With the summer travel season upon us, it's a good time to revisit the ways in which we can make our lost kids "findable" in crowded places. We published a hack last year suggesting rubber bracelets as ID, but Dawn's hack points to a company that prints small quantities. (Erin's comment on the original post pointed to the same company, but the minimum order has gone down, hence the redux.)
I have 2 children ages 4 & almost 2, and season passes to the local amusement/water park. My impatient oldest child decided one day he couldn’t wait for me to get my daughter out of her stroller to ride a ride. I turned around and he was gone! Long story short, he was found by the security officers who were called when I reported him missing.
From that day forward I tried to find a way to have my cell phone number on them both. After numerous tries with Sharpie pens, (sunscreen takes off Sharpie ink) stickers on their clothes, tyvek bracelets (don’t stand up to a day in the water) and even medical type bracelets (sunscreen/sharpie problem), I found ReminderBand. I ordered the minimum order of 5 silicone bracelets in neon green with black ink for about $25. The bracelets say: Mom’s Cell (XXX) XXX-XXX Dad’s Cell (XXX) XXX-XXXX.
I made a game out of my daughter wearing hers. Of course my son wanted one of his own, so I pulled out another for him. I keep the extras in my purse should I ever be caught needing them. I am teaching my kids if they can’t find Mommy or Daddy, to find the nearest other mommy/daddy or uniformed employee and show them their bracelet.