Every parent’s worst nightmare has to be losing their child in a really busy place. That heart stopping moment when you can’t see them anywhere would send any parent into a panic.
Last month we went to Legoland and ‘found’ a little boy in tears because he’d lost his mum. He was about 4 years old and wouldn’t tell us anything. For around 5 minutes we tried asking him questions with no joy, luckily his mum came running over in the end but it was quite frightening. If the wrong person had wandered past it would have been very easy to snatch him.
I’ve had that on my mind ever since, and with going on holiday next month I’ve just been picturing losing Little H in the middle of Disney World. She knows our home address but telling someone that information is no good if you’re not in England, and there’s no way she’d be able to tell them our phone numbers or where we are staying.
A friend shared a link to Ring-Rings on Facebook, and I thought they were a fantastic idea – as they say on their website “Small people are curious creatures and can disappear in seconds”
Ring-Rings are silicon wristbands (just like the charity ones) that come in a range of bright colours and have your contact details printed on. If your little one is lost and upset they don’t need to be able to remember any details, just be able to point to their wrist. I’m not sure why I haven’t seen anything like this on sale before?
I didn’t really like the idea of having Little H’s name on hers, so ordered one with “Ring Mummy” and my phone number and another with “Ring Daddy” and OH’s phone number. There are lots of colours available so you can pick your little one’s favourite colour, or let them choose. Little H chose pink for Mummy and blue for Daddy.
The sizes come in XS (ages 2-5) and S (ages 5-9) – Little H is 5 with skinny little wrists so I ordered XS, however they are very small. It’s quite hard to get it over her hand, but fits ok once it’s on. If your child is 4 or over I’d definitely recommend buying size S.
I’m really impressed with these wristbands, they are only €4.99 each so very good value for money. They arrived within a week and are of good quality, they seem pretty durable. The printing is very subtle so you don’t have to worry about anyone being able to read the text from a distance, they would have to be up very close to your child to read it clearly.
Little H loves her wristbands so we shouldn’t have any arguments on her wearing them on holiday.
Hopefully we won’t need to use them, but I will feel much better knowing that we have a back up plan if needed. These are definitely worth ordering if you’re going on holiday, on a day out, or just for every day use if you have a child who likes to wander off. After all, you can’t put a price on keeping your kids safe.