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Now for the non-parents, this post will bore you to tears. How do I know this? Because there is no way in hell I'd ever write a post about press studs before I had my daughter.
For the non-parents who are still reading, a onesie is a top that buttons at the crotch generally with press studs. Why is this even worth discussing? Gosh I guess it is because I have no life and I'm randomly clutching at straws to entertain you. No, actually this post is not designed to entertain. This is a public service announcement. Cue the stern government ad voice.
Babies can be very messy individuals, they spew, they dribble, they have accidents, they spill food on themselves, they draw on themselves. You are forever changing their clothes and washing and drying so you really must choose clothess that can withstand a lot of washing.
I am fastidious about stains. A pet hate of mine is seeing babies and children with food stains on their clothes. If I spill something on myself I take it off and change it so I like to apply the same standards to my little bunny. I hate the sight of a child with dried food all down her outfit. Yuck.
So I do a lot of laundry. At least 3 loads per day. I think I am qualified to call myself an expert when it comes to judging the hardiness of baby clothes.
I love onesies because they do not ride up and expose little baby backs and little baby bellies. They keep them all nice and snug and they are easy to deal with at nappy change time. I have tried the following brands of onesie and I the majority failed what we will call the "tinker test" mainly on account of the studs falling off or the seams not being strong enough.
I'm a tough critic and if you are the owner of one of these brands please accept my sincere apologies but I'm in the business of helping out my fellow onesie buyers so I have to be truthful!
Little Tinker sleep-testing an Absorba onesie.
These onesies failed the Tinker Test:
Rock Your Baby
Le Petit Bateau
These onesies passed the Tinker Test:
Janie & Jack
Mill & Mia
There are other brands we have tried but I've only included brands that we had more than one item for, because you can't rate a onesie brand on a single onesie!
The biggest gold star goes to Gymboree. My Tinker was tiny for a long time and on her first birthday she was still wearing the 3-6 month size onesies she had been in for months and months. So those that lasted all that time endured some serious washing and drying. None of her Gymbo onesies have ever started to show any pull at the studs and all the seams are in tact. The snap placement is great and they seem to reinforce them with a band of fabric.
So there you go an entire post about 2 tiny bits of metal that come together to keep a crotch cosy. Weird. I hope it was helpful to someone! I spent so much money on Tinker's clothes and it always annoyed me when things just didn't last. It's kind of sad how much time I have spent thinking about press studs isn't it...