Mazy - posted on 08/19/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )
I have always been against putting children on leashes. When I saw it I didn't really think that the kid or the parent was necessarily "bad", but it just seemed kind of wrong...like there HAD to be another way.
However....I now have a 14 month old who walks, runs & jumps REALLY well. He's also very big & heavy. He now hates his stroller unless we are running in it. If we let him out of the stroller, he just wants to explore. Most of the time this is okay, but there are a lot of places where it really isn't safe. I am pregnant & will be having my second child in early December and I'm afraid that he's only going to get bigger, stronger willed, and more curious as I become even more pregnant!
We were in a museum last week & he got extremely fussy in the stroller. My husband let him out & he started running for the front door. I slipped & fell and ended up hurting myself pretty badly while going after him. So, I decided to get a harness. Right now, my back is so hurt that I can't even carry him. I can't afford any more injuries while pregnant, or especially after the new one is born. I have yet to use it, but am curious about just how bad the negativity will be.
I surfed online a bit before I bought it & found mostly negative comments regarding them, but bought it anyway on the notion that strapping him into a stroller or carrying him is a different kind of restrainment. I understand that a lot of mothers & fathers are against them, but I would like to hear some stories of parents who have used them. Are they useful tools in teaching a toddler to obey rules, stay close & control himself? What is the best way to teach a child to hold your hand? If you used one did you get nasty comments & how did you respond?
Thanks for the help!