We’re the first to recognize that children are not pets, and therefore they should not be walked like one. But the best leashes for kids allow them to explore, gain a measured independence, and, most importantly, tire themselves out before nap-time. So if you’ve always thought of kids leashes as preposterous (and we were there at one time, too), then it’s time to reconsider what has, to the non-parent, always appeared as a joke.
When looking for a leash for your toddler, consider length, flex, and playfulness. The length is potentially the most important, as it extends the figurative umbilical cord, and therefore can allow your little one into greater amounts of trouble or danger. Flex is also a concern, in that those with greater elasticity slow down your ability to rescue, essentially turning your child into a two-to-four-year-old yo-yo. And finally, there’s its playfulness. Sure, you could get a utilitarian model that will perform great. But isn’t something like this worth at least a subtle wink? Regardless of your preferences on the above, we’ve rounded up our favorite kids leashes for toddlers so you can clip in and get out there.
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This innovative product connects your wrist with your son or daughter’s via a bungee-cord-like connection. Fully extended, your child can get around five feet from you, but when together, it curls up so as not to get tangled underfoot.
It’s hard to look at this leash-and-harness combo and not think of taking Man’s Best Friend for a walk. It’s constructed from the same synthetic nylon webbing as those pet stores usually carry, which allows zero flex and precise control. When fully extended, your child can reach around four feet.
Adjustable and nondescript, this black harness and leash combo gets the job done without flash or distraction. The shoulder straps alter fit through Velcro for on-the-fly changes. Fully extended, your child has four feet of running room.
The best kind of kiddie leash does not look like a leash at all. Instead, it’s a cute monkey so it’s perhaps less insulting.