10 Best Kid Leashes, Leash Backpacks, And Harnesses In 2021

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

March 10, 2021 Updated April 12, 2021

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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.

Best Kid Leash

Fzbjayoon Baby Anti Lost Wrist Link

The Fzbjayoon Baby Anti Lost Wrist Link comes in two different colors and has a minimal design. It’s made as a cushioned harness to cradle your little one and has a safety lock on the front so kids can’t remove it. Hook the wrist link to yourself and be tied to your kid as long as you want. As your child grows, you can use the other wrist link rather than the harness so you and your child are basically handcuffed together.

“This was a hit with our two year old. We bought this before a trip to sesame place since we knew it would be crowded and our 2 year old wasn’t going to sit in his stroller the entire time. It gave us peace of mind and him freedom,” one parent shared.

$15.99 AT AMAZON

Eugesiv Child Leashes for Toddlers with Wrist Link

The adorable Eugesiv Child Leashes for Toddlers with Wrist Link is decorated like a cute little lady bug. However, it’s not an actual backpack, just a harness with a leash for you to hold onto. This makes for a cute option if you just want a harness and no backpack but don’t want it to be incredibly obvious that you have your child on a leash. You also have the option with this one to not use the harness and instead use dual wrist cuffs tethered together.

A happy parent shares, “This is super cute! I bought it for my 1 year old for when we go out and she wants to walk. It fits her perfectly and she did not mind it at all. I have such peace of mind knowing that my baby will be safe on outings. I also love the wrist attachment for when she is older and too big for then harness.”

$12.98 AT AMAZON

Best Backpack Leash

DB Dinosaur Toddler Mini Backpack

Okay, but what child doesn’t want to look like a dinosaur, right? With the DB Dinosaur Toddler Mini Backpack, you’ll be able to keep your kid close while they feel ultra cool and dino-like. This backpack comes in four different colors and has a detachable leash. The front of the backpack is built like a harness, so it hugs your child safely as well.

One happy customer wrote, “I got this for my son. We are going to be taking a trip for Christmas. I want something that they can carry a few of their own items in (books, toys, tablet) and also something that I know I can keep them close. They seem to fit comfortably. The bag is a lot bigger and will hold more than I thought. The dinosaurs are a plus cuz thats his favorite thing right now. I feel better knowing my son will have this one.

$13.99 AT AMAZON

yisibo Kids Backpack with Safety Leash

Well this yisibo Kids Backpack with Safety Leash is a spaceship. Yes, it also comes in a bunny-print, but we’re a bit stuck on the spaceship. The backpack has cushioned straps and a detachable leash for you to hold onto your little one. It’s a bit on the small side, making it perfect for toddlers.

One customer shared, “This backpack has been wonderful! It’s the perfect size for my toddler (almost two), but with plenty of space for him to grow. It’s adorable and we get compliments all the time. The clip and ‘leash’ hold up very well, even with my toddler tugging everywhere. But he’s finally learned to stay within an arm’s length and we have a great time on our outings. I have the peace of mind that he can’t run away, but he can explore and enjoy walking on his own.”

$19.99 AT AMAZON

Yodo Upgraded Kids Insulated Toddler Backpack with Safety Harness

The Yodo Upgraded Kids Insulated Toddler Backpack with Safety Harness comes in a bunch of different animal varieties, so whatever your kid is feeling, you can make it happen. This kid leash is primarily a backpack but does have a detachable tether. The straps are cushioned and they fasten together in the front to keep your kid locked in. It’s designed for little ones up to age 3.

“I love this bag, it was exactly what I needed plus more. I needed a harness for my busy going son mr. escape artist well with this bag he can’t escape. I was looking for an harnes but with more then one use and this was perfect it has a cooler insulation which is a plus cause now my son can have his snack when we go places plus water bottle and pamper, wipes and even a lil toy all in one,” a reviewer says.

$17.88 AT AMAZON

Best Baby Leash

WSZCML Toddler Leash

Available in three different colors, the WSZCML Toddler Leash straps onto your child’s back and hooks to your wrist. The cushioned harness has a lock your little one can’t break, and the whole apparatus is reflective. Once your toddler grows out of the harness, you can each use the wrist cuff to hold onto each other.

“This product is exactly what I was looking for. My 2.5 year old runs from me and doesn’t look back anytime we go out. He is 37 inches tall and 30 pounds and it fits him great and there is a little room to grow. I love how the spring part doesn’t get twisted up and seems very durable. He doesn’t mind wearing the harness at all,” writes a reviewer.

$16.99 AT AMAZON

Best Toddler Leash

Betertek Anti Lost Wrist Link

If you just want a leash for your kid without a backpack, this Betertek Anti Lost Wrist Link is an option. What it amounts to is two wristbands with a tether between them — one for you and one for your kid. The cuff seals with a magnet that your child won’t be able to open, ensuring they’ll stay safe by your side. The tether is also reflective in the dark, just in case.

This parent praises the wrist link, writing, “My girl is a runner, she’s always running here and there if I could not grab her hands, which makes it very hard to shopping with a shopping bag on my other hand. This product released my hand and at the same time it allows my daughter to move around freely. It can be clearly seen at night because of the reflective strap, which prevents people or bikes from running between us and stumble the child.”

$18.95 AT AMAZON

Best Toddler Backpack Leash

Hipiwe Baby Toddler Walking Safety Backpack

If this Hipiwe Baby Toddler Walking Safety Backpack came in adult sizes, we might just grab one of our own, because how stinkin’ cute is this purple penguin? This simple backpack comes with a detachable leash, but because it doesn’t have a ton of extra safety features or cushion, it’s probably best for little ones who are less rambunctious. It’s designed for toddlers up to age 3.

An Amazon reviewer wrote, “Love these little backpack leashes. They are small but they are big enough to hold a couple snacks and small toys. I got a purple and pink one for my two year old twins. They are super cute and exactly what I was looking for.”

$14.99 AT AMAZON

Best Baby Harness

Mommy's Helper Toddler Leash & Harness

The Mommy’s Helper Toddler Leash & Harness is just what your baby needs once they’ve built the confidence up to really start walking around. The simple harness — which fits chests 14-25 inches — wraps around your little one and clips to the leash that you can hold onto. The leash extends up to 42 inches.

This parent embraces the leash, saying, if you’re gonna go the leash route, go the leash route: “We swore we’d never be those parents, but our little kamikazi kid needs a leash sometimes. Don’t try to fool yourself by getting one that looks like a monkey backpack. If you need the leash get the leash. Our kid is much calmer when she’s able to have a little bit of freedom to walk and we don’t have to worry about her complete lack of survival instincts.”

$10.58 AT AMAZON

SMBOX Child Leash Backpack Harness

The SMBOX Child Leash Backpack Harness offers a few options for wearing it. Your kid can either wear it as a harness when they’re small, tethering to your wrist cuff. Or once they’ve gotten a bit bigger, they can opt out of the harness and instead use the other wrist cuff to hold onto you. The child side of the apparatus has a locking system they won’t be able to break through and the tether is made from thick steel coated in PVC.

This customer totally supports it, writing, “My granddaughter is a very independent child and wants to walk everywhere. My daughter puts this on her when they go to the mall or any other crowded place. Totally keeps my granddaughter from getting away from her and make it possible for her to feel independent and walk. “

$14.88 AT AMAZON

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DB Dinosaur Toddler Mini Backpack
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yisibo Kids Backpack with Safety Leash
Betertek Anti Lost Wrist Link
Yodo Upgraded Kids Insulated Toddler Bac...
Mommy's Helper Toddler Leash & Harness
WSZCML Toddler Leash
SMBOX Child Leash Backpack Harness
Eugesiv Child Leashes for Toddlers with ...