Yes. That is my kid on a leash. Well, sort of.
They are actually called reins but before you judge me, lets have a little chat about this.
After these sweet babies reach one year old they hit a funny point in their small lives – they are too head strong and wriggly to sit still in a pram for long but you just know that if you let them out the carnage is imminent. Those wobbly little legs will run and run and it will always be in the direction you don’t want them to go. I see this in shopping centres too often where the kids taking off at the speed of light and the weary parents shoot each other the look “well I chased him last time”.
My kid is no different. He is currently 14 months old and a pint sized nightmare. He can/will run off in the blink of an eye towards the nearest hazard.
Trying to do my best restraining him and practicing responsible parenting doesn’t stop the horrified looks from people and the “why is your kid on a leash?!” and “Awww, Poor baby!”
For Spencer’s first birthday I gifted him some snazzy baby reins from Little Life. It is actually a “toddler day sack with detachable rein”. It’s cute and fun, there is nothing harsh about it. They still allow him to toddle along happily at a safe distance but keep him out of immediate danger.
The safe “leash” rein concept has been around for donkeys years, I even wore them when I was a tiny tot, but this idea doesn’t seem to have caught on in the Middle East as people look at me like I am the worst mother in the world. This isn’t just for his safety, it is also for the safety and sanity of others. No one wants my kid destroying their shop or running out onfront of their car.
So please, if you see a parent trying to do their best then don’t judge, tut or ask why my kid is on a “leash”. I’m just trying to keep him safe and out of your way.
What is your opinion about the kid on a “leash”?