think the monkey backpack harness things are cute: http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/07/15/34/53/0007153453845_500X500.jpg and would not hesitate to use one if it a) kept Barrett safe b) made him happier than the alternatives (holding hands, being held or riding in the stroller). Harnesses are no less restraining than strollers - we're just accustomed to seeing toddlers in strollers and dogs on leashes :)

I don't think they should be used as a substitute for paying attention to what your child is doing (of course, no decent parent would think that), and I think there is an age when the child should be taught to stay with you rather than being tethered to you, but I would guess most younger toddlers aren't quite there.

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Sat, 02-13-2010 - 2:47pm

Amberlee and Kim, thanks for your input! -Kim, have you used them with your kids then?


Brita, that monkey backpack is SOOO cute, I want it! :-) Where is it from? I'll have to see if I can get it over here too.


I guess I've more or less made up my mind that I'm going to get a harness for Teddy, just wasn't quite sure why so many people are opposed to it (so I thought maybe there's a catch I don't know about!).


I'm still interested to hear more stories or experiences though!

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Registered: 12-05-2006
Sat, 02-13-2010 - 3:21pm
Anna - I bought a harness when Nathan was a toddler.

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Sat, 02-13-2010 - 7:31pm

Anna, my best friend uses harnesses with her 3-yo twins, and has for about a year. Once they hated being in the stroller, she needed a way to keep them safe when she was out with them. She liked the harnesses so much (and so did the kids, for that matter) that she even used them when she only had one of them out at a time. When a toddler decides to run, there is no warning, and if you have your attention somewhere else for half a second, they can get pretty far! Of course you can always outrun a toddler, but if



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Sat, 02-13-2010 - 7:44pm
Before I had Gideon I really didn't think that the harnesses would be for us. But now that I have an active toddler and I'm pregnant I keep saying I'm going to get one for him. And I am shocked in public when he starts to run and I'm running after him and people just stand and watch. He's only really done it twice so far, once in the grocery store and some lady had the nerve to stick her cart in between me and G (talk about scary as he was running towards the door) and the 2nd time was in a restaurant and he was running for the bathroom, but ran past it and was headed for the bar. Gideon though will do things like hold on to my purse which keeps him close, but makes him feel independent. It's the age and we're working on listening and safety. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get one of these http://www.babyant.com/bv550150.html for when I'm out with the baby and Gideon and we aren't using the sit 'n stand/double stroller.

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Sat, 02-13-2010 - 9:52pm

I love love love love love our harness for Desmond. It rocks it is great it is wonderful, I am not sure what I would do without it. In other words I am a fan.

Desmond wore it a lot on walks from about 13 months till he was 2ish. Then we stopped using it as often since he had a lot more control. That being said we still use it for him when we need to, at Disney World he wasn't allowed to walk unless he was wearing it for instance, even if we weren't holding the tail. I used it at the airport with him last Sunday and will use it again tomorrow, it is just so nice when you are in a crowded area and want to give them freedom to explore, but don't want them running off!

I really like them and think they work well, since Desmond did not like being in the stroller much and would rather walk then be carried, especially at 13 months plus. It gave him the freedom to walk and me the comfort of keeping him close and not having to worry about him darting into traffic or the lake or just taking off.

I think they are a great addition to a parents repertoire of tricks and items, and work wonderfully when the baby is still to young to understand that they need to stay with you, but they still want down to walk and explore.




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Sun, 02-14-2010 - 4:27pm
Ray has one when he was younger. LOVED LOVED LOVED it. Especially at places like petting zoos and malls, where they want to walk (*toddler run*) and it's just too crowded for you to as well. They are also great at airports and train stations. OK, really they are jsut great for outtings in general. We had (actually I think we still have it) a Saftey First one from Target. It was like $10 and totally worth it.

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Sun, 02-14-2010 - 5:24pm

Thanks for all your comments, girls :-)


Now, I really like that monkey from Walmart. So I had a quick look and it's $11.50 on the US Walmart website. Then, I check on google UK shopping; and the same thing is £19.90 (roughly $40!!) over here. Aaah, it is just so annoying! It really p*sses me off when stuff from the US is sold for so much more over here. Surely it can't all be shipping costs?!


I'll try on ebay now!!

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