Guest Post: 5 Ways to Label Kids’ Clothes for School, Daycare or Camp

This post is from a guest poster about how labelling your children’s clothes can help make sure they return to you should they be lost.

Talking about labels and tags for kids’ clothes for school, daycare or camp always gets me walking down memory lane. I love travelling, and as a kid, I loved going on camping trips. My mom would buy me a lot of supplies, and I’d be all excited to go. Being my usual outdoor person, I’d be sure to enjoy the camp to the fullest: making new friends, participating in activities and simply being happy.

But guess what, when I got home, my mom would discover that I didn’t come back with most of the beautiful stuff she bought me. She’d be upset and threaten that she wouldn’t let me go on any more camps.

What about my school stuff? If I’m not losing my lunch box, then it’s my sportswear, or most certainly, my socks. Before the beginning of a new school term, my mum and I would go on back-to-school shopping, all excited and happy. But before long, I’d lose most of the beautiful stuff she bought for me.

My parents kept buying and replacing my school supplies which I would lose again in a matter of days.

It started getting out of hand. One day, my mom came up with a solution! She was going to label all my school supplies to make them easier to find.

It worked like magic!

From that day onwards, when in my usual manner, I forgot or dropped any of my supplies, I’d find it. The solution helped me in two ways: most times when kids misplace something, other kids easily pick it up, mistaking it for their own. But with the labels, nobody mistook my belongings for their own, so they’d still be lying wherever I dropped them till I came looking for them. Again, sometimes, before I even realized that I’d lost anything, somebody would have already picked it up and would come looking for me with it.

Photo by Anna Samoylova on Unsplash

Did you have any similar experiences as a kid? Do your kids today misplace their stuff and make you keep replacing them?

Oh, well you’re not alone. Putting labels or tags on your child’s belongings are certainly going to cut down the rate at which they misplace their things when they go on camping trips or even at school.

So let’s go ahead to find out ways you can label your kids’ clothes and keep them from getting lost or misplaced. We’ll be talking about 5 of them. Before we continue, it is worthy of note that there’s no stipulated method for labelling clothes. The different city fabrics determine when what option to use. Read on:

  1. Laundry Markers

Using a laundry marker for this task is easy and cheap. It is a type of permanent marker made for writing on fabrics. It doesn’t wash off easily. All you have to do is go a store, buy one and set to work. Be careful though, to write your kids name on the care tag. If the marker for any reason, bleeds through the clothing, it could stain and actually destroy your clothing.

  1. Get laundry stamps

These stamps can be customized and come with their own ink. With them, you’ll find the entire labeling process fast and simple too. Laundry stamps can also destroy your kids’ clothing so you must be careful with it.

  1. Use iron-on school labels

These labels are very much durable. They are beautiful, fanciful and very much customizable. So you just have to tell the supplier what name to print on it, and you’re good to go. If you prefer to write the name yourself with a permanent marker, that’s an option too. With an iron, is very easy to apply the label onto your kids’ clothes. Did I mention that they follow the cloth to its grave?

  1. Fabric labels

These labels are made of fabric. They have some sort of adhesive behind with which you could stick them onto the clothing. They are not as durable is the iron-on variety, as they begin to peel off after multiple washes. This quality, however, makes then easy to remove if you have any plans of passing the clothes on to another person.

  1. Sew-in labels

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These labels are probably the most expensive type of labelling you can do on your kids’ clothing. I’ll tell you why: your kid’s name will be beautifully monogrammed onto the clothing either by a seamstress or a knitter. What you get is beautiful results, but it takes time to complete. And in a case where you have many of your kid’s clothing to label, you can imagine that it will take quite a long time to finish. Most times, you must place your orders several weeks ahead of when you need them.

So there they are! 5 ways to label kids’ clothes for school, daycare or camp. You have all 5 options listed above. Which one is it going be?

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