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Gifts To Mould Your Child’s Self-Belief

Posted in Kid's World
on April 14, 2016
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Reading is a very important activity for young children. From books, they are able to learn more about the world. Likewise, books help them tap into their imagination, which is a highly crucial component of cognitive development. And most importantly, books — particularly storybooks — can take your kids on thrilling adventures without exposing them to any kind of physical danger or discomfort.

Therefore, if you want your children to be blessed with great imagination (which will help them in their journey throughout life), books truly make awesome gifts.

Storybooks are excellent creations and your children will likely collect many of them as they cultivate a love for reading. But if you’re looking to present something really unique to them – something that they will treasure all their lives — you should consider getting them personalised books while they’re young.

Talented local authors and illustrators can create personalised books; they will make your child the main character and hero of the story. What’s particularly impressive about a personalised storybook is your child, even at an early age, can learn that his existence has value. And, depending on the choices he makes, his life can work for the betterment of others as well; a single action from him can create a huge impact. This moral is imperative in shaping a child’s sense of accountability or responsibility.

Another big advantage that personalised books offer is they will allow your child to build upon presented ideas and make them his own. Every time he reads “his” story, he can expand the complexity of the journey the story’s taking him on. This is highly beneficial in forming more synaptic connections in the brain. So, as real life gets more complicated as he ages, you can be sure he has a deep pool of ideas to work with in order to solve life’s problems.

Also, with a personalised storybook, instead of looking up to other story heroes, your child can make himself his own hero. There’s nothing wrong with having other characters to look up to, but the advantage here is he will learn to rely on himself more than depend on other people all the time. You can empower him by building his confidence in his own personal abilities. The book will serve as an affirmation that he is a wonderfully crafted and unique person.

Lastly, personalised books make fantastic gifts because it’s something that your child can call completely his own. It’s something that he can keep for all his life as one of the early manuals he used in designing his own lifelong tale.


Use Kids’ School Labels for Your Child’s Daycare Essentials

Posted in Kid's World, Simple Life
on March 18, 2016

After a few years of spending countless hours together, it is now time to send your young one off to day care. For both parents and children, this can be both an exciting and stressful proposition.

On one hand, you’re giving your child an opportunity to spend time with his peers and explore new surroundings; you’ll also be giving him the resources his hungry mind is craving. And on the other hand, the time you spend apart from your kid can be an opportunity to relax or pursue other endeavours like crafting or simply reading a book.

Of course, it is perfectly normal to feel anxious during his first few weeks in day care. Will he instantly warm up to his new friends? Will he be comfortable with the idea of being separated from you, even for just a few hours?

And then you need to make sure that your child brings with him all the essentials that he will need for his class. For parents, this can get quite tricky, unless the day care centre lists down all the stuff your young one needs.

In the absence of these, you can utilise this checklist.

For your child’s diaper bag, you will need to prepare a few bottles, a blanket he can use for nap time, two sets of shoes (one for indoor use and another for outdoor use), changes of clothes, baby wipes, diapers, beddings, a burp cloth, bibs, a sippy cup, a pacifier, and snacks.

Other items can be stored at the day care facility. These include his favourite toys, medications, extra diapers and baby wipes, and diaper cream.

Make sure that you out kids’ school labels for these in order to prevent misplacing or losing these. In fact, the staff at the day care centre will appreciate this simple tip as it can make their jobs easier.

Often, young children lose items like bottles and sippy cups. Putting a label on each of your child’s belongings will ensure that the chances of these getting lost or swapped with a classmate’s becomes minimal and you do not have to spend more money getting new things for your child to replace the misplaced ones.

For his clothes and other garments, you can use iron-on name labels, while vinyl name labels can be used for a diverse array of items including shoes, notebooks, pencils and colours. If your child has an allergy, you can purchase allergy safety name labels for him. You can even buy personalised backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases and library bags for your young one here at Hippo Blue.

The Best Name Labels for Clothing Take the Stress Out of Different Situations

Posted in Kid's World, Simple Life
on March 18, 2016

When you have a little one at home — especially if it’s your first one — you’ll be surprised to discover just how many articles of clothing he will soon own.

A happy little mess

Soon after his birth (or even earlier, during your baby shower), relatives and friends will be eager to send over their gifts and tokens for the new little man in your life, and many of these presents are sure to be clothes.

Add to that the little mountain of clothing that you and your husband have already purchased yourselves (there’s likely to be a pile for the absolute essentials, and another pile for clothes that you couldn’t resist buying because they were so cute — even if they were still too big), and you’ve got yourself a nice full wardrobe for your son.

Now, there’s certainly nothing wrong with being fully prepared to clothe your child and keep him nice and comfortable at all times. It will be amusing, however, to discover how keeping track of all the little clothes can be challenging when new developments take place in your family’s life — like when another baby arrives, and when the kids are old enough to attend day care and school.

Labels save the day

Fortunately, you can purchase name labels designed specifically for children’s clothes (like the high-quality personalised labels created by Hippo Blue) that you can use to tell which clothes belong to which child.

How do you know that you’ve got the best name labels for clothing? They should be easy to iron onto clothes, waterproof, washing machine safe, and dryer safe. These qualities mean that the labels are easily attached to the clothes, they will stay clear and highly readable for a long while, and they will not be damaged from repeated cycles in washing machines and tumble driers.

Best of all, name labels help take the stress out of regular activities:


Your child interacts with other kids in school all day, and it can be easy for his things to become misplaced or switched with his classmates’. A label makes it easy for your child to learn to keep track of his belongings, return what isn’t his, and use and bring home what is his. There’ll be less headaches over looking for items, and you won’t have to keep buying new clothes to replace lost ones.

Field trips

You’re sure to pack extra clothes, jackets, socks, towels or blankets when your child goes on a field trip, and you’ll want all these to still be with your kid when he comes home. Labels help teachers and chaperones make sure that their little charges have all they brought (and need) with them during the excursion.


Your kid will have lots of clothes in his overnight bag when he spends the night at a friend’s house. Those clothes and other things will be sure to be mixed up and strewn all over the sleepover venue, but the labels will help your son find his own things.

Laundry day

Finally, what parent hasn’t felt confusion over which clothes belong to which child once the laundry is done? Labels make it easy for mums and dads to sort through the pile and identify which ones belong to each kid.

Important Things to Consider When Having Personalised Name Labels Made

Posted in Kid's World, Simple Life
on March 18, 2016

If you spend a lot of time on social media sites, you’re probably aware that a lot of people dedicate a great amount of time and money to beautifying their personal items using stationery. Among these trailblazing stationery items are labels; they’re a big hit among crafts-loving folks around the world. The really cool thing about labels is that they’re not just functional — they’re decorative as well.

Personalised name labels, in particular, are very popular because they are made according to the aesthetic and functional requirements of the user. If you’re thinking of having personalised name labels made to use on your belongings or for your kids’, here are some important things to consider to ensure that they properly indicate ownership at all times.

  1. Font – If you’re having the name labels made for your children, big typefaces and bold fonts are recommended, especially if they’re still young and cannot quite read yet. Also, a unique font will set the name label apart or make it more recognisable.
  2. Colour – This is a vital consideration if you want the name label to stand out; you want to make sure that the label is easily visible because it doesn’t blend into the design of the items they’re adhered to.
  3. Stickiness – This a must in ensuring that sticker labels stay in place. Otherwise, those labels won’t be able to do their job of continuously providing personal belongings with “identity of ownership.” There are labels with adhesives that are water-resistant and can stick to any kind of surface — these are the best to use if the items are washed regularly, are often exposed to water, or if the owner has the tendency to peel labels off most surfaces.
  4. Design – This is another vital consideration because of its aesthetic value. If you want the labels to enhance the look of your personal belongings, you should definitely give the design a lot of thought. Think of the shape of the label, the pattern, and the other visual components so it can look uniquely your own.
  5. Durability – Go for sticker vinyl that is water- and stain-resistant. On top of that, this kind of sticker vinyl is thick and difficult to peel off, and it retains colour well. If you want long-lasting personalised name labels, you should certainly enquire about the quality of the vinyl.


With this guide, you can be sure that the labels you order will enhance the appearance of your belongings and can be used for a long time.


How Teachers Can Use School Name Labels

Posted in Simple Life
on February 29, 2016

As a new school year starts, many children resume their studies with brand new supplies bearing name labels. It wouldn’t be an unfair generalization to state that most children have a propensity for being careless with their things. Through years of misplaced and forever lost items, you can say that parents have learned—the hard and expensive way—how necessary it is to use school name labels.

Then again, children aren’t the only ones who are prone to losing their things; adults are, too—especially when they let children handle their things. For this reason, school name labels provide a lot of use for teachers, too. How exactly can teachers use name labels and how can they have theirs customised to serve very specific purposes?

  • For items that could stray outside the classroom – If you’re a teacher, you know that your things have a way of venturing outside your classroom. Other teachers may borrow your charts or videos. Kids may thoughtlessly stick your things inside their school bags. You may get kids to take them out of the classroom for outdoor activities. These are just some of the possibilities. Now, you may be inclined to stick a regular label bearing your given name on your things, but little kids, parents, or even school employees would likely assume that Amanda Scott is a student. It may take some time before they realise that she’s Ms. Scott, the teacher. For this reason, it pays to sit down and think of the most fitting details to include in your name label. Do you include the school’s name and your classroom location? Do you put the specific class you teach? Do you put a specific message like “This belongs in Ms. Scott’s classroom”?
  • For sorting according to subject – You could colour-code your things using name labels. This will help you be better organised, as well as allow your students to identify which items are used for which subjects. The labels would all bear the same information, but would be in different colours. For instance, you could use yellow for Maths, red for Science, etc.
  • For sorting out tables, pegs, cubbies, etc. – You can order a bunch of “Ms. Scott’s Class:” with some space to write your student’s name on. For younger pupils, you may want to make it extra sweet by putting “Ms. Scott *heart* …” The kids will appreciate the sentiment.
  • For fieldtrips – Whether you hang tags around your students’ necks or pin them on shirts, it’s better to just have the label state the school name, “Ms. Scott’s class”, and perhaps a phone number. It could be dangerous flashing a child’s name out in public.
  • For letting students know who you are – In case it’s the first day of school or you have a new student join your class, all those name labels around them are good for reminding children what your name is.

Now, you may think that you can simply print these labels using your printer and ordinary sticker paper, but you want something more durable—water-resistant and tear-resistant at the very least. To avoid the hassle of replacing labels over and over again and the eye sore of faded, dog-eared, or torn ones, make sure you invest in high quality name labels.