Why Name Labels is the Perfect School Holiday Activity

Posted in Kid's World
on April 1, 2016
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  1. My kid is occupied. Long enough for me to have a cuppa and scroll through Facebook. Bliss!
  2. My kid did something productive. Check that off the back to school to-do list!
  3. My kid is so proud. Yes honey, you did it all by yourself.
  4. My kid is taking care of her things. She’s so proud of the name stickers, she keeps track of her pencils and pens. AND puts them back into her pencil case! Who is this child?
  5. My kid is excited to go back to school. “My name is on EVERYTHING!!!”

Now, if only I can get her to do the iron-on labels… How old do you have to be to use an iron? It’s not THAT hard, right?

Ok, ok, don’t be greedy, Mummy. You actually had a HOT coffee. Wait a few years until she is tall enough to look over an ironing board…

Joy of Stickering

Posted in Kid's World
on April 1, 2016
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My child has a serious sticker fetish. From the moment her little eyes lay sight on the cute shapes and her little fingers touched the slight stickiness, she was hooked.

So you can imagine what our house looked like before she learned to rein in her enthusiasm. Mickey and Minnie, My Little Pony, sparkly fairies, alphabet letters, glow in the dark stars adorned her playroom furniture, our bathroom mirrors, our white walls, the glass on our front door…. The worst were the cheap ones that refused to peel off, that left little bits of stubborn sticky grime that no Ajax could remove. And not just flat surfaces. I learned to check myself for stickers before I walked into work.

Fast forward a few years… She is now at an age when she actually uses stickers for their intended purpose (like using 20+ stickers on a single birthday invitation card). So imagine our joy-hers and mine-when we learned of name label stickers!

We went on the website for name labels. She loved picking out the design. After some back and forth, she picked out the fruit ones. A few days later, they arrived in our mailbox. Sheets and sheets of high-quality stickiness! All matchy matchy! With her name beautifully printed! Glory!

“What can I sticker?!?”she was literally hopping up and down, holding her packet of name labels. I took out her favourite gel pens, scented textas, pencils with animal eraser tops. Ones that were worthy of their own name label. She was off in her sticker wonderland.

While she was working on her stationery, I went to the kitchen and created an assembly line of her lunch boxes, snack boxes, and water bottles on the dining table. She happily bounced into the kitchen, picking out different shaped and sized name stickers for each of her boxes and bottles.

They were all done!!! With the years of practice she has had, she is actually a great “sticker-er”(as she calls it).

“What else can I sticker?”she asked a little sadly, knowing our task was coming to an end.

“Hmm, I don’t know honey, you’ve done such a good job,” I tell her, and I honestly can’t think of anything else that needs stickering right now.

She thinks for a while. Then she says, “I know! Zachy needs name labels!!!” Zachy, her baby brother, who has not yet discovered the joy of stickering.


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.