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Celebrating the new royal baby Archie!

Have you joined the celebration for the new royal baby Archie? At My Nametags we are very excited for the latest addition to the royal family, and we want to celebrate it with you. We have decided to offer anyone called ‘Archie’ a free set of name labels featuring a special prince design.

Want to receive yours? Just follow this link and fill in the redemption form.
The first fifty people who fill in this form will receive one set of 56 sticker nametags. The nametags will be sent by post on the 31st of May.

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My Nametags turns 15!

Our company started in our founder’s living room fifteen years ago, with a single product and a simple website. Over the years we have grown as a company and have constantly improved our product, while always striving for quality and simplicity, choosing the best and most resistant materials.

Today, we have different teams working in production, customer service, marketing and more. We offer a range of colourful designs, all made to last throughout your child’s adventures.


“We have always focused on making the absolute best nametags as possible. Over the last fifteen years we’ve sold millions of labels across the world, and have hopefully helped to make it a slightly better-organised place!”
Lars B. Andersen, Founder and CEO of My Nametags

Our product was created with parent’s needs in mind, and this is how we have supplied with nametags a whole generation of children from kindergarten to high school, always making sure every lost item would find its way back. In 15 years, we have produced an astonishing 136 million single nametags all around the world! Not bad right?

We thought celebrating this milestone was necessary.

Take a look at the pictures below to see how we are celebrating today!

 

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Help your child sleep better with our Printable Bedtime Checklist

We all love a good night’s sleep. Especially after having children, once a parent’s life suddenly becomes so much busier and tiring. But we are not the only ones who can experience difficulties sleeping.

As the National Sleep Foundation states, sleep is even more important for small children, as it has a strong impact on their mental and physical development.

While children are growing up, the development of imagination can translate into nightmares, which can make waking up during the night very common.

The increased demand in terms of time and attention that comes from school and homework, added to the growing interest in TV, computers, and the Internet can also lead to difficulty falling asleep.

Maintaining a regular and consistent sleep schedule is one of the recommended methods to increase the sleep quality of children (and their parents as well!).

We have created a printable bedtime checklist for you and your child to go through, to make bedtime a more relaxing and fun routine! Print this and stick it to your child’s bedroom wall where it is well visible, and go through it together every evening around half an hour before bedtime.

We hope better sleep is coming for all of you!

Click here to download

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Guess the flower and win a set of nametags!

The weather is getting warmer, and trees are filling with flowers. We think this is one of the best times for a walk in the nature with the kids! Work and school can make it difficult to be around plants and animals, so why not bring them along on your nametags? We have an extended line of flower designs, and we bet we have your favourite one too!

Why not have a little treasure hunt with your child? Find out the names of these flowers to win a set of nametags. Little hint: you can find clues on our website 😉

Follow this link to play!

 

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Good luck and happy flower hunting!

Get social and you could win labels!

We all know that becoming a parent for the first time is such a big step. At My Nametags, we think that sharing tips on looking after children is such a great idea. It can be challenging bringing up children and having the support and wisdom from other parents can be an amazing help.

We have asked parents to share their tips on anything from sleep to eating vegetables! Join us on Instagram and Facebook and you could be one of 10 people to win a free set of My Nametags labels!

To give you an idea of what the fuss is all about here are a few of our favourite posts.

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“To get your kids out of bed in the morning, try baking something that smells delicious! No one can resist the smell of pancakes!” – Julia

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“In order to convince my little girl to clean her teeth regularly, every evening we wash them all together…me, her and her favourite doll!” – Alice

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“Water is ‘plain juice'” – Lornabastow

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“I tell my kids the 
grated carrot in sauces is Red Leicester cheese, works for me 🙂 xx” – ollysophia51

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“I always keep some plain paper and coloured pencils in the car to keep the kids busy during long trips. It’s a great way for them to spend time and be creative.” – serena87

We can’t wait to hear your tips!

Send us a message or leave a comment on our Instagram and Facebook  pages!

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Get fit with the kids!

January signals the start of a new year and the time for new beginnings. Getting fitter is often one of the top new year’s resolutions for many, especially parents with young children. But how do you fit it into your busy schedule? Here are a few top tips on keeping fit and active with the kids.

Step on it! 

Sounds simple but it really works – aim to achieve 10,000 steps a day. Invest in a simple pedometer, a fitness tracker or most smartphones will count steps too. I once walked around the block before bed to hit my 10,000-step target!

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Buggy Fitness 

Invest in a baby buggy that is easy to run with and you and your baby/toddler can both have fun. Little and often is the key here. Even a 15-minute run around the park once a day will get your heart rate up. There are some great youtube videos with all sorts of workouts you can do with a pram! Parents.com has some good tips on running safely with a baby buggy.

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Get fit with the kids

Enjoy running around the park or playing football with your children and you will certainly burn some calories. Your step count will go up too, oh and…you might just have fun!

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Baby goes too & creche

There are plenty of options to bring your baby along to a class. I tried baby yoga which was great fun and the bonus is you’ll both get to meet other parents and babies. Alternatively, find a gym with a creche. I found this especially helpful when I had young babies. It was great to have an hour or so to myself to swim or catch a class while my baby was being cared for.

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Workout @ Home

I personally love work out DVDs. There’s no running to a class at a specific time as you can just stick on your DVD and work out when it suits you. The danger, however, is that you will never put it on! Top tip – plan to work out with a friend (perhaps nap time for both your babies or when the kids are at school) or if that doesn’t suit message each other to commit to doing at least 15 minutes of exercise when it suits you. My favourite is Davina McCall as she’s fun and realistic but there are so many it’s super easy to find one to suit you.

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Give your child a head start in reading

Reading is one of the cornerstones of education and if you can encourage your child to read from an early age it will most certainly benefit them. Statistic shows that children who are read to by their parents will do better at school. Read our top five tips on how to help your child love reading and books.

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Over the years I have spoken to many educational experts and the one thing that they all agree on is that it is so important to read regularly to your child. They will love to hear you reading and if you enjoy it they will too. Make a time that suits you best. Typically, bedtime is a good moment but some parents prefer afternoons snuggled on the sofa for pre-schoolers. Others say they read to their children while they are in the bath while audio tapes on car journeys are a good chance to listen to a story.

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Children quite often love to hear the same story over and over again. I remember trying to get one of my children to agree to ‘read’ another book together however it never quite worked as he would always gravitate to the same one! Your child will feel more involved if they can choose their own book and don’t worry if it is the same one as repetition is good. I would often choose one book and let my child choose another book, that way we both got a bit of variety.

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Keep your child interested in the story by talking about it as you go along. Ask them questions about the characters and what they think will happen next. Also, why they think something has happened. You will keep them involved and connected to the story.

Enjoy it

Children love nothing more than if you’re able to add character to the story with funny voices and actions. I would always sing certain nursery rhymes when my children were younger and they loved to join in. If your child loves a certain fairy tale or character book then find out more about it. Look out for the author’s website, games or colouring sheets.

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Don’t forget to show your child how important (and fun) it is to be able to read by reading things out loud when you are out and about. Read anything from shop names to adverts on buses and basic magazine or newspaper headlines.

 

Little Miss Inventor and STEM toys

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Is your little girl or boy full of ideas and inventions? If the answer is yes then they will love our brand new Little Miss Inventor design based on the 36th ‘Little Miss’ character in the popular children’s book series.  She is a female engineer who creates extraordinary inventions in a shed at the bottom of her garden who we think sends a great message to young children. We’re pretty sure that Little Miss Inventor would thoroughly approve of the recent trend in STEM toys.

 

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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. STEM is important because it touches every part of our lives in the science that is all around us. STEM toys have become a bit of a trend over recent years, as more and more parents see the value of cool toys that encourage a love of all things science and tech.

 

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There are some great STEM games and kits out there which encourage kids to learn while having fun. One of our favourites is learning about simple electrical circuits with dough, which our little tester absolutely loved. We think this DIY Electro Dough kit by Tech Will Save Us from Pimoroni and all good toy shops looks great and is suitable from age 4+.

 

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Get Creative this Autumn

While summer may have meant hours spent outdoors, rainy autumn days inside can still be made fun with arts and craft projects to enjoy with your kids. Arts and crafts are great for learners of all ages from toddlers sticking, gluing and painting (not just the paper!) to older children who will relish the time spent creating a jewellery box or paper truck. Here are few of our favourites.

Recycled Boxes 

Recycle an old cereal box or any cardboard box you have handy and your kids will have hours of fun making a house or whatever takes their imagination. younger children will love to cut out the windows with help from an adult, glue and stick as well as decorate with paint and glitter. Older children will love to spend time making furniture to go in the house. My children regularly make houses for their dolls or figurines out of shoe boxes.

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If you’re in need of inspiration, visit your local toy shop and find a box of goodies to get creative with. This works well if you’ve got children of different ages so they can all do their ‘own project’. Maybe it’s making thank you cards for a recent birthday or even producing some Christmas cards ready for December? We love this Giant Box of Craft which is great value at just 12€ or find something similar to get you started.

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Invest in an Easel

All children love an easel. Invest in one which also doubles up as a chalk board and a magnetic whiteboard they’ll have hours of fun. Don’t forget to buy lots of paper and paint for your little budding artists. We love this Wooden Easel from Smyths Toys.

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Colouring In

You can’t beat a good session of colouring in to keep kids amused and creative. Besides making great pencils and paints we think Crayola has a great kids section on its website with lots of downloadable colouring in projects. Perfect for rainy days or travelling. Find your free colouring pages at Crayola.

 

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Your Back to School Checklist

We can hardly believe that the summer holidays are almost over and it’s nearly time to go back to school and nursery! Whether you have a toddler, a 10-year-old or a teenager, the first school day of the year is always special. A new class or perhaps maybe a new school and also plenty of new adventures that lie ahead.

We’ve put together a handy checklist to help you get ready for the big day. It’s not just for kids but parents too, so pay attention!

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A good bag is a must whether your little one is heading off to nursery or primary school. Your child’s school may have their own book bag but if not choose something bright and colourful to help your child recognise which one is theirs. Older kids will need a rucksack. Just make sure it’s big and strong enough to carry all those books. And don’t forget to label it with one of our stickers.

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Whether it’s warm or cold, it’s really important that your little ones stay hydrated. This will help them with both their memory and concentration. Invest in a re-usable water bottle and you’ll help save on plastic. Don’t forget to label it too!

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Get stocked up on snacks and lunch box ingredients.  The healthier the better. Try bananas, fruit or rice cakes and vegetables. Or a piece of cheese will keep hunger at bay. Make snacks and lunchboxes fun. Write a message on their banana to make them smile or cut sandwiches into star or dinosaur shapes with a cutter. Don’t forget to label your child’s snack or lunch box too…

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What an amazing summer 2018 has been but be prepared for an autumn chill in September. Have jumpers, raincoats and umbrellas at the ready. We think labelling your umbrella would be a genius idea, given how easy they are to lose…

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A fun pencil case is another way of brightening up the school day. The contents obviously depend on their age, but pencils, glue, crayons and an eraser are always a good idea. Be sure to label everything, as all of these items have a habit of going missing!

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Most children can’t wait to get to school on the first day of term, which is good. School should be fun! But by the end of September, the novelty may start wearing off. Make the journey to school a fun part of the day by investing in a new set of wheels. Maybe they can try scooting, cycling or rollerblading to school?