It’s every parent’s nightmare–you’re with your child one minute and the next you can’t see her anywhere. Your heart starts to pump and your body rushes with adrenaline as you panic.
According to the Department of Justice, more than 2,000 kids get separated from their caregiver for at least an hour each day in the US. Yet only 1 in 10 parents say they affix some type of emergency or safety ID on their children when they’re out in public. While most parents and children are reunited unharmed, there are steps you can take to make sure you stay safely together, and can be reunited if separated.
Hospitals and birthing centers should be one of the safest places for you and your baby, and they largely are thanks to rigorous security in most facilities. Infant abductions are rare but they do occur.
From ankle bracelets to locked passages, staff identification badges and individual entrance codes, most birthing facilities go to great lengths to protect mothers and their babies.
To further protect your baby post-birth, keep your baby with you in your room at all times. Ask family members to take turns staying with you and your newborn so you can sleep and provide care for yourself while another trusted person sits with your baby.
If your baby needs to leave you for a procedure, for example, have your partner or a family member accompany the baby and remain with her until returning to you.
As baby becomes a toddler and begins to explore her world, there’s the fear of a parking lot abduction, getting separated in the crush of a mall or amusement park crowd or simply losing sight of her when you’re distracted. Keep track of your budding runner with these simple steps.
As your children grow, consider going electronic to keep tabs on their whereabouts, as well as find them when they’re lost.