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An essential baby product?
When my little boy was first born he would scratch himself so badly that he looked like he had been in a fight with the cat and ended up on the losing side. He has a bit of eczema on his face too so I think he liked to scratch this to make it feel better but he was always covered in red bleeding scratches. I decided to buy him some scratch mitts to see if this would stop him from scratching himself.
Mothercare sell a pack of three pairs of scratch mitts for £3 which I think is a good price although if you think about it its only a small piece of cotton that you are paying for really. The mitts are rounded and have a little ribbed band at the bottom of them which in theory is meant to keep the mitts on a baby's hands. The mitts are a basic white colour which is perfect as you can then have them for a boy or a girl and they will go with whatever outfit you have put them in. The mitts are made of 100% cotton so they are lovely and soft and they are made of a continuos fabric so there are no seams or stitching to make a baby scratch even more and give them something to irritate them. According to Mothercare they are also made with a finger safe design which prevents loose threads wrapping around tiny fingers which can cause fingers to go really red. I have seen this before on a baby and its amazing how quick something can make their little fingers go red and can cause damage.
When my little boy was first born these mitts stayed on his hands but give it a few weeks and he would just wiggle out of them so I think they really have a limited shelf life in terms of keeping a babes hands covered. They do their job in the first couple of weeks and lots of people recommend you have some in your maternity bag that you take to the hospital. I would say that these are probably perfect for that as they are fairly cheap but I think any later than this then they really aren't worth it. In fact, I was told that a pair of socks would work just as well, if not better so I used some old tight socks on my little boy and these worked quite well until he learned not to scratch himself so I would recommend this as well too.
All in all, a good but limited use baby product.
The one thing I totally forgot to buy whilst I was pregnant was scratch mitts! I had used them for my first child, a daughter all the time as she used to get cold hands and also she used used to scratch her face a lot.
When my son was born, he was born with long, pointy fingernails. I suddenly realised I hadn't bought any scratch mitts, so hastily called my mum- always there in a time of a crisis!
She bought me these scratch mitts from Mothercare and paid about £3.50 for a pack of two.
They come in one size, and come in all kinds of designs and colours.
I found they fit well- my son was 8lb10oz when he was born, so was a chunky lad anyway, so they fit snugly. On a smaller baby, they probably would be too big, but it doesn't really matter; they're only there to protect their face. They never fell off my son's hands, and I could fit the elasticated bit over his babygros.
The mitts are lovely and soft, and non irritable.
They wash up nice, but I would advise not tumble drying them as I did one pair, and they shrunk!
I have never understood the point of scratch mitts that do not prevent scratching.......and unfortunately these Mothercare Scratch Mitts are a prime example! When my son was a young baby, he used to get himself in such a temper that he would be grabbing at his face and, at times, he would leave scratch marks on his beautiful face. Some of his babygros had cuffs that I could pull down over his hands to prevent him from clawing at his face, but when this wasn't possible, the other option was scratch mitts.
These scratch mitts are not the best I've ever used and, to be honest, they really only seemed to stay in place on his hands about 50% of the time. This is not great because it means that at least half the time he was able to claw at his face when this was the very thing I was trying prevent.
The material that the mitts are made from are 100% cotton and they are very soft and feel gentle enough for my baby's skin. They are also attractive to look at, being a stripy blue and white with white cuffs - although there are other colours. However, although the cuffs are slightly elasticated at the top, I don't find that there is enough elastication to keep the mitts on his hands and so inevitably they would end up in his cot. On the occasions when they did stay in place, they did prevent scratching and they did keep his hands warm, but the shame is that they just cannot be relied upon.
In the end, I found that it was far better to buy some scratch mitts from Tesco that actually were tie ups and so I could tie them tight enough so that they wouldn't fall off.
These scratch mitts from Mothercare are inexpensive, costing £3.25 for a pack of three pairs of mitts - and so that's just over £1 for each pair. However, this simply isn't a good price because they don't do what they are supposed to do - and that's to prevent scratching!
We bought a couple of packs of these when our little one was first born, as they are unisex they are very neutral in colour, which is perfect as it goes with blue or pink as well as the majority of baby body suits which are white.
These are available in newborn and 0-3 months and are really designed to protect the little ones hands when they are first born, as they quite often come with fingernails and whilst flailing their arms about learning to discover what their hands do they can quite often scratch themselves.
We didn't really use these at first, but after baby scratched their face unwittingly we felt these were an absolute must in addition to the hand covers on most baby suits, I have to say these are not as flexible or easy for baby to use as simply covering their hands in their baby suit, we found that baby grew out of the newborn mitts within a week and the 0-3 months within a month, we also found that our little one could quite easily get the mitts off which defeated the point of them for us.
They look nice enough in plain white with a white stretchy wrist band, one pair are plain white, the other are white with yellow stripes. Both look nice enough, putting them on isn't too difficult, although sadly for us getting them off proved very easy for baby too and it became easier not to use them at all.
A 2 pack from mothercare costs £2.50, they can be useful but we found that our baby outgrew the mitts very quickly and got little use out of them because they slipped off quite easily, if we have another baby I wouldn't buy more as there are better options for covering newborn nails and these are more convenient and less annoying for baby.
Overall they look nice and don't cost too much but the £2.50 could go towards a baby suit, nappies or something altogether more useful as these didn't really appeal to baby especially during the recent hot spell when it felt like they were wearing mittens while everyone else was in their vest and shorts!!!
If these mittens were a team they would be.......Arsenal
If these mittens were a chocolate bar they would be........A Flake
If these mittens were an actress they would be.....Cameron Diaz
They look nice, but don't really fulfil their potential
When I was expecting my daughter I saw various lists on what you would need for a newborn. As she was my first baby I bought pretty much everything recommended. I knew that a baby's nails grow from early on in your pregnancy and can be long when they are born so I picked up two packets of these scratch mitts. The cost £3.50 for a pack of three in Mothercare.
The scratch mitts are made of 100% cotton. They also have what Mothercare describe as a 'finger safe' feature which means that the internal seems are covered to prevent loose threads getting caught around your baby's fingers. The mitts are described as being one size to fit all. When I removed them from the packet they felt really soft and nice. They also washed really well.
When my daughter was born as expected she had really long nails. Some of them were very jagged on the edges and she had already caught her face which left an angry red scratch. I was a little nervous about cutting her nails as newborns nails are really bendy and I didn't want to hurt my daughter trying to do it. I immediately put a pair of these mitts on her. Unfortunately she didn't manage to keep them on for very long. They were rather large and bulky on her hands. The first two nights she wore them when she woke for her night feeds they were at the bottom of her cot, she therefore ended up scratching her face.
I found these pretty useless, the cuffs weren't tight enough to keep them on my daughters hands. In the end I purchased sleepsuits with the built in scratch mitts. They were much easier to use.
I wouldn't buy these again. In my opinion they are not necessary.
My baby was born with long nails and his nails grow at a considerable rate even now, so I wanted to protect him from scratching his delicate skin when his arms were waving around. This was particularly an issue when he was first born and I lacked the confidence to cut his nails.
I purchased various brands of scratch mitts, including Mothercare ones, to put over his hands (particularly when sleeping) to prevent him scratching his face. The Mothercare scratch mitts that I had came as part of a set, so matched the outfit that they came with - thus I have no idea what the price would be for a pair of these if they were purchased individually. The mitts are made of cotton and are a good size and fit for a newborns hands (purchased with newborn clothes). They were easy to put onto my baby's hands and didn't irritate him at all once on.
I found that the scratch mitts stayed on well (even with very lively arms!) and certainly did the job for which they were intended - preventing any nasty scratched to his face. However, after only a few weeks, they no longer fitted his hands - despite all his newborn outfits still fitting well - and became tight and difficult to put on. I was also disappointed that they didn't seem to wash up very well either - going a little bobbley and some of the colours fading slightly on the patterned one.
These scratch mitts are an ok purchase for a short time but I was disappointed that they didn't fit my baby for longer. I would really recommend the sleepsuits that have scratch mitts incorporated as part of them by way of a flap of material that fold over baby's hand as these work better and will last the life of the sleepsuit.
It's one of the miracles of motherhood just how quickly a mother can forget - no, not the pain of childbirth - but the total uselessness of scratch mitts! Despite having three children and knowing full well that the blasted things didn't remain in place for seconds on the oldest two, I had some kind of baby amnesia and bought several pairs of scratch mitts for my youngest son in a blind panic, with Mothercare's mitts proving to be just as ineffective as all of the others!
For the uninitiated, scratch mitts are tiny little soft cotton gloves that are designed to cover a newborn's tiny hands and prevent them from scratching themselves. Unlike mittens for older children, these are just a single pouch with no separate section for baby's thumb. The mittens are slightly elasticated around the wrist area but not enough to actually keep these in place, much less cause any discomfort or irritation (during those few seconds whilst these are in place!) A newborn's fingernails tend to be incredibly thin but incredibly sharp and, as the little ones have no co-ordination and control over their limbs, they can end up with lots of tiny little paper cuts all over their face. This is not a good look for your beautiful newborn baby and the end result is almost always a guilt-ridden trip to Mothercare for some scratch mitts.
There is clearly a need for scratch mitts as all three of my boys ended up with some quite nasty fine cuts on their faces from their own nails when they were tiny babies. I find cutting newborn nails all but impossible as they are so tiny, there is very little to try and cut and it is so nerve-wracking worrying about hurting them accidentally. The nails also tend to just bend rather than cut, as they are so thin, so cutting is not an realistic solution.
Sadly, neither are these mitts. They do prevent the scratching whilst they are in position but the reality is that they just don't remain in position for long enough to provide any protection. I find the problem is at its worst during the night and my youngest kept waking up in the morning, complete with a selection of fresh cuts. Even though he wasn't old enough to deliberately try and remove these, they aren't tight or fitted enough to withstand any movement and newborn babies do tend to flail their arms about and fidget about uncontrollably in their sleep, so these just drop off within seconds.
I can't criticise the Mothercare brand in particular - they are certainly no better and no worse than any other brand I've tried. These were my last resort though as I hoped that paying the higher prices for a Mothercare branded product might result in a more resilient mitten but that wasn't the case. These cost £3.50 for a pack of three plain white mitts, compared to Wilkinson's where I have picked a set up for 50p for a pack of two. These certainly aren't worth paying the additional money as they look identical and function just as badly as the cheaper variety. The best option I have tried is to buy sleepsuits with integrated scratch mitts, as the sleeves include a little flap which folds over and encloses little one's hands. This is the only method I've found that actually works!
Although many lists of 'essential baby buys' will have these down as a 'must-have' item, please take my advice and don't bother. Babies' nails do thicken up quite quickly so this is a relatively short-lived, albeit unsightly, problem. I just wish I'd taken my own advice and learned the first or at least the second time around!
With my first baby i did not have a clue what was essential item was and what the non essentials were but i knew one thing i had to have everything just in case. Id had some experience with nieces and nephews and knew that scratch milts were important to stop little ones scratching there face so while shopping for clothing this is one of the first things i purchased.
While shopping at mothercare i found these cute little mitts that cost £3 for 3 pairs. They were just a simple plain white in colour.There were no sizes to pick from as they were one size fits all which is where i think the problem begins. I brought 2 packs so i had 6 pairs of mitts for my little one knowing how easy it would be for them to get lost.
When Connor was born into his body suit and sleep suits he went on popped the hat and the next thing was the scratch mitts. It was from that very minute we had a problem. Although they tightened a little at the wrist they were still too big for his tiny hands so every time he was picked up they would just fall off. They were useless they were clearly too big and at 7 pounds 13 oz Connor was not a very small baby.
I was then left with no scratch milts so my gran told me to use socks and although this seemed strange they worked a treat until i managed to buy some more ones that fitted him. I put away the mothercare scratch milts until Connor was a few weeks older and the mittens fitted him just about. They were still a little big but the problem hen was as he was older ( around 2 months) he could actually knock the mittens off himself within a minute.
I would not recommend these scratch mittens to anyone simply through my experience of them to be honest it was hit and miss with all scratch milts i tried until i used boots mini mode ones which i have now stuck to with all 3 of my babies. As the winner above all was as simple as a pair of socks.
When you're expecting a baby scratchmitts seem to be high on the list of 'things people will warn you you need' and 'things that people want to buy you because they're so tiny and cute'. With the overlap between these two lists and my worry as a first time mum we ended up with far more than we really needed, and among them were the Mothercare brand ones.
Tiny babies aren't aware enough of themselves to not scratch themselves, and as soon as you've cut or bitten a nail it seems to grow several millimeters just to spite you! The idea behind scratchmitts is that they're a soft, thin layer to prevent the poor mite scratching itself (or you) or poking its eyes (too often). They really are sweet but as a 'seasoned' mother who's survived the 4th trimester now and gone on to parent a toddler I'm not sure I'd buy them again.
The main problem is that they're tricky enough to put on when you're sleep deprived and then they come off very easily. My daughter could get them off just by wriggling in what seemed like moments. I've heard people advice putting them on under other things but that never worked for us. We ended up using socks, which are stretchier, stay on better and kept her hands warmer too.
If they work for you, however, the mothercare ones are reasonably priced, cute and soft which is all you need in a scratchmitt really. Until someone invents a way to keep them on. Perhaps they can extend that brilliance to keeping toddler hats and gloves on too. That would be miraculous!
Having suggested Mothercare Scratch Mitts as a product here I was too slow in making my way through the list I have to make a first review on them, oops. Still they are worth talking about and so here goes. Having had a number of Mothercare Scratch Mitts over the years I have to say that they can have their uses, but can be rather hit and miss with their effectiveness as they don't always stay in place.
The ones shown here are just a general representation that I picked for Dooyoo to list, but my review will cover not just the Mothercare Scratch Mitts that you can purchase on there own, but also those attached to the Mothercare Sleepsuits. If you are interested in the mitts shown here they are still on sale at a cost of £2.50 for 2 pairs which isn't too bad at all.
The mitts we have most often tried have been the simple white trio sets of Mothercare Scratch Mitts. They are easy to match with any outfit and so more versatile than patterned or coloured mitts in my opinion. New babies have such sharp and scratchy little nails and sometimes we have found that without scratch mitts babies can easily accidently scratch their little faces rather badly. This is something that we have always tried to prevent from happening with the use of scratch mitts during the early months.
Obviously any parent wants to prevent this and these Mothercare Scratch Mitts can be of some help. The trio sets we have had are made from 100% cotton and are stitched in a way that means your childs nails and fingers don't get caught in any stitching. This is something that we liked about the mitts as we certainly wanted to prevent little fingers becoming twisted or caught on loose threads. The trio sets cost around £3.50 per set so around £1.18p each pair so not too bad on the pocket, although one set of mitts won't be enough to see you through this stage.
The simple white Mothercare Scratch Mitts look and feel nice and soft to the touch, so wont irritate a young babys skin at all and they can be slipped on easily over your childs hands. They have a light ribbed band at the top of the mitt which is what sits around you childs wrists when being worn. We found the mitts were fairly easy for our child to wriggle off and these types of mitts did need a bit of checking on to make sure they were still in place. I certainly didn't feel this was ideal at all and we often lost one or two mitts along the way.
One thing we liked much more were the Mothercare baby sleep suits with the built in scratch mitts that Mothercare sell. These suits come as sets of 3 and have the mitts attached to the smaller sized suits. These are much better as you can just slip them over your babys hands and they always seem to stay in place. As scratch mitts go these were of much more help and worked in a much more effective way than the mitts you can buy as stand alone items.
To give Mothercare Scratch Mitts a rating I feel the stand alone mitts do suffer from the same thing most of these types of mitts do, which is lack of staying on power. We have used them and found they do work to stop babies scratching themselves well enough, but they do need to be checked often to make sure they are still on your babys hands.
We found the stand alone Mothercare Scratch Mitts washed well and remained in a nice condition with no loose stitching. They also looked nice with various outfits our child wore and could double up to keep our childs hands warm and toasty too. The built in mitts that come with the Mothercare Sleepsuits are very useful and have more chance of staying put as they are built into the suits themselves. Over all I would recommend both types of mitts and would rate the stand alone mitts as a 3 star product with the built in mitts getting 4 stars.
These scratch mitts from Mothercare are a nice simple design and are sold in packs of two for £2.50 and they are also sold in packs of three however I felt that two pairs was enough as one pair can be in the wash while the other is being used as they are not an item that need to be clean on every day and it is not as if the washing machine goes a day when it is not on at the moment.
These are small so suitable for a new born baby, one of the pairs was a grey stripped set while the other pair were plain white in colour. The mitts are soft and look comfortable enough, they are easy to get on however unfortunately this also means that they are not that hard to get off either and a few times I have found that one of the mitts has been removed by my daughter as she moves around.
They are made from a polyester / cotton blend and so are easy to wash. Personally I have been a little disappointed with how easy they have been for my daughter to get them off and while she has not really scratched her face at all it is still the fact that these fail to provide the peace of mind that you want from such a product. Hence they are not something I would recommend and I'm glad I only bought the one set.
Towards the end of my pregnancy, I started to get a bit panicky about making sure we had everything we needed. Then one day I was waddling down the road and met a mother with a baby in a pram. The baby was very cute, but looked like he'd been attacked by a wolverine with these massive deep scratches beside his eye. I asked the mother what had happened and she responded, Oh, he scratched himself. Those little nails are sharper than you'd think.
Immediately, in a big panic, I lumbered as fast as my swollen ankles could carry me off to Mothercare, there to buy their entire stock of scratch mitts. Actually I just bought three packs of two - and I don't know why, it's not as though tiny babies get dirty, so allowing for losses and mismatched gloves if you wanted to buy them two packs would probably be plenty.
Do you want to buy them?
They're very cute, tiny little mittens for tiny little fists, the sets I got had a plain white pair and a pair with grey and white stripes. I like the striped ones better, but then my baby was wearing bright clothing from the beginning. Some people like newborns in all white clothes, I like patterns to disguise the stains a bit.
After my baby was born with talons that would gouge out her eyes if she was coordinated enough to touch them, I started putting the scratch mitts on her. And astonishingly, this baby who couldn't even focus on my face was always able to remove the mitts. And this is their main downside - the wrists can't be narrow enough to prevent them coming off, because if they were tight enough they'd be hard to get onto the baby's hands.
I tried other brands of mitts thinking that Mothercare might just have an unrealistic expectation of how chubby newborns' wrists actually are, but they were all the same.
As scratchmitts go, the Mothercare ones washed nicely and were very cute. At £2.50 they're not massively expensive either, and they do make a very cute gift. You can also get 3-packs for £3 or £3.50 and Mothercare also sell them in sets for premature babies.
On a practical level, though, they're one of those things that we buy for babies and by the time they're big enough to fit the mitts they're already past the point where they'd be useful. If you want to keep your baby's hands covered so he doesn't scratch his beautiful newborn skin, put socks over his hands. They don't come off. Or you can buy sleepsuits with foldover sleeves, which are good for when you don't want people thinking you're a weirdo who's so tired she's forgotten which limb does what.