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View Poll Results: Would you use one of those leashes on you child(ren)??
Yes, they're practical and keep my child from wandering off. 40 53.33%
No, they're constricting and undignified. 21 28.00%
I'm on the fence about them. 14 18.67%
Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-14-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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My wife and I never needed the use of them.

Our children were well behaved, because WE took charge.

We used to call them "dopes on a rope".
:: puke::
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:28 PM
 
Location: You know... That place
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:: puke::
Interesting. That is the same reaction I had when I read that. Hmm.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:38 PM
 
Location: South FL
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The most important thing is the safety of a child. Although I didn't use one for my son, I could understand the mothers of very energetic and wiggly children who did. What is a couple of dirty and disapproving looks in comparison to making sure that the child doesn't run out on the street?
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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ummm no because its not a wire cage and its only for sleeping not for putting your child in when you leave the house for hours on end. You also dont use a crib to potty train a baby....
Umm, I have a second crib that's not for sleeping. I actually do use it as a "cage' - a safe place to contain my daughter while I use the restroom, answer the door, cook dinner, etc.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Powell, WY
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We have a second crib too, just for containing !
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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I used to think that leashes were for animals. Now I think why wouldn't you give your kids as much protection as you'd give a dog? What changed my mind? When dd was about 2 1/2 she decided to play hide and seek in a clothing store. The entire mall was on lock down by the time we found her. She had crawled up into a clothing rack and was waiting for me to find her.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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I used to think that leashes were for animals. Now I think why wouldn't you give your kids as much protection as you'd give a dog? What changed my mind? When dd was about 2 1/2 she decided to play hide and seek in a clothing store. The entire mall was on lock down by the time we found her. She had crawled up into a clothing rack and was waiting for me to find her.
OMG!!! !!!!
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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I used to think that leashes were for animals. Now I think why wouldn't you give your kids as much protection as you'd give a dog? What changed my mind? When dd was about 2 1/2 she decided to play hide and seek in a clothing store. The entire mall was on lock down by the time we found her. She had crawled up into a clothing rack and was waiting for me to find her.

Mom? j/k lol!
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:01 PM
 
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I used to think that leashes were for animals. Now I think why wouldn't you give your kids as much protection as you'd give a dog? What changed my mind? When dd was about 2 1/2 she decided to play hide and seek in a clothing store. The entire mall was on lock down by the time we found her. She had crawled up into a clothing rack and was waiting for me to find her.
WOW!

That must have been a frightening period!

I couldn't imagine the fear.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Australia
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I grew up in England (in the dark ages) where it was extremely common for parents to use them. We called them reins. I vaguely recall being 'reined' (at least, I've seen some photos) and certainly remember them being used with my brother.

When my daughter was a baby I bought some reins in anticipation that I would need them. As it turned out, I only used them a handful of times (in crowded places) because my daughter wasn't a wanderer and responded well to requests to hold my hand, hold onto the stroller, or hold my hand. Plus she was a small child and easy for me to carry when necessary.

The main benefit of possessing the reins was when she was in the care of a grandparent or other older person - especially if they were not nimble on their feet, or had difficulties carrying her. They were an absolute godsend on those occasions - mainly for the peace of mind of the older person who was caring for her. Even if she was unlikely to run off, they knew she couldn't.
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