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Old 03-30-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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who believes in putting their child on a leash?

I have always frowned upon people who have their kids on leashes in theme parks or malls. But, now that I have a DS2 -I can understand. He likes to walk, is very energetic, tends to run off, etc.. My DD4 was never a problem. She loved being held and loved the stroller. I am debating about whether or not to get a leash for DS this coming trip. Any input? And do they sell them in the Disney parks for a reasonable price?
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:26 PM   #2
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Watch out for the flames!!!! I believe in putting my child for safety on a lease. That helps prevent separation in the crowds and increases security. Ok, so flame me, I just don't think that compromising a childs safety is second to others negative opinions.

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Old 03-30-2009, 07:30 PM   #3
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I don't understand the flames people get for this. You know your child best and know if he will be happier with the leash than with being forced to hold a hand or be in the stroller. If you are going to do it though, get it before the trip and practice with it first.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:37 PM   #4
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A leash was my best friend!!! But I had a different situation. I had a 17 month old and newborn twins. By the time they were 3 & 4 they were tired of the triple stroller and wanted to walk by themselves. The leash was the greatest invention ever. I did not like the idea before I had my own children, but in this day and age... you have to do what is best for your child to insure his safety. Forget everybody else.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:39 PM   #5
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I never needed a leash for my oldest son, but used one for my youngest when we went to Disney. People that flame rarely have very active children, I have found.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:40 PM   #6
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I am debating getting something of the nature for my dd 3 & 1/2. She's a runner and we've had a code Adam called at Wal-mart and Kohl's in the past few months. She just gets excited and runs and LOVES TO HIDE. My friend that is going with us forbids me to do this but I'm really nervous about her running off!
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:09 PM   #7
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Watch out for the flames on here!!!

I am one of those people who thought they were horrible!!! Until now. I have a 19 month old that DOES NOT LISTEN!!! But then again when do they ever listen? I am purchasing a harness for my son for our D.C. trip in two weeks and plan on using it on our Disney trip in September. I have been trying to teach him to hold hands to no avail.
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I am hoping that by me not holding onto a "leash" I can concentrate more on teaching him to hold my hand.

Also, this topic has been hotly debated on here. Someone once said this: "You hold your hand up for an hour straight and tell me you're not cranky because your arm is tired". That IS what it's like for a toddler holding your hand.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:31 PM   #8
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I personally never had to but every child is different. You need to do what you feel best about. When I was little we lived in Boston and my mom didn't have a car. She would need to take my brother and I down to Broadway in Southie to get groceries or go to the bank and I was in the stroller and he was on the leash. We were only 11 months apart and she couldn't chance him running into traffic. It worked!
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:34 PM   #9
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Tread lightly. There are many of us that have special needs children that use leashes for safety reasons. My dd would bolt in crowds at Disneyland and was non-verbal at the time. She was also tall for her age which led to many pleasant looks and comments from strangers.

I purchased her leash at Wal-Mart. It was worth the negative looks to keep her safe.

I also frowned on leashes until I had a child who needed one. I also frowned on children being at a theme park or mall with a Nintendo, I also understand that now.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:32 PM   #10
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This should be an interesting and heated thread. I used to make fun of and look down on those parents that used a leash. That was all before having kids. I can see why people may need them. I bought a wrist one for when my DD was learning to walk as I am very tall and it was hard for her to reach my hand to hold it, I was always bending over to walk. I didn't use it often or for long, but I can understand it better now. I also worry about her getting away from me even now. She is very well behaved and won't run off, but it is a scary world and I am sure people use this as a safety more than a necessity.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:32 PM   #11
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We have a "hand holder" - kind if like a leash between two bracelets - and doggy backpack leash for my wanderer, 3.5 years old. I hate the idea of it, but in practicality, I hate the idea of losing him more. He refuses to ride in a stroller and is easily distractible, and FAST. He *loves* his doggy backpack and will often ask to wear it around the house. He has worn it at flea markets and crowded events with no problem.

I took him to an open house at the School for the Deaf (I'm an ASL student) and got a lot of mean looks - I kept signing, "He's hearing, but he's fast!" They didn't like the idea of a leash on a deaf kid but laughed that I had my hearing kid on a leash!
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:53 PM   #12
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been through this done this topic. UGH it is a heated discussion i must say. I am a believer in the safety of my child comes before what anyone thinks. We have used harnesses for each of our children. They have certainly come along way over 13 yrs and now our 3 yr old dd has the cutest monkey harness. DS who is now 13, when he was little just had a plain blue one, but it did the job..
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:08 AM   #13
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I will be purchasing a harness for DS (22 mos.) for our upcoming trip. They have Disney ones on the TRU website. I think I'm going to order the Mickey one.
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We just got back from WDW with a 2.5 year old. We used the harness and loved it. It gave him freedom to be out of his stroller and still safely walking with us. The crowds were something and It was so much better to have it than not!! Last year, I did not consider it, but this year, I seen the Mickey Harness on Ebay and got it. He loves his Mickey and we got so many compliments on it. They should sell them at the World!! It is great and I will be using it again in May.

I also did not think they were good...until I actually had kids too!!
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:01 AM   #15
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I have nothing against somebody using a "leash" for their child. It is for safety reasons and I put on one my 2 year old when the need calls for it. He is getting to where he wants to be out of the stroller and with his older brothers and you better believe that I have his little cow harness on him for those times. The kid is FAST and very independent. I get nothing but giggles and comments like "Very smart", "Great idea", "I should have done that too!"

We went to Vegas back in 2003 and I had a harness on both of my boys (they were younger then) Even then I did not get any weird looks or negative feedback. Everybody that saw them said how cute they were and the harnesses were a great idea.

I keep a close eye on my kids and they can still sometimes slip away by people cutting them off in the crowd, them stopping to look at something in a store, etc.

I, of course, no longer need to put a harness on my older boys but when I am at some type of place where my 2 year old wants to walk and there are just way too many people around for him to do so safely, the harness gets put on.

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