I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I am definitely not a germaphobe. Kids get dirty, kids share food and kids get sick. I expect it and my boys get sick so rarely that I really do think that the exposure to a variety of mild germs is necessary for building resistance and strengthening the immune system.
But kids also mix things up, lose things and trade things without perhaps getting parental permission first. And when a group of kids all have the same bottle of water or matching lunchboxes, it can be hard to keep track of what belongs to whom.
That’s where Zippies come in. These ingenious tags are a little bigger than a milk jug lid and feature an assortment of fun faces made from durable and colourful rubber. They are funny, vibrant and easy to see when a child is looking for one of their possessions. I fell in love with the humorous tags as soon as I saw them and I was lucky enough to get the chance to review them for myself.
Zippies are designed to satisfy a variety of needs. First of all, by attaching them to drink bottles or other personal items, Zippies can minimize the spread of germs by ensuring that a child can keep track of his own item. As I mentioned, I don’t have a huge issue with germs, but a few less germs certainly isn’t going to hurt either! Secondly, they provide identification and safety for children with a clever space on the back that fits a name and emergency phone number. And finally, they offer a “cool factor” with fun collectible designs that kids love.
I received the entire collection of Series 1 Zippies, ten different designs, to review. They were a hit as soon as I pulled the first one out of the bag. Every Zippies tag has its own name and personality and Zackary immediately wanted to know what each one was called. Benjamin loved the Zippies as well and chose two of them for himself despite the fact that he doesn’t have many identification needs currently. I put one on his favourite ring of old keys (he loves pretending to be an adult with his keys!) and the other on the arm of his favourite stuffed animal.
Zackary, of course, immediately needed to choose two Zippies as well. He loved the Zippies so much that he insisted on wearing his favourite one on one of the belt loops of his jeans so that he could show it to his friends at Pre-Kindergarten that day! The other went onto his backpack and while Wally, Zackary’s favourite Zippies tag, has been moved from place to place since starting out on his jeans, Chip, his other Zippies tag, remains on his backpack to this day.
I let Zackary’s friend Jocelyn choose a Zippies tag as well and, like any typical three-year-old girl, she quickly dove on the pink and feminine Kayla. She obviously loved her Zippies tag because for days afterwards she would pleadingly ask me for another one when she came to play!
My husband and I weren’t immune to the appeal either. My husband chose two Zippies for his two most important key rings and I chose one for my own set of keys. There was no doubt that Zippies were as fun as they were useful!
One of the things I really loved about the Zippies tags were the way that they could be attached with either the elastic cord and plastic toggle or with the small circular carabiner clip. The different attachment options meant that the tags could be fastened to almost anything, big or small, and stay put until they needed to be moved. The versatility was so handy and Zackary often put Wally on his water bottle when he went to baseball practice to make the bottle easier to identify.
Zippies are an incredibly useful product but I can see from the reactions of my boys, their friends and even my husband that they are also an incredibly trendy product! How fun is it that the cool collectible my boys have fallen in love with can also help them keep track of their stuff? I love Zippies for their durability, their cute design and their handy identification abilities. If you have kids that have trouble keeping track of their things, Zippies are the perfect solution. Not only will they make sure that your family’s stuff makes it home, but they’ll be a hit with your kids! What more could a busy mom ask for?
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