Friday, April 20, 2012

Separation Anxiety: Out and About!

According to the Center to Prevent Lost Children, 90% of parents will experience losing a child in a public place, yet fewer than 1 in 10 parents put some form of identification on their child. As any parent can tell you, it takes no more than a few seconds for a child to wander out of eyesight and potentially into danger. Before the age of three many children do not know their full names, their parent’s names, phone numbers, addresses, medical conditions, or allergies. If they were to become separated from their parent, they would have no way to communicate this information in an emergency or to help locate their mother, father or other caregiver.

Thankfully, there are some terrific products that can help ease your worries and ensure that your child is carrying identification and contact information if you happen to become separated. We at Travel-Tot simply love the following products:

The Kids Travel Card: Child Safety ID Cards help authorities easily and quickly establish positive identification of your child. The KidsTravelCard contains your name and contact telephone numbers, an additional emergency contact with relationship and phone number, your child's specific personal information, as well as any vital personal or medical information you feel might be important to include. The card can even be customized with "trip specific" information! Four removable adhesive labels come with the Photo ID badge where you can write information for a specific event and then remove the label afterwards. Each KidsTravelCard comes with a soft cloth "break-away" lanyard for comfort and safety. For more information click here.

Wearable ID Products by My Precious Kid: This company carries a wide variety of wearable identification products (everything from bracelets and shoe tags to dog tags). They also feature a number of electronic child locator devices. For more information click here.

Wearable ID Products and Parking Pal Magnet by Chicks and Cubs: This company carries an extensive line of wearable identification products (everything from bracelets and shoe tags to dog tags). They also feature The Parking Pal Magnet, which works great to keep kid's safer in parking lots. Telling a child to keep his or her hand on the magnetic hand can give you the chance to get things out of the car or put things in without them running into the roadway. For more information go to their website.

BrickHouse Child Locator by BrickHouse Security: The BrickHouse Child Locator gives parents piece of mind in a way that simply has not been possible before. The instant your loved one wanders too far, the hand-held locator will instantly notify you with loud beeping, vibration and directional guidance all at once. Perfect for younger or special-needs children, helps take the weight of worry off your shoulders by alerting you the second they wander - not a moment too late. As an added precaution, a Panic Tag with new "click" technology is included for your child to press alerting you they feel in danger.

Safety Tattoos by Safety Tat: SafetyTat is a fun and colorful kids temporary safety tattoo. When applied to the arm of your child or loved one, SafetyTat provides a highly visible form of identification that stays in place even when wet! Check out their website for more information.

Travel-Tot also loves these tips submitted by a longtime friend and nurse:

  • Put a blank label with emergency contact info on the back of bucket car seats in case you are ever in an accident with your infant. That way a loved one can be called to take care of your child rather than social services in the event that you are incapacitated. Travel-Tot offers a free downloadable label designed specifically for this purpose or you can check out the website of the W.H.A.L.E. Program (which features a map so you can find a W.H.A.L.E. program in your area!). For a nominal fee, you can order a W.H.A.L.E. Kit which features a set of emergency contact stickers, as well as stickers for the sides of the car seat and the rear or side window of the vehicle instructing first responders where to look for the sticker containing emergency contact information.
  • Also, consider registering yourself and your family members with “Next of Kin Registry” (NOKR), a fast, free, secure, international, centralized database – in the event of emergency this is one of the first resources emergency agencies check to locate family members.

All of these products, services, and suggestions give your child a “voice” in the event that you become separated or incapacitated. Empowering your child with the ability to communicate critical information quickly will not only help facilitate a quick and safe return, but can help ease anxiety in the even of an emergency. Safe and happy travels!

- Destination Mom


  1. This is SUCH helpful info! Thanks so much! We are moving states and traveling with our little one for the first time and I am so glad I stumbled upon this blog! :)

  2. Hi Kristen! Thanks for your note - it's always great to hear from readers we've helped! Good luck with your move - and with your first family adventure... hope it's as fun and stress-free as possible! :)