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Just wondering what people's opinions of them are.  I have been considering getting one for my 14month old daughter but I feel like lots of people have a negative view of them.  For me I think it allows her to wander somewhat freely but I know she will stay right near me.  Right now if I let her walk she will just run off - she is not old enough to stay close by.  

by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 6:59 AM
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Gweneveer
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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I have never used one, wouldnt either.  

If you think you need it, go for it.  I was lucky enough that my kids never tried to "run" from me.  

I see no problem with others using them, they just arent for us.  

Necie72
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM
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To hell with what people think.  I have one for DD.  It's a puppy or a bear...  We've never used it, but I have it just in case.  She took off on me at the zoo once.  I'm not into chasing her, so the harness is a good option for us.  When she saw it, she was actually asking me to put it on her and she walked around the house in it.  I say do what's best for you and your child and forget about what other people have to say.

.Angelica.
by Angie on Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM
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They dont bother me. There are far worse things. That said I've never used one.
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snowangel1979
by Bronze Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:29 AM
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I don't see a problem with them.
I have one for DD, she picked it out It's a puppy. She wears it around the house all the time. (I take the leash part off.)

I've only used it once when we were going for a nature walk, while DS was taking a homeschool class at the nature center.

I wish I would have had one when DS was little, he was a runner. He would wait untill my head was turned and run for it.( I looked everywhere for them, but couldn't find one)
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kristina0121
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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I understand both oppinions on this and I do think its important for you to do whatever it takes to keep your kids safe.

I wouldn't personally use them, but I've never really had a need to. My kids go everywhere with me. They have since they were born. So my kids know how to behave in public. Only issue I get is the occassional (need) for candy and I say no.. lol!
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cookinmommyof1
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:42 AM
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Before I had ds, I thought they were terrible. Then ds learned to walk. Lol. I tried one, but whenever he had it on he would throw a huge shit fit, so we quit using it. If it works, go for it
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signingmama2915
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Honestly, I hate to see them used on kids and I never would. I had one used on me when I was a kid and I was leached to another kid, I hated it. I was leashed to the other kid because I was the anchor, I didn't wander and she did.
Because of this I just can not put my kids in one.
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Alexsi1
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I have one as a precaution. DS is a wanderer and is fast.
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little.worthen
by Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I wouldn't use one just because I don't feel the need to, but I don't think they are bad, unless you're dragging your kid around with it..
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cryssi_renee
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM
I have one for my 19 month old. We rarely use it. We go to the zoo a lot. She doesn't want to stay in the stroller the whole time but will run off any chance that she gets.
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