What do you think of toddler leashes? Before becoming a mum I thought these leashes were the bees’ knees. Fantastic! You control your child, keep them out of harm’s way, while letting them some freedom and independence.
Little Miss started walking when she was a year old, she went to the park walking the dog with Oh-so-lovely-daddy once or twice a day, they almost never took a pushchair. We got her a toddler leash- a lovely harness with Winnie the Pooh on it with a little lead attached to it. She was such a lovely little girl to walk with that we never actually tried to use it.
…That is till one day when I was on my own and her little brother was a few months old. We headed out for a walk with the dog, which had to be done, Little Man in the pushchair, Little Miss holding my hand, but leash attached to her. Somewhere something went wrong. Little Miss wanted to throw herself down on the wet, muddy ground in a tantrum, my instinct was to not let this. I dangled her on the leash. This was just oil onto the fire! We made it back to the house all exhausted, physically and emotionally. That is the last time the leash was used for it’s purpose.
We have since found another use for it- it makes a great sling for teddy bears and dolls. It has functioned in this capacity ever since.
Instead of the leash, I have endeavoured to teach my children to pay attention to the road around them, to hold hands as much as possible. This does mean I cannot really be on a phone or otherwise distracted while out with them. I have to try to anticipate every move of theirs before they even make it.
I recently heard that Oxfordshire County Council has an interesting programme for schools and preschools called Footsteps. I look forward to this being introduced in my daughter’s school to help with her road and traffic awareness.
So, what do you think of toddler leashes? Do they give freedom or stifle the child? Are we being over protective by putting our kids on a lead?
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