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Old 09-30-2012, 01:09 PM   #16
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I've never used one but, my heart of heart feelings on them are if it keeps your kiddo safe, use it. We may be going the same route next year with our twins who will be 3.5.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:29 PM   #17
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I'll be taking my very active 16 month old dd to WDW in 10 days and I will be taking her backpack harness! She hates the stroller and will run from me in an instant. I've even tried reverse psychology on her waving to her and saying bye Ava and this little stinker will wave bye to me and keep on going! It's all about safety and I don't see the big deal personally. People like to use the "dog" comparison but we put kids in a crib (like a crate) and give them teethers ( chew toys) LOL don't worry about comments others make just do what's best for you and your baby!

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Old 09-30-2012, 01:35 PM   #18
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We had control over ours and didn't need a leash for them. I feel sorry for the child when I see them on one.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:36 PM   #19
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Just a word of caution from an observer: Especially during Food and Wine Fest, when drinking is plentiful, and after parades where people are trying to mass leave the parks...People don't always notice that munchkins are there, and I have seen people walk through the "tail" of the backpack, essentially clotheslining the kiddo. One poor little guy hit his head off the sidewalk, and the adult offender didn't even stop...I just plead that you either carry, or hold your little one's hand in these cases...My heart goes out to the little ones who get hurt because others don't pay attention...It doesn't just happen with the harnesses either. I've seen them knock over strollers...Don't want to be a downer...just want the little ones to be safe and have a happy time
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:37 PM   #20
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so before I had my son
There are a lot of things that I thought I knew about parenting before actually becoming one. Then, when we had our second, I realized that everything I thought I knew about "kids" I only knew about my eldest, because almost none of it applied to him.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:45 PM   #21
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I would never use one. I think they are dangerous for one (the wrist kind especially) and the others just look too much like walking a pet to me. I too feel bad for the leashed child. Most of the time parent is looking elsewhere and not at the child and seems as though the parent just doesn't want to be bothered with looking after their own child.

That said - I would never say anything to someone using it - really it is none of my business what you do with your child.

I'm sure I was judged plenty - and probably still am for some of the things I do with my children. For example - if theynwant to bring "it" in the park - whatever "it" happens to be they are responsible for carrying it all day. I don't care if it is 50lbs worth of stuff in a backpack. You bring it - you carry it. Where as I bring nothing to the park so I carry nothing. Mean mom? Maybe - but our family - our rules - so I don't care what other people think.

Do what you need to and don't worry about others.

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Old 09-30-2012, 01:46 PM   #22
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Absolutely HATE them. Never used them and never will and hate seeing kids in them.

And it doesn't mean that children need to be "strapped" in strollers or even stay in strollers all the time, And it doesn't mean kids have to walk around holding their arm up all day or even holding hands all the time. There are other ways.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:58 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Brian Noble View Post
There are a lot of things that I thought I knew about parenting before actually becoming one. Then, when we had our second, I realized that everything I thought I knew about "kids" I only knew about my eldest, because almost none of it applied to him.
Completely agree!

To answer the question, I never had to use one, but I can see where some people would feel the need to.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:15 PM   #24
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It is, what it is.

Some children have special needs and a tether is required.

Some children are just active and...well it is what it is.

As a father of three, I can say the vast majority of tether usage I see is lazy parents, unwilling to control their children. In such case the term leash is extremely appropriate as their "animal" runs wild causing those around them to have to deal with a wild brat causing havoc within a six foot swath and "sorry about that" being constantly uttered by a person lacking the ability or will to control their off spring.

If you choose to use such a device, you (and not the device) still need to control your child.

This post shouldn't offend any responsible parent or those who use a tether as a fail safe as opposed to a control device.

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:23 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by ali52979 View Post
I use the word leash for lack of another word.
I see many others have suggested the word "tether." Even NASA agrees that they're sometimes necessary, as they require their astronauts to wear them so they don't drift away while outside the space station.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:26 PM   #26
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I totaly understand the need for special needs kids.

For the rest, I just can't bring myself to it. I have 3 young kids, and my yougest hates the stroller. Well, I taugh her to stay around me when she is not in the stroller.

I've seen too many parents pull their kids who are on a tantrum and are flat on the ground. I don't know if you understand (I'm french, so I have a limited vocabulary), but it's an aweful sight. Plus, I think the cord is dangerous in a dense crowd.

So no, while it would sometimes be useful with my little one, I will never get there. My daughter is perfectly healthy, and perfectly capable of listening to what I say. If she is too wild, I have either the stroller or my ergo carrier, where she can calm down and be comfortable. And if she needs to let go some energy, I find some place safe where she can run wild and free for a while.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:41 PM   #27
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I'm answering the title of your question:

I feel that they make children look like a pet. Not a fan.

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:47 PM   #28
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When DS20 was little, he wouldn't run, but he was easily distracted (and still is, lol) and would stop to look at things, wander off toward something shiny, whatever. I bought a tether that hooked to his little belt loops or overall straps, and we used it at the mall. He actually liked it -- he knew he wouldn't get lost from me, but he didn't have to be right with me all the time. Of course, I watched him everywhere, but when there are crowds, sometimes people get between you and the child. The tether helps make sure that nobody can do that, and you just have to know when it's safe to use one -- lighter crowds --and when you have to have a tighter grip on your child -- heavier crowds. I'd rather endure the stares and opinions of others than worry about where my child was.

But I'd suggest you try it out with him before you go so he's used to it and you know how he behaves with it -- go to the mall or somewhere else where there are some crowds and distractions, and talk with him about why you're using it ("Mommy wants you to be able to look at the things you like, and walk instead of be in the stroller if you want to, but it would make Mommy very sad and scared if she didn't know where you were.So that's why we're going to use this -- only when we have to -- to keep you safe and happy.")

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Old 09-30-2012, 03:14 PM   #29
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As someone who doesn't have kids, by choice, but who DOES work in a very large children's museum - I heart them. Sure there are pros and cons to them. There are also pros and cons to letting your "runner" loose in a VERY crowded area. Can they get hurt because some bozo clotheslines them? Yes. Can they get hurt running around and tripping over a curb? Yes. Can the tether be abused? Yes. Can a non-observant parent cause a child to hurt themselves b/c they aren't paying attention? Yup. Anything can happen - it depends on you and your child and what other people think is not your concern.

I do resent the they-make-your-child-look-like-a-pet arguements. I love my dog as my child and I keep him on a leash when I need to BECAUSE I love him. He goes off leash when it's safe. There is no difference. You are responsible for the safety of your child and I am responsible for the safety of my pet. How WE as the parent/owner decide to do that is our business and no one else's.

You might get dirty looks, but I wish you strength and luck! Don't worry about what other folks think!
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:18 PM   #30
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We used one last week for my 18 month old daughter. My 2 1/2 year old son would have used one too when he was that age but by 2 1/2 learned to stay close. It was a God send for my daughter who will cry the entire time in a stroller and does not really understand yet not to run away.

I had NUMEROUS people asking me where they could get one, and not a single snide comment or sideways glance. It let her get up and walk off the energy while staying close to me and not having to hold up her sweaty little arm all day.

I love the people who say oh no not my child...well congrats, you have a perfect angel. Most people do not.
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