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So, You Think Your Kid Needs A Leash Backpack: Here Are The Best Ones

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There’s no shame in a child leash, okay? Putting your kid on a leash (which often times looks like a regular kids’ backpack) not only keeps them safe, but it keeps parents sane. If your toddler has an adventurous spirit, that’s amazing. But if they’re wondering off without telling you, it could be dangerous. Whether you’re on vacation, or at an amusement park, you want to know where your kid is at all times (and sadly, they’re not old enough yet to use a cell phone for that).

In fact, Dr. Mona Amin, board-certified general pediatrician, fully supports the usage of child leashes, especially when used correctly. “Child safety can be overwhelming and I simply want parents to feel confident and not shamed for the choices they make, as long as they are parenting from a place of love and safety,” she shared with Scary Mommy. Dr. Amin also noted that kid leashes aren’t necessary across the board and children should be taught at home about behaving and boundaries — two things that comes into question with something like a leash.

“For the general population of children, leashes are not needed,” she said. “However, I am low judgement if a family needs it for their child, especially if it’s in a crowded area, like an amusement park.” Dr. Amin made it clear, though, that it’s important to use a leash as directed — she likes the backpack style best — and familiarize yourself with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for any recalls. It’s also important not to tug at your child while they’re on a leash, she noted. Ahead, find some of the best child leashes, harnesses, and backpack leashes (some could even be diaper bags!) that your kid will hopefully not mind wearing.

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