As we begin the process of packing up the boxes in the attic, one category gets more than its fair share of the space: baby clothes.
It was a no-brainer for me to save all of Sydney's clothes. I didn't know if we'd have another girl, or even if we would have another baby, but I just figured we better hold on to those clothes. Every three months, after each season, I stored her clothes in big plastic containers. Every three months I'd go through the big bin of clothes that contained oversized clothes--both new and handed down from cousins--and see what fit her.
When Jules came along, I had a ready-made wardrobe, albeit one that didn't always work with the appropriate season. Having May-December babies means that sometimes the clothes in the bins aren't a perfect match, but it's definitely better than having to buy all new clothes every season. Even now, though I can't imagine having any more babies (but figure it'll happen eventually), I pack Jules' clothes away in the bins, ready to be useful if baby #3 ever arrives on the scene.
The bins are full of dresses, shorts, coats, and jeans. Tiny swimsuits, little swaddling blankets, onesies, and jammies make the bins complete. What I don't pack in the bins are socks and underwear. The socks are always threadbare and ready to be thrown out, not to mention that few of them have their matches anyway. As for underwear? Well, it just seems like a person ought to have their own brand new underwear in life. There are so few things a kid can really call her own; underwear should be one of them.
It was no surprise then that Sydney was tickled pink to receive some new underwear to review for Parent Bloggers Network. She's had the same ones since she was first potty trained, over a year ago, so they had certainly lost their comfort. The new ones, from Hanes, have all the qualities that Syd looks for in a pair of underwear. And believe you me, she's more than just a little bit picky about what clothes she wears (shall I remind you of the twirly dress love?).
I asked Syd what she liked about her new underwear, and she was more than happy to tell me why.
- They have frogs on them. [cute colors and designs]
- They are soft. [100% cotton]
- They stay on my buns. [elastic band that stays put, plus Hanes' Comfort Fit Promise which guarantees the underwear won't wedge]
- They aren't itchy. [tagless design]
- They are new. [thanks PBN and Hanes!]
- They say (giggle giggle) "Funny Frog" on them. [hoo haw, hee hee, frogs are hilarious]
We also got to try out Hanes ankle socks, which looked so comfortable that I ended up buying some for Jules as well. The only downside is that they don't have the grippers on the bottom, which has resulted in a bit of a war between the girls and our hardwood floors. Ah, well, a socked life can't be perfect. Beyond slipping and sliding around the house, the socks are a big hit. Especially for me, because I think these socks are going to last through the seasons and I won't have to go out and buy more due to the elastic failing.
So we love the new socks, and we love the new underwear. Not enough to pack them up into the bins for Jules to wear whenever she gets potty trained, but only because I firmly believe she'll need her very own uns to have and to hold and to prance about the house in.
If only these new underwear would inspire Jules to stop wearing diapers and potty train herself. Now those would be some pretty amazing underwear.
I'm curious, though. Anybody else have baby clothes taking up attic space, waiting to be handed down to the next baby? How did you feel when you stopped saving clothes? I keep thinking I'll be so relieved when I don't have them anymore, but then again, maybe I'll just weep my little eyes out.
This review brought to you by Parent Bloggers Network.