Your little one starting day-care or preschool is a trying time in the lives of all parents: the sadness that comes with going back to work and no longer spending all that valuable time without them is overwhelming. Their first camp is another milestone that is a harrowing experience for parents. An added worry is how their caregivers are going to recognise their belongings or how to recover lost items: most experts and this writer recommend labels.
Labelling is one of the best ways to personalise and safeguard your baby’s items, some day-care facilities and preschools mandate it and even specify what kind of labels to use. In this guide, I’m going to show you the best ways to label your children’s clothes.
1. Laundry Markers
Laundry markers are the cheapest, easiest, and most durable labelling method. They’re also safe and work with all fabric types. Use a dark colour, as these are easier to spot on usually bright kid’s clothes and write your children’s names in a location that’s not easily seen, e.g., the clothes tag or inside the hem. Markers fade after a few washes so always check them and relabel as needed. Also, the ink can run and leave a permanent stain on the cloth. If you’re going to use markers, then you can’t pass the cloth down or give it to charity because the name would show and most charities don’t accept clothes or other items with names on them.
2. Stick-on Labels
Stick-on labels or simply stickers can be got from retail stores and companies that make labels. A less expensive method is to use scotch tape or painter’s tape and write your child’s name on it. Stick it on an inconspicuous part of the cloth like the tag. While some tapes can last a while, you may have to replace some every day. Stick-on labels are the easiest to remove, so if your child or children around them are likely to peel it off, consider using a different method.
3. Iron-On Labels
Iron-On labels come in fabric form and are almost impossible to remove without leaving a mark on the cloth. You can purchase iron-on labels from label companies, and you can request for your kid’s name to be engraved on them or order plain ones and write the name yourself. You can also make them yourself by cutting up small strips of fabric and attaching them to the clothes using fusible iron-on material which you can get from sewing shops and some craft stores.
4. Sew-In Labels
One of the most durable methods of labelling is sew-in labels. They’re semi-permanent and can only be removed intentionally. If you plan to pass on the clothes to younger siblings, it’s best to use the family name alone as these labels leave marks. You can order for them online or make some yourself by cutting small strips of fabric and using a fabric marker to write your kid’s name on it. A downside to these kinds of labels is that there’d be a visible seam on the other side of the cloth. You can reduce this effect if you use thread that’s the same colour as the cloth.
5. Use a Label Maker
Using a label maker is an option that just may be cheapest in the long run. Purchase a label maker, batteries (if it needs some), and label tape from a retail store or online and you can make your professional looking labels right at home. To make labels using one, input the text you want to display and print. Some label makers ask you select label size and come with different label style and font options so you can pick which one is best for your needs.
Labelling is a great way to guard against losing your children’s clothes at school or camp. To be safe, use your child’s legal name when labelling as this would make it easier to identify and, day-care licencing laws require parents to use their baby’s legal name. Also, if your child is old enough, give them some extra labels they can attach themselves or with some assistance in case the ones you use come off.