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I'm trying to find a medical, durable, water proof bracelet for my very petite 11 month old son. He is 16 lbs and tiny. My own wrist is 6.5 inches- haven't measured his yet).I prefer a sports band but cannot find one online that assures it will fit an infant.

I've been searching old posts on the topic and everyone seems to like [url="http://www.medicalert.org"]www.medicalert.org[/url] - do you need to get a membership to order something? I can't find a checkout link anywhere. Any advice. OR do you have a link to another company that would have a small, durable, comfortable bracelet I could purchase?? That isn't terribly expensive.

Thanks in advance.

------------------ Slk70 (Sheryl) Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

On Feb 14, 2007

Yes, you pay annually, I think about $30 which includes a basic bracelet. Each bracelet has your childs unique member # and their 800# along with the wording you choose. In an emergency, medical professionals can call the 800# and get a medical history of your child (info you provide to them initially and maintain online. I also like it because if your child gets lost, it acts as a way for someone to connect your child to you. I found it easiest to call the 800#. They help you measure the child, choose wording and baically walk you through it. I found their website difficult to navigate when registering. My daughter has been wearing a MedicAlert bracelet for over a year now and she never takes it off.

On Feb 14, 2007

Thanks for responding. I totally understand the benefit of getting the membership- but $30 every year for many many years to come... trying to see it I want to do that or not.

Since he is tiny and young...I'm looking at jelly bands with an ingraved slider- I can change the band and design and it is water proof etc. [url="http://www.n-styleid.com/child_medical_id_bracelet.htm"]http://www.n-styleid.com/child_medical_id_bracelet.htm[/url]

I can always get the medic alert membership and bracelet in the future. I think I will try this out first.

------------------ Slk70 (Sheryl) Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

On Feb 14, 2007

ok- now I am second guessing myself. I want to order tonight. but I am going back and forth on going the medic alert route or going with this jelly wrist band one. I guess I need to call medic alert and have them assure me they have a bracelet my baby can wear that is durable. I'm not thrilled about the chain bracelet- want a fun- child-like bracelet. I want to make the right decision since it can get expensive.

------------------ Slk70 (Sheryl) Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

On Feb 14, 2007

ok- I ordered the jelly band with engraved slider. After discussing with husband that is what is best for the time being.

I do like the idea of medic alert having a way to find us if he gets lost. May go that route in the future.

------------------ Slk70 (Sheryl) Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

On Feb 14, 2007

i just bought a medic alert sports band for my 4 year old. i dont think it would work well on a baby that small. not only do i think it probably would not be adjustable to that size (i think they said a 6in wrist was the smallest they recommended which is what my son's is) but also i think it be kind of big and awkward. I would go with something smaller like their basic chains that are difficult to take off if you go with the medic alert company. i dont know about styles from other places.

------------------ Lalow James 5 yrs, NKA Ben 4 yrs, PA and MA

On Feb 14, 2007

Thanks! This jelly one says fits infant up to 6.5 inches. So I am hoping it works. I got 2 jelly bands- one with rockets on it and one plain baby blue. I ordered the engraved medical slider that comes off so I can switch between the two. If it doesn't fit him I will put it on his ankle until it does.

------------------ Slk70 (Sheryl) Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

On Feb 14, 2007

those jellybands are cute. i just found them. the sportsbands from medicalert get wet in the bath so i have had to take it off ds for bathing or swimming. those will be nice cause they dont.

------------------ Lalow James 5 yrs, NKA Ben 4 yrs, PA and MA

On Feb 14, 2007

They are cute! I hope it works out. If it does I will order a few more jellybands ($3.95/ea) since they will wear out. The ingraved medical slider should last for a long time.

------------------ Slk70 (Sheryl) Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

On Feb 15, 2007

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Originally posted by slk70: [b]Thanks! This jelly one says fits infant up to 6.5 inches. So I am hoping it works. I got 2 jelly bands- one with rockets on it and one plain baby blue. I ordered the engraved medical slider that comes off so I can switch between the two. If it doesn't fit him I will put it on his ankle until it does.

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It might be a good idea to put it on his ankle whether it fits the wrist or not at that age. See how he does with it on the werist, but if he seems bothered by it, put it on his ankle. You may also want to put it on his ankle if he puts everything in his mouth--if he manages to get it off his wrist, he could choke on it.

DS has the jelly bands. They do need to be replaced every so often. They say it lasts about a month, but most of ours have lasted longer (we did have one that broke after just a few days). But then he can switch styles if he likes, too. And the cost is reasonable. The main reason I went with that type was I thought he's more likely to wear a style he chooses and thinks is "cool". I did just get him another type. It's a doftag style around the neck. He is so into everything military, and wears camoflage almost daily, so right now he thinks this is really cool. But we still have the jelly band as a backup (he misplaced the dogtag the second day he had it--took it off to sleep, and in the morning forgot where he had put it).

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