Skip Hop is expanding their Zoo line with the ZOO-LET Mini Backpack with Rein. The Zoo-Let is a toddler backpack available in a variety of fun zoo friends that includes a detachable rein to keep the little travelers safe and close. This is not a new concept it’s just new for Skip Hop.
Here’s the question: Would you rein in your toddler with this? I know “toddler leashes” are a big debating point and I’d like to know if you would use one or not.
It’s fair to say that these are not the leashes of yester-year that our parents or grandparents *may* or may not have used. Those were plain-ole’-can’t-disguise-it kid leashes! These are adorable Zoo mini backpacks that kids will want to wear because they can carry their own things but it just happens to have a tether to keep them attached to mom (or dad!). Does that make it better?
Full disclosure: I am a BIG fan of toddler leashes in certain circumstances. I have used them with all three of my kids. Did I whip out a toddler rein (or leash) every time I hit the grocery store with my 2 year old? Nope. But I do I think they are brilliant in very crowded public places where your toddler may want to walk around and not be strapped to the stroller. Think amusement parks, Disney World, the zoo, a fair, festival, urban shopping area! What’s the difference if I strap him down into the stroller seat with a 5-point harness to keep him safe or put a cute backpack on him with a rein that gives him just enough space to walk on his own and explore but still be safe and attached to me?
Maybe we could call it a form of attachment parenting? Literally, “attachment parenting”.
Most parents have no problem whatsoever securing a child in a stroller to keep them safe but you mention or dare whip out a “toddler leash” (also known as a rein, safety harness, kid leash, child safety tether etc) all the mommy judging begins. I’ve heard that it is humiliating to a child or treating a child like a dog. Really? I’d like to meet a 2 year old that says “this toddler leash is humiliating me!” It doesn’t happen.
This is completely my opinion, and since you guys know that I’m all for a Mom Boomerang take it for what it is, but I think it’s not such a bad idea. I’d rather be safe than sorry when my toddler wants to walk in a crowded place.
What do you think? Do you use a toddler leash? Would you? Do you think it is humiliating and kids shouldn’t be subjected to it? Or is it just a way to keep our babies safe?