When it comes to deciding whether or not to use a child harness, toddler safety should be your top consideration. Toddlers love to explore, and giving them the opportunity to scurry around freely is important for their development. But if you have an exceptionally active or curious tot, a child harness can make crowded shopping areas or busy parking lots safer environments.
Another situation when a harness (or two) may come in handy is if you have twins. After all, moms only have so many hands! If you do choose to go with a child harness, don’t be surprised if your toddler becomes frustrated by being restrained. To make outings easier for both of you, be sure to praise your toddler whenever he wears the harness without making a fuss. And have your child wear the harness for only a short time.
Can’t bring yourself to use a child harness? Instead, consider a stroller, which will keep your toddler even more secure. After a stroller ride, give your toddler some time to explore on her feet (under your careful watch, of course).