Reviewed by Emma Stubbs
It’s a well-known fact that kids lose stuff. Kids have always lost stuff since the beginning of time. Jumpers, lunchboxes, shoes, bags, the ability to listen… the list is endless. Reminiscing to back when I was a girl (it can’t be that long ago, can it?), I remember my mum lovingly sewing on embroidered labels into all my school clothes. I say lovingly because it was a task that had to be done through love – nobody would sit all night squinting with a needle and thread to label a pile of clothes for anything other than love. But gone are those days! Not the days of kids losing stuff unfortunately, but of the days of painstakingly sewing tiny labels into every item of school clothing.
Iron-on and adhesive labels have been around for quite a while now, but they are known to fade, peel away or just not stick well. When I was given the opportunity to test out Ludilabel’s name labels, I was very keen to see if they offered a higher quality of label.
My first task was to order my labels. The website is incredible, and I don’t use that word lightly. It really was a delight to navigate both on mobile and laptop, which made a refreshing change to some high street store websites that I have used recently. You have the option of choosing a value pack, (which includes a very large selection of the high quality plasticised labels for clothing and objects in both iron-on and self-sealing form), or buying a batch depending on what you require.
I decided on the nursery school value pack, containing 167 labels, (approximately £22.38 depending on £ to € conversion rates) which included the following:
48 Iron-on name labels (5 x 1.1 cm)
72 Ludisticks, self-sealing name labels (2.3 x 1.1cm)
8 round name tag stickers (3.7 x 3.7 cm)
27 mini/small name tag stickers (5 x 0.8 cm)
6 pairs of name tag stickers for shoes (5.1 x 3 cm)
Ludilabel have really thought about how they can adapt their value packs to meet different markets, and there are also packs available for school, crèche, the elderly and those who need to make allergies known.
So, once I’d decided on a pack, the next step was to personalise them. The choices were primarily split into Disney, Hello Kitty, or Ludilabel’s own designs (unfortunately the Disney illustrations are soon to be discontinued on the UK site for licensing reasons). I decided to look at Ludilabel’s designs, and I instantly loved lots of them. There are 39 to choose from in the preschool range, and within these, they all have different colour options. The options include woodland animals, rockets, pirates and patterns that are all absolutely beautiful and not at all tacky. The options were so easy to navigate and I could easily go backwards and forwards to look at alternatives. After I found my favourite design, I could then choose a colour scheme, all of which were palettes that really complemented each other. I loved how the stickers weren’t all the same design too – I had decided on the owl design option, but within this there were three different owl pictures to feature in the pack.
The personalisation element includes two lines of 16 characters, and 7 font options, which is quite extensive compared to other label websites I’ve seen.
The labels did take a week to arrive, but that didn’t bother me too much, and a free delivery time of 3-8 days is stated on the website as they are sent from France.
I was SO impressed by the quality of the labels when they arrived. They are plasticised which means they are of a far superior quality to any other name labels I have seen. The design matched exactly what had been shown on the website too. I couldn’t wait to try them out on my daughter’s belongings.
The adhesive labels for clothes and objects were so easy to apply. I had to stop myself finding more objects to stick them to as I found myself getting slightly addicted. Ludilabel claim that the labels will never fade despite numerous bad treatments like friction, direct extended sunlight and water damage. They also say they are highly-resistant to the microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine/dryer up to 60°C. After waiting 24 hours, I tested every label in all manner of ways – and every label withstood anything I threw at it. I’m confident that this will continue and that the labels will still be firmly stuck to my daughter’s cups and clothes after a good year of dishwasher and washing machine use at least.
The iron-on labels require a bit more preparation, and I’m going to be honest… I used my iron for the first few, then resorted to the quick option of hair straighteners to apply further labels. Again, I can’t see these labels shifting from my daughter’s clothes – they seem to be firmly adhered for good!
Not only will I be giving this product a rating of 5/5, I will be highly recommending to all my friends and family.
RRP: £22.38 (Nursery Pack)
For more information or to buy visit www.ludilabel.co.uk.