Dr Richard C. Woolfson
The typical toddler can be a nightmare to manage outside his home. His natural curiosity and spirit of adventure leads him to explore his new environment without any thought as to the potential hazards around him.
You have to keep your eyes on him at all times. That’s why a harness or leash seems so attractive.
At least with this device – a small harness attached to your toddler’s body, with a lead that is a few metres long – you can allow him to wander a short distance, knowing that he can’t get any further from you.
However, using a leash with your toddler has potential drawbacks as well, particularly when it comes to the issue of your child’s independence.
Your toddler has two competing developmental needs.
First, he needs…