One of the many things that I think about when planning a day trip or a long family vacation, is safety. As parents we all try our best to keep our children out of harm’s way but there is always that small chance that something could happen and we just can’t keep it from happening. Those are the times that we have to be prepared for and I have a list of ways you can do that.
Take a photo of your child before you leave the house/hotel
If for some reason your child goes missing, you will want to be able to inform the police department of the exact outfit your child is wearing. As parents we have a lot on our minds, remembering the brand of shoes or what your child has on their shirt can be difficult, especially in a stressful situation. So take a photo of your child before you head out on your adventure. It doesn’t have to be a glamorous one and you can delete them nightly, it’s just a simple precaution to take.
Have your phone number on your child.
Depending on your child’s age, they may not be able to tell an adult their parents phone number in the event that they are separated from you. There are many ways to keep that number on your child. My favorite is the Infoband Child Safety ID Wristband. It has fun designs for boys and girls, plus space for a phone number and any medical allergies. The band requires two hands to take off, this means that your child will not be able to take it off by themselves. They are also reusable and waterproof.
Another way to keep your phone number on them is with a sticky label. Write your phone number and any allergies on the label in the morning, stick it somewhere the child will not fidget with it. I would suggest on the upper back of their shirt.
Reminder, never write your childrens name on these items. If a predator can see your child’s name, it is easier for them to lure them away from you. Even though we all try to teach our kids not to talk to strangers, your child could feel that they should go to the person if they are calling their name.
Have a sheet with your child’s picture and information handy
I have already spoke about taking a photo of your child in the morning but another way to prepare yourself is having an information sheet about your child to give authorities. This paper should have a good photo of your child, height, weight, eye color, hair color, any birthmarks, names they answer to, medical issues and anything else that pertains to your child. The quicker they can get this information through the system the better chances they have of finding your child nearby. If you have this information and a picture of them from that day, you are definitely covering your basis.
From natural disasters to kidnappings, things happen and all you can do is be prepared. I hope that none of you ever have to deal with any of these situations but like the old saying goes, better to be safe than sorry.