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Child Harnesses: Do They Harm My Childrens Development Or Keep Them Safe?

Parents of young children know all too well that toddlers can be highly unpredictable, especially when in a public setting.

For safety concerns, many parents choose to use child harnesses or harness backpacks to ensure young children don’t try to make a swift escape. A tool that provides peace of mind to countless nervous moms and dads, though, is passionately criticized by just as many others. The question remains: Should parents use child safety harnesses? Or, are they more harmful than helpful?

If you’re still trying to decide for yourself, here are a few pros and cons of physically tethering your child to you:



While safety harnesses can be beneficial for parents of multiples, children with special needs and high-energy toddlers who are still learning to follow directions, it’s hard to argue that it’s not healthy to have some off-harness practice time with little ones in public settings, too.

To read more about the pros and cons of safety harness use, read this article from

Share your thoughts! What do you think about child harnesses? Have you ever used one with a child?

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