Thursday, May 21, 2009

Leg Huggers Review

I was recently (okay, not so recently, but having a newborn makes getting a quick turn-around difficult) given the opportunity to review Leg Huggers.

Leg warmers like these are popular lately for good reason.

  • Protect crawling toddler's knees.
Before TheBoy started walking, his knees used to be absolutely filthy after he spent time in the gym nursery.

  • Great for Elimination Communication
A friend of mine who does EC pretty much only puts her baby in leg warmers, no pants because it makes it so much easier.

  • They make potty training easier and more comfortable for everyone.
While nakedness worked well for potty training, all of my kids were trained in the winter. These would have made it so much more comfortable on the child without the hassle of having to quickly get extra clothing out of the way.

  • Inexpensive way to help extend the life of certain clothes
My daughters got a big kick out of being able to wear their favorite short-sleeve t-shirts even when the weather was cooler because they wore these on their arms.

  • Great alternative to tights.
Since these are made with bamboo, they're thermal regulating. That way, when worn under a dress in chilly weather, legs stay warm and with shorts in warmer weather, they wick moisture away so that legs stay cool.

  • Make great dress-up clothing
Okay, maybe that's just my kids, but they got the biggest kick out of using one as a psychedelic tail by tucking it into the back of their shorts, being one of Dumbo's brightly-colored techno elephants on parade by holding it on their face as a trunk and wearing them over their own ears as animal/alien/monster ears.

I got a chance to try the Leopard Pink print. Now, I must say, when I saw these online, I didn't think I liked the patterns. After seeing these super cute ones in person, though, I realize the pictures on the website simply don't do the prints justice. The print looks much cuter than it appears on the official site. The colors really pop.

These are made of bamboo which thrilled my little heart. The more I hear about bamboo, the more I love it. Bamboo can grow 15 feet in 7 days, so it's a sustainable resource. It's more absorbent than cotton (the cloth diaper community is raving about how much better bamboo is than cotton for absorbency). It's anti-bacterial. It provides protection from UV rays. Bamboo really does seem to be ideal for children's clothing.

I wondered how they would hold up after wear and washing. My kids did an awful lot of stretching, but these came through the wash looking brand new.

I compared these to a no-name brand of leg warmers I have and these were a bit bigger and MUCH softer. When compared to a major name pair of leg warmers, these were the same size and a bit softer, but these Leg Huggers kept the kids far more comfortable. The kids' legs quickly got over-heated with the major name alternative.

These aren't just for babies. I actually found these to be too big for my newborn, but my bigger kids loved them. My son is 38 inches tall and 30 lbs. My older daughters are 47-48 inches tall and 45-50 lbs. These worked great for all of them.

Here's a rumpled-looking Girl1 (the bigger of the two) wearing them with shorts.

Here, you can see TheBoy wearing one with shorts.

I really wish they had some more traditional boy patterns, but he really didn't care about that. He loved these just as much as his sisters.

Leg Huggers is a part of the Free Hugs Movement. "Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal."

If you're on Facebook, you can become of fan of Leg Hugger's page where you can find news, deals and discounts.


Charndra at Part Time Diaper Free said...

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Upstatemomof3 said...

They look so cute!! I love them on the arms - what a great idea!!!

Elita said...

Great review! Those huggers are cute, but I have a boy. I too wish they had some more boyish styles.

Vanessa said...

Great review! These leg huggers are adorable!

TheFeministBreeder said...

I've been using Baby Legs since we started the cloth diapering and we Lurv them. They're awesome. Gosh, I never thought to use them on arms though! Good thinking!