What Should Your Child Do If She Gets Lost?

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phone number in shoe

  • A mother of a 2-year-old in Brooklyn, New York, wrote her cell phone number inside her daughter's shoe. Then she taught her daughter that if they got separated, it was okay to show a grown-up the number.
  • There are many forms of kid identification that you can buy. Visit mypreciouskid.com for bracelets, tags, and more (or call them at 800-381-4577).
  • Read safety books to your child that are reassuring, such as The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers ($4; amazon.com).
  • Check out the "parents" section of the National Crime Prevention Council web site, ncpc.org. Under "topics" is a section on "strangers" that helps clarify how you can teach children, as they grow, about identifying safe strangers and recognizing dangerous situations.

Originally published in the August 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.

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