Child Locator Devices

Brenda - posted on 04/25/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I am interested in getting some sort of child locator device. We are traveling to a big city with our children and wanted to get suggestions/advice from moms who have actually used one. I have done some research online and saw that there is GPS tracking available, but it is rather pricey.

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Susanne - posted on 04/15/2015

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The best way to stay safe is having the convenience of knowing where your child is if they ever need your help. My daughter downloaded this app the other day that sends me her exact location when she presses a button on her iphone. It helps me always know where she is in case there is some sort of emergency and she needs my help. You can type in "Current location tracker" on the app store and find it.

Hope this helps,

Margaret

Brenda - posted on 05/06/2011

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We ended up taking the umbrella stroller after all. It did come in handy, but my son did really well staying close and holding hands when we needed to. Thanks for all the suggestions! I may still consider some sort of child locator for the future.

Laura - posted on 04/28/2011

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I am curious about this sort of thing too. We went to Disney last year with our young children. I had them strapped in the stroller the whole time. But I have heard of scary stories of kidnappers in big places like that. We plan to go every year and I know that eventually my kids will be too big for strollers. I want to be able to find them if something ever happened.

Brenda - posted on 04/27/2011

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Meg: My son stays close the majority of the time too. I'm not taking a stroller on our trip - just so we have one less thing to fly with. I have a backpack carrier for my 15 month old daughter. I was just trying to consider additional measures for when the crowds are thick and it could be easy to be separated. We may just have to stick to good old fashioned hand holding...for dear life:)

Meg - posted on 04/27/2011

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It is hard choice. My son was always good. Is he at the age where he can be in a stroller still. That might help. My son never went far from me. But he knew that he had to stay with me. If I had to put him in the stroller or hold hands Then that is what we did.

Dionne - posted on 04/26/2011

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Anything to connect you to the child does work and I think people respect this especially those with kids that may wonder more than normal. The one thing I thought of with gps units is in larger buildings sometimes signals are unavailable like for cell phone using I don't know if the gps's work the same as cell phones if they do the gps may not work in all areas. The shoe tag or the jewelry items are great ideas if the child will keep them on. Any strap with clips will work for a leash. I have also seen sew into the cloths tags from a sewing store. It is cloth with a space for information like name, address, phone and you sew it onto the cloths like the other tags.

Brenda - posted on 04/26/2011

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Thanks Jane, I appreciate that.
Dionne: I agree, but at this point, I think I'll be satisfied with something to help me locate him if we just happen to get separated in a crowd. That's why I was thinking the shoe tag would be helpful. Maybe I can just rig some sort of tether like Jane mentioned, to use only in really crowded areas.

Dionne - posted on 04/26/2011

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I had tried to check into this as well for my kids with cognitive delayments but the police is who I was told to talk to about the gps units. Our police department knew nothing about it. Now when I take my kids, they hide on me, I get cranky, the kids don't like mom being cranky. Plus, when they can not find me, they don't like it much. I used the leashes with my older two kids which worked well until they were old enough to know to tell us where they are. I have the same fears in bigger areas of the kids being taken, stolen. I thought of the shoe tags, but shoes are easily taken off, by both my younger kids or the stealer so I did not get those. My younger two do not keep jewelry on so I skipped that as well. I never heard of the watch or square thing to put in a pocket but that would not work either since most of the pants my kids have are sweatpants. With all the items out in this world a person would think there would be a happy medium to all these devices for tracking kids. A cell phone has gps on it if you wanted to purchase a cell phone with the tracking on it depends how old your child is though. Enjoy your trip!!

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 04/25/2011

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A loving parent is awesome. I'm glad people actually care where their kids are, as we were in Toys R Us and random kids are just running all over- I made the joke that hey if you want a kid just go there because people don't pay attention. It drives me insane when they don't pay attention. So kudos to all of us that care :)

I'm just too much of a freedom junkie to want anyone to track me. I think it's a violation of our rights and the next step once we allow a kid to be tracked is tracking us all so I would never do this to my kids

Jane - posted on 04/25/2011

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first, let me say that i have the same fears. if i could find a veterinarian who would put a chip in my kids the way you can put a chip in a pet, i'd pay him any amount of money. pets we can track, but our kids we can't. i don't get it.

anyway, i use the shoulder strap from our computer bag, i clilp one end to my front belt loop and the other to the back loop on my 2 yr old. she doesn't like the Monkey back pack leash. also, there are devices for people w/Alzheimers, a bracelet that maybe you could put on their ankle for a child or attach it to their shoe somehow.

this is my worst fear as well so please don't let anyone make you feel that you are being anything but a loving parent.

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my son has a little id braclet that says his name, our mobile numbers and that he has a nut allergy. but if they are small that are some leash/backpack things you can get for them so they actually can't run away.

Brenda - posted on 04/25/2011

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To be quite honest Nichole, my son does a very good job of staying close without a child harness. I like that I can offer him some independence most of the time. However, the idea of being in a strange city with crowds of people makes me nervous. Although I intend to be fully aware of his whereabouts at all times, I am looking for a small bit of peace of mind in the event that something terrible happens.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 04/25/2011

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Why do you let your son fight you? Sounds like he's old enough to learn No and not to argue with you if its that big of a deal you should work with him a little :)

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Your welcome.....I don't know what happened to my first post, but I'm glad you got to read it before it disappeared.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 04/25/2011

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Put them on a leash. Worked great for my parents and it isn't expensive at all. They can't run more than 3 feet from you and my parents took me in the BUSIEST places when I was young doing this and had no problems (Bite of Seattle, County fairs, etc) they work great. No need for GPS, it's overkill in my opinion.

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