Tottoos (And How My Child Got Lost)

Have you seen these? They are called Tottoos, temporary tattoos for kids. Not the usual butterfly and dinosaur motifs, they provide vital information in the event that your child is lost. And that is exactly what happened to my son this summer.

It was his first drop off birthday party held in a very large and very public place in the middle of tourist season here in D.C. I had reservations but the party was small so we dropped him off and went about our day. We showed up early to pick him up eager to hear how things went and that's when we first learned about the horror of what happened. When the party was moving from the original location to the outdoors for lunch, the host parents left my son. They went downstairs and exited the building and crossed the street but never realized that they left my child in the original room looking at butterflies. Luckily, my son did not panic, found a security guard and reported himself lost. After a long search through the building, they took him to the security office and waited.

Our son knows our full names as well as our address but not our phone number. And what added to the difficulty is that we never knew he was lost so we were not in the building looking for him. He did not know the name of the host parents who had already left. You better believe we are working on him memorizing our cell phone numbers but for further assurance, I started looking for a product that would help in such a situation and I found these Tottoos. You special order them to include the information you want and then apply it whenever you think the situation warrants. These are also great for kids with severe allergies, special needs or medical conditions. Prices start at $12.95 for 15 Tottoos and you can order your set here.