August 21, 2017

Lost in a Crowd: 4 Products to Help Keep Kids Safe

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I was surfing around the web last night and stumbled upon a neat product called SafetyTat. It’s a waterproof and sweatproof child identification tattoo that lasts from one to five days, much like a temporary tattoo your child might get at a carnival. The idea is that if you somehow get separated from your small child, the person who finds your child will have your contact details to reach you right away. Love this.

When I saw SafetyTat, I immediately had a flashback to last fall when we went to one of those huge pumpkin festivals with thousands of people and our two-year-old son walked away. We were visiting with another family and both my husband and I thought our son, Paul, was with the other person.

Once we realized Paul was not with us, probably no more than 30 seconds passed before we spotted him in the crowd. I know God was shining down on us that day because with so many people there I still can’t believe we found him so quickly (before I went into serious panic mode).

My girls have always stayed close by us so I’ve never had to worry about losing a child in a crowd, but my son is a different story. I’ve never been one to consider a safety harness/leash, but you know I’ve thought about it with Paul. So I was excited to find these child identification tattoos that kids can’t take off. They’re there until you wash them off, and they cost $10 for six tattoos.

I also spotted another product called Tottoos. These work the same way but they’re not as pretty, I guess. They run $12.95 for 15 identical custom tattoos. You can also buy medical alert tattoos in case your child gets lost, you’re not there, and there is a medical emergency.

A great option if you prefer not to have your phone number out in the open on your child’s arm (or even on their tummy) is to get a Kid’s Safety ID Wristband. These cost $13.99 but what’s great about these is that the ID card is tucked inside the wristband. It’s waterproof and adjustable for kid-size wrists and even ankles.

RoadID also makes ID Bracelets for Kids that run $15.99 and come in seven colors. These are basically the plastic “LiveStrong” type wristbands, only with emergency contact information engraved right on the bracelet.

Have you ever tried out any of these products to ensure your child has your contact details on him or her at all times? Or, do you have any better ideas? I also read about using a grease pencil to write your phone number on your child, but of course, I’m sure that water or sweat could easily smear that away. Anyway, I’d love your feedback so please leave a comment below.

Disclaimer: This post contains a link to an affiliate. However, the views and opinions expressed in this blog post are purely mine, and I was not compensated in any way by the makers of any of the above products. 

Comments

  1. “I’ve never been one to consider a safety harness/leash.” Modern Family featured the harness/leash on last night’s episode when the families went to Disney Land. Mitch and Cam used a harness/leash to keep Lily from running away from them. Of course, Jay bought Lily a pair of ‘princess shoes’ which slowed her down.

    Another idea could be for clothing manufacturers to sew a GPS chip into children’s clothing or shoes and provide parents with a small GPS handheld device. This way parents will know the exact location of their kids.

  2. Erin, thanks for this post. Those are some great options particularly those that enable you to add more than one contact name! It is something I have been thinking about lately, though not exclusively for getting lost. I travel solo with my toddler on a regular basis. On a recent trip to Dubai, we had a mishap at a waterpark and I hit my head and got a concussion. This got me thinking from another perspective – even though my son always stays close by, what if I got injured? It would be nice to know responders would have a way to contact my family.

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