I have always loved travelling. Now, with two toddlers, it is still fun but is more complex and requires more organisation. One thing that I find indispensable for my peace of mind is having my toddlers fitted with an identification bracelet every time I set off with them for a big trip or to a crowded place. I find it really comforting to know that if my child ends up out of sight, in the worst case scenario, someone will be able to contact me and bring my child back.
I researched a few ID bracelets and, although Infoband is one of the cheapest, I believe it does the job really well. You can use it to indicate the child’s name, your contact details, and even allergies or chronic illnesses. If you plan to write more than a name and emergency number make sure you choose a style that allows a ‘larger writing area’ (see also below).
What I like about it:
1) Simple and effective. You just write on it the details that you consider important with a regular ballpoint pen: name, mobile number and even emergency medical details.
2) Water resistant. Once written with a regular ballpoint pen, the text becomes water resistant (although with time, I noticed, it fades a bit).
3) Reasonably safe. The buckle is very difficult for small children to open. The buckle can, of course, break but if you check its solidity regularly it is unlikely to be an issue.
4) Easily removable. An adult can remove it easily (using a two handed grip).
5) Can be re-used. When you don’t need it, just take it off and put it away. It will be ready for your next adventure.
6) Key point: fully adjustable! A lot of the other identification bands come in different sizes or are not fully adjustable. Infoband can made fit even very small wrists.
7) There are many cute colours and design to choose from.
8) Very good value for money: GBP 2.80 on Amazon.
1) The buckle might break after several uses. But, considering the price, this is not a major issue for me.
2) The bracelet measures 20 x 2 x 0.1 cms but please note the ‘writing area’ is much smaller and can differ a lot from style to style. The styles with the largest writing areas (such as those in the photo above) allow about 5/6cm of writing space per row.