Almost all Beanie Babies have a heart-shaped paper swing tag (sometimes called a
hang tag or heart tag) attached with a plastic connector to their ear or other
appendage. When collector talks about the "generation" of a Beanie Baby, it is actually a reference to
the generation of the attached swing tag. Ty is up to the 17th generation of Beanie Baby swing tags. As a general rule, the
earlier the generation of the swing tag; the older (and generally more valuable) the Beanie Baby.
Beanie Babies also have a small rectangular cloth tag sewn into one of their seams,
normally on the bottom of the Beanie. This is commonly known as
a tush tag. As with the swing tags, there are different generations of tush tags.
Ty created custom swing tags and tush tags for some categories of Beanie Babies.