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Name Bubbles – great labels for kids school gear

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Based on a couple recommendations from parents groups I belong to, I ordered a Daycare pack of labels from Name Bubbles since my daughter just started preschool and they ask that everything she bring to school be labeled. I liked the label choices and the fact that Name Bubbles uses non-toxic, soy-based ink. We have been using them for a couple weeks now and I have to say they work really well!! I am so pleased with them that I had to blog about it in case any of you are thinking about ordering labels for your kids.

You may be thinking a permanent marker will do just fine. And you are not wrong. But I say these labels are worth getting. I think I’d go bonkers trying to write my daughter’s name on all of her clothing and school gear (lunch box, containers, milk thermos and water bottles). All these things really add up. Now I just have to stick a label on whatever needs labeling as new items are brought to school. Easy as can be.

The designs are cute, yet clear. They have many sizes and shapes to choose from plus varieties that are dishwasher safe, laundry safe, water-resistant and even super tough to go onto shoes. Yes, I have been told that kids do indeed also lose shoes. They are very durable – they really do stay on (and looking good so far) in the dishwasher and laundry. And they are so easy to use, no more markers, not even ironing…just peel and stick.

The Bitty Bubbles are really the perfect size to stick onto clothing tags. They are small, yet easy to read. The Labels for Shoes seem to work well too, though they have only been on her shoes for about 2 weeks…they have survived really well though lots of sandbox time and running around. We use the Fun Bubbles and Mini Bubbles for her lunch box, food containers and drink bottles. We haven’t ordered any Alert labels yet, but I love the concept and will probably get some since my daughter is allergic to eggs and peanuts.

My daughter thinks they are fun and helps me put them on. An added bonus, is that the stickers are easy for her to recognize as meaning the item belongs to her at school, versus having to read a name written in black marker, like many other kids have. For instance, she can easily identify her water bottle at school even if 3 other kids have the same one.

I am actually quite surprised I haven’t noticed more kids as school with pre-printed labels on their belongings since they make life just a little bit easier for the parents, teachers and kids!

If you are concerned with putting your child’s full name on everything, or you have multiple kids and want to just order one batch of labels, you can simply just put your last name on them. Or, similarly, just their first name. Really any combo you feel works best for your needs.

The only two things I can think of that would improve on these is (1) to have a way to select your own colors for each portion of a label, versus picking from a set of color schemes and (2) to be able to upload you own image if you’d like to instead of only picking from their selection. With those two additions labels could be even more unique.

BTW, I haven’t tried any other labels for this purpose so I have nothing to compare to, but these just work so well!

Name Bubbles
http://www.namebubbles.com/

September 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Product Recommendation: Paring Knife with Cover (Great for kids meals on the go)

I cut food into little bits for Sofie all day long and finally decided to get a few more paring knives so I could just wash them all at the end of the day. We found these great knives at Williams-Sonoma. They cut extremely well and I love that they have a cover for the blade. It means I can safely put them in a drawer with other kitchen utensils instead of a knife block. The colors are also cute and make them easy to find in a drawer full of other random kitchen tools.

Parent Tip: They are great for meals out of the house with kids!!

About 45 minutes ago I had one out to cut up some avocado maki for my 16 month old daughter (yes, it is wonderful that she likes it already! She actually loves it!) The knife cut through the rolls like butter. And I realized that I should have brought the knife out to dinner with us when we were out for sushi last Saturday.  I struggled with cutting the sushi with the knife they provided and Sofie ended up with very mangled pieces. Since these knives have a cover, I could have easily brought it and had the proper tool to cut up her rolls. It would have been nice to have for the tofu I cut up for her too. Now, if you have a child who tends to dig through your bag that idea may not be so safe, but if you can keep it away from kids it will be so great to have on hand.

Purchasing:

It looks like you can only buy them in a set of 3 online ($29.85), but in the store you can buy them individually (~$10). We opted to get 2 green ones. It is actually a really pretty green.

Williams-Sonoma Link to Knives

June 24, 2009 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment


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