Most of us have seen them at least once before, those contraptions that look like a backpack on young children but have a leash attached to them. You mostly see them on very young children; the backpacks usually resemble a cute little stuffed animal. Most people have very strong opinions on whether these harness backpacks are a good or bad idea. Here is a little detailed information on what exactly they are, and if these children’s backpacks with a safety leash are something you might want to buy for your child.
Here from Toys-R-Us you can see their popular Lion backpack with a child safety harness. It sells for $14.95 and has a 4 1/2 out of 5 star review. This style is a functional backpack your child can bring along their favorite toy, or you have enough room to stash a diaper or snack inside. It is soft and plush, it attaches around your child with front adjustable harness buckles. And attached to the backpack is a safety leash that is 17 inches long with a wrist strap, or you can just hold onto it.
These children’s safety harness backpacks are most appropriate for a toddler, they are mostly used for toddlers. It is ideal for those who have just started walking up to about three years or so. It can be a bit bulky on children under two or under 25 pounds, but is still effective. And when your children are over about 3 1/2 or if you have a large sized child for his age they usually want to be more independent and not wear it. You are able to see a variety of safety leash backpacks here from My Precious Kid, a company that specializes in safety products for children. You can choose from either a hippo, puppy or lion.
When you are trying to decide if this backpack with a safety leash is a good or bad idea for your child you also need to consider where you live. I live in Houston, Texas where the summer heat is already unbearable in lightweight clothes. Both my two daughters fussed about the heat and sweating when young. If you live in a warm area your child may not be comfortable wearing a furry backpack, especially in the Summer. Even in cooler states if you are on a trip to somewhere like the zoo all the walking outside they would probably get hot.
Children’s safety harness backpacks are ideal for parents who have twins, it can help you keep an eye on both. It as also a good purchase for Grandparents, since it can be more difficult for them to run and keep up with a young child. A backpack with a safety leash is a very good idea if your child is hyperactive or has a tendency to try to run and hide from you. It can be a wonderful safety tool if you are in a very crowded area like an airport or amusement park. If you choose to use a backpack with a safety leash I warn you now you may get some unwanted stares from others. A friend of mine even got unsolicited comments from other parents, some negative and some positive. As a parent ultimately it is your decision if it is a good or bad idea to buy a children’s harness with a backpack. I think it can be quite an effective tool for keeping your child safe.