Know These Safety Tips When Labeling Your Child's Items

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It important to label your children's clothing so teacher's, coaches and other caregivers can locate your child's jackets in a pile of 25 jackets, but can labeling clothes, water bottles or other items make your kid a target of a predator?

A predator can read the name from the label and call out to a kid while appearing to "know" your child. It's often difficult for kids to separate strangers from acquaintances, and even good guys from the bad guys, and an a adult calling by them often makes a child think the person must be on the okay list.

Label discreetly

While labeling jackets or other items on the outside prominently are just fine when parents are accompanying children (i.e. a soccer game, dance performance, or school field trip), it's not recommended to have obvious name labels in cases where a child may be not always be under the constant watch of an adult (i.e. walking home from school). In those cases, label their name discreetly on the inside. When doing so, however, be sure to label names in a place where people will actually look and see the information if it's left out and placed into lost-and-find areas.

Label areas that cannot be removed

Be sure to put a kid's name on especially-coveted items in areas that cannot easily removed or cut out (avoid the inside brand labels, if possible). Writing a child's name in permanent ink on the inside of a collar, for example, can be a perfect location. First, however, make sure the ink will not show on the outside, in essence ruining the look of the garment.

Label creatively

Some parents have created unique ways of identifying their child and labeling items. One family color codes family members by color, and has relayed that information to preschool teachers, educators and family and friends alike. She has developed a unique iron-on label she affixes in clothing and even uses permanent markers in the color-match system to label toys and other items.

Another parent simply uses her kids' initials; still another puts the family name on everything, and hopes lost items will be returned to her this way.

In the end, factor whether peace of mind over being perhaps extra safety conscious outweighs the possibility that a child's beloved toy or clothing taken/worn outside the home will not end up back with you at the end of the day.

Updated by Jill Ceder

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