I was once a mom that swore I would never use a baby leash. At one time, the idea of using even the cute toddler leash backpacks that look like cute little stuffed toys seemed cruel to me.
Before I had more than one baby I thought that using a child leash would be demeaning. That was then and this is now and I am now a convert that has learned that these products, when used properly and with the right approach are a mommy's best friend.
A trip to the store with wiggling toddlers in tow have made me re-think my use of a baby leash. There are times a stroller alone just isn't enough especially when my husband isn't around to help with the kids. It's those times that have caused me to rethink the use of a toddler leash.
Strollers and baby seats have five point safety harnesses and we don't bat an eye at those. My little ones don't always like it when they are buckled in a stroller or a shopping cart but would I dream of taking a chance with her safety? Absolutely not because my girls are crafty little escape artists who don't know the meaning of dangerous.
Using a baby leash in a busy parking lot to hang onto my babies is surely no more abusive than strapping the kids into their car seats. I believe that the word "leash" just sounds worse.
There are people that may say that using a toddler leash backpack is too much like walking the dog. To those people I would say that if a child wrist leash keeps my girls safe and by my side, then a baby wrist leash will indeed be in my baby diaper bag and ready to go at all times!
I do wish that the manufacturers that make baby leashes would make more cute backpack leashes to remove some of the stigma.
To individuals who say that parents who use these child safety products are being at best lazy parents or at worst abusive I would ask that you don't judge me until you have walked in my shoes and taken a walk with my kids without this handy piece of gear.
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