When Bean potty trained and started wearing normal underoos, her pants went from fitting normally to perpetually falling off of her non-existant hips. Elastic waisted pants were easier and didn't droop. But the jeans and khaki pants? She'd either run around with one hand constantly yanking her drawers up, or the pants would fall down around her knees by the time she'd slow down enough for me to hike them back up.
It was driving me INSANE.
So I bought a few regular belts and those did the job quite nicely.
Except the poor kid could not for the life of her figure out how to undo the belt and get herself to the bathroom when necessary. When she'd try, half the time, she'd end up having an accident because it'd take so long. It actually set us back as she started to be extremely reluctant to go to the bathroom on her own.
So a solution needed to be found.
Enter Myself Belts. Created by enterprising moms who not only saw the same problem I saw, but put their efforts into finding a solution.
Myself Belts are made with a snap on one end that fastens onto a belt loop and a piece of velcro on the outer side of the snap.
The other end has a corresponding piece of velcro so that when the belt is threaded through the loops, the loose end can be fasted onto the stationary piece with one hand.
(Much clearer instructions here).
This belt is absolutely awesome. Bean loves being able to do it one handed and by herself. I love not having to correct her plumbers crack every time she wears a pair of jeans.
The belts come in leather, patterned webbing, and metallic patterns. From fancy to casual, there's a belt for every occasion for every kid.
Myself Belts also make larger sized belts for special needs adults and teens with dexterity problems. I love that.
For one of you lucky readers, the generous creators of Myself Belts have agreed to give away a belt! Comment on this post by February 4th with your favorite item or way to help you kid gain a little independence and I'll randomly chose a winner on the eve of February 4th. The winner will get a girls belt or a boys belt in the size of their choosing! Best wishes!
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