Child Safety Leash or Child Safety harness- Keep your little ones SAFE!
A child safety leash and a child safety harness are used to let little ones explore, but with restrictions. These are typically used by parents for their own peace of mind when they are fearful of their child being abducted. in a crowded street, zoo, a mall, etc.
They also use them while on walks so their child won't dart out onto a busy street and be struck by a car, or get lost. They are a good way to keep track of a child in a busy environment where they can get lost, hurt, disappear, or abducted in an instant.
Although I personally have never used a child safety leash or a child safety harness, I can see where they could be useful when you are out on a walk with several youngsters and have a wanderer in your group that may not want to listen when they are exploring, or like to take off running away from you, or worse- hiding! There have been a couple of instances (in our area) where toddlers have wandered away from their child care providers and were found blocks away- THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN A DAY CARE HOME!
There a many issues to cover when we are talking about Child Safety In The Home so please take your time and review all the safety information on my site. Do not ruin your business because of an unneccessary mistake involving child safety!
So what's the difference between a child safety leash and a child safety harness?
Leashes won't deter the child’s freedom; rather they set solid boundaries so toddlers can learn they're not safe if they run away from you or their mommy or daddy. There are a lot of fun and colorful leashes that sort of make it seem as if they are playing a game.
Our friend Shirley R Wrong has used all kinds of restraints on her kids. The ball and chain method, an old horse harness, duct tape, and even a pet taxi!!
A child safety harness is also a restraint for walking with small children. They are a shoulder harness that has a tether secured in the back for you or the parents to secure to their wrist. Some are very simple, while others are like back packs with lots of fun animal shapes like puppies, or zoo animals.
They serve the same purpose as the child safety leash... They are simply another choice for toddler and preschooler safety. There have been arguments over how you shouldn't leash a child like a pet, or that a child safety harness takes away from hand holding... but ultimately it is about the safety of the child. Because of this, more and more parents and providers are using a child safety leash and harness and the use of these is on the increase...
Of course it is impossible to completely keep a child safe- but they are definitely worth considering!