Have we talked about baby leashes here? Or is baby harness the more PC term? I tried scouring our archives of 1,236,964 posts (Whit, can you please slow down just a bit?) and started to get blurry-eyed around 700. So, in short, if we have discussed this here, I apologize for being redundant.

I have never been a big fan of them. I’ve thought they were silly. Some people think they’re inhumane, though I’m not willing to go that far. I just think that a toddler is a little too young for that lifestyle. Um, anyway. Like I said, I’ve never really been keen on attaching a harness to my child. That being said, I can say that I might actually be able to see the wisdom in their use.

The Dubyas have been doing some traveling as of late – Florida, California, Pennsylvania – and there have been airports and wide-open spaces. Little Dub, being the two-year-old he is, has been exhibiting some stroller aversion at times. I’m not sure what his problem is: sit in the seat shaded from the sun, sippy-cup in hand while someone else pushes you around, sounds like a good deal to me, as do naps, but that’s a post for another day. Ok, back to the aversion. When he starts to get feisty, I usually take him out and carry him for a bit or he’ll walk while holding my hand, however, both are only short-term solutions at best – he gets heavy after a while or there’s something shiny that catches his eye and his little hand slips my grip and then it’s like trying to catch a squirrel. I know it’s all about shedding the confines of the stroller and experiencing the world around him, but while he’s running and looking at things on the ground, he’s causing people to look like they’re doing tire drills or their best Heisman impression. Amusing, yes, but still a tad disruptive. It is during those times I see the wisdom.

As I mentioned, I haven’t entirely come around to the idea of actually using one. That being said, I have noticed how varied they are in style. The Road Warrior-version aside, there’s the standard nylon type (though I’m not sure if “restraint straps” in the description is a great marketing ploy – sort of conjures up images of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) to the harness/backpack, cute and cuddly style – it does bring new meaning to “monkey on your back.” If I were to get behind one, it would be the latter, but I’m still not sold. How about you, fans of DadCentric? Freedom to safely run about or an early intro to BDSM?

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