Before I start this post I want to tell you up front that I am writing it in order to promote a product that is produced by the small family business run by the geekdaddy, his Mum and his sister. They didn’t ask me to write this – I’m writing it because it’s a product I believe in and I wanted to share why I think it is so good with you.
I lost the geekdaughter a few weeks ago…
We were in a large garden centre. She wandered off to have a look at one of the displays, I was a little behind her, but I saw where she went, and was confident when I walked around the corner she’d be there. But she wasn’t. Initially I wasn’t worried – I called her, and checked down the next few aisles as I was sure she’d just skipped ahead a little way. I walked increasingly larger and larger circles around that garden centre, calling her name increasingly loudly, constantly returning to where I’d last seen her in the hope she’d found her way back there. After what felt like an age, but was probably only five minutes or so, she reappeared, holding the hand of a very kind member of staff who’d seen her wandering, heard me calling, and put two and two together. It was all I could not to cry with relief all over the lovely lady.
This brought home to me quite how easy it is to lose a child, quite how quickly they can disappear from your field of vision, and quite how scary the whole experience is. I can see how easy it is to just look away for a second and suddenly have no idea where your child is. Thankfully I was in a relatively small, enclosed area – but what if we’d been in a huge shopping centre or something? How would I ever have found her again? I know there are some bad people out there, but there are also an awful lot more good people, people who would willingly help to reunite a lost child with their parents if they could only find the parents.
This is where the geekdaddy’s family business comes in. Along with his Mum and his sister the geekdaddy runs Performance Ticket Printers, and as well as printing tickets they also produce custom printed wristbands. Wristbands that you can get your contact phone number on and then place securely on your child’s wrist so that if they should get found their rescuer can call your mobile to reunite you quickly. These wristbands are made out of a substance called Tyvek – it feels like paper but it’s much more durable – it’s not only extremely tough, but it’s also hypoallergenic and waterproof (and I know that from experience because we’ve taken the geekdaughter swimming wearing one). It’s amazingly strong too – once you’ve got one of these on your wrist you can’t just tear it off, and neither can your child. The great thing about these wristbands is that you can order them with your details already printed on and then you have them to hand whenever you need them. The wristbands are sturdy enough to last several days, so would be suitable for holidays, or if you are taking your kids to a festival this summer.
They’re very easy to use – simply wrap the wristband around your child’s wrist, and use the self adhesive strip to fasten it securely in place. We’ve tested a number of these with the geekdaughter and haven’t had any problems with them at all. Just make sure you wrap the wristband tightly enough that it can’t be squeezed off over the child’s hand, but loose enough so that it doesn’t dig in uncomfortably.
The wristbands cost 17.9p each, they’re available in a choice of 10 different colours and there is no minimum order quantity (so you can order a few of each colour if you wish!). You can choose and design your printed wristbands online using the geekdaddy’s rather natty wristband designer, or if you’d rather you can give the very friendly team at the office a call and they’ll do it all for you. I would recommend including your name and your mobile phone number, but not your child’s name.
And finally, as a special bonus for being a reader of my blog, you can claim 10% discount on any printed wristband order placed before the end of this year by entering the discount code geekmummy during checkout.
I keep thinking back to that day I lost the geekdaughter – if she’d had one of these wristbands on at the time, the nice lady who found her would have been able to contact me more easily, and reunite us quicker. I sincerely hope there isn’t a next time, but for peace of mind I’ll be using these wristbands in the future.