When I first became a mother, I quickly learned that many of the adorable baby clothes I had were not very well designed for a baby. Some shirts and onesies were missing shoulder snaps, which made them difficult to pull over my baby’s head. Some outfits were made of material that seemed to irritate my baby’s skin. While I loved all of the cute clothes that I had bought or been given, I semi-consciously found myself gravitating towards pieces of clothing that were easy to put on, well-wearing, resistant to stains and comfortable to the touch.
When my new baby was born, I found myself in the same situation. I had received numerous new outfits, but after putting each one on Benjamin once or twice, I began to set some of the outfits aside. Unfortunately, because of Benjamin’s late autumn birthday, one of the features that determined my decision was whether or not an outfit required socks. Benjamin had received some gorgeous shirt and pants sets, but since I knew that any pair of socks I added to an ensemble would mysteriously vanish within an hour, I tended to avoid clothing that required them.
Stay Put Socks! founder and momtrepreneur Kate Brotherson decided to solve the all-too-common problem of lost baby socks once and for all. Stay Put Socks! is a pair of simple silicone rings that comes in a variety of sizes for different age ranges. The rings slip over the outside of a baby’s socks to effectively stop the socks from slipping off. I happily accepted the chance to try them out for myself.
I received the small size of Stay Put Socks! for Benjamin, who was five months old and seventeen pounds at the time. The next day, I picked out my favorite footless outfit and put it on Benjamin. I added socks and then stretched the silicone rings around my fingers so that I could slip them over his feet and position them on his ankles. The rings are designed to fit around the smallest part of a baby’s ankle, just above the anklebone. I made sure that the rings were in the correct place and then bundled up both boys for a walk to the library for preschool story hour.
When we arrived at the library, I took Benjamin out of his snowsuit and noted that his socks were still securely on his feet. Throughout the next hour, his socks remained in place as he sat with other babies on the floor during toy time, cuddled against my shoulder during crafts, and waved a string of bells while I carried him around the library during marching. When we finally returned home, I undressed Benjamin once again and was delighted to see that he was still wearing his socks.
Since that first day, I have used Stay Put Socks! every time that I put Benjamin in a footless outfit. In the past, I had often become extremely frustrated hunting for Benjamin’s missing socks, so I am thrilled that that annoyance is gone. I also love knowing that his feet are cozy and warm in chilly weather. Stay Put Socks! come in 6 sizes to accommodate infants from birth to 18 months. I have found the sizes to be fairly accurate in relation to age. After four weeks, Benjamin has just outgrown his small rings, which were recommended for babies between 3-6 months.
As with any infant product, adult supervision is necessary. The instructions recommend checking to make sure that the device is not leaving a large indent or red mark on the baby’s skin. If this occurs, a larger size of Stay Put Socks! is needed. When I first used the product, I checked Benjamin’s ankles every few hours or so to make sure that there was no loss of circulation. After I had confirmed that I was using the right size, I just checked his ankles once each time I used them, a few hours after putting them on.
There is no question that Stay Put Socks! is an incredibly effective product. For the first time since becoming a mother, I am able to put socks on my baby in the morning and know that they will still be on my baby in the evening. I no longer find tiny lone socks under the kitchen table or in the toes of outdoor suits. Best of all, I can choose clothing for Benjamin without worrying about the fact that I will need to add a pair of socks to the outfit. Stay Put Socks! ensures that baby socks stay where they belong, something any mother will certainly appreciate!
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