I had no idea that “child leashing” was such a controversial topic. In fact, I didn’t even really know it had a name until a few months ago when I was surfing a message board and came across a very heated (and not so very friendly!) debate about the topic. I have honestly been afraid to post this review of the Gripsterz Stay Along – Child Leash Alternative just because of what some of the reactions may be. Not sure my pregnant hormones can take criticism. But, the sponsor sent me the product, and it’s my responsibility to make sure the review goes live with my honest opinions.
I guess you would say that I am one who “leashes” my children. When my boys were younger, I bought those cute little backpacks shaped like animals that had the long tail that I could hold onto and keep them at a safe, comfortable distance while we were out and about. I did this because at the time, I had 4 children, 3 under the age of 4, and only 2 hands. I had already had a scare with Zander wandering off in a store by this point, and that was the scariest moment of my life. To look down and see your child gone? Horrifying. The backpacks allowed me to know exactly where my child was at all times, quickly and easily. Maybe someone who has never been in the position of not being able to find their child wouldn’t understand. Shouldn’t parents do anything to keep their child safe? Is putting a harness on them really so bad? I just didn’t see it that way.
CHILD SAFETY – The Gripsterz Stay Along is a child leash or harness alternative that keeps Mom and kids together while shopping or going to the library, at the same time freeing up Mom’s hands. It can be attached to a purse, a stroller, a shopping cart, a belt hoop, a “Mommy Handle” (included), and various lengths of attachments to allow you to decide how much room your child can have to explore, while helping both child and adult feel secure. Gripsterz is created by a mother of eight — six biological children and adopted twins from Guatemala — ages 1 to 8. The children are home-schooled.
CHILD LEASH ALTERNATIVE – You can attach multiple Gripsterz products together for multiple children. The book included in the package has the adorable monkey character act as a pal and a guide for your child as different environments are described and your child learns what they might expect to encounter and what may be expected of them. This child leash alternative helps decrease the anxiety and surprises of excursions or outings for parents and children, and helps turn a potentially stressful trip into a fun and enjoyable adventure.
Gripsterz kit includes:
- one irresistible Grippy monkey ring with attaching clip, two vine straps (1 ft & 2 ft) with an attaching clip,an adult handle, a convenient storage bag and a Grippy book for kids.
- The Grippy adventure book enhances the child’s natural attachment tendencies to their new friend Grippy and encourages enjoyable adventure experiences.
- Interchangeable pieces allow for a variety of adventure needs.
- Easy to use
- Can be clipped to a stroller, belt hoop, shopping cart, luggage, purse, and many other portable devices.
- Great for crossing streets and parking lots, visiting museums, exploring parks, attending festivals, and traveling.
- Patent Pending
- Made of nontoxic materials
- WARNING! Gripsterz is not a toy. Never leave child unattended. Use only with adult supervision. Never use to physically restrain child.
My Review of Gripsterz Stay Along – Child Leash Alternative
In all honesty, this product looks more like a leash than the backpacks I used to use when my boys were smaller. In fact, after we first received the product, I had to put it up where the kids couldn’t find it, because they all wanted to take turns “walking” Parker around the house. I hated it. I would remind them that Parker is not a dog, and that we don’t “walk” people. So, obviously now I see where the debate comes from. While I am absolutely ok with anything that will keep my children safe, I am not ok with my child being treated like an animal. I get it now, I really do.
But, all of that being said, I do understand the idea behind this product and what the inventor was trying to do. The monkey is adorable. Parker loves holding onto the monkey, and I don’t have to worry about how far he can wander away when he’s wearing it. It keeps him close, and it keeps him safe. That feature is absolutely priceless. And, had my children not been so adamant about “walking” Parker, I would probably use it all the time. It is a fantastic idea and a really cute product that Parker loves. I see absolutely nothing wrong with it, except for the way my kids treated the product. I would definitely recommend the product to anyone who is looking for a fun, cute child leash alternative for their little one. It’s very easy to use, it’s reasonably priced at just $14.99, and it gives Mom peace of mind while out and about with her child(ren). There’s nothing more important than that.
I also want to tell you that before this post went live, I had the opportunity to speak with the creator if the Gripsterz. She is an absolutely fantastic lady, and handled my thoughts and opinions with nothing but grace and kindness. She did also show me several pictures of the Gripsterz used in a different way: instead of using the long “leash,” she used the short one and attached the handle to a shopping cart or a stroller. This feature is ingenious, and now, I plan to use the Gripsterz this way every time we’re out. It doesn’t look “leash-y” at all, and it will keep Lucy close to the cart so that I don’t have to worry about her wandering off. Plus, with the shorter handle, it’s perfect for throwing in my purse and having it with me at all times. Thank you, Robyn, for showing me this feature and for taking the time to contact me. I know you used your heart to create this product, and it really shows.
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Disclaimer: I was contacted on behalf of My Precious Kid. I was sent the necessary products to write this review. I was in no other way compensated for this post, and all opinions stated above are 100% my own.