You get your welcome packet from the daycare (or preschool), telling you to label everything you send with your child. So, you google how to label for daycare. You’ll get a bunch of standard ideas that involve markers or “the latest and greatest”, teflon-coated, stainless-steel-reinforced, lifetime-guaranteed sticky labels.
And these solutions will work for a number of items that you need to label. But when it comes to things you have to constantly wash, even “permanent” marker only lasts so long. And stickers and bandaids? Pfft.
For me it was sippy cups that pushed me over the edge.
Keeping our little girl’s name intact required a constant vigilance that I was frankly too busy for. So, after losing our FIFTH cup sent home with another child (I ended up with one from another mommy myself), I decided to find a better solution.
You know how sometimes 2 random pieces of information collide to produce an idea? Well, walking into Walmart, the answer hit me.
You’ve probably walked past one of these ID tag vending machines in your local Walmart entry. They’re mostly used for engraving tags to go on a pet’s collar. But I had the sudden flash of inspiration that this was my answer for how to label for daycare!
The day before I had been in Home Depot, and I saw these $1 keychains that have a carabiner on one end for clipping your keys to a belt or bag.
I bought 3 tags engraved with my daughter’s name. (You can choose from several shapes and colors.) Then I ran back to the Depot and got 3 of those keyrings to attach them.
Now, whenever the sippy cups need to be washed, it takes literally 1 second to unclip the name tag, and then another second to reattach it. The daycare workers were fine with this, and so I have name labels that will outlast the cups themselves.
My new how to label for daycare system works!
A pet tag from the Walmart engraving machine costs $5. Add the keyring for another $1, and you might object that you’ve doubled the price of a sippy cup. True … but if I’d had these tags from the beginning I’d have saved money on 5 lost cups, and a lot of aggravation.
Now I’m looking at what other daycare items I can use these tags for.
Any Other Ideas on How to Label for Daycare?
Maybe you’ve come up with another hack. OR, do you know of a cheaper place to get engraved ID tags? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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