No one wants to quash the excitement and wonder of their toddler when they are out in the world walking on their own two feet. The excitement for the world around them, and the excitement with their new found mobility is enough to send any toddler into fits of jumping for joy and running off in the direction of something interesting. Sadly, that something interesting is often a little too far away from you. Safety harnesses can offer some peace of mind for parents when out with toddlers who tend to wander, or run.
Toddlers are easily excited when they start to walk on their own. The last thing they want is to be held back by a safety harness. Sadly, most have a tendency to get excited easily and wander off or run, requiring the protection of a harness. The fear of losing your toddler in a crowd or having someone grab them and run are common fears and for good reason. Toddlers run off and children are stolen from their parents too often. Wanting to keep your toddler close is a natural, protective response.
Most child safety harnesses wrap around your child's chest and under their arms and close with a Velcro or snap closure. Most harnesses are adjustable so they will fit your toddler snugly over any baby jacket or snowsuit. You want your child safety harness to fit snugly—you don't want your toddler adopting their feline persona and wriggling out of the harness. A tether, which attaches to your wrist, keeps you toddler within three feet of you at all times. This gives your toddler enough space to still feel independent and free, but keeps them close and attached to you for safety when walking through crowded places.
Stay away from the harnesses that attach to your toddler's wrist or arm. These are simple Velcro or snap wrist bands that the youngest toddler can tear off when they want to make a mad dash.
Child safety harnesses not only keep your toddler close, many parents also use them as a walking aid when teaching their toddler to walk. A safety harness can help minimize the bumps and bruises common when learning to walk. You can help them balance while they develop their coordination and catch them before they fall. Many child safety harnesses convert to a safety strap that can be used to secure your toddler in grocery carts or old high chairs that are not equipped with safety straps.
Many toddlers do not like safety harnesses at first. Give them some time to get used to it, but make it clear that wearing it is not an option. Most toddlers don't mind once they realize that they still have free rein to run and jump, as long as you can keep up with them.