Once upon a time, when David was about 2, he got lost in a store. I was busy puttering over some stuff in the clearance section, with my docile (at the moment) tow-headed boy standing next to me. I looked up and he was gone. Then came the frantic search. And finally the discovery that he had made it all the way to the other side of the store. And found a friendly clerk. My heart stopped when my dear one was lost and we both remember the experience 8 years later.
Wouldn’t it have been wonderful if he’d had a colorful temporary tattoo on his arm with Mama’s cell number?
Safety Tat is the Tat that brings kids back.® This is a truly innovative product that uses a novelty that most kids like---a temporary tattoo---as a way of protecting your child.
We received 2 kinds of Safety Tats for review:
The Original Safety Tat (Giraffe)
- customizable with one line of print (your cell number is a suggestion)includes complete instructions
- requires a wet paper towel or washcloth for application
- lasts 1-5 days
- rubbing alcohol or baby oil recommended for removal
- available in many designs, selling for $19.95 for 30 Tats (larger quantities also available)
Quick Stick Write-On! Multi-Design Pack
- stick-on design you customize yourself with included felt-tip pen
- includes complete instructions and alcohol pads to clean the skin before applying
- lasts up to 2 weeks
- available in various designs, in 6-packs ($9.99) and 18-packs ($19.99)
In addition to the “if lost, please call” Tats, you can also get allergy alert Tats, and Tats that alert to special needs. The Write-on Tats offer the flexibility of using them with multiple children with different individual needs.
I tried out the Original Tats on 14-month-old Emma and 6-year-old Mary. These go on just like the tattoos you get at birthday parties (and then spend all of Saturday afternoon trying to scrub it off before church the next morning). The instructions provided are a bit vague (you are told to press the Tat firmly on the skin with dry hands for about a minute and then wet the backing paper with a wet paper towel until it is thoroughly saturated and slides off, leaving the tattoo). A “minute” is a long time for a squirming toddler, and actually unnecessary. We found that holding the paper towel over the backing for about 20 seconds was enough to saturate it so it slid off easily, leaving the tattoo firmly in place.
As for durability…good on the 6-year-old, not so good on the toddler. Little Emma is not used to having things on her skin, so she instantly started rubbing at it. Within a few hours the graphic started to get fuzzy and the last couple of digits on my phone number were unreadable. Safety Tat recommends putting the Tat somewhere “out of sight, out of mind,” so your child won’t be tempted to pick at it. Mary left her tattoo alone, and it stayed clear and undamaged all day. You will want to make sure it is visible, though, especially if your child is non-verbal.
I tried the Quick Stick on 10-year-old David. Applications was pretty easy. You just clean the arm with an included alcohol pad, let it dry, peel, stick, apply slight pressure for 20 seconds to make sure it’s firmly in place, remove the protective covering, and then write on it. Writing on my son’s arm was a bit of a challenge, but otherwise it worked great.
I was especially interested in testing how waterproof the Quick Stick Tat is. A Tat that lasts up to 2 weeks would be great if it can stand up to the rigors of camping and other sweaty, strenuous activities. David obligingly washed his arm, gently rubbing, with no soap. Not a smear to the ink, but the edges of the Tat started coming up and within a couple of hours it had completely peeled off. Maybe he was too rough?
So, we tried again. This time, he just gently ran some water over it and patted dry,. Within a couple of hours, one edge started coming up, but this one stayed with him for the rest of the day. I have doubts on the “up to 2 weeks” claim, but I am very impressed with the waterproof ink. Not a smudge!
Overall, the products are a little more fragile than I’d like, but definitely a great idea and an easy way to help keep your kiddos safe.
This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by Safety Tat for review purposes and I received no compensation. This review reflects my honest opinion.