6 Kid Safety Tips
Living in San Diego, we’re always at a theme park, beach, or somewhere super busy and packed. Here are 6 Kid Safety Tips I adhere by because one of my worst nightmares is losing my child in one of those settings. These tips are things my family and I do on a daily basis, and hopefully is helping avoid the unthinkable.
6 Kid Safety Tips
Growing up, anyone picking me up had to know the code word, other wise I was not allowed to leave with them. Now that my son is in Kindergarten, I was shocked to hear that if the kid knew you, they were allowed to leave with you. That doesn’t make me feel super secure, so my son knows that he has to ask the adult for the code word, and if they don’t know it, he DOES NOT leave with them. Doesn’t matter if he knows them.
To the front or to the side
Now that my son is 5, he thinks he’s old enough to do whatever he wants. Not so fast! I’ve been a lot more lenient with him in regards to not having to hold my hand everywhere we go, especially in stores. The only rule – walk in front of me, or stay to the side of me. He needs to be in my direct line of contact. It’s scary how quickly someone can snatch up your kid when you look away for a quick second.
Touch the car
For some reason, the moment a kid gets out of the car, they think they can just go sprinting off. Chill out kid! Having 2 kids to wrangle when I get out of the car, it’s kind of hard to have one hand on one while I’m unbuckling the other, or pulling something out of the car. So the safety tip here, is to always have a hand touch the car next to where I’m standing.
Day of picture: I always make sure that I take a picture of my kids in what they are wearing that day to wherever we’re going – one close up and one full body. You know you’re going to be snapping a bunch of pictures anyway, so should your kid wander off – you have a current picture of them. It’s also a good idea to dress them in something bright so they’re easy to spot.
Contact info in the pocket or on clothes
Not every kid is at that point where they can remember their parents’ contact info. Heck. I can barely remember my own number. I usually slip my contact info in my son’s pocket and just give him a heads up in case he gets lost and needs someone to help him find me. While we were at LegoLand, I forgot to do so, so I just wrote my number on the inside of his shorts (it’s blurred out but I just wrote it on the hem).
ICE (In Case of Emergency) Label
Should the unthinkable happen while you’re in your car, this is something that can be very useful for the first responders. I wrote a post about it awhile ago. You can click here to get the free printout of the label I use.
I know it’s not always in our power to be able to prevent something happening to our children, however, I hope these tips are something you can all implement into your daily lives to help prevent the unthinkable. Comment below with some of your safety tips that you think we should all know about.
I love the tip about taking a picture. In a frantic moment its too easy to gorget exactly what they have on.
Thank you. It’s such a simple thing to do, yet, sometimes it can be the easiest one to forget.
“Contact info in the pocket or on clothes” this is most important part every one should follow it.
Yes. I just started doing this because believe it or not – my son was the one who brought it up.
I never would have though about the contact info thingy. What an amazing idea! Thanks for the tips!
Thank you. It’s definitely made me and my son feel a tiny bit more comfortable while we’re out and about.
These are some great tips! Also, my fiance has that same Captain America tshirt 🙂
Thanks and that’s awesome!
these tips are absolutely brilliant and so needed – i don’t have kids but i am definitely adding an ICE sticker to my dogs’ crate! and love the taking a full body/ up close photo on the day of – going to start making that a habit because you never know! thank you for sharing this <3 x
Thank you. Yes – ICE is great for pets too!
This post is so informative and I had a really great time reading this!
You are a prolific writer so keep up the good work!
Thanks. I hope you got some useful tips out of it.
These ideas are golden. I love the code word idea.
These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!
You bet. I’m glad people are finding them useful.
It’s so important to be prepared. It gives such a peace of mind to know that there is a plan in place in case of an emergency.
I try to remember to do a photo of the outfit my children are in before going somewhere busy, but I haven’t been good about getting a close up shot. Great idea! I also love the idea of putting contact info in pockets for your child to have.
Thank you. It always freak me out when kids are lost and parents are shuffling through to find a picture. The first time someone did that I made a mental note to take those pictures.
These are great tips! I never even thought about doing a pic of the day or ICE on the car seat but I definitely will now. Thanks for the great ideas.
I’m so glad you found some useful tips.
These are great tips! I especially love the picture suggestion the day of and the contact information on them! I like to dress my kids in very bright colors when in a busy place just so I can more quickly get my eyes on them.
Thank you and yes! I used to just do it for the beach, but why stop there, lol.
I am SO glad to see that you added a Day of Picture!! This is a must for us especially when traveling or going to theme parks! This post was so awesome mama!! Keep sharing amazing content!!
Thank you, and I never really thought about it because we’re also taking so many pictures, but what if the kids goes missing before you get to take that picture? Just don’t go missing!
I mean of course we always hope nothing happens but, when traveling it’s simple to snap a photo before leaving your room or home
These tips really cover a lot of the basics. Being prepared for accidents is half the battle!
So true. My husbands thinks I’m overly paranoid, lol. I call super prepared.
This is perfect! We live in a small town where everyone knows everyone. BUT, this is perfect for our outings!!
I hope you found it helpful.
Thank you for writing this! This world we live in is so scary and these are great tips for all parents to keep our children safe. I love your tip about taking photos that day and having a code word. Pinning this!!
Thank you. I really appreciate it.
These are great tips! I really like the in front or to your side one.
Thank you. It’s really nice when all I say is, “Carter” and he says, “I know I know. To the front or to the side.” lol.
These are great ideas. I so need to establish a code word for us!
Biggest thing about that is having your kid remember the code word too. Took a few tries with mine.
I am sure I will be needing this in the future! Thank you for sharing this. Will keep this in minde!
I’m glad you liked it.
These are great tips!
I just ordered a hand print magnet for my car so my daughter can start learning to touch the car and wait for me!
That’s awesome. I didn’t know there were magnets. It just started out with hand on the circle (Where the gas cover is) for us.
I LOVE the code word tip and I will be using that with my daughter as well. Thank you for sharing these they were beyond helpful!
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Aww thanks. I’m so glad it was helpful.
These are amazing tips! I will definitely be saving for when my daughter gets older. I especially love the code word!
Thanks for sharing!
Josephine | Better as Us
I’m glad you liked it.
Thank you for this informative post
I think mothers should keep learning the safety tips for their kids
The world is ever changing so we always need to stay on our toes!
Very helpfull tip for your kids. I am sure we do this for the love of our kids.
We definitely do. Thanks for reading.