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Do You Put Your Child on a Leash?

Is your toddler a bolter? How do you keep him or her safe?

I’ve seen the products. They used to be a pretty plain leash-like thing that attached to a wrist. Now they have fun backpacks that look like teddy bears or monkeys.

I am blessed (or cursed, depending on who you ask) that my 16-month is a late walker, but he’s started taking his first steps and running can’t be far behind, I’m told.

My hope is that he will be manageable and I won’t have to resort to a leash, no matter how cute the teddy bear is, but I know some people have found that they need a way to keep their child safe.

“I am now leashing another child. My first child a girl never ran away, but the two boys are bolters. My first son, now 7 and leash free would run out of a store into the street-no amount of scolding or physical punishment made any difference. It was better to leash than for him to get hurt. His younger brother-now 2-is worse. He runs and he runs fast. If you try to hold hands he will twist and throw himself on the ground or bite your hand until you let go." one BabyCenter Member wrote in response to a question about how to teach a toddler to stay close.

My hope is that I will have more luck with the teaching and not have to resort to a leash.

What have you found is the best method of keeping your child safe? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Lisa Hudson September 14, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I couldn't agree more, people are too quick to judge others with no information about their particular child's temperament. If you are blessed to have a child who is easily controlled with words, great for you. Speaking as a mom of two grown children, one of whom was extremely impulsive as a toddler I say mom/dad is the best judge of their own children and others should butt out!
Bob Trent February 17, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I am very pro leash/harness, tether, whatever you want to label it, if needs be, or the need arises at some time. I can't fathom anyone who would not take steps to keep their young ones safe, only because some other person, or person's say it looks bad. Would you not put your young child in a crib, just because someone said it's a baby cage? Do you think someone is a lazy inattentive parent, because they put their child in a highchair and lock them in to it? Of course there are extremes, when people go over the top, but that isn't the fault of the device. Everyone has their own way of doing things, and do what they think is right to bring their children up safely. And you know what else, if there is a situation where a leash/harness is used by a parent who is outright lazy, or inattentive, so be it. Because it is allowing the child to remain in some sort of safe zone. I rather see a kid kept on a leash, with a lazy parent, than a leash free child lost, without their lazy parent. The leash is just a tool. So, don't sweat it so much, ether way. Oh, and by the way. I had a leash that kept me safe in the yard for a time. I don't think it sacred me any which way. It does allow me to reflect, and think it's no big deal. I had a cage (crib and playpen), and locking chair (highchair), too.
Danielle February 17, 2013 at 05:19 PM
You know years ago when my best friend had her first - she leashed her daughter. Why ( this is why u are all too quick to judge) my friend was going deaf and was terrified as a mom of loosing her when she was in malls etc
edufan February 18, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Parenting comes with no handbook. Parents need to do what is right fortheir children. The others who brag about not using a tether, I day good for you becuase it was good for you. For those who chose to use a tether, I also say good for you for the same reasons.
Richard Weisgrau February 19, 2013 at 01:34 AM
@edufan, so right.

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