My son is chock full of hugs and kisses but has NEVER been a hand holder. Even when he was taking his first steps and learning to walk, he was totally independent. Now at 16 months, forget it! They say pick your battles, so I enforce holding hands when we cross the road, but everywhere else I just let him on his own, try to stay within lunging distance, and pray he doesn't dart off into the road before I can catch him. It's really scary and rightfully so has brought me to consider the controversial baby leash...
I took to google and found many different styles to choose from. There are cutesy ones with a stuffed animal on the back and a tail as a leash. There are ones that are disguised as a back pack, and I believe you can actually detach the leash part and use it just as a backpack when they're older. And there are really simple ones that really do look like a full on dog leash. But none of these really sung out to me.
Then I found The BusyBee!!
Designed by a mom, you can bet it's equal parts function meets fashion. It's very simple, but comes in 6 playful patterns, each reversible with the backside being denim.
It also rolls up really compact, so is perfect for keeping in the diaper bag to use whenever your little one wants some freedom from the stroller (throw a Bitybean carrier in the diaper bag as well and you'll be read for anything the day, and your toddler, may bring!!)
It's really quick and easy to put on. You just put it over your toddler's head and arms like a shirt, tighten the sides, and boom, off you go! I went with the cute "Polka Dots" design and was really excited to try it out! And where better to give it a go than Brooklyn Ikea!! HA!! So... how did Kenzo do?? See for yourself:
I guess it takes some getting used to. He was not a fan the first time he used it and still isn't (we haven't had it long). But in situations where I cannot just let him be free, for example when I've got my hands full pushing the stroller with tons of groceries that would take me a moment to brake and put everything down in order to run after him, The BusyBee definitely comes in handy.
Unfortunately it doesn't keep him from stopping to investigate EVERY SINGLE THING along the way!! Nor should it, I suppose. It's a toddlers job to be curious and explore their surroundings. And it's our job to keep them safe. So I'm all for getting a leash or harness or whatever you want to call it if you have a child who likes to run off unexpectedly. Don't let others make you feel ashamed or silly for using one and in doign so, keeping your child safe!! Shame on those judgy judgy busybodies!!
If you're interested in a toddler harness, definitely check out The BusyBee. Also, they're working on their next generation which will have an extendable "leash"! Exciting!!
The BusyBee is one of the fabulous prizes in my $1500 value "Mother Of All Giveaways" running through May 26. ENTER TO WIN HERE TODAY!!
*Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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