Labels: Bad for People, Good for Stuff
Dear Melissa Summers,
We have amazing news for you! You have won a summer’s worth of sleep away camp for both your children, free of charge, because this is your imagination and anything is possible. Now, how will you label their belongings so that they come home with what they take with them?
Fondly, Your Wildest Dreams
You can imagine how excited I was to get this letter — in my imagination. I could use some good news right about now, and imaginary news works in a pinch. Unfortunately, my kids are not headed off to ten weeks of summer camp, but when I was daydreaming about this fantasy trip, I found some great (non-imaginary) label options. These are useful in real life, for all the things your kids may take from your house to sleep away or day camp, or even to school, once that starts again. If it ever does.
Our Favorite Labels
I hear nothing but raves about the high quality and durable labels from Mabel’s Labels. (Isabel says: I have used their labels for many years and I LOVE THEM.) Their clothing labels come in both stick on and iron on. Use them to keep track of your child’s clothes, bags, shoes, toothbrushes and even their underwear. Because there’s something entirely unpleasant about accidentally grabbing someone else’s underwear. Overwhelmed by the choices? Grab a combo pack.
Stuck On You is another company looking to help your child keep their stuff. I like the iron on transfer labels, they work like regular iron-on transfer paper and leave your kids clothes permanently imprinted with their name without an “itchy” tag left behind. They also offer stick-on labels, which are great if you’ve left labeling until your kid is literally walking out the door (whoops). You can customize what information is on your child’s labels, and your kids can chose the colors, font and additional graphics, if you want to do that.
Labels For Kids is a U.K. site meant to help you keep your kid’s stuff in the right hands. They offer similar products like vinyl stick on tags and iron on fabric labels along with bag tags. Labels For Kids lets you customize your tags with an icon and different fonts.
Doing this research has brought out my inner neat freak and I’m having a hard time not buying the all the household labels. I mean, maybe while my kids are at Imaginary Free Camp, I can fill my days with organizing and labeling. In my imagination.
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Photo source: Mabels Labels
Published June 21, 2007. Last updated October 16, 2017.