I can’t believe I have finally reached this point in time: my eldest starts school in 6 weeks. It doesn’t seem possible. Everyone warned me time would fly by and before I knew it I would be waving her off at the school gates. It is something that is hard to comprehend until it happens to you but these past four and half years have gone by in the blink of an eye.
Much of my coping mechanism revolves around organisation. If I am organised I feel in control. Getting both myself and Ellie ready for school is turning into a military operation. Part of that operation has been acquiring the school uniform and then labelling it.
Why Label Uniform?
I am not very good at labelling clothes. Ellie has attended nursery since she was 10 months old and truthfully, other that the occasional bottle or bag, I forget to label everything. In order to help me remember I put a clothes pen by the front door but it never helped. I suspect we have lost a few items over the years but I am not that bothered. All of her nursery clothes are cheap and whilst she is being cared for on a 1:3 ratio not much will have gone missing.
Now at school things will be different. On a good day when there is a Teaching Assistant in the room Ellie will be cared for at a ratio of 1:15. Of course one adult can not keep track of 15 kids belongings! During a parents welcome evening at Ellie’s school the reception teacher reiterated the importance of labelling everything. She said, and I quote, “After a P.E lesson the kids all got themselves dressed back into school uniform but one sock remained unaccounted for. Thirty kids all dressed and in the correct uniform, sixty socks on sixty feet but one lone sock remained unclaimed.” I am not bothered about loosing the odd sock here and there, the washing machine usually helps me with that in any case. But after 4 or 5 lost socks I think I will start getting a touch irritated! Not to mention the possibility of loosing one of the logo’d school jumpers that cost £12 each!
Petite Fernand Customised Labels
The easiest way to help prevent lost items is labelling them. As tempting as it is just to use a pen this is far from a permanent method and the chances of me noticing a faded name on a label are incredibly slim. What we all need is a long lasting, washing machine and tumble dryer safe method of labelling clothes, shoes, bags, hats, wellies and those pesky socks (and apparently pants according to the teachers…. seriously!?).
Well look no further that Petite Fernand for Personalised Name Labels for School. I was sent one of their value packs to try out. Honestly, this pack such good value for money it is hard to put into words. The pack contains a total of 140 labels which is made up of 20 stick-on labels, 20 iron on labels, 40 mini item labels, 10 shoe labels, 30 item stickers with one line of text and 20 item stickers two lines of text.
Iron On Labels
These iron on clothing labels the labels I was most intrigued by. I rememeber my mum sitting for hours sewing our labels into our uniforms so I was really excited about the prospect of simply ironing them in. I was not disappointed! All you have to do is remove the label from the booklet. Put it into position, place the provided greaseproof paper over the top of the label and iron it for 12 seconds with no steam. The instructions in the booklet are extremely clear and easy to follow. I think each label took me a total of 20-30 seconds to position and iron on. They are not going anywhere, they are so securely attached to the fabric of the uniform. These labels as well as the stick on clothing labels are washing machine and tumble dryer safe…. I checked! They really are!
Stick-On Clothing Labels
These adhesive clothing labels are even easier. Remove sticker from the booklet and apply to the clothes. I put them on the label that was already in the clothing as it just seemed to make sense for them to go there.
I haven’t had to use too many of these sticky school name tags yet which is not a problem as I know over the next year they will soon all be used up one way or another. So far these have been perfect for her book and PE bags.
These are slightly different from the other labels simply as they come with a protective layer to also apply. Once you have position the name label in the heel of the shoe then you apply the clear protective layer over the top. This help prevent the label being damaged by hot sweaty little feet.
Customising the labels
This was one of the best parts about the whole label experience. I sat down with Ellie and she chose all of the patterns and colours for each of the labels. She is going into Butterfly Class in September so naturally she wanted as many butterfly labels as possible. There were so many other little figures to choose from including a fox, a unicorn, an apple and a tractor. In fact there are just too many for me to list in this post as there are animal ones, fairytale one, transport ones……
The background colour and text colour can all be changed and personalised. Even the font can be chosen.
I never thought choosing labels could be so much fun. I am actually secretly hoping we can use these all up so I can get some more… I wonder if any of my stuff needs labels…? Maybe Hubby’s clothes need labelling for his next business trip….? I am so impressed with the quality and value of these stickers. I even stopped mid way through attaching the labels to text some friends about them. I hadn’t even finished my whole review process and I was spreading the word about these labels.