Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
Review: Myself Belts for Toddlers
My daughter loves her Myself Belt by Myself Designs LLC. It comes to her at almost precisely the right timeâ€”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.
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:
- Holding up loose-fitting pants.
- Liberating belted toddlers so they can go potty on their own.
- 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
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
Glaringly large close-ups are included below.
[An ABC Myself Belt was submitted for review by mom inventor Talia Goldfarb.]