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03-19-2001, 07:58 PM
I have DS 6 and DD 2 1/2. I am a little concerned about the big crowds, and very scary potential of being seperated. Of course I plan on keeping my eyes on them all the time, but just in case, I was wondering if anyone puts ID on their children and how? Thanks
SueM in MN
03-19-2001, 08:07 PM
Someone asked the same question about a month or two ago and got some really great suggestions. So, if you don't get a lot of responses, you might want to do a search and see if you can find it. One of the suggestions I remember was to use something like a small luggage tag (the kind with the information hidden unless you open it) and attach it to your kids shoes.â
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03-19-2001, 09:45 PM
I've seen several ideas....
One was to make a tag at one of those machines at Wal Mart with parents names and contact info on it. This could be put on the child's shoelaces. We did something similar and put it on a chain around ds's neck with his little flashlite...he could tuck it inside his shirt. He was 4 when we did this.
I've also heard to use a label inside the child's shirt with the same info.
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03-20-2001, 06:28 AM
When we went, I had bought my kids the Guest of Honor pins from Gifts of a Lifetime. I then made small labels on my computer with our name, our cell phone number and our hotel and hotel phone #. I stuck these labels on the back of their pins so they weren't easily seen, but my kids knew they were there to show someone if they got lost.
03-20-2001, 06:43 AM
An excelent question.
We have laminated cards and pinned them inside their clothes.
Included on this is our names, resort, and cel phone number.
03-20-2001, 08:07 AM
What a good idea. I've never thought about it, but I will do it the next time!
03-20-2001, 11:20 AM
Whenever we visit any kind of amusement park or other overcrowded event I always dress my kids in the same (BRIGHT) color shirts (or hats in the winter). It just makes it easier to spot them in a crowd.
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03-20-2001, 01:59 PM
I made cards for our sons to carry in fanny packs. they had our names, cell phone numbers, hotel info and emergency contacts at home. I also took them to the dmv and got them state id cards which i carried incase i needed to find them.
03-20-2001, 03:48 PM
I found a little boy who was lost walking up and down a strip mall, I took him into a store so they could call the police. The first thing the officer did was check the label of his shirt for info(small child). Just an FYI.
03-21-2001, 08:59 AM
Kids are 4 and 7. We usually write our cell-phone number and name on their fore arms. It can't get lost. They can't get stuck with a pin. We can't forget the tag. The tag can't get caught on anyting, or left on a piece of clothing that has been removed (eg for swimming or water ride). Ball point won't come off easily even when you WANT it to. Its worked well, and when people see us doing that, there is usually someone around who asks to borrow the pen for the same purpose.
03-22-2001, 05:40 AM
Wow! Thanks for all the tips. Keep them coming.
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03-23-2001, 10:24 AM
FANTASTIC TIPS!! I LOVE the ballpoint pen idea!!
Brilliant idea on the state ID cards!!!! I need to update my license so I think I will bring them with me. Would anyone else like to share their secrets with us??
03-23-2001, 01:51 PM
We also have one of those cheapy polaroid cameras - I think it cost $30 or so. We are planning on taking a picture of the kids each am before heading to the parks. That way, if one gets lost, we will have a current, up to date picture of them in the outfit du jour, to show the security people or whomever. In a panic, I'm just not sure I'd be describing today's tshirt and shorts, or yesterdays!
03-23-2001, 02:30 PM
If you are staying onsite you will receive a room key for ever member of the party. The kids keys have all of your information but not their name. With the key any cast member can find out who they are, it's in codes so it isnt' something anyone else would know.
On our trips I make sure the girls know how to identify a cast member (they have white name tags) and let them know that the key is their identification. My 6yo got separated for a few minutes while I thought she was in a playground. When she saw me she let me know that she had her key out and was looking for a cast member.
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03-24-2001, 11:48 AM
I always write our cell phone # on marking tape and tape it to the inside label of dd's shirt. She knows it's there but it doesn't advertise our #. I took about 5 kids to the zoo (class trip) they were all 7 yo. I made special purple happy face pin from jewelery pins and play foam. I wrote my cell phone number on the back and the kids in my group felt very special having there own button/pin!
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03-25-2001, 12:18 AM
I went to Petsmart and bought an animal tag, I put my sons name on it and our hotel. We laced it on his shoe lacings, upside down, so a casual look would not reveal his name. Janis
03-26-2001, 05:57 PM
Actually my kids put a tag on me. WE make the tag on my computer and laminate it. It has all my medical info and their cell phone numbers in case of emergency. Never needed it yet.
03-27-2001, 08:43 AM
Definitely a must! I used permanent marker on a piece of old undershirt (little square) and pinned it to my child's tag. This way I could reuse it as we changed. Make sure hotel is listed!!!
SueM in MN
04-01-2001, 01:47 PM
Very good ideas.
I saw some kids at one of the parks this week who had laminated tags around their necks with their names, birthdates, nicknames, parent's names, hotel, hotel phone number and basically everything you would need to find the kids parents. The only thing wrong was that it was hanging in clear sight around their necks in a typeface big enough that I could easily read all of it from over 6 feet away while we were waiting in a different part of the line. It would have been a good idea if it was hidden.
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04-03-2001, 05:14 AM
What do you think needs to be on the tag?
we are from the uk, and will be staying off-site and on-site (different weeks), and don't have a cell-phone etc.
I was thinking of getting a dog tag made for her shoelace, but other than her name, and our name, and the hotel, what else should we be putting on it?
04-04-2001, 12:57 AM
I don't think it's so important as to how much info you place on the ID as it is the fact that your child will be comfortable with the CM's who know something about your child while YOU find your child! Really, how many children have been kidnapped from WDW!? Tell your child what you think they are capable of remembering and then, tell them where some other info might be found on their body/clothes. That way, they can inform the CM where the info is, given ALL these alternatives! I have purchased tie-on shoe-clip kinda things but, if my 3yo child doesn't know it's there, the poor CM's may have a hard time finding out ANYTHING about her! And, you don't want to be conspicuous about this! If someone WANTS your child, they will know the "easy" ways you have "tagged" your child!
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04-04-2001, 09:21 AM
On our last trip we took my 7 yo nephew. He had never been away from home or to a place anywhere near the size of WDW. And he is very shy around strangers. So I made up a set of cards for his fanny pack. I put his name and age, our resort name and our names (and what he calls us, because he doesn't always remember my g/f's last name is different than mine and that mine is different that his). I also put down that he wears glasses and is very vision impaired if those are missing. He felt better knowing that the card was in his bag and that somebody could help him even if lost his glasses.
I also made sure he knew to only talk to somebody at a cash register, in a uniform or a "mommy with a baby" (only as a last resort). And he understood that mommy with a baby is not the same as a daddy with a baby or a mommy with an bigger child, just a mommy and an infant. I wanted to give him specific people, not generals when I could avoid it.
And when I was planning our daily wardrobe, we picked a "Color of the day". Everybody wore the same color shirt each day. It gave him the feeling of power in what we all wore, as well as making it easy for us to remember what each had on.
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04-05-2001, 10:35 AM
What we do is all 3 of our children carry there own waterbottles, so we laminate the info and attach it to there bottles.
04-05-2001, 01:35 PM
I would advise any one with small kids to provide some type of id for them.I am a Police Officer in NY City .Children can get lost or separated in moments.HAVE A PLAN
I work in Manhattan and have handled many lost children (Adults also).In an unfamilar area with many distractions it is easy to get separated from your group.Most are found right away.
One Idea if your children are old enough make sure they know what hotel and Room # as well as the phone # of someone to contact at home.
When you are a Parent whose child is missing .Or if you are a lost kid seconds seem like hours.
04-05-2001, 04:29 PM
I never would have thought of putting a phone # of of a friend/relative on the ID. G-D forbid something happends to the parents. The child will be able to be connected with the friend or relative.
Thank you to the police officer for his view.
ID's hidden and memory skills of the child enhanced !
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04-05-2001, 07:58 PM
What about a 2 1/2 yo? We are going in may with my VERY gregarious 2.5 year old dd. What would be a good way to label a child that small? We will have 3 adults taking care of one child, and she'll be in a stroller, so hopefully it won't be a big problem, but they sure can disappear fast! Has anyone ever used a "leash" for a small child?
04-06-2001, 07:40 AM
Hi - I'm a big fan of the leash option. We used one until very recently every time my dd was out of the stroller. I am hoping to use it in WDW but my dd may object (well- she will object, it just depends on how strongly)
I still want to put some id on her, but am just not sure what the best option is.
04-06-2001, 10:53 AM
Long time lurker but thought I would chime in here. I just found the following web site. The price is right, shipping is free, and you can order extra id cards so that you can change them also. Looks like a neat product that I thought I would share if you hadn't seen it before.
04-06-2001, 11:13 AM
Thanks, Tombstone (nice name!) - I just ordered one of these for my daughter. It should be perfect. She's only 2, so I can get away with telling her that you have to wear it to get into Mickey's house - she'll believe anything! Thanks, again.
04-06-2001, 11:46 AM
There are some really great ideas on this thread! My boys will be just turned 6 and almost 3 when we go, and I'm definitly going to have some type of ID on them. I'll put their name, mine and DH's name, our hotel's name and phone #'s, our cellphone #, and an emergency contact just in case. I'll also have a "leash" wrist harness type thing for each of them. We're taking a double stroller, but the oldest will walk alot and the youngest will probably want to walk some too. From what I hear, plenty of people use them at WDW. With all of the excitment and sights to see, I can't really expect them to be paying close attention to where they walk - and holding hands gets old, especially when it's hot. So, that will be the rule - if you're out of the stroller, you must wear the wrist thing.
Thanks for all of the great ideas for ID's!
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04-06-2001, 11:47 AM
I ordered mine a couple of days ago. I was considering getting my daughter a dog tag type of ID bracelet or necklace when I ran across this. It looks a lot more practical since you can write what information you want on the ID and change it to meet your needs. So if you hop from one resort to another, just fill out a new card and slip it in the bracelet. :cool:
04-09-2001, 07:56 PM
The ID bracelet I ordered last Thursday arrived today. 4 days... not bad. It was as described on their website. Bright pink with blank pieces of glossy paper to write the vital information on. The velcro closure is very strong. Strong enought that I don't think my three year old will be able to unfasten it herself. It appears as if this is a reputable product and site based upon the quickeness of delivery and product that I received. They get a thumbs up!
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