Disclosure: I received free products in exchange for providing my unbiased review of Kidecal labels. All opinions expressed are my own.
When I was searching for daycare and preschools before T was born, one of my top criteria was finding a preschool program that required uniforms for the kids.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about self-expression; and goodness knows I love kids clothes. But I firmly believe that uniforms are beneficial in the classroom at all ages. And even though both my girls went to different preschools, they both started wearing uniforms at age 3. I suppose you could say I’m firmly in the “love school uniforms” camp.
The Top 5 Reasons to Love School Uniforms
- Uniforms Level the Playing Field. There were girls in my neighborhood who would get up two hours before school started just to have time for hair and makeup. That wasn’t a reality for me or my schoolmates. If we primped at all, it was only after school. We learned to get to know each other based on common personalities instead of clothing. I see the same at my girls’ school too. T has friends of all backgrounds and from all over the community.
- Fewer Morning Battles. Clearly there are still going to be battles over what to wear. L didn’t like the uniform she had last year, and complained bitterly most mornings. But the fact is the uniform was required by the school. This year, she’s even asking to wear her uniform on days she doesn’t have to!
- Durability – Most uniform clothing we’ve purchased (whether through a uniform store or Old Navy/Children’s Place) is very durable. T spent two years in a uniformed pre-school program, and is in her third year in uniforms at her elementary school. Not once have we discarded uniform clothing for being worn out. She’s no dainty girl, either.
- Hand-me-downs made easy. I both love and hate handing down clothing between kids. I love the cost savings, but want to be sure that the younger kids don’t feel like they’re made to wear clothes they don’t like. When everyone’s in the same uniform, it just makes sense to hand clothes down. Since L is wearing T’s old Kindergarten uniforms to school, we’ll use some of the cost savings to purchase some fun additions to her weekend and holiday wardrobe.
- They’re cute! Yes, I think my kids are just as adorable in their uniforms as they are in any of the other clothes I buy them. And I can at least rest assured that their clothes properly match. I can’t say that’s always the case on the weekends!
There is one thing I don’t love about school uniforms: if you don’t label them correctly, they’re easy to lose. I used to use a permanent marker to label T’s uniforms and school supplies, but the marker just wore off over time. We ended up losing at least a couple of water bottles and a sweatshirt during T’s Kindergarten and First Grade years.
Now both girls are wearing the same uniform every day. And since they share a room, it’s nearly impossible to keep their uniform clothing straight when it comes out of the laundry. So it’s even more important to make sure every single item of clothing is labeled properly.
That’s why, I was so excited when Kidecals offered to send me some labels to review for you. See Kidecals offers personalized labels for all your school and daycare items. And, like many parents, we have a lot of items that need labeling.
The ordering process couldn’t be easier. Just make your selections using the menus on the left and input your label information on the right. You can even personalize your tags with custom font colors and placement. I chose the Rainbow Dot Tag, and changed the fonts to blue and red.
I chose the mixed set of 48 mini labels and 24 classic labels. Honestly, I was concerned at the time that the mini labels would be too small to be useful. But was I ever wrong! As it turns out, I used more of the mini labels than the classic labels. They’re the perfect size for small items like snack containers, pencils, and small water bottles.
Kidecals’ motto is “Delightfully Versatile, Crazy Durable”. We tested every bit of that motto. Do you see the snack tube in the picture above? I tried some label tape that we bought for daycare when T was a baby, and it just wouldn’t stick. The Kidecals mini label attached perfectly, and has survived several dishwashings already.
But the biggest test was the sock test. Like I said above, I need a way to keep things straight between the girls, and labeling L’s socks seemed like the perfect solution.
I had L try on a pair of her winter uniform socks and go nuts playing. Then I put them through a load of laundry, and the decals were still well attached. Folding and sorting school socks just got easier!
Now that I know I won’t have to worry about mixing up the girls clothes, or lost items at school, I can continue to love school uniforms for all the reasons I listed above and more!
But wait! You don’t think I would get a freebie without getting something for my readers, do you? Between now and October 31st, enter the discount code “summersavings” at checkout to receive a 15% discount on your own order.
How do you keep track of your kids’ items at school?
Do you hate or love school uniforms?