Do you find that your kids are frequently losing items at school, church, camp, playgroups, friend’s houses and more? School’s always have a lost and found, but after working in a school, it seemed like there would be so many items that were never claimed by the kids since they weren’t sure if it was their jacket, sweatshirt, etc. Even if you have younger kids, it seems like there’s always an opportunity to leave a sweatshirt, jacket, sippy cup at a playgroup, activity, or outing! I am actually famous for leaving sippy cups behind – my daughter has always been one to leave them in strange places and so we have gone thru quite a few sippy cups!
, I’ve found a solution which will help you to find those items that were left behind much easier! Personalized labels for clothes, shoes, dishes (sippy cups, bowls, spoons), backpacks, you name it!! I recently had the opportunity to try out Mabel’s Labels, which are personalized labels for all those things that kids leave behind!! Mabel’s labels was created by a group of Canadian moms, who were fed up with their kids always leaving things behind and never getting them back! So, they created these extremely durable labels which can withstand the microwave, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer and more to stay put on your children’s items – so you can always find them! They are also UV-resistant, so the names won’t be faded from the sunlight!
-Classic Labels – larger labels for toys, bottles, sippy cups, plates, bowls, and more!
-Skinny-Mini’s– These are smaller labels which can fit on spoons, toothbrushes (wouldn’t that be great for a sleepover – no confusion for the host as to who left their toothbrush :) ), small toys, school supplies, etc
–Iron-On Clothing Labels – Durable labels for hats, blankets, bags, even socks!
–Tag-Mates -stick to clothing without ironing or sewing
–Shoe Labels – extra tough & sticky so they won’t rub off from socks–great for shoes, boots, even skates. Have an extra clear label that goes over the name so that the name won’t get worn off.
–Bag Tags – sturdy metal tags for backpacks, sports bags, luggage, etc
Mabel’s Labels even offer labels for adults, such as labels for your trash cans with your street address, labels to designate which cord goes with certain gadgets, spice rack labels, craft labels, and classroom labels for teachers!
Another great product they offer are safety labels for children. The ones I think would be extremely helpful are the Allergy Alerts. You can post labels on a child’s lunch box or other personal items, stating what they are allergic to, which is a great reminder for teachers and other school staff if your child is at school and you’re worried they might forget what he or she is allergic to.
I had the opportunity to try the Back-to-School combo, which included shoe labels, skinny mini’s (for dishes, bottles, tupperware, etc), and tag mates (for clothes labels)! I wanted to put them to the test by trying them out for a week or two and so far, they have held up really well, even thru several washings/cleanings and wear and tear from a preschooler (and my 3 yr old is pretty hard on things, too, so that’s saying a lot ;) ). It’s fun finding all sorts of items that I can label such as sippy cups, jackets, sweaters, shoes, backpack/bags – all those items that you’d really hate to lose! And my daughter loves to see her name on her stuff – we even picked out a cute butterfly graphic to go along with her name!
Mabel’s Labels are priced within $18-21 for each set of labels (e.g, tag mates for clothing – $21 for 75 labels), or you can buy combination sets too. They are a bit pricey, but when you consider how unique the product is and the fact that they really are very durable and hold up well, then it could really be worth spending the money so that you don’t end up spending more money to replace all the lost items! This is definitely a product you’ll want to check out if you find that your kids are always leaving items behind or losing them!
I’m curious if anyone else has ever used Mabel’s labels or if you have any other suggestions of ways you could use these labels! I’m sure there are all sorts of creative ways you could put these labels to use! :)