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  • On Nov 30, 2017
    Patricia from MN Asked

    Which is better to use on a 1 year old for walking around, A backpack leash or a wrist leash?

    Hi Patricia ~

    Your trip will be here before you know it and I'm happy to see you planning ahead! That is especially important when traveling with little ones.

    This is truly a matter of personal preference and I think there are plus and minuses to both. Because every child is different, I would try testing a backpack harness and a wrist leash to see which one works best for your particular child and which one they will tolerate more when they are walking. Some kids don't want anything to do with either and other kids don't mind them. Test them closer to your trip because as we all know, kids and what they want can change every day. Better to know before you go.

    I think that the backpack harness works well because it doesn't get in the way of your child's ability to explore with their hands. You may want to think of the harness type without the backpack so that it isn't too hot on their back and you don't have to remove it when you put them back in their stroller. The wrist type leashes are usually shorter which helps keep little ones closer to their parents and avoids possibly tripping other Guests. I worried that the kids may pull too hard and hurt their arms or shoulders.

    It is always important to give your little ones a break from their strollers. Whichever one you decide on, I would recommend finding an area that isn't very crowded to let them walk around. There are out of the way places in the parks (especially along the perimeters) and at the resorts to do that. It gets really congested in some areas of the parks and I worried about Guests not seeing them or them tripping Guests.

    Be sure to take advantage of the Baby Care Centers located in all of the theme parks.

    Please feel free to visit us again with all your planning questions. We're hEAR for you!

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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