Friday, August 25th, 2006
TinyBigs: Anti-Gravity Device for Loose Baby Pants
Little Miss changed overnight from having a big butt to droopy drawers. For 2 years she has worn reusable diapers that are much thicker than a disposable diaper. Now that she is potty training, she wears a thin disposable pull-me-up or a cloth panty. In both cases, her once-tight jeans now have ample room to spare.
Enter TinyBigs for holding up loose pants. They’re not belts, and not quite suspenders.
This is a cute two-piece gadget. First you take an elastic strap and attach one end to your child’s waistband with a built-in alligator clip. The other end of the strap has a magnet that you pull up through your child’s shirt. Then you take a decorative applique that has its own metal clasp, and, from outside the shirt, connect it to the magnet.
The decorative applique looks like a sewn iron-on patch, and comes in various designs such as a butterfly or hotrod. They are likened to being baby tattoos, with one even fashioned as a heart with the word "Mommy" running over its top.
The manufacturer’s web site states the magnets are strong, but that they won’t hold up well through thick clothing, such as a sweater. So, just attach the TinyBig before you do your layering in cold weather.
I only have two bad things to sayâ€¦
1) The product is only for 6 to 18 month olds, but a toddler version will be "available summer 2006." Umm, what’s today’s date?
You can buy a creeper (aka Onesie) with a built-in TinyBig in sizes 6 to 24 months. However, I lost the will to snap Onesies closed somewhere around 18 months. My wife hated seeing her daughter walk around in an unsnapped Onesie untucked and flapping over her pants. So, I’ll hold out for the toddler-size snap-on TinyBig.
2) This simple little device costs a whopping $20. Granted, I am a typical spoiled American, accustomed to products made in garment sweatshops in fake America and sold dirt cheap in chain stores. The TinyBigs web site states this invention was made by a mom and is "crafted with care in Seattle, Washington."
Well, OK. Quality and our local economy counts for something. I’m ordering the new toddler-size TinyBig before the autumnal equinox, I hope.