What are other Moms opinions of a child safety harness?

User - posted on 08/16/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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It is getting harder for me to keep my little one in a stroller when we are out and he is getting too heavy to carry. He wants to be down and running. He doesn't want me to hold his hand. He is strong willed and sometimes it is too much trouble to fight him. We are going on vacation next month and I want him to enjoy himself along with all the family. I figure if he has the harness on he can go about and run and we can keep up. Thoughts?!?!

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Dove - posted on 08/16/2012

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I never had a need for one, but I have absolutely no objection to them being used if someone feels they have the need to do so.

Amy - posted on 08/16/2012

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I didn't use them with either of my kids. They needed to be in the stroller, when they got to the point of not wanting to be in the stroller then they needed to hold my had, my purse strap or the carriage. If they let go and tried running around they were immediately put into the carriage or stroller. If they let go and stayed with me I didn't care but wouldn't tolerate them running. There are points in which my 2 year old must hold my hand a parking lot being one of those. If she refuses I carry her even if a tantrum ensues, if you take the time and set the same rules everytime they learn very quickly to listen.

Faye - posted on 08/16/2012

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When my daughter was born, they were not widely used. 3.5 years later when my son was born, I did not like seeing them on a child as children are not dogs which need a leash. Then once my son got to walking age, I decided to get one a try as he was like yours and would not stay with me, in the cart or the stroller. I began to love that child strap/leash as it kept him within my area. I did not have any problems with my daughter and her listening to hold either the cart or my hand but my son on the other hand would NOT listen.

They have improved them since the one I had for him 16 years ago. Ours was a strap which velcroed to my wrist and to his. Now they have the backpack style which hold items (toys) for the child and still has the strap on it for you.

Elfrieda - posted on 08/16/2012

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You'll probably get some funny looks, but just go ahead if you think it will work. But first have you tried having a rule that he either holds your hand or the strap of your purse? I used to think they were terrible, but now having more experience with kids I think some children benefit from them and others don't, so try it and figure out what works for you.

Kaitlin - posted on 08/16/2012

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I have never liked them. I have three boys under three at the moment- my first two were 12 months apart and I stopped using a stroller when the second was born, and he had to learn to listen and obey and hold the stroller or my hand (or the grocery cart). Now we are doing the same with my second- he will be 2 in october. The older boys (almost 2 and almost 3) must hold the stroller or grocery cart or my hand. And they do. It takes a little practice and discipline. They are both very active and rambunctious, but they listen well, because we taught them to. You can do it, be firm and practice in a safe area (we used our church parking lot when it was empty, we went to the grocery store for practice outings before my second was born with a doll in a stroller, etc)

Firebird - posted on 08/16/2012

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Go for it. Some kids just won't sit in a stroller or hold hands, and a harness can be a great teaching tool if used correctly. It's perfectly understandable if you don't want to spend your entire vacation fighting with your toddler. lol

September - posted on 08/16/2012

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Personally I would not use one. I'd tell my child they are either going to stay in the stroller or hold my hand and that would be the end of that. However if you feel there is no way around that then do what you feel is best for your child. Good luck and enjoy your vacation. :)

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