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What is Your View on Leashes to Keep Children From Running Off?

What is the need for a leash for a child?

Honestly, my thoughts on this is there is no need. I worked in daycare for years. I had many kinds of children in my care. I took every single one of them on a walk while holding onto a walking rope. (Think of a rope with little loops they can hold on to). It is like a child holding your hand, but 20 of them. We walked on busy streets and there were no issues. We talked about what was required and if they did not listen they could not go next time and followed through with it.

With my own son I would hold his hand and walk with him. When I was getting things out of the car he had to touch the car with one finger so that he wouldn't get away from the car and get hurt. Literally touches the car with one finger and I know I can trust him not to bolt. He knows that means he goes back into the car and it is over.

I guess I just do not see the need. Someone enlighten me please.

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CowDung February 22, 2013 at 05:18 PM
My wife and I gave the sling a try--it wasn't uncomfortable to wear at all. I found it much more comfortable than the 'Baby Bjorn' carrier--even with a bigger baby. Our problem was that we couldn't get past the feeling that the kid was going to roll out of it or the ring/loop would come undone and dump the kid onto the ground. Probably unfounded fears, but the stroller seemed to provide more peace of mind for us. I think that parents need to do whatever seems to work best for them and not worry about what others think.
Randy1949 February 22, 2013 at 05:43 PM
I had the same experience with the slings -- They're fine if you're upright and walking, but not so good for bending over to pick something up. And it's the same with the back-carriers. There's one other drawback to the body-carriers -- if the parent were to fall, like on an icy sidewalk or a slippery trail, the infant or toddler has no control over the landing. With a stroller, you might be lying on the ground groaning, but the baby will be okay. "I think that parents need to do whatever seems to work best for them and not worry about what others think." Boy howdy, this is a lesson we all learn with experience, especially as a grandparent. Children are all different. What works with one won't work with another, and they don't come with instruction manuals. My grandson does things his father never did, and while some of it may be nurture, there's some nature involved.
Tom Kamenick February 25, 2013 at 01:02 PM
We used one once - when we are on a trip to a very busy and very unfamiliar city with our 23-month old who loved to walk and hated strollers, being carried, etc., and we had multiple children along. We didn't even use it constantly, just when we were going to be in large crowds. I agree with Tara. They can be a great helper. Using one certainly gives your child more freedom than being in a stroller or carried. There are times when unfettered freedom isn't appropriate for very young children.
gardengirl February 25, 2013 at 08:43 PM
So does this mean it won't bother you in the least when you park in a handicap spot with the necessary sticker and everyone judges you as being lazy because you don't have a wheelchair? I would bet that based on your attitude you have commented on these people several times not knowing that they actually have another medical condition. It's easy to judge people based on only the limited facts you have in front of you.
Lika Phipps February 25, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Well, as a parent, you know if your child is a minder or a runner, and that you are either the one holding the command or not. I once lived next door to a single mom of a basketball team, and seriously? She would scream in a whiny way and beg her children to behave. No wonder why they didn't mind her. Of course there just those kids who cannot be under control. I just think that kids are pretty cool. They sense that. And they also know when I'm serious, and they are good.

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