Review: Myself Belts for Toddlers

My daughter loves her Myself Belt by Myself Designs LLC. It comes to her at almost precisely the right time—on the tail-end of potty training when she has transitioned from bulky pocket diapers to underpants. She has always been a bit slender for her pants, but now she suffers from a serious case of droopy drawers.

Three photos of my daughter, one wearing the Myself Belt, one with the belt beginning to be unbuckled and one with her holding the buckle open and away from her body.
The Big Idea with Myself Belts is that toddlers can loosen and fasten their belt on their own. A parent snaps a clasp around the first belt loop and threads the belt around the child’s waist. The toddler is then free to fasten and unfasten the belt via a Velcro strip. There is no buckle, just Velcro. My Little Miss immediately understood how to use it.

The belts are made of webbing, canvas, denim or leather, designed for ages 2 to 8. The pictured ABC Belt is webbing overlaid with a red alphabet ribbon (see close-ups at the end of this article). It’s well-crafted, as sturdy as you can expect a belt to be. The ABC Belt is gender-neutral, but more traditional styles are offered for girls and boys.

These belts serve several needs:

  1. Holding up loose-fitting pants.
  2. Liberating belted toddlers so they can go potty on their own.
  3. Giving kids and parents another way to make a fashion statement.

At 2.5-years-old, my Little Miss really is little. Petite. She still has some 18 month pants in her wardrobe and a 12 month nurse costume she can squeeze into. She has a 16" waist and weighs 26 lbs (that’s low), but is 50th percentile for height and continues to grow. We had her tested to confirm she’s just a human beanpole.

It turns out she’s 2 inches below the smallest belt size and just
barely within the lowest estimated weight for the belt. So, the "extra
small" size Myself Belt is just a tad oversized for her.

In the photos on this page we used the belt on a bulkier denim dress
where it doesn’t cinch the waist, but still works as part of her
ensemble.

If the belt’s 1.5-inch-long Velcro strip was doubled in length, it
would accommodate our extreme situation. I’ll be extending the strip
with a piece of adhesive Velcro (available at any craft store) to test
as a workaround. I’ll post an update later this week.

Either way, she should grow into the belt by this summer.

Little Miss wanted to wear her dress-up ballerina costume yesterday morning,
until Mom said, "Maybe we could find something to wear with your belt."
Bingo. Off they went to find clothes that would complement her belt.
Speaking as a dad who owns seven copies of the same shirt so he doesn’t
have to think about what to wear, I’m thankful every day that I’m not
raising this girl alone. I could never build an ensemble around an
accessory.

See: MyselfBelts.com.

Glaringly large close-ups are included below.

Three close-up photos of a Myself Belt with alphabet letters running around its exterior.

[An ABC Myself Belt was submitted for review by mom inventor Talia Goldfarb.]

Comments

3 Responses to “Review: Myself Belts for Toddlers”

  1. Suzanne says:

    This sounds like a great idea. The downside is that these loose pants need loops, and I don’t think many of my kid’s pants have loops.

    January 10th, 2007 at 10:15 pm

  2. AJ says:

    Good point. Many of our pants have elastic bands and no belt loops. In those situations, we’ve relied on toddler suspenders. They are as accessible during potty time as a belt. The drawback is that suspenders are an overt fashion statement. You need more pairs of suspenders than belts, unless you like the same look every day. That, and you end up calling your child Mork.

    When you are equipped with a belt, your shopping habits will probably change. You’ll begin choosing pants with belt loops as a sort of failsafe. If the pants are a little big, you’ve always got the belt.

    January 10th, 2007 at 11:00 pm

  3. Freaked Out says:

    AHHHHH!!! Headless demon child!!

    October 12th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

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