How to choose crawling tights for your baby
My twin girls were born way premature so baby development was the main concern in our family for quite a while. We used to run our house like a boot-camp. Constant doctor appointments and physiotherapy made me realize I don’t understand things that are important and that I can’t help my girls myself. So, I read a lot – books, blog posts, science articles, podcasts, you name it. I wanted to help them to reach important milestones, I wanted to be like perfect PRO mom.
Yeah, after a while I understood that there is no such a thing, but fascination is still there!
Since starting ‘Olie the curious’ my fascination on this subject only worsen 🙂 I spent probably a year talking with moms, researching, reverse engineering, testing various design solutions and materials, visiting factories, until I understood what product features are the most annoying to mothers and most beneficial to babies.
I could talk about all my discoveries and cool upgrades we added to our product, but above all features, the most important thing to me is safety. During my research and my trips to factories I understood that there are things that manufacturers simply don’t tell us, parents, and we should know that for the safety reasons. Here is the list for what to look for when shopping for anti-slip crawling tights for your little wonder:
- Always buy only certified products
There was time when I thought this certification thing was another way for us, parents, to pay more money for the same product. Now I know first-hand – it’s not. The smell in some factories was so horrendous, my head was spinning after just a half an hour spending in there! You don’t want these products anywhere close to your baby! The thing is regulations for some materials are way different in some countries than in EU or US. And thinking ‘it must be OK if they sell it’ is quite dangerous.
- Not all materials grips the same
If you choose silicone patches on your tights, be aware, that it won’t grip on wet surfaces. Rubber and other types of technologies can give you wet-surface coverage without any slippage.
- Grips should be thin
You might look at crawling tights for babies and think that the thicker the grip, the better. Unfortunately, if it’s too thick, it can leave bumps on your baby’s knees. When this happens, your baby might not want to crawl at all. I deliberately created our grips to be thin, soft, and elastic to avoid these kinds of troubles. I had discovered through using other brands of crawling tights that the thicker grips caused my children discomfort. It seems like a small detail, but it makes all the difference in helping your child learn to crawl.
- Look for an adjustable waist
You’ve probably noticed that when shopping for your baby, those sizes won’t fit all the same. Babies come in different sizes and those knitted waistbands get loose after a few washes. Falling tights are a danger to your baby which is why an adjustable waist helps to give a proper fit.
Don’t forget that the most motivating and helpful thing you can do for encouraging your baby is to smile and cheer them on. Never show your frustration while giving them safe opportunities to explore and you’ll see them take off on their hands and knees. Be ready to give chase and get your camera ready!