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Brand: Mothercare / Type: Tops

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      14.09.2010 18:39
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      A good vest for an older baby or toddler

      Having made product suggestions for both the plain white Mothercare vests and the all-in-one type of vest suits, so far only this was has been added here which is a shame, as it would have been nice to be able to write about the pros and cons of them both. These plain and simple Mothercare Vests can be bought in either the capped sleeved or sleeveless types and both come as sets of two.

      You can expect to pay around £3 for a pack of the sleeved vests in tiny baby and early baby sizes. The newborn size seems to be £2.50 for the same vests and the larger sizes do seem to increase to £3.50. Its a slightly odd price structure, but perhaps reflects the most popular sizes. Sizes go all the way up to age 3, which means there should be plenty of scope to get the right fit.

      The Mothercare Vests all have the simple envelope style neck line to them. This can be helpful as it means they can slip on and off over a babys head fairly easily, although I always watch out as little ears can get caught sometimes when taking these off.

      These envelope necks can be prone to stretching especially if your child gets into the habit of fiddling with the neck area of the vest as some do. I have found that should that be the case, once the vest tops are washed and dried in a tumble dryer they do tend to pop back well enough, but can shrink a little too much if over heated (so do take care when drying this way).

      One thing that these Mothercare Vests don't do is keep a babys midriff area fully covered at all times, this is something I don't much like. They can ride up at times leaving a babys tummy exposed which is not ideal at all. Its not so bad on warmer summer days but in winter I would turn towards the all-in-one suits instead as they keep everything tucked in better.

      The vests do have their uses though, especially with older babys and toddlers who don't always like to be in the full body all-in-one suits. In this case they are fine for everyday wear and I would recommend you pick up a size that is nice and long enough to be tucked into the waist of other clothing and stay there. If in doubt carry out the size to fit test in store before you buy as you can get a good idea about the length of the vests before you buy that way.

      To give the Mothercare Vests a rating I feel they ought to get 3 stars. Reasons for this are that being 100% cotton they can shrink at times when they have been overheated in the dryer and that as they cannot be fitted under a nappy they can and do ride up during wear. I feel this makes the vests more suitable for an older baby or toddler rather than as a new baby type of vest.


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