• On Jan 10, 2009
    Holly from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Any tips for ID'ing your child? I'm worried about my independent 4 year old... will probably put a tag with our cell number inside his clothes. Will also teach him to find a cast member if lost. What do you do? -- temp tattoos, bracelets, nothing?

    Hi Holly,

    When he was about three, my older son loved to "bolt" as soon as we got into the Magic Kingdom.  He thought it was hilarious to see us take off after him.  As a result, I became a "labeling" maven.  I started by going to an office supply store, where I picked up medium-sized address labels.  I wrote our cell phone numbers and where we were staying on the labels and stuck them on his (and later his younger brother's) back.  (I found that toddlers love to rip off stickers, so by placing them on their backs, they stayed put.)  Later on, I became more sophisticated, and had custom T-shirts printed, with Mickey on the front, and on the back, "If I get lost, please call....our cell phone numbers."  I cannot tell you how many moms winked, high-fived and begged me for information on where I bought them when we were at the parks.  (There are tons of places on the web you can create custom T's.) Some other "ID apparatus" I use includes custom "dog tags" I had printed, that come in great in the water parks.  (I tie them to their bathing suits).  I have also used "event bracelets", the soft self-sticking bracelets you get when you go to a local carnival, event, etc.  I took a permanent marker and wrote our information on them and then stuck them to my kids ankles, wrists, etc.  (You can pick these up in a party supply store.) 

    Other important safety tricks I use with my kids include finding a Cast Member if they are lost (point out the pins that have their names and where they are from) or find a mom with other children.  Finally, you can purchase small "backpacks" that look like stuffed animals with really long tails.  The "tails" are actually a leash you can use to hang onto your child.  I know some kids don't like these, but mine didn't seem bothered when they were smaller.  I let them carry a snack in the pack, along with some souvenirs.

    I think it's great that you are thinking of child safety before your trip.  I hope some of my tips have helped! 
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I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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