Between your sidekick’s beloved new school supplies, sports gear (plus requisite accessories), and playground clothing cast-offs that always seem to get left behind, keeping track of his gear is a full-time job. Make it easier by employing helpful labels to do the bulk of the work. From zipper pulls to water bottle wraps to back-to-school power packs, we’ve found ways for you to label all the things!

photo: Name Bubbles

1. Name Bubbles
Name Bubbles’ adorable peel-n-stick labels are a school year accessory that doubles up on giving back. One, it gives your mini scholar the means to track her supplies in the daily shuffle, even when you throw them in for a good clean in the dishwasher or laundry. Two—Name Bubbles will donate $1 of every School Pack purchase to the Miracle Foundation, so orphans around the globe can access education and opportunity. Give a little bit, get a serious “lot” with these do-good labels. Psst … our editor put them to the test and to date they’ve yet to peel off!


2. Glass of Harmony
When it comes to the ever-changing jacket menagerie (one for every season and then some), or the sports bag swap out, as you usher your little athlete out the door, an easy transfer is key. That’s what we love about these charming stamped zipper pulls ($10) from Glass of Harmony on Etsy. The charm transfers easily from raincoat to winter parka, or from soccer or swim bag with the flick of a clasp. And with design options that include cupcakes, trains or bikes, they add a blast of personality to your sidekick’s gear.

photo: Stuck on You

3. Stuck on You
If you’ve got a label need, Stuck on You has dreamed up the solution. Choose from stylish iron-on, stick-on or multi-use traditional labels to keep track of everyday school items your little scholar lugs to and fro, like lunchboxes, notebooks and more. Or drill down into more specialized items that help keep track of odds and ends that require their own special touch, like shoes, backpacks and reusable containers. Our favorite item on their list? It’s gotta be the Call Me Card that connects your Little with classmates so they can plan the ultimate play date outside of school.


photo: Mabel’s Labels Facebook

4. Mabel’s Labels
Dishwasher and microwave safe, Mabel’s Labels can survive whatever your messy mini can dish out … and then some. If you’re a label newbie, these are a good place to start. With straightforward combo packs (think: Starter, Little Kid School, and Ultimate to name a few) and Write Away! labels that can be penned in for those last minute needs, they’ve thought of everything you didn’t … yet. Ready, set, go!


photo: Devon Design Co.

5. Devon Design Co.
Got a little bookworm who lugs his fave reads to and from school daily, or always loans out his beloved must-read books to his bestie? Meet your new best friend, Devon Design Co’s stylish nameplates ($14). Just peel one off and stick it to an inside cover to claim your little literati’s book as part of his forever library. Each pack comes with 20 stickers and is semi-customizable. He’ll never lose a book again!


photo: inchbug via Facebook

6. inchbug
Hydration is serious business for mini scholars. After all, alphabetizing is hard work! And labeling the many water bottles and sippy cups that have collected in your cupboards over the years … well, it can be equally grueling. Simplify this labor of love with customized, stretchable Orbit Labels ($12.50) by inchbug. We heart that they can move easily from one water bottle to the next, year after year and that they coordinate with the rest of inchbug’s adorbs easy stick-on label products.


photo: Baby Fables

7. Baby Fables
You can add sending money to school with your kiddo to that surprising list of “risky kid behaviors,” like swallowing a LEGO or eating dirt. Hedge your bets on the cash-to-school gamble with these practical, personalized sticker labels from Baby Fables ($8.50). Consider them your ally in getting things where they need to go. Just check off boxes, then peel, press and stick one of these super cute labels to your cash stash before sending your kidlet off for the day. 20 in each pack are enough to get your money where’s it going from day one through till the final buzz …err … bell.


Ananemone etsy labelsphoto: Anita Waters  

8. Ananemone Labels
What’s not to love about 100% organic cotton labels, especially when they’re paired with kid-cute graphics that would be just as adorable on the outside of your mini me’s wardrobe as they would on an inside tag? At Ananemone Labels, shop owners Sara and Matthew design kid-friendly clothing labels that iron on in just 15 seconds. And yep, they peel off just as easily, so they can be removed when clothes are ready to be passed down or donated. Let your sidekick browse the character labels ($23) (think: hearts, robots, elephants and more) to find one that perfectly pairs with his personality. The best part? The order can be split between two names.


photo: Oliver’s Labels’ Facebook

9. Oliver’s Labels
Oliver’s Labels have all the bells and whistles of a good peel ‘n’ stick. They’re waterproof so they can go on anything and survive just about anywhere, and they come in all shapes and sizes. You can even put your cutie’s sweet mug on their photo tags! But the Found-it tech is what makes us swoon. Sign up for this easy add-on when you customize your labels and those can’t-lose items can make their way back to you if they accidentally get left behind. Because let’s be honest, our kiddos lose things, even when their name is written all over it.


photo:  LimeRikeeDesigns

10. Lime Rikee Designs 
Send your little preschooler off in style with an adorable oversized backpack tag ($14) from Lime Rikee Designs. The bright colors make it easy to spot among the crowded cubbies, and the durable finish means sticky fingers won’t leave a mark. Pick a tag theme with a personality that’s as big as your sidekick’s, then loop on this easy-on-easy-off tag that can grow through the years, just like your Little.


photo: Raindrops and Dreams

11. Raindrops and Dreams
If you’re looking to get some mileage out your kidlet’s clothes by passing them down or want to encourage green gifting after they’ve outgrown them, Raindrops and Dreams’ sew-in labels are the way to go. They can track up to four names on each label, and they’re durable enough to make it through years of washes too. Order them in 15, 30 or 45 label packages to fit your family’s needs.



photo: Jacqui Boland

12. Kidecal
You want a label that will weather any storm…or school year. Turn to Kidecal. Their labels are waterproof, laundry safe, microwave safe, washer safe and BPA-free (trying saying all of that 10 times fast). This means you can stick them on anything from backpacks to water bottles to books and clothes. In other words, they’re durable (yes, we’ve tested them).


Which of these labels do you plan on trying? Tell us in the Comments below! 

— Allison Sutcliffe

12 Back-to-School Labels We Love