Where did the idea come from? Why would anyone need such clothes?
Where did the idea come from? Why would anyone need such clothes? What was driving me? Why do these clothes have no footies? Can a garment replace a toy? Why are these colours so sad? Is it for a girl or a boy? Why are there so many press studs... and how does this clothing supposedly foster development?
Let’s start from the beginning! I am a mum of a five-year-old and a fouryear-old. I remember exactly when Maks was born, I used to get beautiful clothes from my family. He made an appearance at every celebration in miniature men’s outfits. Were they comfortable? They were certainly pretty, but when we got home, I would change him into bodysuits and loose shorts and the youngster would explore the floor. I diligently collected all these beautiful clothes and put them away for the next baby. As a result, some were worn only twice, because he would quickly grow out of them. And finally, the great revelation and joy that I will be having a baby girl! While it was easier to dress little Pola in her brother’s sleepwear, I guess it would have been awkward to put pink clothes on a boy. I am sure many mums have found themselves in this situation. There are a few solutions to not-currently-needed clothes: sell them, keep them, or lend them to your friends’ babies. The clothes come back stretched out or shrunken, and/or stained. Obviously, everything wears out, so I would just have to give them away to charity in hopes that someone else will still enjoy them.
What if baby clothes could be universal? How much drawer space you would save? How much happier would the planet be? Do the pink and blue colours really matter that much to your little ones? Should the clothes just be pretty? What if they were functional? Most of the ones I owned had irritable designer tags, when I cut them out I was left with a hole in the fabric. Bodysuit necklines kept stretching endlessly. Romper suits covered the feet, which made it impossible to put the baby in a sling because the fabric tightened on the baby’s legs. It was also impossible for the little one to catch his own feet. I remember Maks wiggling them as if he wanted to get them free. Even when I found clothes with uncovered feet, the fastenings ran diagonally across one leg and the other leg had to be pushed into the garment! I could not get over it. Last but not least, shorts and those elastics that put pressure on the poor tummy, or even worse, the ones that were tied with a string.
The Say Mommy’s clothes are designed so that a parent can naturally implement the principles of developmental care from the very beginning. Symmetrically unzipped rompers allow babies to experience turning to both sides whilst being dressed. Every garment comes with tips on how to turn getting dressed into a fun exercise. The fastenings at the neck are symmetrical so that toddlers have the experience of touching the sensitive area equally. Our collection functionally encourages parents to lay their baby on their tummy, which is essential for their baby’s psychomotor development. The non-slip prints are implemented to make it easier for the baby to maintain the belly position.
Our clothes are mostly created in the form of rompers, so the baby’s feet have freedom of movement. This is important because, from a sensory point of view, the baby explores and experiences the world through both hands and feet in a similar way. The sooner the foot has direct contact with the surface and different textures, the better the formation of the foot’s arches and, in the long term, the better the development of the foot.
Every garment features design elements and additional accessories so that you do not have to take extra toys with you. The functional aim is to get the baby interested in the handmade applications at the sleeves in the Neyegel set and the ones at the legs in the Reachard outfit. Teethany has a teether that can be clipped on and tucked into a nifty pocket. All these features will motivate your little ones to grasp, catch, pull their legs up to their tummy, and cross the midline. Such activities are beneficial to the child’s psychomotor development and will allow him or her to achieve further skills at their own pace.
Deliberately most outfits we produce are one-piece, so the baby’s tummy is not compressed. In addition, the functional solutions in Bellynda are designed to make the challenging period of colic easier for the child and the parents. The shorts are tailored to allow the offspring to lift the legs with ease, while the abdominal muscles work freely.
The colour palette of the collection and the accessories included with the clothes are intentionally designed in contrasting colours to develop the sense of sight, which is the main driver of psychomotor development. If you want to find out why our garments are black-and-white, read this article.
The infant collection has been designed as unisex. We believe it will also make it easier to complete the baby layette. The parents can later pass on the clothes to friends and, thanks to the high quality of the fabrics, they will last a long time