Food Allergies and Me sent me a selection of four adorable buttons recently. I have to say, they are not only cute but the artwork is family-friendly while getting the food allergy alert across to others. As a parent, I could see how they would easily be a trend-setter with younger children. You remember when you were in school- anytime somebody had something new and cool, you wanted one. Kids always collect, they want to share and very often, it's the kids that are on top of being aware of their friends' food allergies before the adults are. (No judgement meant- this is just an awesome fact and I love it!)
Not Just Buttons
I assumed they only had buttons, which I was totally cool with but then I checked out the Food Allergies and Me website and they have other items too! I highly recommend that you visit them but for those of you who are like me and want instant information, I'll share here and now:
- Buttons but also custom food allergy buttons! This option is a plus, especially since food allergies have become more than just your typical top 8. You can contact them, let them know what your allergy is if it's not available in their usual collection and you get your very own special food allergy item. Besides, we all knew that having food allergies is actually something to brag about so now you have another bragging point.
- T-Shirts! Food allergy awareness and a comfy t-shirt, I am in! They offer sizes from Youth XS to Adult XL and have 8 different colors to choose from. I'm thinking great holiday gifts, a good item for a family picture or even a special just because shipment to show your favorite person with food allergies that you were thinking about them.
- Magnets! Simple and yet brilliant. Our family always has magnets on our fridge and even as my children grew up, we used many different types of magnets as part of our teaching processes too. These would be a great way to start teaching your allergic child very early on about what to look for, labels that they need to seek out and wording that they will need to use to advocate for themselves. The earlier the better- even when my son could not read yet, I always showed him box labels and repeated them out loud so that it would be ingrained into his young mind for future use.