Post # 1
I haven’t heard this before and I did some google searches and found nothing! Urban legend or not?
I bought personalized shirts for my niece and nephew for their birthdays next month. The Etsy lady is embroidering their name and age on them, but here’s what they’ll basically look like. I sent them to my mom and she called me FREAKING OUT about how you should NEVER put personalized clothing on a child because predators can call out the kid’s name and they’ll get stolen. And how I better not do this when I have a kid. WHAT?!?!?! I always had stuff with my name on it growing up and i see it everywhere!
Is this really a problem?! I figure my nephew is 3 and can only wear it for a few months and my niece is only 1, so it’s not like she’s going to walk away =]. Plus, they’re birfday shirts.
Post # 3
Yeah your google search was way more effective than mine! I’ll just gift them some Old Navy pajama pants or something to go with them and my SIL can do as she chooses. They’re not even close to school age yet, so I’m sure they’ll just be worn around the house and stuff.
Post # 4
My mom used to freak out about this when I was growing up, and I was never allowed to have those personalized hair barrettes or anything because of it. As an adult, I now think this is probably one of those urban legends that make the news because scary stuff = ratings. I mean, is it so hard to tell remind a kid that their name is on their shirt, so strangers might know it too?
Post # 5
I remember being in elementary school and we had to watch safety videos about getting picked up off the street. They made a big deal about it and it stuck with me. With kids 3 and 1 what mother is going to leave them in a situation where a stranger could come up to them – name on the shirt or not? I’d give them the clothes since you already have them, but stick to less obvious personalized stuff later on.
Post # 6
i would probably freak out if my kid was in school or somewhere far away from me. but at that young age i’m sure they’re supervised at all times. the shirts are super cute!
Post # 7
I worked at a Daycare for awhile and we had a policy that the kids could not have or wear anything visable that said their names on it. We also had an officer come talk to the kids about safety and he also made a comment about this, the reasoning was because a child is far more likely to trust a person that knows their name, even if its a stranger. But like a PP said, if they just wear is around the house I think its fine.
Post # 8
I always wanted personalized stuff but my forst name is Tova, so they never had stuff with my name on it unless it was custom! I think for kids that young, it will be fine. I think it would be a less good idea for school aged kids!
Post # 9
They are really cute. You know in France, whole flocks of adorable French children walk around with their name, phone number and address pinned to their jacket as they go on outings with their teachers. They are so adorable all holding hands, waddling like penguins with their tags flapping on their coats!
Post # 10
I’ve heard that about those decals that people put on their car too, the ones that have a little stick person for each member of the family + their name above/below the corresponding person.
I guess there is some truth to the logic of “better safe than sorry” even if it’s a slim chance – but that’s a chance their mom can choose to take, like you said!
Post # 11
I guess I never considered this to be a huge issue because a) i didn’t walk around by myself when i was a kid b) i grew up in california, so there was crime and the school was always locked down and gated and mom came to pick us up and we had teachers right there c) we were taught never to go to someone, even if they knew EVERYTHING about us and d) my mom never let me out of her site cuz she was a momma hawk! =].