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“I would love to hear from some other Mums on their tips on how they control their child from walking off in a store. My 14 month old has recently discovered walking and now she’s walking away from me. She lets go of my hand and wanders off. I do not want to use a lead at all.”

Posted by anon, 27/05/2013

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  • I feel your pain, and it’s tough if you don’t want to use a lead. (Although that might be a last resort – don’t dismiss it.) We had a rule about having one hand on the pram at all times – that worked well when we had several kids. Perhaps you could have a similar rule about your clothing or bag?


  • It was interesting reading the comments on this!


  • Some great suggestions here – ive been wondering what to do when this happens


  • My daughter has 2 option, she either holds my hand or goes in the pram


  • I always put my toddler in a pram for shopping etc to svoid the risk of him taking off


  • Sorry, but I would suggest using one the back pack leads. I would use it just until she learns to hold on to your hand when you ask her to. Otherwise in the trolley could be another option.


  • what did you end up doing?


  • Hope you managed to find the answer you were looking for.


  • What did you end up doing?


  • maybe put her in a stroller


  • Not sure what to tell you. My youngest still does and she is 6. She likes to hide in the clothes. Even now when I pick her up from prep, when they open the class door she will be hiding somewhere.


  • I purposely let my daughter think she was lost once-she could not see me but I could see her above the clothes racks. She had a moment of panic and then I appeared, she never disappeared on me again because she thought she would get lost.


  • I did not want to use a lead but I did it saves running it also protects your child. Because if your not quick enough down a step they can go … But on a lead they have freedom until they understand safety … So if you want to let walk on a lead until they learn to walk with you… But good luck with that … I had three only one of mine come off the lead a little over two… No way with the twins .. In fact one of our twins ran and if it had not been for the lead they would of gone under a bus… Yes I was standing on the corner and he just decide to take off…


  • Thanks heaps for posting, was also wondering.


  • Awesome question, my 19month old has no fear and will happily leave me for any other family with children while shopping. I have been reading everyones answers.

    I have found that if i plan short easy trips eg shopping for only 1 item. That way he can walk beside. Otherwise i have strap him in the pram and dont stop moving!

    Good luck ;-)


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