To wonder if socks for babies are a stupid idea?

(50 Posts)
Hotmad Wed 19-Feb-14 10:35:36

Whenever my LO wears a romper suit (as usually we only wear onsies with feet and without) and she wears socks I'm forever pulling them up!!!
Is it me or are baby socks unreasonable?
What other unreasonable baby items are there?

MegaClutterSlut Wed 19-Feb-14 10:39:19

google 'sock on' they're brilliant

HumphreyCobbler Wed 19-Feb-14 10:41:02

also just use tights
my five month ds is in tights all the time

MistletoeBUTNOwine Wed 19-Feb-14 10:41:20

Top and tail bowls. Totally unreasonable.

MistletoeBUTNOwine Wed 19-Feb-14 10:42:43

And baby shoes, WTAF shock

JoinYourPlayfellows Wed 19-Feb-14 10:43:08

Baby socks are totally pointless.

I don't like to use sock ons on little soft baby feet.

What are top and tail bowls and how do they differ from other types of bowl?

I need to know! grin

PlumpPartridge Wed 19-Feb-14 10:43:56

Tights. They are amazing.

And I say that as the mother of two fucking active boys.

JoinYourPlayfellows Wed 19-Feb-14 10:46:43

If tights were good enough for Rudolf Nureyev...

Kaluki Wed 19-Feb-14 10:47:46

Haha yes top and tail bowls.
Little bowls with 2 separate sections for washing babies - one for their bums and one for their faces etc.
I used one for DS1 and used to get quite confused!!!

Sock ons.

My SIL puts socks on underneath the babygro. Can't decide if this is brilliant or highly odd.

JoinYourPlayfellows Wed 19-Feb-14 10:50:40

Little bowls with 2 separate sections for washing babies - one for their bums and one for their faces etc.


2 bowls? That's ridiculous.

You're far less likely to wipe your baby's face with arse water if you have just one bowl and do the face first.

purplemurple1 Wed 19-Feb-14 10:51:52

Normal socks seem pretty pointless bit nice thick woolen socks are great.

Changing bags I don't really understand - some of them are so damm expensive as well.

Toys that require me to play with them for ds's amusement - wtaf is the point.

CecilyP Wed 19-Feb-14 10:52:47

Top and tail bowls would have been more useful if there was some difference in the section for the top and the one for the tail, but as they were both the same, they seemed altogether pointless. Agree on baby socks, or bootees for that matter, surely redundant with the introduction of babygros.

JoinYourPlayfellows Wed 19-Feb-14 10:54:54

Top and tail bowls would have been more useful if there was some difference in the section for the top and the one for the tail

Maybe one of them could have a cleft? grin

HavantGuard Wed 19-Feb-14 10:55:55

Socks that are too tight can be bad for their feet. Socks that are too lose end up off their feet. Socks are stupid.

Kaluki Wed 19-Feb-14 10:58:43

Mine used to just pull them off and throw them.
Same with hats and gloves!!

Melonbreath Wed 19-Feb-14 11:02:23

Yanbu. Never bothered with socks as they never stayed on until dd started walking. Just used to wrap her feet in a blanket.

and WHY do baby clothes have pockets????

falulahthecat Wed 19-Feb-14 11:05:04

wipe your baby's face with arse water

This has REALLY tickled me for some reason grin

HavantGuard Wed 19-Feb-14 11:05:11



starfishmummy Wed 19-Feb-14 11:12:12

Top and tail bowls are brilliant for a whole range of uses around the house. None of them connected with washing faces and bottoms!!

needtobediscreet Wed 19-Feb-14 11:15:19

My son never kept socks on until we discovered the aforementioned 'sock one's. He wore them from around months til almost a year - different sizes obviously. They're amazing but also v easy to loose as they're so small....;$

I never tried them but Gap baby socks were recommended to me as being the only baby socks that stay on without sock ons.

needtobediscreet Wed 19-Feb-14 11:26:32

I never understood why bulky puffy padded baby jackets and coats are made in sizes for babies less than about nine months old. They are really difficult to put on such a small baby and must make them uncomfortable (as they can't move their arms properly in them) as well as very hot. And don't get me started on thick padded snowsuits... I used cardigans, light jackets, blankets, a car seat footmuff and a bug-in-a-rug fleece wrap thing when DS was young, even though he was born in autumn. All allowed me to control his temperature more easily, were much easier to put on and off and didn't put him in danger in his car seat. (Dressing babies in thick coats and strapping them into their car seat risks them not being properly protected by the car seat harness in the event of an accident.)

Stinkyminkymoo Wed 19-Feb-14 11:44:10

Baby socks are work of the devil.

I have bought countless socks and yet only have 2 pairs. I don't know where the rest are languishing/hiding.

I now use tights. Oh the relief.

drawohamme Wed 19-Feb-14 11:51:23

I can only get H&M socks to work, all others end up as litter if I don't keep my eyes peeled hmm

PlumpPartridge Wed 19-Feb-14 11:54:21

Tights are also great if you intend to sling your baby and (like me) you don't always notice that their trousers are getting a bit short blush

DS2 spent a lot of time muffled up from head to mid-leg and ankle-downwards, with a large chunk of exposed skin in the middle, in late October, before I spotted this..... poor dab no wonder he cried

scantilymad Wed 19-Feb-14 12:56:11

Fisher Price 3D Slipper socks are great. I can't find a link to anything other than eBay listings I'm afraid.

They are the only thing I have found that keep DS' socks on. Currently in TK Maxx for £1.99 a pair. Can't rate highly enough!

brettgirl2 Wed 19-Feb-14 12:59:07

new to have never heard of top b and tail bowls despite having 2 kids? grin yanbu op tights and trousers with feet are the way forward.

BackforGood Wed 19-Feb-14 13:11:09

Yes, but teeny weeny lickle socks are just SO cute - I can't help buying them when a friend has a baby grin

I Used to put my boy in tights under his trousers as the only way to keep them on (don't think 'sock ons' had been invented then)

enormouse Wed 19-Feb-14 13:13:22

For DS1, I was bought sock ons as he would remove them at will. I'm sure most the ones I got him are littering Belfast.

For DS2, I've since discovered h and m socks which are lovely, thick and soft and do stay on. Unfortunately, DS1 now removes them for him.

KhloeKardashian Wed 19-Feb-14 13:15:31

They were continually removed by my children when they were babies.

Agreed socks are a waste of time. And Sock-Ons say remove when the baby is sleeping - er, why?!

Went from footed babygros to Moccasins - much toastier, grippy and stay on better. Moc-ons (the same company) were best.

And then Gap socks once they're walking as they stay up and have rubber bits on the bottom for anti-slip

HellomynameisIcklePickle Wed 19-Feb-14 13:20:30

Jojo maman sell crawler bottoms which are great

Mrs4561 Wed 19-Feb-14 13:36:24

Ds has always had gap socks and I've never had a problem with them falling off. I just bought loads of plain white ones with the grippy bits underneath, so when one enevitably got lost it didn't matter as they were all the same!

Hawkmoth Wed 19-Feb-14 13:39:27

Socks over babygros here!

Chwaraeteg Wed 19-Feb-14 13:40:10

Another vote for sock ons from me. They are amahzzing. I didn't know you had to take them off when the bambino is asleep though? Must be something yo do with restricted blood flow.

No idea how you keep shoes on a baby but why on earth would you need to?

To the person who asked why baby clothes have pockets; my boyfriend says that it's so they can keep all their bots and Bob's they need to go about their IMPORTANT BABY BUSINESS!

Thurlow Wed 19-Feb-14 13:43:01

I could sell Sock-Ons on QVC. I really could. Single best invention for babies.

HavantGuard Wed 19-Feb-14 14:30:03

Surely if those 'socks on' things are tight enough to keep socks on they're tight enough to damage their feet?

HazleNutt Wed 19-Feb-14 14:31:29

Unreasonable baby items - most of them. You know, adding "baby" to any item will inflate the price about 3 times. It's like "wedding". But it's a baby cup/bowl/muslin/bag/towel/chest of drawers!! Of course you can't buy the ordinary, less expensive exactly the same looking item!

needtobediscreet Wed 19-Feb-14 14:40:14

No Havant - they work due to the design not because they are so tight.

KonkeyDong Wed 19-Feb-14 14:42:58

Tights are the future.

notso Wed 19-Feb-14 16:16:04

Sock-ons turned my babies fat feet purple and tights under trousers are too many layers.

I think parasols are unreasonable. All that adjusting every 2 mins and they get in the way of people when it's busy or just fall off randomly. PITA

Gingeroo Wed 19-Feb-14 16:21:28

My son likes to pull his socks off and eat them. He saw sock ons as an additional challenge which made the sock pulling off game more fun.

Pascha Wed 19-Feb-14 16:28:08

Ds1 never once pulled his socks off as a baby. Ds2 could rip sock-ons off and throw them across the room.

needtobediscreet Wed 19-Feb-14 16:41:00

notso - I agree on parasols. just buy a pram or buggy with a decent hood, get a snoozeshade or just use a muslin and some pegs!! smile

ginger and pascha - sock ons weren't a universal cure for my son who managed to get round them in his more determined moments!! lol!

muppetthecow Wed 19-Feb-14 16:49:26

Baby socks are useless as socks, but they're much better scratch-mits than actual scratch-mits grin

We use mocc-ons instead of sock-ons as a) both DS's have massively fat wide feet, b) they keep DS2's feet warm when he's in the sling, and c) he can't pull them off yet

QueenStromba Wed 19-Feb-14 17:16:04

That really tickled me too falulah!

HavantGuard Wed 19-Feb-14 17:23:46

Ok. I am confused as the advice to remove them when the baby is sleeping would suggest they are restrictive/tight.

Zzzzmarchhare Wed 19-Feb-14 18:23:39

I am now imagining someone going on dragons den with a top and tail bowel- 1 side shaped like a head the other like a bum?
The dragon with 5 kids would probably invest..

whatsgoinon Wed 19-Feb-14 19:55:11

Tights if it is cold

Socks if not, all the fun of baby taking them off and all the lovely toes to play with once they do!

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