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It started off as a practical idea but has now become an addiction!
I have been using cloth nappies on my little girl from about 6 weeks old, however, this was during the warm summer months so did not discover any problem until it got a bit colder.
As cloth nappies are a bit bulkier than disposable nappies, most baby clothing in normal retail shops are designed around the slimmer disposable nappies, therefore can be quite difficult to find bottoms to go over cloth. There are some retailers on the internet which do sell clothes fit to go over cloth nappies but I refuse to pay their prices, as my little girl is growing out of clothes soo fast.
I also find that when I put tight trousers/leggings/tights which are elasticated around her little belly, she does seem to spit up more.
Over the summer months this was fine as I would put her in dresses with her legs bare, but when it got colder I went out looking for a solution.
This is when I came across Huggalugs, which I thought were a brilliant idea.
~ What are Huggalugs? ~
Huggalugs are basically leg warmers for babies from an Australian company.
They are designed to replace the need for tights/leggings under dresses. I am not 100% how you would dress baby boys in these, but they look absolutely gorgeous on my little girl.
They are made from 80% cotton, 15% nylon and 5% spandex, which means they are soft as cotton but stretchy (they do some made of organic cotton too).
They are designed for babies from birth to 6 years old.
To start with babies, they are used on the whole leg to keep it all warm. On my 5 month old the warmers are still a big slouched, but this looks very cute.
As the child gets older, they can be used was a leg warmer on the calf up to the knee (they are very stretchy) or as arm warmers (they actually fit on my forearms!).
They have two cuffs on each end, the top cuff is slightly larger for a better fit around the thigh. The cuffs are elasticated, but still soft and do not stick into my little girls chunky thighs.
These are also very good for nappy changing, as you don't need to struggle with removing tights or trousers to gain access to the nappy. You can leave them on her legs to keep them warm in the colder months.
You can also use these for nappy free time, to keep baby's legs warm while they are kicking around.
Another good use for these are potty training. As your do not need to struggle with removing trousers or tights when you have the sudden potty needs.
Also, when you little one has started crawling, these are good to stop your baby hurting their delicate knees on carpets etc.
We have also used them underneath her padded baby grow when we went out in the cold in the baby carrier to make sure her legs keep warm while dangling down.
These come in a huge range of colours and patterns. This is where I have got a bit addicted, as I want a set to match all of my little girls outfits, and they look absolutely gorgeous. We have had loads of comments from people as to how cute her Huggalugs looks.
~ Cost and Availability ~
I have never seen these in the shops local to me, however, they are available all over the internet at baby retailers. Mainly you find them under the accessories on cloth nappy retail sites i.e. Fill Your Pants, The Natural Store, Easy Nappies. There are also a few shop selling on Ebay. The prices range around £4.50 to £8.00, a lot of places I have seen do free delivery. The organic cotton ones are more expensive than the normal cotton.
Even though these are more expensive than the usual pack of tights, as these should last for years opposed to a few months with tights, they will work out cheaper in the long run.
~ Washing and care ~
These can be washed at 40C and tumble dried low if required. I have washed them lots of times as my girl wears these every day and they still look like new. They are made with very high quality materials so feel like they will last a long time.
~ Conclusion ~
These are one of the most useful purchases I have bought for my little girl. They keep her little legs nice and cozy and will last her years, and look very cute! I would recommend these to anyone and everyone!